If any of your teeth are stained, chipped, have small gaps or are misaligned, dental veneers are a convenient option for restoring your wonderful smile.
In just two dentist visits, our Fremantle dentists at On Point Dental can review, prepare and fit porcelain or composite veneers for you. Give us a call on (08) 9430 4181 to learn more!
Veneers – FAQs
What are dental veneers / teeth veneers?
Dental (or teeth) veneers are custom-made “covers” that adhere to the front surface of your teeth. They are usually made of porcelain or composite resin and are used to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Veneers can be used to correct a variety of dental issues, including chipped, worn down or broken teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned teeth, and discoloured or stained teeth. They can also be used to make your teeth appear more uniform in size and shape.
Veneers are a popular choice for people who want to improve the appearance of their teeth because they are durable, natural-looking, and can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues. They are typically placed on the front teeth, so they are visible when you smile.
Our friendly team at On Point Dental in Fremantle will be able to advise whether veneers are right for you, and if yes, the best veneers option for you.
How long do veneers last?
The lifespan of dental veneers can vary depending on a number of factors, including the material used (composite vs porcelain), your oral hygiene habits, and your bite.
On average, porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years with proper care, while composite resin veneers may last for 5 to 7 years.
To help extend the life of your veneers, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
You should also avoid biting or chewing overly hard foods (“using your teeth as tools”), as this can damage the veneers.
If your veneer becomes chipped or you notice a cracked veneer, it’s important to see your dentist sooner rather than later, so they can determine the best course of action to fix the problem and ensure that your veneers last as long as possible.
Our Fremantle dentists at On Point Dental will be able to help you diagnose and advise the best remedies for broken veneers, even if you didn’t have them installed at our practice.
Composite vs porcelain veneers - which is right for you?
Composite veneers are, as the name suggests, made of a tooth-coloured resin material, which can be sculpted directly onto the tooth. This means that the process of placing composite veneers is typically faster than the process of placing porcelain veneers, as it does not involve the creation of a mould or the use of a dental laboratory. It can often be done in a same day appointment.
However, composite veneers do stain over time and needs polishing at your yearly cleaning appointments. They also do not maintain the same ‘glossiness’ as porcelain over time.
Porcelain veneers are essentially tooth-shaped ceramic “covers” or “shells” that go over your entire tooth’s outer surface. Porcelain veneers are generally more durable than composite veneers and can last for up to 15 years with proper care (compared to 5-7 years for composite veneers)
The durability of porcelain veneers and the more tailored treatment requirement means they are usually more expensive than composite veneers
Want help deciding what is right for you?
Come by our Fremantle dental clinic, book an appointment online or give us a call on (08) 9430 4181. We’re always happy to provide free guidance.
How do porcelain veneers work? What is the process of getting them like?
The process of placing porcelain dental veneers typically involves the following steps:
- Consultation: During the initial consult, your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals. They will also assess the health of your teeth and gums to ensure that you are a good candidate for veneers.
- Preparation: If you decide to proceed with teeth veneers, your dentist will need to prepare your teeth for the procedure. This may involve removing a small amount of enamel from the front surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer.
- Taking impressions: Next, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a putty-like material and a 3D scan. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory, where the veneers will be fabricated.
- Temporary veneers: In the meantime, your dentist may place temporary veneers on your teeth to protect them and improve their appearance. These veneers are made of a temporary material and are not as durable as the final veneers.
- Bonding: Once the veneers are ready, you will need to return for a second appointment. During this appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and check the fit and appearance of the final veneers. If everything looks good, they will clean and polish your teeth and then bond the veneers to your teeth using a special adhesive.
- Aftercare: After the veneers are placed, your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your veneers and maintain good oral hygiene. It’s important to follow these instructions to help ensure the longevity of your veneers.
The process of placing porcelain veneers typically takes two visits to the dentist, with about three weeks in between visits. The total time it takes to complete the process can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the individual patient.
What about composite veneers? How do these veneers work?
The process of placing composite teeth veneers is similar to the process of placing porcelain veneers, but there are some key differences:
- Procedure: Instead of taking an impression, your dentist will clean and polish your teeth and then apply the composite resin material directly to the front surface of the tooth. They will sculpt the resin to create the desired shape and appearance, and then cure it using a special light.
- Finishing: After the veneer is cured, your dentist will trim and shape it to ensure a natural and seamless fit. They will also polish the veneer to give it a smooth and glossy finish.
The process of placing composite veneers typically takes only one or two visits to the dentist, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of veneers being placed. The total time it takes to complete the process can vary from patient to patient.
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
Some of the benefits of dental veneers include:
- Improving the appearance of your teeth: Teeth veneers can be used to cover up a variety of cosmetic imperfections, such as stains, chips, and gaps between teeth. This can result in a more attractive and symmetrical smile.
- Durability: Dental veneers are typically made of porcelain, which is a strong and durable material. When properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for many years.
- Ease of maintenance: Teeth veneers do not require special care beyond regular brushing and flossing.
- Quick treatment: The process of placing veneers is typically completed in two visits to the dentist. This is faster than other cosmetic treatments, such as braces, which can take several months or even years to complete.
- Versatility: Teeth veneers can be used to address a wide range of cosmetic issues, making them a versatile treatment option for patients with various dental concerns.
It’s important to note that veneers may not be the best treatment option for everyone. Looking for the best veneers Perth team? Our friendly team at On Point Dental will always prioritise the best course of treatment for YOU, based on your specific dental needs and goals.
How much do veneers cost?
The cost of dental veneers in Perth and Fremantle can vary depending on a number of factors, including the material used (composite vs porcelain), the complexity of the case, and the dentist’s experience.
Porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite resin veneers because they are more durable and natural-looking.
The price of your veneer will vary depending on the material you choose and where you choose to get it. It’s definitely possible to find affordable veneers in Perth to suit your budget.
Does HBF cover veneers?
Your HBF insurance may partially cover veneers if you have major dental cover. Speak to your health insurance provider, or give us a call on (08) 9430 4181 to check if you are covered.
Where can I get affordable veneers in Perth?
At On Point Dental, we strive to ensure everyone can afford the smile they want. To help make veneers cost effective and affordable for our Perth, Karratha and Fremantle patients, we take the time to consult with you to ensure we’re not over-prescribing treatment required.
We also offer payment plan options, to help make your treatment cost more manageable. Just ask one of our friendly dental team members when you’re next in, or give us a call on (08) 9430 4181.