Ceramic Veneers

12/11/2015
 

Ceramic veneers are thin coverings bonded onto a tooth’s surface to correct cosmetic and structural flaws. Perfect for cosmetic restorative work, ceramic veneers are a popular treatment for remedying discoloured, poorly shaped, chipped, crooked and unevenly spaced teeth.

An Individualised Treatment

One of the strongest positives of veneer treatment is it’s patient-specific nature. Not something to be done in a prescriptive approach, veneer treatment is individualised to enable a lasting functional result, and an aesthetic smile that suits you.

The process of a veneer treatment begins by discussing a desired outcome with a prosthodontist, followed with a comprehensive assessment of your teeth to determine whether veneer treatment is suitable for you.

In some cases, tooth whitening may be all that you need, and the application of a veneer placement would be overtreatment. Where teeth are severely damaged or worn, other treatment options like ceramic crowns may be required or more appropriate – something best identified by a dental specialist.

The Veneer Process

If veneer treatment is suitable for you, a prosthodontist will work with a master dental technician (ceramicist) to create a wax-up or template of the proposed changes, which you’ll be able to visualise on your dental casts through physical mock-ups and digitally altered photos.

Then, based on the desired shape and size of your teeth, the prosthodontist will expertly remove a small amount of the tooth surface, if required at all. In some cases, this can be a very conservative and painless procedure not requiring any local anaesthetic.

While the ceramic veneers are being made, temporary veneers reflecting the proposed change will be affixed, allowing you the opportunity to experience the post-treatment outcome. You’ll also be more informed to give input towards further refinements.

The master dental technician, with reference to impressions of your prepared tooth surface, clinical photographs and tooth shade and colour, will construct the final ceramic veneers. The prosthodontist will select the most appropriate type of ceramic material for each patient to ensure high strength, durability and an aesthetically pleasing result.

In your second clinical visit, the prosthodontist then checks the final ceramic veneers for fit, shape, size and colour before bonding them into place with dental adhesive cement.

Veneer Maintenance

With meticulous preparation and application by the prosthodontist and construction by a master dental technician, veneer is designed to restore defects, protect the underlying tooth, function and appear as a realistic natural tooth for a long period of time.

On a day to day basis, veneers require no special maintenance other than usual oral hygiene measures, like brushing and flossing. Though, like any dental restorations, veneers may become worn and damaged with extended use and time.

Dislodgment, wear and minor chipping may happen when veneers are subjected to tooth grinding, or biting into hard objects. In extreme cases, veneers need to be replaced completely but, in most cases, minor adjustments are all that is needed to rectify a problem.

For more information, please contact the dental specialists at Perth Prosthodontics.

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