An Individualised Treatment
One of the strongest positives, but also most challenging aspect of ceramic or porcelain veneer treatment is its patient-specific nature. Not something to be done in a prescriptive approach, veneer treatment is individualised to enable a lasting functional result, and an aesthetically / cosmetically pleasing smile that suits you.
The process of a veneer treatment begins by discussing a desired outcome in the finer details of your smile (such as tooth size, shape, proportions, colour). This is followed with a comprehensive assessment of your teeth to determine whether veneer treatment is suitable for you.
In some cases, composite fillings for minor modifications, tooth whitening or orthodontic treatment (braces) 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.
The Veneer Process
If a ceramic or porcelain veneer treatment is suitable for you, our clinicians at Perth Prosthodontics will work with a master dental technician (ceramicist) to create a diagnostic wax-up or template of the proposed changes. This allows you to visualise on your proposed teeth set up / smile using dental casts through physical mock-ups or digitally mock-up photos with your facial photograph.
Based on the desired shape and size of your teeth, we will expertly remove a small amount of the tooth surface, only if and where it is required. In some cases, this can be a very conservative and painless procedure not requiring any local anaesthetic.
While the veneers are being made, temporary veneers reflecting the proposed change will be cemented, allowing you the opportunity to experience the proposed treatment outcome. Your feedback is of paramount importance to contribute to further desired refinements.
With reference to impressions of your prepared tooth surface, clinical photographs and physical and digital analysis of tooth colour, the master dental technician will construct the final ceramic or porcelain veneers. We will select the strongest and most aesthetically / cosmetically pleasing type of ceramic or porcelain material to ensure high strength, durability and an aesthetically pleasing result.
In your second clinical visit, we will check the final ceramic or porcelain veneers for fit, shape, size and colour and ensure that you are pleased with the result, before bonding them into place with dental adhesive cement.
With meticulous preparation and application by our clinicians at Perth Prosthodontics and construction by a master dental technician, veneers are 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.
All procedures carry benefits and associated risks and complications. It is best for our clinicians at Perth Prosthodontics to balance these factors and provide professional advice to help you make an informed decision on whether the procedure should proceed.
For more information about Ceramic / Porcelain Veneers, please read more in Cosmetic Dentistry.