All you need to know about Veneers

5 Feb 2019 Veneers

What is it? What are they for? Do I need them? Cost?

Typically, people choose to get veneers for cosmetic reasons, particularly if they wish to improve the appearance of their front teeth. For instance, they may be unhappy with their discoloured teeth, poor shape and size, crooked teeth, chipped or broken teeth.

Veneers can be made from Ceramic (Porcelain) or Composite (Plastic Filling) materials which are bonded onto the prepared front surface of teeth to camouflage these cosmetic problems. Ceramic Veneer being custom made by a master dental technician is far superior in its quality than a Composite Veneer – in terms of “imitation of natural teeth appearance”, stain resistance and strength for long term use.

A prosthodontist who has undertaken formal advanced postgraduate training in dento-facial and smile analysis can determine what you really need after initially assessing your teeth. Our experienced team at Perth Prosthodontics will help you create a natural and pleasing smile.

As good as it sounds, not everyone needs veneers. In some cases, other less invasive options are available. For example, the best solution to your presenting problem may be orthodontic treatment (braces) and teeth whitening instead.

Should veneers be a good option for you, the next question that comes to mind is often cost. Simply put, the cost of veneers really comes down to the number of veneers required, the type of material (Ceramic vs Composites), and the expertise of the prosthodontist and master dental technician. When it comes to good and long-lasting dental work – high quality material must be used, all aspects must be carefully planned and meticulously performed – nothing can be spared.

Please contact us today to find out more about veneers.

Additional information on veneers can also be found here.



Dental Tourism – Food for Thought

29 Oct 2017 Dental Tourism

Unfortunately, it is all too common for Australian dental practitioners to encounter patients suffering from poor quality work received overseas. What can be more unfortunate for most of these patients is the lack of recourse available against a foreign practice for their negligent or incompetent service.

The resulting cost of the dental repair can then exceed the amount the patient would have paid had they elected to undergo treatment on Australian soil. Furthermore, as a patient of the Australian dental system, you are protected by strict governing bodies and regulatory authorities that ensure quality of service, practitioner conduct and redress in the event of concerns.

It is unlikely that many foreign nations, especially developing ones, adhere to health and safety standards as stringent and professional as those of Australia, and other first world nations like it. Travelling for dentistry work will put you at risk of having unsterile equipment used upon you, exposing you to risks of infection and serious medical conditions. More importantly, should a complication place you in an emergency situation, you will be at the mercy of a foreign medical system.

Further, should you require radiotherapy and elect to undergo treatment overseas, you may be unwittingly placing yourself in serious danger. In Australia, the Department of Health ensures that all X-ray equipment used for dentistry is both licensed and maintained for accurate dosage and prevention of radiation leaks. In foreign countries, particularly those where profits speak more loudly than results, you may be less able to count upon such safety.

Australia’s dentists issue warning about ‘dental tourism’: Don’t gamble with your wallet or your dental health – Media Release from ADA

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