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Dental Veneers at Parramatta Dental Clinic
When you’re looking for a dramatic smile makeover, dental veneers are one of the best treatments to consider. These aesthetic restorations bond to the front of your natural teeth, instantly changing how they look. We use them in sets of 6-10 (or more, depending on the situation) to cover the teeth in your smile zone.
What are Veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that’s shaped to look like a flawless, white tooth from the outside. When we cement it on the front of multiple teeth, it makes your smile look:
• Properly sized
During your initial consultation we’ll talk about what you want to change about your teeth. From there, the veneers are ordered to be specific shapes and colours, giving you the desired appearance. Since everyone’s facial features are unique, we’ll want to specify each detail from the contour of the tooth to the particular hue of porcelain.
The Two-Step Process
Getting dental veneers requires two separate appointments. During the first (which we call the “prep” visit), we reduce the thickness of your front teeth and take an impression. This process prevents your veneers from feeling too bulky once they’re bonded in place. Since some reshaping is done, we’ll plan to use a small amount of local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable.
About two weeks later, your permanent veneers will be ready. Since they’re hand crafted, it isn’t something that can be done immediately. We’ll remove any temporary veneers that you have and then bond each new restoration onto the appropriate tooth. No numbing is necessary.
Caring for Your New Veneers
We recommend sleeping in a night guard to avoid chipping or wear on your new porcelain restorations. Although they’re strong, they can fracture if you’re prone to bruxism (clenching and grinding). Likewise, we suggest investing in an athletic mouthguard if you’re physically active.
Be sure to brush and floss around your veneers daily, removing bacteria from the margins of your restorations. While porcelain cannot decay, the tooth next to it will. Flossing is safe and keeps your veneers clean, helping them to last as long as possible. When done properly, it will not pull your veneers off as some people fear.