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Dental Veneers

25 May , 2015   Video

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a conservative dental procedure used to improve the appearance of front teeth. Dental veneers are very thin shells of either composite resin filling material, or the more durable ceramic (porcelain), which are bonded to the prepared teeth. The YouTube video demonstrates ceramic (porcelain) veneers.

Dental veneers have the advantage of requiring less tooth removal compared with full dental crowns. Dental veneers are used to improve tooth colour or shape, hide discolourations, closing small spaces, or straightening out minor crowding.

Dental veneers are often used when whitening treatment does not adequately mask deep staining (eg. discolouration of teeth due to exposure to the antibiotic tetracycline- in utero or in infancy), older discoloured fillings or root canals.

If tooth discolouration is not an issue then metal braces, ceramic braces or invisalign are other more conservative options for tooth straightening.

How long do dental veneers last?

There are many variables that will influence not only how good your veneers look, but how long they will last and how long they will remain aesthetic. Composite veneers and porcelain veneers vary in longevity:

Composite veneer

A composite veneer will look good for 5-7 years. A composite veneer looks best when it is initially done and will deteriorate a little over time depending on your lifestyle and habits. During this time it may need re-polishing or touching up more frequently since composite is more prone to picking up staining molecules compared with porcelain veneers. However, if you do have a problem (maybe a chip), it is easier to repair and less damaging to your natural tooth

Porcelain veneer

Porcelain Veneers tend to last longer and keep their appearance better. Problems can sometimes occur with veneers at approximately 10 years, although most tend to last longer. Problems with porcelain veneers arise from porcelain chipping, porcelain veneer de-bonding, veneer margin staining.

How Much does a Dental Veneer Cost?

In New Zealand: The cost of a porcelain veneer is on average $1165 per tooth.

The cost of a composite veneer would be $200-$900 per tooth.

In Australia the cost of porcelain veneers is on average $1087 per tooth. In the United states the cost of dental veneers is higher and can range anywhere from $1000-$3000 per tooth.

Dental veneers are a cosmetic procedure which can improve self-esteem however the initial cost and maintenance cost needs to be carefully considered.


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