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What are Porcelain Veneers

Leila Haywood

Porcelain veneers are very fine tooth-coloured porcelain covers which are seamlessly bonded to the front of prepared teeth. They are a more conservative treatment than a crown and can be used if the tooth is strong and healthy. 

They can be suitable for people who have very misaligned teeth, and for those who did not wish to have braces or Invisalign orthodontic treatment. 

If teeth are discoloured, worn, or chipped away, porcelain veneers may be a treatment option where the tooth can be rebuilt exactly as it ought to for best aesthetics and durability, and allows the dentist to rebuild your smile with a greater capacity to change the shade and shape of the teeth.

 

Porcelain veneers placed by Leila Haywood in 2013

Porcelain veneers placed by Leila Haywood in 2013

Advantages: 

 

1. Feels just like the tooth 

2. Strong, durable and stable

3. The shape of the teeth and colour can be changed 

4. Finishes like glass, so it is stain free

5. 5 year laboratory warranty

6. Takes 2 weeks to have made, and temporaries are made 

7. They can be made to be extremely thin, down to 0.2 mm 

8. Precision fit and made by master ceramist in Australia

 

Disadvantages:

 

1.  Veneers mostly require some preparation of the tooth surface, which means these are irreversible

2. Costly 

3. Time - temporaries are placed for 2 weeks while our ceramist makes the veneer

4. Very rarely they can chip

5. Eventually a veneer will likely need to be replaced, they are very strong and long lasting, but may not last a life time

6. Excellent home care is needed, as well as routine checkups and professional cleans each 6 months to monitor veneers 

7.  Rarely veneers can debond or pop off - wear and tear on a veneer can be minimised by wearing a protective night guard or splint

PROFESSIONAL SCALE AND CLEAN

Leila Haywood

A professional dental clean, or a  scale and clean, is the removal soft and hard plaque, and stains that cannot be removed with regular tooth brushing at home. Regular scaling and cleaning prevents tooth decay and gum disease, and is recommended each 6 months. 

 

Advantages of having regular scales and cleans are:

  1. Whiter teeth - the calculus has a chalky white or yellow appearance. These hardened deposits are gently lifted off your teeth and at the gum line. Your teeth are carefully polished to remove as much of the surface stains from your teeth as possible.
  2. Gum health - the calculus and plaque holds bacteria to the tooth surface, can get stuck under the gum and is known to cause infections of the gums.
  3. Fresh breath - your teeth are carefully cleaned so that all the deposits that hold dead bacterial cells and other matter are removed.
  4. Look after your overall health - the bacteria that cause gum disease are known to be linked to other diseases in the body like diabetes, heart disease and even dementia. A regular scale and clean is a way of ensuring that your mouth is as clean as can be.
  5. Preventive care is less expensive - your dental professionals can monitor your dental health at each appointment, assess the amount of buildup, and offer advice to ensure that your home cleaning is as effective as possible. 

 

You may need a scale and clean if

  1. You have plaque or calculus  on your teeth that cannot be removed with regular tooth brushing and flossing at home
  2. You would like to take the best care of your dental health and put preventative measures in place
  3. Your teeth are stained from coffee, tea or red wine.
  4. You smoke cigarettes
  5. You have bleeding gums
  6. Your teeth look yellower 
  7. You can see some buildup around the lower front teeth or the top back teeth in the mirror, or if it feels rough around where the gum joins the teeth
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