Restore the look and function of your smile
If you’re unhappy with the look of your smile, dental veneers could be an option for restoring the appearance and function of your teeth.
Ideal for teeth that are discoloured, worn, broken or chipped, dental veneers can be an effective, beautiful, and very durable way to restore an uneven, misaligned, or ‘gappy’ smile.
At Renton Dental in Paddington we offer you the choice of both composite resin veneers and porcelain dental veneers. Each of these options can be the solution to teeth that no longer look as attractive as they once did.
Porcelain dental veneers
A durable and extremely attractive tooth restoration, these dental veneers are thin shells of tooth-coloured, translucent porcelain which are placed over your natural front teeth.
Once these custom-made restorations are securely bonded to your teeth, dental veneers can restore the colour, size, and shape of your teeth.
Your porcelain veneers procedure
After administering local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable, we will prepare your teeth for their veneers by removing a tiny amount of surface enamel. This helps to ensure that your new veneers won’t protrude abnormally from your natural teeth.
Your dentist will then take a detailed impression of your prepared teeth. We then despatch this information is to a dental laboratory to allow them to custom-make your porcelain veneers.
Once your restorations are complete, we invite you to return to Renton Dental’s Paddington practice so that we can securely fix them onto the front of your teeth. After placement, your new porcelain veneers will be practically indistinguishable from your neighbouring teeth.
With the help of porcelain dental veneers, you can once again enjoy a natural-looking and very beautiful smile.
Composite resin veneers
If you’re looking for a more affordable tooth restoration, composite resin veneers can be a less invasive way to improve the look of your smile that is completed in just one visit to Renton Dental.
Composite resin veneers’ main advantage over porcelain veneers is that little, if any, tooth will need to be removed during preparation. Instead, they are built up on the surfaces of your teeth to create a smile that’s practical and beautiful.
Another advantage of composite veneers over the porcelain alternative is that Renton Dental can alter or repair them at any time – for example, if you decide to have teeth whitening treatment that alters the colour of your surrounding teeth.
Your resin veneers procedure
We begin by lightly etching your tooth’s surface and coating it with a bonding liquid. We then apply a very thin layer of resin over your tooth, which is sculpted and moulded into its ideal new shape while still soft.
The composite resin veneer is then set hard with a high intensity light, before being trimmed and polished to create an attractive new tooth restoration that closely resembles your natural teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between porcelain and resin veneers?
Unlike composite resin veneers, which are completed in the dental chair in one visit, porcelain veneers are made off-site in a dental lab. Because of this more complicated process, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers, and will need at least two visits to Renton Dental.
Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
A personalised examination at Renton Dental will help us decide whether dental veneers are right for your individual situation.
Dental veneers may not be right for you if you have severely misaligned teeth; severe dental decay or gum disease; teeth that are missing a lot of their structure or enamel; or if you grind (or brux) your teeth at night.
Do dental veneers stain?
Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant, so you can enjoy drinking red wine, tea and coffee as normal. Composite veneers are porous, which means that they tend to stain more easily over time and don’t look quite as natural as porcelain veneers.
How long do dental veneers last?
With proper care and attention, composite resin veneers usually last around 4-8 years, and will need regular maintenance because they can lose their shine and may chip. Porcelain veneers are far more durable, may last 12-15 years with good oral care, and rarely need any maintenance.
How do I take care of my veneers?
New veneers may alter your bite slightly, so we recommend you stick to eating softer foods for the first few days until you get used to them. From then on, you should still avoid biting on hard foods such as hard bread, nuts or hard lollies with your veneers. You should never bite your nails, try and open packages with your teeth, or chew on ice.
Make sure you maintain very good oral hygiene at home, and visit us at Renton Dental in Paddington every six months for a dental examination and professional cleaning.