Feel conscious to smile in a group photo, first date or in an interview? Do you close your lips tight when you are asked to smile?
It is said that a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. Your smile is usually the first thing that people notice about you, so it makes sense to want to feel good about your smile. Unfortunately, in today’s social media-obsessed world, smiling is now always easy because your teeth play a big role when it comes to the perfect smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry is aimed at assisting people to regain their self-confidence. For many people, getting veneers usually helps boost their confidence. If it is a tooth discoloration, damage, cracks or gaps in your smile, dental veneers can provide a good solution.
In the past few years, there’s been a very large demand for dental veneers as part of cosmetic enhancement work. Most of this demand stems from images of perfect smiles seen on social media.
Veneers can be used to fix the following dental problems:
- Stained or discoloured teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregular shaped teeth
- Worn teeth
- Gaps between teeth
As Brisbane’s Leading Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. James Malouf has been crafting and placing dental veneers for many patients for well over 10 years. With his advanced training in dental veneers and cosmetic dental procedures, Dr. Malouf is renowned and sought after as a leading cosmetic dentist in Brisbane for these cosmetic dental treatments.
Which Veneers should I use?
Veneers are thin shells made either from porcelain or resin which fit over the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are extremely versatile and can be used in various ways to enhance your smile.
Porcelain Veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are directly bonded to the front and biting edges of teeth to create a beautiful, natural smile.
Composite Veneers are made up of a composite resin material that is bonded, shaped, smoothed and hardened to the tooth to achieve a new desired look.
While your dentist can advise you on the advantages of each, we believe the result from porcelain would be far superior to the result from resin.
Porcelain Veneers, when created perfectly, layer-upon-layer, have a translucent quality that reflects the different lighting conditions in a similar way to tooth enamel. This gives Porcelain Veneers a sense of layered depth and texture that is difficult to be replicated by the composite process.
Porcelain Veneers look natural
Porcelain Veneers are usually based on the impression that your dentist takes from your teeth. This guarantees that the contours and colour of the porcelain shell look similar and because there is a high degree of characterisation, it is very difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. They are also non-porous and do not stain.
Porcelain Veneers solve some cosmetic dental issues
Porcelain Veneers can close gaps between teeth and can provide a solution for missing teeth, misshapen teeth, and stained or discoloration of teeth.
Porcelain Veneers are long-lasting
Porcelain provides a stain-free and long-lasting solution. Well-maintained Porcelain Veneers can last 10 to 15 years, compared to the 5 to a 7-year average lifespan of composites. Porcelain Veneers can also resist decay and discoloration. However, you should avoid too much coffee, biting hard food as this could damage the veneers.
Porcelain Veneers are easy to maintain
Porcelain Veneers are low maintenance that can be done through daily brushing and flossing, as required with normal teeth.
Porcelain Veneers are less invasive
Porcelain Veneer procedures are much less invasive as compared to many other types of dental restoration including dental crowns. A very small portion of your front surface is needed by your cosmetic dentist to create room for the veneers. Another added benefit to choosing Porcelain Veneers over Composite Veneers is that the gum tissue tolerates the porcelain better
Source: Compiled from websites and the Australian Dental Association website.