PRACTICE LOCATION

 

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
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OPENING HOURS

 

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

  CONTACT

 

info@rivercitydental.com.au
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(07) 3667 9595
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Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

info@rivercitydental.com.au
Email us

(07) 3667 9595
Call us

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

dental veneers

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

Veneers continue to grow in popularity as an effective dental treatment for improving your smile and restoring teeth. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have had dental veneers put in place, and you wouldn’t even be able to tell. That’s the beauty of veneers!

In order to know whether porcelain veneers may be appropriate for you, it is important to understand what they are and how they could potentially improve the appearance of your smile. Although veneers are a very common dental treatment, they may not be suited to everyone’s needs.

Put simply, a dental veneer is a thin shell or surface layer of material, sometimes called an ‘overlay’, which is specially manufactured to look like a natural tooth surface. Veneers are commonly applied to the teeth at the front of the mouth (rather than teeth at the back of your mouth) because their purpose is to correct cosmetic damage or abnormalities.

A veneer may be appropriate for covering a broken tooth, a narrow tooth, or any tooth that is negatively impacting the appearance of your overall smile. If a tooth is quite extensively discoloured, (this could be due to an injury or damage, or just gradual staining over time) then veneers may be more effective than professional teeth whitening. The process involved, however, is slightly more extensive. Veneers are often used in conjunction with each other. This means, patients are likely to get more than one veneer. By having a number of veneers done at the same time, a patient can boost their smile and make it as consistent as possible across the front teeth. This is often necessary, but it is common for teeth abnormalities to affect several teeth within the mouth.

Veneers are not made in bulk and distributed across multiple dental clinics. They are essentially custom made for each patient’s needs. Your dentist near me or emergency dentist will customise your veneers based on the shape of your existing teeth and the precise colour that you are hoping to achieve. To achieve the best results in smile appearance, the smile needs to be consistent and appear natural.

Are veneers the best option for you?

Veneers may be a suitable option for you, but the health of your teeth and gums will need to be assessed by our dentists to ensure that the treatment will suit your needs. Bear in mind that everyone is different, and the condition of your teeth may necessitate a different form of cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry.

There are many cosmetic dental options available for patients. When you visit your dentist or dentist near me, they can examine your smile and determine whether veneers may achieve your desired goals. Don’t believe everything that you read online – chat to your trusted dentists near me and get the real facts on cosmetic dental procedures.

Before you can have your dental veneers fitted, your dentist will have an initial consultation appointment to perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and oral health. Just mention over the phone to our friendly team that you are interested in veneers.

It’s also possible that you will have a follow-up appointment to discuss your treatment plan and what the veneer procedure involves. When preparing your teeth, your dentist may need to alter your existing tooth structure to ensure there is adequate space for the veneer. The risks and potential complications of the procedure will be discussed with you prior to any procedure commencing. It’s important that you understand any complexities before our dentists commence.

What does the veneer procedure involve?

Before veneers can be placed and bonded to your existing teeth, it is first necessary to prepare the teeth to which they will be applied. A professional and experienced dentist must complete this procedure. This is done by your dentist by cleaning and scaling the teeth back slightly. This will help to establish a smooth surface that the veneers can be effectively bonded to. This is also to ensure that the teeth appear at a natural and desirable depth, rather than sticking too far forward and looking unusual. The scaling back of existing teeth is limited to the thickness of the veneer – which is generally quite thin.

At River City Dental, our dentist is proud to offer high quality porcelain veneers. Other types of veneers may be available at other dentists (for example, composite resin), but porcelain is widely recognised as the most long-lasting. It is not prone to chipping and cracking, and it won’t become too discoloured or stained over time like some other options. This is why it is often the recommended choice by our dentists. We only recommend the very best for our patients, as we want to see the best possible outcomes achieved.

Veneers are generally only available for adult teeth, and they are not generally considered to be an option for children. If you are considering ways to improve a child’s smile, you should chat to your dentist about effective oral health practices and dental treatments.

Considerations before getting veneers

Your dentist will tell you if you are a suitable candidate for veneers. Beyond this, you also need to weigh up a number of factors to determine if they are the best option for you. Cost is a significant factor for many patients getting dental treatments. You will need to check with your private health insurer to see if this sort of treatment is covered by insurance. You may also like to check with your dentist to see if they can offer special payment plans to help you access the services you need.

The procedure for veneers can also take some time compared to other treatments, so you will need to factor in this time and make sure it can work for you. To understand exactly how many dental appointments will be involved, speak directly to your dentist. The number of veneers being applied may change how long the procedure will take. Ultimately, veneers can have outstanding outcomes for patients. This is why they continue to grow in popularity as a method for improving your smile and boosting your self-confidence.

Alternatives to veneers

There are many cosmetic dental procedures that exist. Some can be applied as an alternative to veneers while others may be done in addition to veneers. Your dentist will be able to assist with explaining what the best procedure for your needs will be.

It also depends on whether you are looking for a quick and easy boost, or you’re happy to have a slightly more advanced procedure to enhance your smile. Many dental clinics now offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments in house, meaning you can have your cosmetic treatments handled by the same dentists that conduct your general check-ups and hygiene treatments.

Some cosmetic dental options include:

Dental crowns: A dental crown, which may be made out of porcelain, is a specially-designed cap that is fitted over an existing tooth to restore the tooth to its original condition. This means it can replicate the size, shape, colour and usefulness of a tooth and ensure you can continue chewing and biting as per usual. Crowns are the common procedure when damage to a tooth cannot be corrected with a treatment such as a filling or a veneer. They may be recommended by your dentist if you have broken teeth, fractured teeth, or severely decayed teeth.
SureSmile clear aligners: SureSmile Aligners by your dentist are another potential option that can be used to correct alignment concerns in adult teeth. If your teeth are crossed over, uneven, or spread apart with gaps, aligners may be able to help to adjust your teeth into a desired position. Firstly, your dentist will undertake an x-ray of the mouth to see the condition of your smile. They will then use this to design a series of clear aligners that will eventually move your teeth into their desired positions. By wearing clear aligners and progressing between the different sets of aligners over the course of your treatment plan, your natural teeth will shift over time. This is done using minimal force, and therefore discomfort is limited for you. Many people prefer clear aligners as an alternative to braces for minor corrections to their smile because aligners can be removed, making it easy to clean your teeth and take care of your smile. Because the aligners are clear, they are therefore almost impossible to be seen while being worn inday-to-day life.
Professional teeth whitening: If you are looking at any ways to improve the appearance of your smile, teeth whitening could be a simple and effective option. Teeth whitening can be done at most dental clinics by a professional dentist. It can reduce the appearance of stains on your teeth and help boost your smile.
Dental implants: Dental implants are a treatment for replacing lost teeth, which may have been lost due to extensive decay or infection, or been knocked out during an injury that you sustained. If your jawbone is still strong after an injury, then your dentist may recommend endodontic therapy (a root canal procedure) if the tooth nerve has been damaged. However, if too much damage has occurred the decision may be made to extract this tooth. This is where a dental implant comes into the picture. The list of reasons for replacing missing teeth extend well beyond just restoring your smile’s appearance. If a missing tooth is not replaced, you may experience discomfort, difficulty cleaning the teeth and other complications. Dental implants will restore functionality in your mouth, so you can bite and chew normally.

Book an appointment at River City Dental

The team at River City Dental would love to assist you on your smile improvement journey. Whether you are interested in veneers, or a different type of dental treatment, we would like to assist you. Our Indooroopilly dentist dentist has great experience supporting all sorts of treatments and procedures. We are proud to offer:

A world-class dental clinic
A great dentistry team, led by Dr John Bacalakis
An extensive range of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry
Advanced technology
A convenient location
Comfortable dental clinic environment
Services for the entire family
Experience in the industry, and a passion for what we do

If you would like more information, contact us today by calling (07) 3667 9595 or emailing our team at info@rivercitydental.com.au.