Dental veneers are thin facings made of composite or porcelain material which cover the visible surfaces of front teeth.

Veneers are dental restorative treatment options used to change the colour, shape, size, length and position of anterior teeth. They are often made to significantly improve the appearance of your teeth, and in turn, the overall aesthetics of your smile.

Veneers are a pivotal part of aesthetic dentistry. In some cases, dental veneers may be considered akin to a form of 'instant orthodontics'. 

Compared to full coverage tooth reconstructions such as dental crowns, veneers are considered a more conservative restorative treatment option because less tooth structure is removed to enable their placement.

Veneers may be recommended to correct and improve the appearance of:

  • discoloured teeth,
  • worn teeth,
  • chipped or broken teeth,
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • irregularly shaped teeth,
  • gaps between teeth.

Types of Dental Veneers

Veneers may be constructed from either composite resin restorative material or dental ceramics. Veneers made from composite resin are known as Composite Veneers. They are made and attached to the teeth with little to no tooth preparation by a process called 'dental bonding'. Composite veneers can also be referred to as 'direct veneers' because of the fact they are made in a single dental appointment.

Veneers made from the latest high strength dental ceramics are called Porcelain Veneers. They are also known as 'indirect veneers', because they are constructed over multiple dental appointments and sent to a dental laboratory to be made before being inserted in the mouth.

A mould is made of the teeth after they have been shaped and prepared by the dentist. The porcelain veneers are then made from this mould in a dental laboratory and subsequently bonded to the teeth by the dentist during a second dental appointment. Porcelain veneers may often last significantly longer and produce a superior aesthetic result compared to composite veneers.

Planning Dental Veneers

As the materials used for veneers are different, consideration needs to be given regarding the suitability of each material for the circumstances of the patient. If you are a candidate for dental veneers, the most suitable material for your veneers can be determined following a professional consultation and smile analysis at our practice.

We take into consideration:

  • the nature of your dental problem,
  • the quality and amount of suitable natural tooth structure present,
  • your tooth alignment and bite,
  • the health of your gums, your gum profile and contours,
  • what may be achieved,
  • whether prior teeth whitening may improve your overall result,
  • the treatment prognosis,
  • your aesthetic goals, expectations and budget.

At Melbourne Dentistry, we look forward to assisting you with the best available options to suit your aesthetic treatment needs.