Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers depends on the quality of the veneer material chosen. Composite resin veneers are made of reinforced plastic filling material, the same tooth-coloured material used to fill cavities in a tooth. They cost $400 a tooth. Porcelain veneers are the best we have available. They are stronger and look more tooth-like than composite resin veneers. They cost $1200 a tooth.
Are Dental Veneers Permanent?
Veneers are a permanent cosmetic dental treatment. Composite resin veneers, being made of reinforced plastic, last approximately 5 years. Porcelain veneers, being made from a harder material, last approximately 10 years. However, veneers can last longer than this if they a well looked after. Good dental hygiene and regular teeth cleaning with a dentist can help veneers last a long time. Conversely poor dental hygiene and lack of teeth cleaning with a dentist can lead to veneers looking less than desirable over time.
How Are Dental Veneers Done?
Composite resin veneers take only one appointment. They are built directly onto your teeth and set hard. You walk out of the practice with your veneers in place. Porcelain veneers require two appointments. The first appointment is for preparing the surfaces of your teeth for the veneers, taking an impression of this for the dental technician to make your veneers in the laboratory, and placing temporary veneers to cover the preparation. The second appointment is for removing the temporary veneers and cementing in the permanent veneers.
Do Veneers Fall Off?
The same way a natural tooth can break down, veneers can chip or come away from the tooth over time with use. The good news is that chips in veneers can be repaired with composite resin filling material. Veneers that come away can be cleaned and recemented if the underlying tooth structure is fine. If the veneer or the underlying tooth is badly damaged, it will need to be remade.
Do Veneers Hurt?
Getting veneers is a straight forward process similar to getting a filling. It is not a painful procedure. Composite resin veneers are built directly onto your teeth without the need to shave any tooth structure away in most cases and don’t usually require any local anaesthetic. A small amount of tooth structure needs to be removed to be able to fit porcelain veneers to your teeth. This is done under local anaesthetic so the procedure is not uncomfortable and your teeth are covered straight after an impression is taken for the dental technician to make the veneers.
Do Veneers Ruin Your Teeth?
You can think of veneers like a shield of armour added to the outer surfaces of the teeth to restore their original strength and aesthetics. They themselves do not damage the teeth, but instead provide protection for the underlying tooth structure. Composite resin veneers are usually built over your teeth without the need to prepare the tooth structure. If these veneers were to be removed, your teeth should be the same as they were before the veneers were done. Porcelain veneers require tooth structure to be prepared for the veneers to sit over the teeth. You may think shaving away some enamel damages the teeth. However, the porcelain veneer material replaces the prepared enamel with a material that is as strong or stronger and better looking than the enamel that was there before.
Dental Veneers Brisbane Procedure and Cost
Step 1 30 Minute Appointment – Free Cosmetic Consult
|Item 015 Long Consultation|
Description : Evaluation of the teeth and assess if appropriate for composite resin and/or porcelain veneers
Step 2 1 to 2 Hour Appointment (depending on number of teeth to veneer)
Description : Placement of Composite Resin Veneers or Preparation for Porcelain Veneers
|Item 526 Front Tooth Composite Resin Veneer|
Description : Front Tooth Composite Resin Veneer
|Item 536 Back Tooth Composite Resin Veneer|
Description : Back Tooth Composite Resin Veneer
|Item 556 Porcelain Veneer|
Description : Porcelain Veneer
Step 3 30 to 60 Minute Appointment 2 Weeks After Step 2 (depending on number of teeth to veneer) – Porcelain Veneer Cementation
This stage is for porcelain veneers only, it is not needed for composite teeth veneers.
Removal of temporary veneers and trying in of permanent veneers, cementing and adjustment of permanent veneers to make sure they look and feel good in the mouth.
No additional charge for this appointment.
Does My Tooth Look Good In This?
Sometimes a front tooth may not look very good. It may be chipped, worn or discoloured. It may have one or more large old fillings that have become stained or don’t match the colour of your surrounding teeth. A replacement filling may not be an option because the surrounding tooth structure could of weakened over time due to tooth decay. In instances like this, it may be advisable to consider a veneer. If you are concerned about the look of your teeth because of chipping, tooth wear or discolouration, then a veneer is definitely the option you are looking for.
Veneers are all about aesthetics. It can be thought of as a resurfacing treatment for your teeth much like what false nails do for your fingernails. False nails are glued to the front of the real nails, resulting in a new appearance while the real nails remain underneath relatively unchanged. Veneers provide a similar effect for teeth. The tooth under a veneer is not significantly altered, but the veneer on top can provide the desired new shape, size and colour. Like false nails where all the fingernails on each hand are usually covered, veneers are commonly done on all teeth that are most visible when someone smiles, typically the front 6 upper teeth.
$0 Check-up and Clean
Get a checkup and clean for $0 out-of-pocket. We accept whatever your health fund pays us for your 1st checkup and clean with us and write off the rest.
Free Cosmetic Consult
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$550 Teeth Whitening
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Porcelain or Plastic Veneers?
Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin (tooth coloured filling material.) Porcelain veneers are made in the same way crowns are made. At the first appointment, the tooth is first reshaped and an impression taken of the prepared tooth. A plastic temporary veneer is placed to cover the prepared tooth while a Dental Technician makes the final veneer using the impression in a Dental Laboratory. Usually 2 weeks later, the final veneer is ready to be fitted onto the tooth at a second appointment. Porcelain veneers are beautiful restorations that can look amazingly natural.
Composite resin veneers are a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. Composite resin veneers are directly built onto the tooth usually in one longer appointment, with the result immediately visible. However, composite resin is basically a reinforced plastic material. Because of this composite resin veneers have less strength and aesthetics compared to porcelain veneers. They can wear and slowly lose their shine and colour over time. They can be renewed by surface polishing or by re-coating their surfaces with new composite resin so that it is not always necessary to replace the whole veneer over time.
Have We Got A Veneer For You?
Getting dental veneers is all about getting that perfect smile. Our teeth can have a big effect on our confidence. Veneers are a great solution for those finding themselves hiding their smile because their front teeth:
- Are chipped and jagged
- Are worn down or looking shorter than they should be
- Have gaps between them
- Are different sizes, with some teeth looking too small
- Have discoloured patches or are generally discoloured
- Have large fillings which are breaking down
- Would benefit from a change in shape or colour
How Did We End Up Veneer?
As we’ve mentioned, a veneer is used for aesthetic purposes. Over time no matter how much care you take with your teeth you will likely end up with some wear and tear. Even the most regular patients find that their front teeth don’t look as fresh as they did in their teenage years. Small chips and minor tooth wear are not uncommon on our thinner front teeth. While regular brushing and dental checkups can prevent the need for veneers, there really is no beating the clock on this one.
Don’t let minor issues with your front teeth affect your confidence in day to day life. What you are experiencing is not uncommon and a veneer is an excellent solution to restore that new tooth look. Veneers are not something you’ll need all the time, and not something you have to have. But if you are finding your confidence is down because of a little bit of wear then just prioritise the solution. The people around you want to see that beautiful smile and you need to have the confidence to show off those pearly whites.
The Cost Of Dental Veneers:
An attractive smile is worth more than a simple money figure. However, money tends to be the major limiting factor when it comes to achieving an attractive smile. Many patients know what dental veneers or teeth veneers are. They understand what dental veneers can do for their smile. They want dental veneers, however they also think that dental veneers cost a lot of money and are out of their price range. Some patients opt for the cheaper material simply because of cost. They know the difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers. They understand that dental veneers in porcelain are stronger, more aesthetically pleasing and last longer than those made in composite resin. However, the prices of porcelain dental veneers stop them from choosing this material. Composite dental veneers are cheaper and can give quite a good result, but don’t give the best result and do not last a long time due to chipping and staining issues of the weaker material. Some patients are so restricted by the dental veneers cost in Brisbane and Australia in general, that they even look for options overseas, like getting dental veneers in Thailand. The prices of their package deals may be cheaper than in Brisbane, but dental tourism or dental vacations come with their risks and may cost you more money if something doesn’t go as planned.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.