At Life Times Smiles you will be an active participant in your new smile. With our range of cosmetic dentistry options, including veneers, we can give you the brighter, happier smile you have always wanted.
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At Life Times Smiles you will have a comprehensive exam where we gather information to help determine what work you may wish to have done. Following this, a scans appointment will allow us to take a neuromuscular bite and dental casts which will be used to mock up a starting point from which to begin your cosmetic journey. The mock up can be used to add temporary material to your teeth to show you what the porcelain veneers will look like. We call this phase of your treatment your “trial smile”, because we can change the length and shape of your teeth to fine tune what your smile looks like. You will be an active participant in this process.


Porcelain Veneers

These are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain (ceramic) shells which bond to, and cover, the front of aesthetically undesirable teeth.  They are a more conservative treatment than a crown, and can often be used as an alternative if the underlying tooth is strong and healthy.


Veneers are excellent for treating chipped, discoloured, slightly misaligned or misshapen teeth or gaps between the teeth, especially if these defects affect the front teeth.  A tooth that is too small or has irregularities can be successfully treated with a veneer. 


Two or three visits to your dentist will usually be required to measure and fit the veneers.  Your dentist will discuss your needs with you and plan the treatment that suits you best. 


At your preparation appointment we will anesthetise your teeth for your comfort and then prepare your teeth for your new restorations. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays all require a certain amount of tooth structure to be removed with a dental hand-piece. Utmost care will be taken to remove as little tooth structure as possible to adequately give enough room for aesthetic porcelain to be placed. Decay, previous dental work, or dark stained teeth may require slightly more tooth to be removed to allow for uniformity of colour of your final restorations.


After preparation and final impressions are completed, acrylic temporaries will be placed for the period of time it takes to work out the final cosmetic details of your particular case. Typical patients require a few adjustments to both their bite and aesthetics. When you have approved your temporaries, we will take impressions of them and have the lab use this as a guide for your final restorations. This provides for little or no changes needing to be made when we deliver your final porcelain restorations.


Many patients have no complaints during this phase of treatment. However, some patients

report cold and heat sensitivity, pressure sensitivity, a lisp, bleeding and inflamed gums, broken temporaries, occlusal (bite) problems, problems with phonetics, issues with display of teeth and or cant of teeth. Every effort will be made to minimise these symptoms.


If any of these symptoms occur you are encouraged to call our office for instructions.


Cementing of the new veneers occurs at the next appointment and may take a few hours.  Your dentist will check the colour and fit before finally bonding them into place. The teeth are cleaned with a chemical that helps bond the veneer to the tooth.  After cement is placed between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam activates the cement to bond the veneer firmly.


Colour can be altered by using varying shades of cement, so it is important that you discuss any changes you require before the final cementing is done.  You will have the opportunity to look at your porcelain restorations in a number of different light sources. Once you approve the cosmetics we will permanently bond in your new restorations, and do some minor bite adjustments. Often it is difficult to fine tune your occlusion (bite) due to the anaesthetic. You are not to eat hard or chewy foods or bite together hard until you are seen again and your occlusion is balanced.


Caring for Veneers

Caring for your veneers will ensure that they last longer. Regular checks with the dentist who fitted the veneers is highly recommended, along with regular cleans with the hygienist to maintain your oral health. Ensure that you mention to your dentist if you have noticed any problems during brushing or flossing.


Important points to remember when caring for veneers include:

-       Excessive chewing or biting, especially on foods like hard lollies, ice or bones may break the porcelain.  Holding other hard objects in your teeth such as nails or bottle caps may damage the veneers.

-       If they are struck by sharp objects, porcelain veneers can fracture, just like normal teeth.  Wearing a mouth-guard during sport is strongly recommended.

-       Good dental hygiene is important to extend the life of the veneers.  Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing after meals will help prevent decay.


Advantages of Veneers

-       Naturally appearing restoration

-       If the tooth underneath is strong enough, veneers can be a simpler and cheaper alternative to crowns. The preparation is not as aggressive as a crown.

-       Veneers are resistant to staining due to age, tea, coffee or smoking.

-       The porcelain and the cement used in the cementing process are strong, making veneers comparable in strength to normal teeth.

-       When applied professionally and cared for regularly, veneers can last for many years.


Disadvantages of Veneers

-       A veneer cannot be repaired to its original strength and colour if it is damaged

-       More expensive.

-       A small amount of tooth must be removed during preparation.

-       Can chip and debond and wear the opposing teeth if the bite is not corrected


Other considerations with Veneers

-       Veneers are not the only treatment option for corrective dental procedures in people with overcrowded or badly misaligned teeth, or upper and lower teeth that do not meet evenly. Other treatment options include orthodontic treatment which can be combined with veneers if needed.

-       As healthy gums are essential to the success of veneers, daily attention to oral hygiene is important.




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