Porcelain veneers are a modern dental treatment that can provide an instant way to transform and makeover your smile!
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are applied to the front surface of your teeth. To allow for these thin shells to be applied, a dentist removes a small amount of enamel.
Dentists use veneers for a number of cosmetic dentistry corrections including teeth whitening and addressing crooked teeth. Because veneers are lifelike in appearance and can be used for a number of dental treatments, they rank as one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.
What happens during a porcelain veneer treatment?
History of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers were first invented in the golden age of Hollywood and specifically made for many Hollywood stars of the era. Dr. Charles Pincus was a famous Hollywood dentist in the 1920s whose claim to fame was conceiving the idea of the Hollywood smile through temporary veneers. These perfect pearly whites became the epitome of the Hollywood Smile. Early veneers where temporary as there was no technology at the time to permanently fix the veneers to a person’s teeth.
Shirley Temple, like any other child, lost her baby teeth but was never seen in public with missing teeth. This was due to the temporary veneers which were placed on her existing teeth and removed on a daily basis.
It was in the 60’s that Dr Michael Bunocore introduced a technique to the dental community that created a stronger bonding surface for dental restorations. In 1982, J.R. Calamia and R.J. Simonsen used Dr. Bunocore’s innovative techniques and applied them to the use of porcelain veneers and thus the modern porcelain veneer technique was born. It was from this time onward that the general public has access to the same Hollywood smiles seen on the silver screen.
Thank goodness we have come a long way from the early days of veneers!
Are You a Candidate For Porcelain Veneers?
So how does a patient know if they are a candidate for dental veneers? Usually, porcelain veneer candidates are looking to address any structural or cosmetic issues with their smile including:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps in your smile
- Minor crookedness
- Yellow or discoloured teeth
An ideal porcelain veneer candidate must have a healthy amount of enamel (since the dentist will usually remove a small amount of enamel), good gum health / overall dental health and have realistic expectations as to what porcelain veneer treatment can achieve.
What Determines the Cost of Veneers in Brisbane
There are a number of variables that must be taken into account to determine the cost of porcelain veneers.
Factors that must be taken into account to determine the cost of veneers include:
- Type of veneers
Porcelain veneers can be made from a number of materials and this has an impact on the cost. We recommend having a frank and honest discussion with your dentist on the specific materials that are being used for your treatment and how they impact on the cost.
- Your geographic location
The location of your dentist has a bearing on the cost of your dental treatment. It stands to reason that a dentist in the Brisbane CBD will charge more than a dentist in suburbs further out from the city.
- Experience of the dentist
The Redlands Gentle Dental Care has been established since 1983. When it comes to your porcelain veneer treatment, our more than 30 years of experience in dentistry counts.
The average cost of dental veneers in Brisbane can be anywhere from $500 over $2000 depending on the unique needs of a patient.
Overseas Dental Veneers – Are They Worth It?
A growing number of Australians are choosing to go overseas, in particular, Asia, for dental and medical procedures. Opting to have your porcelain veneer treatment overseas is not a decision that should be taken lightly as when things go wrong, it is usually up to the local dentist that has to pick up the pieces. You only have one set of natural teeth and further corrective dental work can be quite costly.
Porcelain Veneers Review
Here is a review from TripAdvisor of a patient who opted to go to Bali for their dental veneers treatment.
Click here to read the full details of their horrendous experience by clicking here.
Remember, medical treatment should never be viewed as a holiday. All dental and medical procedures should be viewed with the utmost seriousness.
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