How much do porcelain veneers cost?+
Porcelain veneers cost roughly between $1500 to $3500 per tooth depending on the complexity of treatment. Exact quotes can only be established through a consultation appointment with Dr Dee.
We also offer Smile Makeover packages of 6 to 12 porcelain veneers. Package details can be obtained by contacting us directly.
Do you offer payment plans for veneers?+
We offer affordable payment plans through third-party companies. Our staff can guide you through our payment plan options.
What's the difference between porcelain and bonded (composite) veneers?+
Porcelain veneers are made from ultra-thin ceramic porcelain. Bonded (composite) veneers are made from a composite resin. Porcelain veneers are longer lasting and provide a more natural look. Bonded veneers utilizes a minimally invasive procedure and are less expensive.
The best way to determine which option to choose is to speak with a cosmetic dentist. Don't be afraid to discuss your expectations, anxieties, aspirations, and budget. We firmly believe in responsible aesthetics. The best option is always the one that best fits your specific needs.
Are veneers covered by health insurance?+
Level of cover is dependent on each health insurance provider. We highly recommend that you contact them directly to confirm if you are covered for treatment. A treatment plan will be given to you including the item numbers.
What can porcelain veneers change?+
Porcelain Veneers are aimed to facilitate and possibly address differentiating cosmetic dental conditions. It is extremely important to arrange a thorough consultation and discussion with a qualified health professional and doing extensive research before moving forward with treatment to assess your suitability for porcelain veneers.
Patients with the following dental concerns often look at porcelain veneers as a treatment option:
MISALIGNED TEETH | Malocclusions are most frequently alleviated with orthodontic fixed braces or Invisalign. Minor misalignment can be cosmetically corrected with porcelain veneers.
DISCOLOURED/STAINED TEETH | Porcelain veneers are aimed to closely replicate the appearance of each individual tooth, not a generic one. With a variety of shades that are meticulously matched to your own or your chosen preference. Patients with discoloured and/or stained teeth that are impervious to bleaching often look at porcelain veneers as an alternative and longer lasting solution to whitening treatment.
THIN ENAMEL | General wear and tear as well as everyday acidic erosion are common factors that can result in the loss of tooth enamel. In this case, Porcelain Veneers could act as protective barrier that can shield your teeth from ongoing structural deterioration and thin enamel.
DIASTEMA | For those who are suffering from diastema (also known as gappy teeth) can turn to veneers as a possible solution. Your teeth can be reshaped and gaps can be designed to look naturally spaced or completely closed, depending on your preference.
CHIPPED/BROKEN TEETH | Individuals that may have chipped their enamel – where it may be in sport, an accident or even from trying to open a bottle with their teeth – can look into porcelain veneers as a treatment option. We will assess the entire structure, configuration and size to enrich your own personal facial features.
MICRODONTIA | We are all born with dissimilar and unique dental identities. Porcelain veneers are a great way of cosmetically altering the appearance of undesired microdontia (small teeth).
How do I take care of my bonded (composite) veneers?+
An effective way to protect your bonded veneers is to wear a night time splint. This will help ensure that you avoid chipping or breaking them if you happen to grind your teeth or lock your jaw as you sleep.
Other methods of fortification include:
Regular cleaning and maintenance
Minimise bad habits – biting your nails, chewing on pens, cutting tape with your teeth, etc
Avoid high consumption of food or beverages that have teeth staining agents
Avoid biting into hard items
See your dentist for a 6 monthly check-up, clean and polish
How much do bonded veneers cost?+
Bonded veneers cost approximately $450 to $650 per tooth. An exact quote can be obtained through a consultation appointment.
What is the most common reason to have veneers replaced?+
As with many things in life – nothing lasts forever. Porcelain veneers and crowns are strong and durable but this doesn’t make them invincible.
A force or trauma to your tooth can cause your veneer and natural teeth to fracture or chip. This can also occur if patients have continuous bad habits including chewing on ice or biting pens.
If you do not follow your aftercare procedures for preventative dentistry including regular check up and cleans or wearing your mouth guard, you risk your oral health.
If the enamel below your veneer decays, dental treatment will be required which may involve the removal of your veneer.
Gum recession can also be a factor in having your veneers replaced. Many factors can contribute to the recession of gums including age, brushing too vigorously deficient oral hygiene or even genetics.
Can I still get cavities with veneers?+
An assessment will be made prior to you getting porcelain veneers to ensure you are a suitable candidate with good oral hygiene and healthy teeth. If there are any fillings or root canal treatments required, this will be discussed and arranged prior to the cosmetic work. In saying this, you can be prone to cavities with veneers if your underlying teeth are not looked after. Preventative dentistry including brushing and flossing twice daily with regular dental visits, and wearing a mouthguard are highly recommended to avoid and control any cavities if they do arise.
How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?+
The colour of your veneers will be in your hands! We will give you a guide shade and recommendation but ultimately, you will make the final decision of the brightness of your veneers. During this stage, we will also ask you to consider your skin tone in different seasons (whether you tan a lot in summer or lighten during winter), whether you like wearing lipstick/tanning products and most importantly, whether you can continue maintaining the shade of your other teeth.
Ultimately, if you want a really white colour, you can continue matching the shade by upholding regular lower whitening.
Can I get veneers if my teeth are chipped?+
Your suitability for treatment can only be assessed during a consultation and examination appointment. Generally, porcelain veneers are great for chipped teeth to restore the strength to prevent from any further chipping to occur. They are also a great cosmetic option to restore the aesthetics of the chipped teeth.
Will my teeth be shaved into tiny tooth pegs?+
During your consultation and examination appointment, our cosmetic dentist will do a thorough assessment for your suitability for veneers and explain other alternatives and possible treatment options as well. There are generally two types of preparations for porcelain veneers:
Minimal to no-prep veneers is when your teeth are in optimal position for the veneers to be placed on top of. This requires little to no shaving and only minor preparation of your tooth’s surface.
Prep: If your teeth are misaligned, crowded or not in an ideal position for veneers and you are not interested in orthodontic or Invisalign treatment to realign your teeth, the cosmetic dentist will then have to prep your teeth. Prepping your teeth will include shaving off your teeth. New technology wafer thin porcelain veneers now means that less tooth structure will be removed compared to the older technology.
What can I eat and drink with veneers?+
Whilst wearing your temporary veneers, we ask that you take great care and go on a soft food diet to avoid breaking your temps. Your temporary veneers can break or chip if you have hard solids so we ask that you keep away from crunchy snacks (such as apples and carrots) and instead have softer foods (such as potato mash, yoghurt, soups etc.).
Please note: your temporary veneers are very prone to staining. We recommend that you avoid highly colored meals such as curries, turmeric, beetroot, red wine, teas and coffees.
Good news is that you can eat and drink anything you want with porcelain veneers! For the first few weeks, you may experience some sensitivity and we advise that you chop your crunchy foods into smaller, bite-sized portions until you get used to eating with your new veneers.
We would advise that you avoid biting on the front of your teeth and look after your new smile as you would your old smile – with love, care and good oral hygiene.
How long will Invisalign treatment take?+
The length of Invisalign treatment is dependent on the severity of each individual patient’s orthodontic issues. Treatment may vary from anywhere between six months to two years with an average treatment taking around 12 to 14 months.
How often do I have to wear the aligners?+
Aligners should be worn all day except when eating, brushing and flossing. We recommend for your aligners to be worn at least 22 hours a day. The more you wear it, the better your results.
Can I eat and drink with Invisalign?+
You can eat and drink whatever you desire - just remember to remove your aligners first. The only beverage you can drink with aligners on is water. And it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
How often will I need to come in for Invisalign?+
We will schedule regular appointments — usually about once every six to eight weeks. This is the only way we can determine that your treatment is progressing predictably as planned.
Am I suitable for Invisalign?+
Most patients are suitable for Invisalign. Cases that are difficult or unsuitable for Invisalign may include:
Up-righting severely tipped teeth
Not all the permanent teeth have erupted - you're still growing!
Multiple missing teeth
Unsuitable periodontal (gum) condition
Patients wanting to change their facial profile
Does Invisalign work as well as braces?+
Invisalign has proven to be as effective at straightening teeth as traditional braces. The level of Invisalign experience will determine how an orthodontist or dentist decides how to treat a patient. Patients with severe crowding or bite problems may require interdisciplinary treatments in which Invisalign is used in combination with other teeth straightening techniques.
Like brackets and arch wires, the Invisalign aligner moves teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. With each aligner, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular aligner. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
Why should I choose Invisalign?+
There are four primary benefits of Invisalign:
Invisalign is nearly invisible — you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Invisalign is removable – you can eat and drink what you want during treatment; you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign is comfortable — there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation. No metal or wires also means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start — so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
What are Invisalign aligners made from?+
Aligners are made of clear, strong, and comfortable medical grade non-toxic plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. There are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation. Invisalign aligners are also BPA-free, phthalate-free, and biocompatible.
How long will it take to start Invisalign treatment after the consultation?+
After or during the initial consultation, your treating orthodontist or dentist will need to take x-rays, photos and moulds of your teeth. These records will be sent to the USA to be used to manufacture your custom made aligners. This process will take approximately 6 weeks (from the time the records are sent to the USA to the time treatment can begin).
How much does Invisalign cost?+
In most cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional braces. However, as with other medical treatments only your orthodontist or dentist can determine cost based on your specific needs. Other factors may include your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, how long you are in treatment, your orthodontic insurance coverage and additional factors determined by your dentist or orthodontist. See our cost breakdown
Does my insurance cover Invisalign?+
This is the answer.
Can I chew gum or smoke with aligners?+
No. We discourage smoking due to discoloration, and recommend that you remove your aligners before all meals and snacks.
How do I clean my aligners?+
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water. We also offer aligner cleaning crystals for purchase.
How long does the whitening last?+
The results do vary from patient to patient as everyone absorbs product differently. Professional whitening generally can last from 6 months to 2 years. On average, patients whiten in the chair 1-2 times per year, and/or use the take home kit every 3-4 months to maintain the shade.
Can I eat and drink after in-chair whitening?+
You can eat and drink 60 minutes after your in-chair whitening. However, for the next 48 hours please take care to steer clear of staining food and beverages. This may include red wine, coffee, tea, dark sauces, and dark meats. Please also avoid smoking.
Will it make my teeth sensitive?+
Some patients do experience some sensitivity during or after whitening treatments. We recommend sensitive toothpaste to help with this discomfort. Any sensitivity usually dissipates within 12-24 hours. If sensitivity persists beyond 72 hours, please contact a qualified health professional.
Is in-chair whitening painful?+
The process of teeth whitening is not painful but it can cause sensitivity. Patients may experience minor discomfort during the procedure and often report of sensitivity immediately after the treatment. We recommend brushing your teeth with sensitive toothpaste 1-2 weeks prior to your whitening appointment and after/as you whiten to ease the sensitivity. You will be given a relief gel after your appointment that will immediately ease any reactive sections. Sensitivity is expected to subside after approximately 12-24 hours of treatment. If sensitivity persists beyond 72 hours, please contact a qualified health professional.
Will in-chair whitening damage my teeth?+
When administered by a qualified dentist, teeth whitening will not damage your teeth. Global consumer protection organisations agree that the proper use of whitening products is safe after consultation and approval by a qualified dentist. Safety is our first concern. This is why patients must come in for a consultation before any treatment.
Is in-chair whitening safe?+
Teeth whitening is extremely safe, especially when completed at a qualified cosmetic dentistry. There is diminutive evidence to support the concern that teeth whitening is an unsafe procedure. When bleaching in chair at Vogue Dental Studios, the hydrogen peroxide would only come in contact with your enamel.
Is hydrogen peroxide safe?+
Hydrogen peroxide is deemed safe when administered and applied by an oral health professional. It becomes unsafe when the product is misused/overused or against the recommendation of your dentist.
Hydrogen peroxide/carbamide peroxide is very commonly used as bleaching agents. The colour of your natural tooth is de-pigmented and thus whitened by using the active ingredients in a variation of concentrations as recommended after an oral examination with the cosmetic dentist. The product is applied directly to your teeth, either in the clinic during your in-chair whitening appointment or in your customised trays that you use to whiten at home.
Can I just whiten once?+
Unfortunately, to maintain the results, whitening is not a treatment you do just once – extrinsic factors do play a part in why our teeth develop stains. Because of this, we recommend continuing and maintaining your whitening treatments either at home or at a qualified dental practice. The best way to prolong the life of your new brighter smile is by improving your overall dental hygiene through consistent brushing, flossing and rinsing. Upholding your six-monthly dental clean and check-ups is essential to conserving your pearly whites (and making sure they stay white!). We recommend in chair whitening 1-2 times per year to cosmetically enhance the shade of your teeth, just as you would maintain your hair, nails or lashes, teeth need maintenance too.
How much gel do I use from the take home kit?+
Less is definitely more! We will show you a step by step guide on how to use your personalized take home whitening kit effectively at your appointment. The tiniest amount should be distributed as using more doesn’t mean better results – it only means wasted bleach and potential burnt gums!
Can I get whitening if pregnant or breastfeeding?+
At Vogue Dental Studios, we do not recommended any whitening treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as not enough research has been put into the side effects of doing so.
Can I whiten caps or veneers?+
Composite or porcelain veneers/bridges/crowns/implants/dentures will have minimal to no response to whitening. Though some patients find that their surface stains have reduced after whitening on their restorations, the bleach will have no effect on the colour.
Is there an expiry date for the take home kit?+
We recommend using your take home whitening gels within 12 months of opening. An expiration date is listed on the product itself.
What ingredients are in the in-chair whitening gel?+
We use a hydrogen peroxide based solution with Philips Zoom for in chair whitening for maximum results. This bleach is very high in concentrate in comparison to over the counter and take home whitening products. These high concentrates must be monitored by a dental health professional and cannot be done at home.
Is the metal in the implant safe? +
The titanium metal is completely safe and is the same material used in bone surgery.
Do I have to take time off work after implants surgery? +
Each person reacts and heals differently after dental implant surgery. Depending on your personal threshold and discomfort, our patients commonly are able to return to work the day after the implant procedure. We will thoroughly discourse this prior to your appointment.
Am I suitable for dental implants?+
Dental implants are suitable for most people with missing teeth. How your body reacts to the implant is dependent on a multitude of factors:
Your existing bone tissue and its health
Existing periodontal disease
Non-smoking (or at least quit during treatment)
Health of existing gum and teeth
What types of general and family dentistry do we offer?+
We offer most general and family dentistry services. We look after both children and adults of all ages.
What types of payment do you accept?+
We accept cash, bank transfer, debit and credit cards.