Not long ago, a man came to Precision Dental who is typical of many patients. Let’s call him “Mike”.
Mike, like so many people, had not been to a dentist in years.
He was lucky in that he enjoyed naturally healthy teeth and had been diligent in his daily routine of flossing and brushing.
As a result, years went by in which he enjoyed relatively problem free dental health.
However, he did enjoy his red wine daily, and he smoked. Mike didn’t really enjoy dental check-ups (Who does, right?) and dental visits were an added expense to his budget.
So, combined with the fact that he was not experiencing any dental pain, he felt that he was doing just fine with his daily oral routine and naturally healthy teeth.
As the years went by, he did notice that his teeth were not as white as they had been in his youth.
The spaces between his teeth had gotten darker over time, but it didn’t bother him enough to motivate him to seek any professional health.
Then two things happened: his daughter got engaged to be married, and he had an accident.
His nephew was given a skateboard for his birthday, and Uncle Mike was going to show him some of his old-school board tricks.
You can guess what happened. He was demonstrating his board-prowess by attempting a kickflip, and face-planted himself on the pavement.
Mike’s upper incisors paid the price with a noticeable, yet not too serious chip broken off.
The daughter’s wedding was coming up in just a couple of weeks. Mike knew that he would be in most of the wedding pictures.
He had always been proud of his winning smile and he wanted to be able to smile freely and confidently at this important time in his family’s life.
Mike’s stained teeth, a chipped front tooth, and a daughter’s wedding provided the motivation he needed to finally seek professional dental help.
I was lucky that his friends recommended me highly, and he reluctantly made an appointment at Precision Dental.
I gave Mike a thorough exam that included x-rays, and I have to admit, Mike had an amazingly healthy set of teeth and gums for someone that had not been to a dentist for years.
Except for a few areas that could potentially cause him problems in the future, his only serious problems were the stains and the chipped incisor.
From my years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, I immediately knew that Mike’s best option aesthetically and economically was porcelain or composite resin veneers.
Veneers are very thin layers of material bonded to the front part of a tooth, replacing the outer most layers of the natural enamel.
They offer a natural appearance, are durable, and are much less drastic that replacing an entire tooth with a crown. Plus, they are much more economical, as well.
I presented the Mike with two options: (1) porcelain veneers and (2) composite veneers.
“What’s the difference between the them?” he asked. Here is what I told him.
Both porcelain and composite resin will completely eliminate the stains in your enamel and repair the chipped tooth.
Both will have a natural look and be durable.
Both can be cared for by continuing your normal routine of brushing and flossing.
Both will offer you consistent tooth colour by placing veneers on all but your back teeth.
Porcelain veneers will be slightly more durable, last a little bit longer, and be more resistant to staining than the composite resin veneers.
Porcelain veneers reflect light in a way that resembles natural teeth more closely than composite resin veneers, so they are more aesthetically pleasing.
Composite veneers will be lower in cost.
Porcelain veneers will require at least 2 visits.
Composite resin can be done in just 1 visit, depending on the number of teeth to be treated.
Porcelain veneers: More aesthetically pleasing, higher cost, 2 or more visits, more durability, longer lasting.
Composite veneers: Lower cost, 1 or more visits, slightly less durability, slightly less long lasting.
I suggested that if Mike would commit to reducing his wine intake dramatically and stop smoking, then composite resin would be the reasonable choice.
Ultimately, Mike chose the porcelain veneers because he was not sure that he could reduce his wine drinking and smoking significantly enough to make the composite resin option viable.
Because he didn’t like to visit the dentist any more than absolutely necessary, he decided that the higher durability and strength of the porcelain veneers justified the added expense and installation time for his lifestyle.
If you or anyone you know has a situation similar to Mike’s, we recommend that you book an appointment online or by phone, and let us make a dental strategy that offers you the utmost in oral health and aesthetic quality.
Here at Precision Dental, we use the most modern technology available and employ the highest standards when it comes to tooth repair and aesthetic improvements.
Be assured that you will get the finest and longest lasting treatment possible.
Let us give you a thorough exam to determine any problem areas you might have and recommend a long-term dental care program designed to give you a trouble free, award-winning smile.
Call us on (07) 3852 1160 or visit us at S13, HQ South Tower, 520 Wickham St in Fortitude Valley.