Do You Need Straight Teeth for Veneers? All You Need to Know

by | Feb 2, 2023 | Cosmetic Dentistry

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Considering investing in porcelain veneers for your teeth? Maybe you are questioning if it is necessary to do any preparation before, such as having them orthodontically aligned. In this article, we will discuss how dental veneers work and whether or not straightening your teeth beforehand would be beneficial.


Is it necessary to straighten my teeth before I can receive veneers?

Whether you have unevenly shaped or crooked teeth or you have an overbite/underbite, veneers can still be applied! You don’t require a perfectly straight bite to benefit from this transformative procedure. Veneers provide the opportunity for anyone with aesthetic concerns about their smile to gain confidence in their appearance – quickly and easily. If your teeth overlap, however, you may be presented with a difficult situation. Dentists are unable to properly apply veneers if part or all of the tooth’s surface is hidden by another one. Thus, it becomes more challenging in these cases for them to get an optimal result. If the top of your front teeth is significantly overlapping, then orthodontic treatment is likely necessary to ensure that all surfaces of each tooth can be covered with a veneer.

Dentists use braces or Invisalign to straighten teeth or address any misalignment. However, each dental issue is unique, so the best course of action for addressing it will depend on your individual needs. That’s why we highly suggest consulting a dentist before deciding whether to pursue teeth straightening prior to receiving veneers. This way, you can rest assured that you’re making an informed decision about how to treat your teeth!



How are veneers applied?

You can choose between two types of dental veneers: composite and porcelain. Your selection will dictate the procedure for application. 


Porcelain veneers

Before you can get porcelain veneers, you must have an initial consultation with our experienced dentist. They will discuss your desired smile goals and assess the condition of your gums and teeth to determine if you are an ideal candidate for treatment. If approved, we will schedule two appointments so that your dental veneers can be applied correctly!

During the initial visit, our cosmetic dentist will delicately buff away a thin layer of enamel from every natural tooth that is receiving veneers. This slim layer is nearly identical in thickness to your porcelain veneers and helps them fit seamlessly with the remainder of your teeth when they are bonded on. Plus, this procedure ensures that your bite won’t be adversely impacted.

We will craft digital representations of your teeth and send them to a remote laboratory in order to fashion porcelain veneers that perfectly match the shade and specification you require. Typically, our cosmetic dentists will provide you with temporary veneers in order to protect your teeth as you wait for the permanent veneers.

After your veneers are crafted by the lab, you shall return for a follow-up meeting to secure them in place. Our dental practitioners will carefully position the veneers on your teeth to ensure they coordinate seamlessly in terms of shade and form. If desired, we can trim or smoothen any rough edges while you wait so that you leave with a bright smile! If the hue isn’t quite what you expected, don’t fret – you can still alter it before they are permanently affixed. Once these stunning porcelain veneers have been applied, however, colour changes will no longer be an option.

To bestow you with a stunning smile, your teeth can be etched via acid to create an optimum surface for the porcelain veneer material. After that’s done, a high-intensity light is used to set the cement in place, and this will bring about your dazzling new grin! 


Composite veneers

Unlike porcelain veneers, composite dental veneers don’t necessitate removing any tooth enamel. This makes the process reversible and gives patients greater peace of mind. We apply multiple layers of durable composite resin to your teeth and shape them into a desired look, followed by hardening and polishing until the result shines brilliantly like natural teeth!


What are the advantages of veneers? 


Veneers are easy to care for

Ensure the longevity of your beautiful porcelain veneers by brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis, then visit our dental clinic every few months for regular checkups. With this care regime, you can preserve the whiteness of your new smile, as well as safeguard it from any potential damage.


set tooth straightened dental veneers chatswoodVeneers are durable

Porcelain veneers not only provide a dazzling aesthetic to your smile, but they also offer added protection from decay and staining.

With proper maintenance, these dental marvels can last up to 10-15 years! While porcelain is incredibly resilient against discolouring or wearing down over time, it is still important that you take the same level of care with them as you do for regular teeth.


Veneers require very minimal enamel reduction

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your teeth without sacrificing any of your natural ones, consider dental veneers! All it takes is a minor enamel removal process, and they’ll be securely attached to the front surfaces of your existing pearly whites. Now that’s an amazing solution!


Veneers look natural

Porcelain veneers are so incredibly life-like that it often becomes impossible to distinguish them from real teeth. They replicate the natural translucency and colour of your existing teeth, meaning that no one but you will know they are not your own!


Improve your smile with veneers at Boutique Dental Care!

At Boutique Dental Care, we understand the importance of having a gorgeous smile and provide dental veneers to do just that. Our team of experienced and professional dentists will help you obtain beautiful smiles with porcelain or composite veneers that look natural yet stunning. Contact us at (02) 9054 5281 today for your consultation, and let’s get your dream smile started!






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