What are dental veneers? An introductory guide to this versatile treatment

Do you want whiter teeth without the hassle of bleaches and gels? Are you fed up with your teeth feeling sensitive to hot and cold drinks?

Sensitivity and concerns over the whiteness of their teeth are some of the most common reasons why a person will visit their dentist. In a world where seemingly everyone has a gleaming white smile, people who have a yellow tint to their teeth can feel frustrated, especially if they have tried every option conceivable to whiten them.

But if you have sensitive teeth, traditional whitening methods can worsen this, making it a pointless endeavour. However, the use of popular porcelain tooth coverings can help to whiten your teeth and reduce sensitivity at the same time.

At Kooringal Dental, we call our porcelain tooth coverings veneers Wagga and can happily affix these veneers to your teeth for instant whitening and sensitivity protection. As one of the most versatile of all cosmetic procedures, they are exceedingly popular with our team and our patients, so if you want instant whitening without the bleach, coverings may be an option for you!

Here, our team has written an introductory guide to veneers Wagga, so you can determine if they are right for you.

What are they?

Usually made from porcelain, veneers Wagga are thin coverings that are placed on the front of your teeth and held in place with dental cement.

They can be customised to be any whiteness you wish them to be, or they can be colour matched to your teeth to conceal a darker tooth. The fitting is painless, and simply involves a mild scraping of the enamel at the front of the tooth to create a suitable surface for the cement to bond strongly with the veneer.

What are they used for?

As mentioned before, they are used to whiten teeth and to protect against sensitivity.

However, they can also be used to conceal cracks or chips and can help with asymmetry issues, by changing the length of shorter or worn down teeth. They can also be used to strengthen a tooth that has recently undergone a root canal.

Can anyone have them fitted?

There are few exclusions when it comes to this treatment, but our team will need to check that you do not have gum disease or active tooth decay, as these issues can cause the coverings to fall off prematurely and will need to be addressed first.

How long do they last?

On average, this treatment lasts between 15-20 years, if subject to correct dental care at home.

However, if one of your coverings falls off, you can come into our surgery to have it reattached.

Do they need special aftercare?

In a word, no.

These coverings just require you to maintain good oral hygiene at home to prevent gum disease and you will need to stay up-to-date on your dental check-ups and hygienist appointments.

You should also try to cut back on smoking and excessive alcohol consumption to ensure that the coverings do not fall off due to gum disease.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.


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