With the standards of beauty getting higher and higher, having perfect teeth has become yet another beauty standard we try to attain. Back in the day, it was all about getting braces, but these days, people are resorting to costly porcelain veneers, which have exploded in popularity in recent years.
Porcelain veneers require some filing of the tooth enamel, which is irreversible. They are also expensive, costing over a thousand dollars per tooth. If you’re looking to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth without damaging your original teeth or coughing up thousands of dollars, then Uveneers could be a game-changer.
Uveneers are an Australian invention, created by Melbourne dentist Dr. Sigal Jacobson, as an innovative alternative to veneers that correct cracked, gapped, chipped, discoloured, and missing teeth. Dr. Jacobson boasts that the treatment is so fast that it takes the same amount of time as applying a set of acrylic nails at the salon.
How is Uveneers different from porcelain veneers?
Uveneer creates a high-end aesthetic composite veneer with a finish that is superior to the free hand-made composite veneers.
The main difference is that composite veneers are a more conservative option and do not require injections and no removal or drilling of the tooth structure. This is because they can be made super thin.
Porcelain veneers will take at least two visits. The dentist will numb your teeth and remove a thin layer from the enamel, take a mould and send it to a lab. Meanwhile, you will have a set of temporary veneers for a week or two while the lab prepares the porcelain veneers. When the veneers are made by the lab, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and cement the final porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains and will not show any future surface changes because of the nature of the material, so if you want white teeth forever this is the best option for you.
On the other hand, composite resin will stain like the natural teeth and it is recommended to have a yearly follow-up appointment to maintain its beauty, colour, and shine. However, the new advanced composite resins show less staining, and [they] are more wear-resistant.
Do Uveneers require patients to have their teeth filed at all?
In most cases no, due to the ability of the resin finish being very thin. It is called additive dentistry and is great for sensitive teeth, as it doesn’t require the removal of enamel-like porcelain veneers and adds a protective layer over the tooth.
How long does Uveneers last for?
Studies show that both composite and porcelain veneers last more than 10 years, however, the composite resin material may show future surface changes over time and will need once a year visits for polishing and touch-ups. Although with the new improved composite resin material, we see less staining and fewer surface changes.
Another important thing to note is if porcelain veneer chips, it has to be replaced. In other words, it can’t be repaired. If you chip a composite veneer, the dentist will be able to repair it easily in the chair.
What is the price difference between Uveneer and porcelain veneers per tooth?
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers because the placement of porcelain requires more visits, lab expenses, etc. Porcelain veneers cost between $1500-$2000 per tooth and will require a full set so that all your teeth match.
Composite veneers and Uveneer cost between $500-$1000 per tooth and allows you to just have individual teeth treated and matched to your original teeth. It will stain like the rest of your teeth.
How many clinics around the world offer Uveneers?
More than 40,000 dentists are using the Uveener system now globally.
For more information, book a consultation with Dr Sigal Jacobson, inventor of the Uveneer system, at Jacobson Dental Group. Interest-free payment plans available. Call (03) 8525 3875 or request an appointment online.