Fix dental problems with porcelain veneers
Perhaps you want to take your smile up another level. Or maybe you want a Hollywood smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to fix certain dental problems, including stained, discoloured or worn down teeth. They can also be used to help fix teeth that are not in the right position and have slightly rotated.
Dr Shawn Rama at The Dental Room has a special interest in improving the smiles of clients utilising the latest techniques in porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded over the front of your teeth to alter the shape, size and colour of your teeth. . They range in thickness from 0.2mm to 0.5mm. In most cases, a small amount of tooth reduction is required; otherwise your teeth could end up looking too thick.
Veneers and cosmetic dentistry
Dentists also use dental veneers in combination with other treatments, including Invisalign, gum recontouring and teeth whitening.
Invisalign can be described as an invisible way to strengthen teeth without the metal or wires needed for braces. This is required when your teeth are too misaligned to correct with just veneers. I am a firm believer that you cannot treat an orthodontic issue with just veneers.
A beautiful smile is not just about correctly proportioned teeth; the gums need to be in the right place. Minor gum recontouring is sometimes required in addition to porcelain veneers.
Teeth whitening prior to porcelain veneer treatment allows us to match your porcelain veneers to your whiter natural teeth. This prevents a patchy look with the final smile.
What to do first
Before you decide on repairing your smile with porcelain veneers, it’s best to arrange for a comprehensive cosmetic evaluation with your dentist of choice. As dentists, we need to understand what you want and need and how we can best deliver it.
Once this dental check occurs and an evaluation has been done, the next step is to get some study moulds / 3D scans/ radiographs of your teeth. We also take photos of your face and smile. From here, Dr Shawn Rama and our in house ceramicist Ms Chloe Park evaluate and decide on the treatment and design protocols for your veneers. It is important to note that each case of veneers is individualised to suit you. It’s not a one size fits all!
The ‘Trial Smile’
Once everything’s been prepared, we can then discuss what the porcelain veneers will look like. This usually occurs one week after the initial consultation. We do this using a ‘wax up’ of the final result. We could sometimes do what we call a ‘trial smile’ where we are able to place that fabric on your teeth using a temporary veneer material. We are also now increasingly utilising Digital Smile Design applications which allow us to digitally show you what your smile could look like.
This is a great way for you to see what the dental veneers will look like before you make the investment.
Disclaimer: Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.