Dental Porcelain Veneers

Perfect, pearly whites. Striking Hollywood smiles. Celebrity teeth. The gleaming million dollar smiles you see on the big screen and in magazines, isn’t always a realistic look for most people.

At The Dental Room, when it comes to aesthetic enhancements for your teeth, natural subtlety is prized. And we’ve mastered the skill of delivering the most customised, natural-looking veneers possible – a look that combines the perfect balance of life-like translucency with opaque whiteness. That is our aim for all our clients.

Another important reason why our veneers are preferred is that it’s often the most practical and realistic thing you can do for yourself and your teeth. Because life happens. Chipped teeth, tooth loss, discoloration (More coffee? Anyone?), and cracked teeth are for most of us unavoidable. Aging doesn’t help either. No amount of DIY teeth whitening kits, plus the undying commitment to our go-to whitening toothpaste seems to do the job.

So, if you’re reading this and considering veneers, rest assured you’re in the right place. We’ll take you through everything you need to know about veneers from what they’re made off, the personalised process, and how and why they’re the best option for your teeth. You’ll also discover that at The Dental Room, our commitment to custom veneers go as far as housing our very own master ceramist for the most seamless experience imaginable.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are wafer thin porcelain shells designed to permanently cover and correct imperfections for a beautifully flawless and natural look. They are ideal for multiple teeth or even for just one single tooth. Veneers are also versatile enough to be customised to suit your tooth and budget. You can choose partial veneers to cover minimal defects. Or an entire set for a more complete look. 

Whatever your veneer needs are, Dr Shawn Rama and his team are here to close the beauty gap between celebrities and regular people, like us. It’s no wonder, he is one of Australia’s leading aesthetic dentists.

 

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Veneers Before & After

Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits.

 

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Top 5 benefits of porcelain veneers

At The Dental Room, our custom-made porcelain veneers offer many invaluable benefits, making them one of the most sought up procedures available here. The top 5 benefits include:

1. Natural, discreet, long term qualities that enhances every smile beautifully

While there may be many options to improving a smile, porcelain veneers at The Dental Room offer the highest aesthetic and long term solution. Our veneers are carefully designed to camouflage cosmetic dental problems such as chipped teeth, gaps between the teeth, abnormally shaped teeth, discolored and worn down teeth. It can also be customised to conceal even the tiniest of flaws, protect multiple teeth, or provide you with a whole new smile. 

2. Virtually undetectable to ensure a natural appearance

Every cosmetic dentist has their style of artistic skills when it comes to veneers. The bespoke results of porcelain veneers at The Dental Room are so naturally discreet, it can easily remain a secret between us. 

We believe in facially-driven smile design, a smile makeover planning technique where individual smiles are created to complement our client’s facial features. It’s also our belief that a new smile should always enhance your overall facial beauty, not reinvent who you are.

In our pursuit for perfection, we’ve mastered the art of creating porcelain veneers that closely mimics natural teeth. Custom made and blended ceramic is handcrafted to the finest detail by our in-house master ceramist, Chloe Park. In fact, this incredible skill includes painting up to ten different shades of white on each tooth to achieve a lustrous, realistic depth.  

3. A bespoke smile solution tailored to suit your lifestyle.

When created and bonded by an expert like Dr Shawn Rama, porcelain veneers are one of the most long-lasting beauty procedures you can give yourself. They’re professionally custom-fitted to suit your lifestyle and enable you to effortlessly enjoy the food you love. You can comfortably bite into an apple or a carrot without a worry, though we would advise everyone with or without veneers against biting on lobster shells and beer caps. 

The durability of veneers by The Dental Room are a result of our baking technique and the multiple layers of glazing which seals and protects them. You can also rest assured knowing they are completely resistant to stains and discoloration. (Hello red wine!) And with proper care, good oral hygiene, and regular dental check ups, our porcelain veneers can last upwards of 15 years. Best of all, they can help protect your natural teeth and improve the function and feel of your smile at the same time.

4. Customisation of a smile 

Our veneers are the haute couture for teeth. Bespoke. Custom tailored. Carefully fitted and matched right to the smallest detail. So if you’re ready for veneers, we’re here to guide you with our expertise and experience. It’s your smile and the bespoke process is what sets us apart from other cosmetic dentists. Together with Chloe, our in-house ceramist, our entire team will be right by your side from planning, creation to execution.

It ensures your porcelain veneers journey with us takes off seamlessly from the get go. As a result we’ll be able to tick off every aspect of your veneer creation, from the accuracy of your tooth dimensions, its degree of translucency, to its unique contours and shape. Nothing is impossible and that is what makes our service so unique.

5. Preservation of tooth structure

At the Dental Room, your health and wellbeing comes first. It’s one of the important things that guides our cosmetic procedures to ensure your experience is completely comfortable and safe. Which is why you’ll find our smile design and planning process works to conserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. In fact, if needed, only approximately 0.2mm of tooth structure is reduced – about the thickness of a fingernail. This is how we achieve longer lasting veneers that do not look ‘thick’, and help reduce your sensitivity to hot and cold drinks. Best of all, less postoperative complications.

 

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Porcelain vs composite veneers

Fast cars. Fast fashion. Fast smiles. Unlike some things in life, at The Dental Room, revitalising and renewing your smile isn’t a fast fix. It’s a carefully considered and bespoke experience from the moment you meet with us. This is to make sure every detail fits you perfectly – from the materials we use to shape and construct your veneers, your preference, right up to a budget that won’t break the bank.

So with that in mind, there are generally two different types of veneers available for you to consider – porcelain and composite resin. 

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the outer surface of the tooth. Composite veneers are made from resin, the same material used for dental fillings. Like porcelain veneers, they are also bonded to the outer surface of your tooth. While both types of veneers are designed to match or whiten your teeth and improve your overall smile, there are some very clear differences.

At The Dental Room we only provide porcelain veneers. Although porcelain veneers take more time to create, with a longer process. In the long run, they last up to 15 years or more with proper care and checkups. Durability does come with a price but it does make it worth your while. Our handcrafted porcelain veneers are also more resistant to stains and discoloration. And it mimics the most natural, tooth-like aesthetics – the ultimate goal of a cosmetic treatment. It’s no wonder why our porcelain veneers are the glass slipper of the veneers world. 

To help you understand why porcelain veneers are different and to assist you in choosing the right option for you, we’ve included some information about composite veneers and the qualities of resin bonding. 

Advantages of resin bonding

Compared to its porcelain counterpart, composite resin can be done easily and effectively to fix minor chips and flaws. They’re a more affordable solution and can be done within a single visit. The process is simple and hassle-free as the bonding uses a plastic material that is tacked onto the tooth. The tooth is then carefully shaped and hardened with light making it virtually painless. 

Disadvantages of resin bonding

While composite resin veneers tick a lot of boxes, there are some other points you’ll need to weigh up before you hop on the dental chair. To start off, composite uses the same material as a dental filling so it will not easily match the natural nature of teeth. Getting the perfect tooth shape will rely heavily on the skill of a dentist. So do make sure you go with an expert with a proven track record. 

Another downside of composite veneers is its durability. It usually lasts around 5 years or so. They are also prone to stains and discoloration. So if you’re looking to refresh a set of teeth, this is something you’ll need to consider. Caring for composite veneers also requires impeccable hygiene habits and if you’re prone to grinding your teeth, it can easily weaken.

Getting yourself prepared for a long term commitment 

Veneers are a long term commitment and are irreversible. So whichever option you choose, we want all our clients to get it right the first time. Do your research and make the most of your first professional appointment by talking things through. The best in aesthetic dentistry are always willing to go over the pros and cons with you to help you make the right decision.

Please note, a $130 pre-payment is required to secure this appointment with Dr Shawn Rama. Please call the clinic at 1300 810 333.

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"Your new smile must naturally complement the inherent beauty of your face" - Dr Shawn

Personalised vs unnatural veneers

How aesthetic dentistry is different to cosmetic.

Would your style lean towards a set of poker straight, blindingly bright white teeth, also known as the Hollywood smile, or do you lean towards naturally, healthy looking teeth, with a smile, personalised perfectly for you? 

This is where Dr Shawn Rama’s approach in elevating your smile is different. Unlike other top cosmetic dentists, Dr Shawn is a dedicated advocate of aesthetic dentistry rather than cosmetic. He specialises in providing his clients with a seamless transformation that is natural, precise, and uniquely yours.

So why not cosmetic dentistry? 

In a nutshell, cosmetic dentistry generally refers to any dental work that only improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite (not necessarily the functionality). So it usually only covers colour, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance. Which is why it often delivers a more unnatural, man-made, Hollywood look.

How is aesthetic dentistry by Dr Shawn distinctly different? 

“Aesthetic dentistry aims to enhance and mimic nature. Gone are the days when flashy, white teeth was the look. Today, subtlety and natural beauty is what’s valued most.” – Dr Shawn Rama

In an age of highly discerning and demanding clients, the aesthetic results of a treatment must be delivered with unprecedented predictability and consistency. 

As one of Australia’s most prolific aesthetic dentists, Dr Shawn Rama has gained a reputation amongst both peers and clients for delivering exceptional aesthetic restorative dentistry.

His aim is to consistently recreate smiles that not only improves a client’s overall facial appearance, but also delivers a result that’s simply undetectable and natural. Dr Rama’s drive for absolute perfection has even led him to house his own state-of-the-art ceramics lab within his practice to create perfectly customised veneers.

As you may now have learned, a smile makeover with porcelain veneers is an aesthetic procedure and also a serious dental procedure, so it’s important that you evaluate everything through research and engage the right aesthetic dental team to bring your vision to life.

Please note, a $130 pre-payment is required to secure this appointment with Dr Shawn Rama. Please call the clinic at 1300 810 333.

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In-house ceramic lab

As a client of Dr Shawn’s, you can be assured that each porcelain veneer is handmade and painted with complete detail and to the highest standard by our leading ceramist, Ms Chloe Park

Chloe is the most recent generation in a long line of dental technicians. Both her father and grandfather were also leading technicians of this incredible art-form in South Korea. Chloe grew up watching her family practice this amazing skill which includes painting up to ten different shades of white on each tooth. 

That’s not all, the process also includes custom-blending the porcelain according to a client’s desire and Dr Shawn’s direction to achieve the most natural-looking finish. 

Chloe graduated from The University of Busan, South Korea in 2009 and made the bold move to Melbourne from Korea when she accepted an offer from a leading dental lab in Melbourne.

How our clients benefit from our in-house lab:

An in-house ceramic lab at The Dental Room enables us to provide you with unsurpassed quality and one-of-the kind care and attention during your veneers customisation process. You can rest assured knowing that Dr Shawn will always be close at hand during every stage of the procedure to ensure consistency, control, and accuracy of every custom tailored tooth. It’s how we make sure your highest expectations are met. 

Aside from the bespoke design process and personalised care, we’re also able to reduce turnaround times and eliminate unnecessary outsourcing, making our process transparent and far more economical for all our clients. 

So for the most seamless smile transformation and to experience unprecedented access between yourself, Dr Shawn and our in-house ceramist, Chloe, contact us today and make time for a comprehensive cosmetic consultation.* 

Please note, a $130 pre-payment is required to secure this appointment with Dr Shawn Rama. Please call the clinic at 1300 810 333.

 

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How much do veneers cost?

At The Dental Room, we believe in facially-driven smile design. It’s a dental treatment planning technique that uses digital technology to plan and create subtle differences that help enhance your overall appearance. And it’s part of our veneers package.

Our individual porcelain veneer and veneer packages* includes photos, impressions, and digital radiology; 1-hour in-chair teeth whitening or take-home kit; Porcelain veneers which are hand crafted at our in-house dental laboratory and review appointments.

If required, gum modification may incur additional fees. This will be advised after the initial planning session. ZipMoney Interest free payment plans available for eligible clients.

Options Pricing
1 porcelain veneer $2,200
2 porcelain veneers $4,400
4 porcelain veneers $8,600
6 porcelain veneers $12,800*
8 porcelain veneers $16,900*
10 porcelain veneers $20,900*
12 porcelain veneers $24,800*
14 porcelain veneers $28,800*
16 porcelain veneers $32,600*

Payment Plans

ZipMoney Interest free payment plans are available for eligible clients. If you are considering investing in your smile, speak to one of our team members who can guide you through the payment plan options available.

Benefits of the payment plans through Zip include:

  • Choose your repayment schedule – weekly, fortnightly or monthly
  • Interest free, always 
  • No outstanding balance, no fee

A 7-step journey to achieving a naturally beautiful smile

What sets us apart is the environment we create around delivering your best possible naturally inspired smile. From unprecedented access to leading cosmetic dentist Dr Shawn Rama and in-house ceramist Ms Chloe Park to the exquisite attention you receive at each step , the care, quality and level of customisation we offer our clients is truly one-of a-kind.

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1. Smile consultation

Your smile journey starts here. At this initial consultation, Dr Shawn and his ceramist Ms Chloe Park will meet with you to discuss your current concerns, desired outcomes, examine your smile, provide recommendations and educate on various treatment options. An estimate of costs for treatment will also be provided.

2. Records and smile design

This planning stage of the veneer process is critical to success. Dr Shawn and his ceramist will use 3D scans, moulds, high resolution facial photography and radiographs to study and create your improved smile using facial aesthetic principles. On your next appointment we will show you our recommendations. In some cases we use Digital Smile Design applications to digitally show you what your new smile could look like. These design principles are then carried through into your trial smile.

3. Veneer preparation with trial smile

This is typically a half day appointment. Dr Shawn prepares your teeth by shaping them slightly. Moulds are taken and temporary veneers are fitted.  The temporary smile also called a trial smile allows clients to test drive their new, improved smile for a week. For your comfort, this process is done under local anaesthetic and is painless.

4. Ceramist consultation

We encourage all our clients to return two days later to provide feedback on the look of their temporary veneers. At this point, there is opportunity to refine the shapes, lengths and other characteristics to your liking. Adjustments will then be made to the temporary veneers, a copy is taken and Ceramist Ms Chloe Park uses this as a guide in creating the final veneers. 

5. Veneer bonding

This is a very exciting half-day appointment where you will leave with your new smile. First, your temporary veneers are removed. We then check your porcelain veneers for accurate fit and you get an opportunity to review your new smile. With a ceramist onsite, we have the unique ability to make any more modifications to fit, shape, translucency and colour immediately to ensure the highest level of health, customisation and satisfaction. Finally, the veneers are permanently bonded. For your comfort, this process is also done under local anaesthetic and is painless. 

6. Review

During this review appointment, Dr Shawn applies any finishing touches to the client’s new smile. It occurs one to two weeks after your veneers are fitted. A nocturnal splint (nightguard) will also be fitted to increase the longevity of your new smile. 

7. 6-month follow up appointment

Veneers, if treated properly, should look and feel great for up to 15 years after their placement. Most clients forget they have them after a month or so because facial muscles adapt to the new teeth and make them look more natural than the day they were put in. We strongly recommend clients see us 6 monthly for preventive treatments to maintain the health of their veneers.

Getting started

Before you decide on repairing your smile with porcelain veneers, we’d like to invite you to come in for a comprehensive cosmetic evaluation* with Dr Shawn Rama and our in-house ceramist Ms Chloe Park. 

*A $130 prepayment is required to secure the appointment. For online bookings, please call us on 1300 810 333 so payment can be completed over the phone.

Porcelain Veneers FAQ

Nothing brightens a smile more than natural-looking porcelain veneers. However, we know that for many of our clients, the cost of a new smile can seem daunting.

There are many factors that can affect the price of porcelain veneers. At The Dental Room, veneers cost approximately $2,200 each, and we will help you make the most cost-effective choice.

During your initial consultation with Dr Shawn and our in-house ceramicist Chloe Park, we will examine your teeth and determine how many porcelain veneers you need, and whether additional dental work is required.

We also offer interest free payment options at The Dental Room, making it easier for you to pay for the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Give us a call on 1300 810 333 for more information about our payment options.

Dental veneers are made of porcelain 0.2mm to 0.5mm thick that are meticulously bonded onto individual teeth. You can have veneers fitted on some or all of your teeth. The Dental Room, together with their in house ceramics lab are known for creating veneers that look incredibly natural. Porcelain veneers can be your little secret – no one needs to know!

Professional teeth whitening treatment is a popular option as part of your smile makeover. We advise getting teeth whitened first so the veneers can be designed to match your new, brighter shade. Other dental treatments available at The Dental Room Melbourne include Invisalign to straighten teeth and gum recontouring.

Although porcelain veneers are strong and durable, they are not permanent. How long porcelain veneers last depends on the quality of the application and on how well you look after them. On average, they last about 10 years, and with proper care many people can actually reach 15 or even 20 years.

However, porcelain veneers can be susceptible to damage. If not done correctly, they can break or come loose from the tooth, leaving them needing to be reapplied or replaced sooner than that.

To maximise the lifespan of your veneers, it is essential to visit a reputable dentist, follow daily hygiene practices and have regular check-ups – though that’s also good advice for those that don’t have veneers!

Even when your veneers look great, there can be damage underneath you can’t see. A tooth can decay and get worse over time, leaving it unable to support a new veneer. Seeing a good dentist regularly for a thorough check-up will help you avoid this.

Developing good habits in your everyday life will help determine how long veneers last. If you are dedicated to extending the life of your veneers, good tooth and gum care is critical. Avoid eating hard foods and definitely don’t bite your nails. Look after your porcelain veneers, and they’ll look after you too.

With proper care and regular dental check-ups, porcelain veneers can last an average of 15-20 years before needing to be replaced.

Make sure you visit the dentist at least twice a year, follow up with regular scheduled appointments every year to monitor the process (in case of wear, teeth shifting and/or gum recession).

Be sure to brush and floss regularly as bacteria and acid will erode the teeth; rinse with a fluoride rinse to help prevent stains and cavities. Also pay extra attention if you have fillings or veneers to prolong the life span.

Want to find out if you are suitable for porcelain veneers?

Contact us on 1300 810 333 or arrange an appointment with Dr Shawn Rama online.

*A $130 pre-payment is required to secure the appointment. For online bookings, please call us on 1300 810 333 to process payment over the phone.

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