Frequently Asked Questions

There's a lot to know about our aesthetic dentistry services, that's why we've compiled some of your Frequently Asked Questions.

What is facially driven smile design?

What are your key considerations when designing a new smile?

What makes a good veneer?

Why is it important for the dentist and ceramist to work collaboratively?

What are the perfect teeth are in your eyes?

Before & After Galleries

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

How does your smile play a significant role in your appearance?

Revision work at The Dental Room

Do you do composite veneers at The Dental Room?

What's the role of a smile consultation?

What are your thoughts on Lumineers?

Smile design at The Dental Room

Dr Shawn has over 20 years of experience in dentistry and has built an enviable reputation to be regarded as an expert aesthetic dentist in Australia.

As you are probably aware, Dr Shawn has a unique style and approach to aesthetic dentistry. Unlike cosmetic dentistry which is primarily concerned with achieving that ‘perfect’ look, aesthetic dentistry is the science and art of getting your teeth to look as naturally enhanced as possible. One that is timeless and age-appropriate. His unique ability to tie the features of the face together by balancing the smile is seen with the highly enhanced natural smiles that his clients enjoy.

The Dental Room offers a wide range of premium aesthetic dental services. During your consultation, Dr Shawn will recommend the best treatment plan to ensure you achieve the smile you would like.

Porcelain Veneers 

Porcelain veneers are a thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. They form the essence of today’s state-of-the-art dentistry at The Dental Room. All porcelain veneers are handcrafted using proprietary methods by Dr Shawn’s personal in-house ceramist Ms Chloe Park. 

Dental Crowns 

Made from porcelain in our on-site ceramics lab, crowns are used to cover and protect a tooth to prevent further damage. 

Dental Implants 

Dental implants are a way of replacing either a singular tooth, or multiple missing teeth. Using state-of-the-art technology, we offer treatments such as 3D scanning radiology, implant treatment and crown replacement. We also have everything we need to perform dental implant treatment at The Dental Room, including radiology and a ceramic laboratory. 


Invisalign® is a discreet, revolutionary type of clear braces. If you want to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces, Invisalign® can offer a more aesthetically pleasing solution. Our dentists are accredited Invisalign® practitioners and The Dental Room has been awarded the Invisalign® Platinum Status in 2019. In other words: you’re in safe hands! 

Teeth Whitening 

If you want a brighter smile, professional-strength Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening at The Dental Room can make a dramatic improvement in the shade of your teeth. Alone or alongside other treatments, teeth whitening has a stunning effect on your smile and overall appearance. When done professionally, it does not damage your teeth or strip away enamel.

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.

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. Here at The Dental Room, we offer porcelain veneers packages depending on your needs, your smile goals and the complexity of each case.

To receive a personalised quote, please contact us to book a smile consultation* with Dr Shawn.

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 (03) 9857 3988 for more information about our payment options.

*Please note, a $170 pre-payment is required to secure a cosmetic consultation appointment with Dr Shawn.

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.

Yes. With our payment plan options, the smile you want might be a lot more affordable than you think.

To get started, simply give us a call on (03) 9857 3988. We can provide you with the specific cost of Invisalign® in Melbourne, the differences in price is between treatment types and payment plan options.

No, Invisalign® treatment is not exclusively provided by orthodontists. It’s important to note that both orthodontists and dentists must undertake the same specific training provided by Invisalign to become an accredited provider.

The outcomes and efficiency of the treatment is highly dependent on the operator driving the Invisalign treatment. Therefore, it is critical that you entrust your smile to the right dentist. So before you decide, it’s always best to do your research to find an accredited provider who is known for their experience in providing expert Invisalign® treatment. Looking at their clients’ reviews and ‘before and after’ images would give you an indication to how experienced the practice is in providing Invisalign treatments.

The Dental Room offers Invisalign consultation for clients to get to know us and learn more about the treatment. During this initial appointment with our Aesthetic dentists, we aim to understand your smile concerns and the desired outcomes and provide you an honest appraisal of treatment options. In doing so, you can rest assured that you have made an informed, researched and reliable decision when it comes to the teeth-straightening solution that you choose. It is likely that we have treated a case very similar to yours, so please feel free to ask us to show you a case study when you meet with us.

As a Platinum Invisalign® Provider and founded by industry expert and leading aesthetic dentist Dr. Shawn Rama, The Dental Room attracts clients both nationally and internationally for his services.

Plus, with over 20 years of industry experience, knowledge and professionalism, it’s no wonder why The Dental Room is leading the way when it comes to Invisalign® treatment.

Be sure to take advantage of our smile consultation at the Dental Room that allows you to view the movement of your teeth from the moment you start wearing invisible braces, to the day you remove them. Simply give us a call on (03) 9857 3988 or book online!

Most likely yes, as we use Invisalign to treat most types of orthodontic issues. But first, it depends on your goals as it is imperative that the treatment chosen meets your final expectations. Our job is to work closely together with you to understand your concerns and help you connect the dots by providing the various treatment options and their nuances. After your initial consultation with us, you should be able to walk away with a treatment plan towards achieving your future smile.

Take advantage of the smile consultation at The Dental Room to find out if Invisalign is right for you.

Invisible braces have entirely altered how our clients feel about the notion of teeth straightening for the following reasons.

No one needs to know. Invisalign clear aligners are made out of a smooth clear plastic, so it is virtually invisible. They are so discreet that others may not even notice you have them on. This has given our clients the option to make the leap in a very discreet fashion.
Removable. As they can be removed in an instant, they can easily fit around your everyday lifestyle. Invisalign can be removed for eating, brushing, flossing and very occasionally for a special event. However, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND all our clients to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day for best results.
Lesser pain. The technology that drives the treatment ensures that there will only be gradual and gentle yet effective teeth movement throughout your treatment. Most clients tell us they feel a mild discomfort on the first 2 days of wearing a new aligner.
Lesser dentist appointments. Invisalign frees up your schedule with visits to our clinic only once every 4 to 6 weeks.
Better oral health. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can still floss and brush your teeth as per normal which reduces plaque accumulation, risk of gingivitis and bad breath.
Clearer timetable through the Clincheck simulation program that we create for you. Invisalign treatment allows you to visualise every stage of the treatment, giving you a clearer picture of the treatment duration.

We are not able to provide you with a set time as it will depend on your specific needs. An approximate treatment time can be provided to you after your initial appointment with us. It’s exciting to know that with recent improvements in technology, our clients can wear their aligners for 7 days instead of 14 days in many cases. This has allowed us to achieve results in half the time. It’s also critical that your Invisalign treatment is planned efficiently from the start to minimise treatment time.

As we always say to our clients: A year of an Invisalign treatment can lead to a lifetime of improved dental health – plus a beautiful smile!

The technology that drives the treatment and the way we formulate your tooth movements ensures that there will only be gradual and gentle yet effective teeth movement throughout your treatment. Most clients tell us they feel a mild discomfort on the first 2 days of wearing a new aligner.

Ready to get a healthier smile?

Contact us on (03) 9857 3988 or arrange an appointment with Dr Shawn Rama online.

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