Good morning my lovelies!
I’m unsure if you’ve noticed or not … but my smile has been a whole lot bigger this year> . From the start of Feb to be exact.
I don’t necessarily think that getting porcelain (dental) veneers to improve your smile and appearance of your teeth is solely a vain decision. I feel like I hae more confidence and WANT to smile more often now that my teeth are white, square, straight and honestly… i love them.
I guess i didn’t realise that my insecurity about my teeth actually physically stopped me from smiling!
So when shopping for veneers, like anything else, theres a ton of choices. The composite are always cheaper , but theres a reason porcelain are more expensive, and thats because they are amazing! They look a hell of alot more natural, which is the look i wanted. Big beautiful natural looking straight teeth.
Then theres shopping for the right dentist. And i personally go with just ANY dentist, but a dentist who specialises in cosmetic dentistry. Sometimes google just doesn’t cut it, word of mouth referral by someone you know has had veneers, who LOVE the result and you love the result, is the way you want to go. So ask around. Don’t be scared to ask questions and as many as you want (especially when going to free consults with dentists). Veneers can be an expensive investment – depending on the result you want – so you have to be happy and trust in what you are doing and whom you are doing it with.
I travelled all the way to QLD for my dentist -)! Dr James Malouf, came very recommended by several people in my industry, even in Sydney! From memory, i think i went up on three different occasions.
The first visit was my initial consult – we spoke about what i wanted fixed. I actually had 4 veneers that i wasn’t overly happy with from a previous dentist a fews ago, that we removed in the second visit when we placed the temp veneers on!
So basically in the first visit, we went over what i wanted, what i wasn’t happy with and then Dr James told me what we could do. We took imprints of my teeth which is interesting haha – not sure how to explainit other than like a gummy mixture hardening around your teeth. Haha sounds odd i know, but not painful at all. This imprint, is what i believe to be what the Doctor uses to shape your veneers before getting them custom made. Its actually a really cool process, like art really!
The second appointment was a few weeks later. Ok so this app, the tools came out so i started to actually FEEL like i was at the dentist! Needles, what sounded like the drill haha all of it!
But worth it! Dr James removed my 4 veneers i wanted off, and placed temp veneers on as my porcelian veneers would take 2 weeks to be custommade in the lab. If you are starting fresh, your teeth would be prepped for the veneers and temps placed on in the interium.
The third consult is where the magic happens! My temps had fallen off during the 2 week period (im a messy eater haha and don’t stress they are temps for a reason so this is totally normal). So it was a matter of placing the 6 BEAUTIFUL veneers on my exisiting teeth.
The Dr gave me a numbing injection so i couldn’t feel anything! Completely pain free, just timely i guess. Now i cant tell you EXACTLY what happens in this process, im not qualified to do so and obviously i couldn’t see. But i have asked Dr James a few questions for you lovely amgels reading, that will hopefully answer some of your questions.
“What are porcelain veneers?”
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured material designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth and can improve their colour, shape, size, or length.
Veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite resin materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains more than composite resin veneers and better imitate the light reflecting properties of our natural teeth.
“Is getting porcelain veneers painful?”
The placement of veneers should not be painful.
During the first part of the procedure (preparation of teeth), typically the patient is anesthetised so there should be no pain or discomfort at all.
During the final part of the procedure (cementation of veneers), again the patient is typically anesthetised so again there should be no pain or discomfort at all.
Often the most uncomfortable aspect of the process is simply keeping your mouth open throughout the appointment.
After the veneers have been cemented, teeth are often slightly sensitive for a short period of time so pain relief may be required temporarily.
“How long do porcelain veneers last?”
In short, properly done porcelain veneers last a very long time!
Porcelain veneers can be compared to a car, in that how long your car lasts depends on what type of car your purchased, in what conditions do you drive it, how well it was maintained, did you follow through and have all your routine services done, what sort of distance do you drive every year, and did you get into any accidents?
How good was the dentist who placed the veneers? What kind of material did he or she use? How good was the ceramist who actually made the veneers? What kind of bonding protocol did he or she use? Do you grind or clench your teeth? If so, do you wear a night guard? Are the underlying teeth chipped or damaged? These are all significant factors that will affect the longevity of porcelain veneers.
Nowadays days with advancements in technology, better materials and techniques, I’m expecting that many of my porcelain veneers may last even a
lifetime. There is no dentist who can guarantee that the veneers they placed will last a lifetime, but that certainly is our goal!
Honestly i’m so happy with how everything turned out! From the professionalism and skill of Dr James – the end result just reinforced my faith in choosing the right Dentist. To how they look and make me feel. I’ve had friends and family members comment on how BIG my smile is now. Its made me FEEL good and better from the inside out. Smiling is a sign of happiness, happiness is infectious. Im happy and i love them and my choice!
I urge any of you thinking about this, or unhappy or insecure about your smile to think about booking in a consult. It could quite possibly change your life ….
Click on the link if you are wanting to check out Dr. James Malouf, my Cosmetic Dentist in Brisbane, in particular you can find more information about his porcelain veneers treatments and view his before and afters too http://cosmeticdentistinbrisbane.com.au/cosmetic-dentistry/porcelain-veneers/
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