Step 1: Consultation & planning
Before any dental treatment can proceed, it is extremely important to first consult us to assess if veneers are suitable for you.
The health and angulation of the supporting tooth/teeth need to be assessed.
Your bite patterns and habits are also important in determining the lifespan of the veneers.
Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a useful tool for deciding on the nuances of tooth proportions, shape, surface texture and overall tooth arrangement.
A virtual prototype of the DSD can be superimposed on to a digital photo of your smile for a trial run. This can be transferred to your mouth to evaluate how the proposed design will function in real life.
DSD ensures that you and the whole team (your dentist, ceramist and other specialists) are working off the same blueprint. The DSD and the prototype can be easily customised at this stage to suit your preferences.
The blueprint is your treatment roadmap, allowing us to identify the steps needed to reach the final result.
For complex cases, this may require a combination of minor orthodontics (tooth alignment), gum reshaping, bleaching and veneers. For simple cases, merely bleaching and then adding composite to the edges of your teeth (edge bonding) may be sufficient.