Does the appearance of your teeth matter? Here are the results from a survey statistical wise -
A National survey done in the US found that one of the first things people notice are your teeth and 73% said that they find people with nice smiles to be more trustworthy.
Lumineers Cost in South Africa costs less than half the price in the US or UK and not compromising the quality. At a top end practice with an in house lab and the latest technology you are looking at prices that start from R5500 and go up to R9500 per tooth.
First things first, we have to first discuss the different between lumineers and veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom made to fit your teeth and reshape them if you have cracked, chipped , gaps or need your teeth realigned to be straight and white. You will never have to whiten your teeth ever again with porcelain veneers as that colour will stay forever. Lumineers is a specific type of porcelain veneers. Lumineers are not recommended at our practice as we find them to be bulky and not as natural looking as our make of porcelain veneers, they also lack in quality compared to the veneers that we use. We find the make that we use of a much higher quality and more natural looking. Lumineers look false and you can't make proper changes to your teeth with them.
Porcelain veneers cost in South Africa is similiar to Lumineers and are usually of better quality. A well trained and experienced specialist will minimially remove enamel so that it doesnt damage any nerves or drastically change the original structure of your original teeth. Anyway, the whole point of getting your teeth re-done is due to not liking your original teeth and you will never go back to your original teeth at our practice as we have mapped everything on the computer so that you are able to see the simulation of your 'results' even before they are done as we have the latest technology in smile design so you able to see the 'after pics' on the computer.
Below is the latest patient that came to us to get her teeth lengthened and more aligned. Improving her smile drastically but still subtle and natural looking.
Our Case-Of-The-Month for December is Lucy
Lucy reviewed our smile makeovers on Facebook and approached us after researching on the internet. Our 5 star ratings from our customers, our before and after pics of our patients and our latest technology in digital dentistry convinced her to choose us.
Lucy wanted a natural looking smile that integrated well with her face shape and colour of her skin. After viewing computer imaging simulations of before and after pics of her potential final look she agreed to go ahead.
Dr Huson's solution for her teeth included crown lengthening and dental veneers in order to give her teeth a more natural length, shape and proportion.
The first time that Lucy stepped into our offices she was greeted by our caring practice manager Sarah. Dr Huson and his assistant Christina analysed her smile and discussed possible options with Lucy regarding her desired look. Dr Huson then went onto providing her with a bespoke treatment plan using the latest technology in Digital dentistry. Lucy booked a study consult with Dr Huson whereby photos and models of her teeth were then taken.
Teeth cleaning was carried out first by our thorough and accurate oral hygienist. Dr Huson prepared Lucy's teeth for dental veneers. Guided templates and stents were used to ensure that the absolute minimal amount of enamel was removed from Lucy's tooth surface. (Often as little as 0.1 millimeters or none at all). Dr Huson then removed any evidence of decay and carefully shaped the teeth to correct any chips or gaps. Before trimming of the enamel Dr Huson discussed the various pain free options with her. Dr Huson then made a model or impression of Lucy's teeth.
The model was then sent to our onsite lab technicians, who custom made the dental veneers. After a few days Lucy came back to get the veneers fitted. In the meantime, Dr Huson gave her temporary veneers. These temporary dental veneers match the planned final dental veneers. The reason why we do this is so you can see if you like the fit and feel and ask family and friends for their opinions on the aesthetics of your teeth.
Lucy came in again to our clinic where bonding was carried out before the dental veneers were permanently cemented to her teeth, Dr Huson temporarily placed the veneers so that Lucy could examine the fit and color. Slight adjustments were made at this stage with the help of our onsite lab. Next, Dr Huson prepared the teeth to receive the veneers, the teeth were cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the teeth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement was applied to the veneer and the veneer was then placed on Lucy's tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, Dr Huson applied a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involved removing any excess cement, evaluating Lucy's bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Lucy then came in for a checkup to make sure everything is in order.
Lucy is extremely happy with the outcome. Her treatment gave her a more elegant and sophisticated appearance. We are so grateful to have been a part of her journey and feel honoured to be helping people change their lives and improve their quality of life.
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