How Many Dental Veneers Should I Get?
How Many Dental Veneers Should I Get?
Hi, it’s Dr Michael Ghobrial here from Sure Dental here in Brisbane North.
The other day, I met with one of our regular patients from Northgate, Lauren. She had always been conscious about her smile and when she saw our social media post on a patient who had dental veneers she thought about getting one for herself.
When she came in, she told me, “Michael, I want to get porcelain veneers but I’m not sure how many I should get.” And it got me thinking about the question that I often hear from my patients, “How many veneers do I need? How many veneers should I get?”
So I thought I’d make this video to help you understand a little bit more about how to determine how many dental veneers are appropriate for you and how many you should go for.
There are lots of things to consider when considering how many veneers a patient would like. The first thing is what the original problem is. Sometimes we see patients and they have a beautiful smile and one broken front tooth or one front tooth that is dark or has an issue and everything else is perfect. In those scenarios, a single veneer is the most appropriate treatment. Anything more than that is too much treatment and you want to be as conservative as possible.
Other times we see patients and they want to broaden their smile and for their top teeth, it could be up to 12 veneers that it takes to get the length and the proportions and the broadening of your smile that is needed. And when you go around the corner like that, it gives you full control over colour. You can go a little bit lighter without worrying about transitions.
And sometimes some patients want the top and bottom teeth veneered and it can be up to 20 or 24 teeth. It really is dependent on what the result is that’s required by a patient.
The way we determine it here at Sure Dental is we like to start with a thorough smile consultation. During the consultation, we take a good record of photos and a digital scan before we sit down with the patients and hear what it is that they would like to improve about their smile. We also like to give a little bit of input about the things that they might not notice that are actually affecting their smile.
What we do after that is go to a 3D mock-up stage. And this is what we did with Lauren, is we mock up as many teeth as we think we might possibly want. And so in Lauren’s case, she wanted 10. I thought 10 was a bit of an overkill, but I wanted to show her what 10 would look like. So we did a mock-up and we tried in 10, and then we tried in a mock-up with eight and with six and with four and we took photos at each stop and she decided that six was actually the ideal number for her.
So I often think in terms of the number of veneers, the best way to do it is actually trying a 3D mock-up in a patient’s mouth and seeing the effect it has on their smile. Sometimes it means that we use fewer veneers than the patient originally came in thinking about.
Whereas some other times, when the patient tries the 3D mock up, it actually shows them what things look like when we go past the eye teeth, and the patients don’t really like that and we end up doing more.
So the number of veneers to get really is determined by what the treatment goals are, what the patient would like out of their smile, and also how it looks when we do that mock-up. This is why I’m such a big fan of doing a full 3D digital mock-up and actually trying it in our patient’s mouths before we get started. That way, there’s a trial run. We know where everyone’s going, and we know that we’re happy and we like that.
So if you’ve been considering dental veneers and you’re not sure about what it could look like, or how many you would like done? We’d love to take care of you!
Simply visit our website at www.suredental.com.au and fill out the enquiry form, send us a direct message through social media or better yet give us a call on 07 3256 9111. We’ll be in touch with you very soon to book your consultation. I hope you found this video useful. See you at the next one.
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