Dr Peter Henderson, who has extensive experience in the field of cosmetic dentistry, answers your questions.
What can porcelain veneers and crowns do for teeth cosmetically?
Porcelain veneers and crowns allow us to rebuild teeth in very natural looking ways. Ways that can’t be covered just by whitening the teeth through bleaching. We can mask discoloured fillings that can’t otherwise be hidden effectively, we can mask blemishes in teeth that are developmental anomalies or perhaps from prior trauma.
So it can also really help with the look of crooked teeth?
Yes indeed. If teeth are crooked in a minor or moderate way, we can often quite effectively straighten using porcelain veneers and crowns. If teeth are significantly out of position, orthodontics are still necessary, and we offer a range of solutions for that.
So you have a team of dentists here that can do porcelain veneers and crowns?
We’re fortunate here at Smile Solutions that we have a large number of practitioners all with differing talents and strengths, and we’re able to work together collaboratively. A number of us can certainly provide porcelain veneers and crowns.
What are porcelain veneers exactly?
Porcelain veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that’s very powerfully bonded to the underlying tooth structure. I like to say it’s a bit like false fingernails for teeth. The thing is that unlike the false fingernails, porcelain veneers keep on looking beautiful year after year; they are really one of the most durable dental restorations we can offer. It’s actually not just the dentist who is involved with making porcelain veneers. We employ very skilled dental ceramics artists to create the porcelain from the clinical work that we supply to them. And here at Smile Solutions we pay a premium to get the top dental ceramists in Melbourne, because otherwise we can’t get the result that we’re happy to put our names too.