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Dr. Sarkis Nalbandian

Registered Specialist, Prosthodontist & Implant Surgeon In Sydney


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Dr. Sarkis Nalbandian

Registered Specialist, Prosthodontist & Implant Surgeon In Sydney

Dental Facelift Using Porcelain Veneers

Dental Facelift Using Porcelain Veneers – Patient Story

The existing composite veneers and past gum lift 10 years ago have served well. General discolourations of existing veneers had become a concern for this patient.

Treatment: Smile rejuvenation with improvement in level of tooth display of maxilla (upper arch) using porcelain veneers to improve: tooth shape, colour, display, arch form and width to compliment facial aesthetics of this lovely patient.

This study will show:

Complexity of treatment. Hence specialist intervention is required as precise outcome is critical in this complex smile outline
Treatment outcome
Patient’s assessment – refer to the video provided
Chief concerns: improving the aesthetic apperance of her smile:

Diagnosis: Unacceptable tooth discolouration: creating an aesthetic disturbance.

Step 1

Initial Presentation

Patient has this work completed in the practice some 10 years ago. However with time the restorations required revisiting.

Now we have a unique opportunity to improve on the design of proposed restorations using minimal intervention porcelain veneers, especially developed in collaboration with our laboratory team.

Note the optimal aesthetics features: lip thickness, symmetry and outline. The aim is to “fit” the upper arch frame within the face and this is where science and art meet. In many ways the arch width (negative spaces to be reduced) needs increasing

Therefore the direct diagnostic composite mock is critical in formulating how we design these restorations for an optimal aesthetic outcome.


Step 2

Diagnosis & Patient centred treatment planning

Once we have determined their needs and expectations and when the patient is ready, we begin to restore their teeth to optimal function and aesthetics.

Aim: to improve the aesthetics of upper arch: Gum level, tooth shape, display, tooth colour, length, symmetry and smile line in general along the upper arch involving 12 maxillary teeth porcelain veneers.

This was accomplished with minimal discomfort to the patient and using no tooth intervention. No provisional veneers were required, since the existing composite veneers were placed by myself 10 years ago, the teeth required no tooth intervention. Therefore, the tooth enamel is intact and helped in gum healing process following gum lift.

Step 3


Following with discussion of all risks and treatment modalities with our patient that included:

  1. No treatment: this is not an option as the restorations are failing and affecting aesthetics
  2. Repair existing restorations and gum lift: this is a temporary measure and not accepted by the patient
  3. Porcelain veneers: best long-term solution, Fixed option: accepted by the patient
Step 4

Procedure & Results

Removal of existing composite veneers
Impressions for porcelain veneers
Issue the porcelain veneers
The work was completed in two visits. In general it takes about 3 weeks from diagnosis to final outcome.

Creating balance and complementing facial aesthetics: confidence.


The aesthetic effect should establish harmony and balance between dentition and surrounding soft tissues. Note how all compositional elements of teeth gums lips and face are in concert together.

Final treatment outcome: we have restored aesthetics using porcelain veneers. However most importantly we have complemented our lovely patient’s facial aesthetics.

Hence I use the term: dentofacial rejuvenation. We have a confident and happy patient.

Thank you for taking the time to explore this patient’s story. I hope this gives you an idea of what I can do for you if you are having difficulty and need help, because there is always hope.

Dr Sarkis Nalbandian

Dr. Sarkis Nalbandian

Visiting Professor YSMU
Specialist Prosthodontist & Implant Surgeon
B.D.S. (Hons), Dip. Clin. Dent. (Oral Implants Sydney) Uni Syd, M. Clin. Dent (Prosth) King’s College, Uni London
D. Clin. Dent (Prosth) Uni Syd, FRACDS, MRACD (Prosth) FIADE, FPFA