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Porcelain Veneers In Sydney

Porcelain veneers are the highest quality dental veneer made from a porcelain material that is attached to the front of your teeth. Here at Designer Smiles, we offer porcelain veneers for residents in Sydney.

Dental veneers are a thin shell/covering made using different materials. These veneers can be made into any colour but are most commonly made to resemble the natural tooth’s colour, including the texture, reflection, gloss, and more that comes with natural teeth. 

These veneers are placed over the front of your teeth, essentially covering the ‘real’ tooth so that the veneers look like your natural teeth. The most common veneer treatment options include composite veneers and porcelain veneers.

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Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for patients looking to improve their teeth’s size and shape while correcting gaps, chips, misalignment and discolouration. It is an effective way to gain a complete smile makeover without the hassle and cost of multiple treatment options. 

Patients with broken, stained, cracked or chipped teeth may feel self-conscious about their smile, which can affect their confidence. Veneers are an excellent option to address and restore your smile to the perfect look.

In order to receive dental veneers and have them attached to your tooth, we will need to trim a small portion of your tooth’s outer layer.

Our dentists will then bond a fully custom-made porcelain veneers to the surface of your tooth.

Many patients will choose porcelain veneers because they are durable and stain-resistant. dental veneers also mimic the natural reflection and look of a natural tooth, making them the ideal choice for patients looking for a natural cosmetic treatment. 

  • Did you know: porcelain veneers are often used to achieve the perfect Hollywood smile?

Many celebrities that get the smile makeover will often have porcelain veneers involved in the treatment process to fix their frontal teeth and make them look perfect. You, too, can achieve this at a fraction of the cost with the same effectiveness.

Suppose you suffer from crooked, discoloured, chipped, damaged or misaligned teeth. In that case, you may think that invasive and expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures that take months or even years are your only options.

At Designer Smiles, we have a painless way to shape and permanently whiten your smile in just two visits with porcelain veneers in Cremorne, New South Wales. Discover why more Australian’s are choosing dental veneers from our clinic today.

What Dental Veneers Procedure Is for You?

Are veneers worth it? 

Veneers are a relatively non-invasive treatment option that is less painful than traditional braces or other orthodontic procedures. Veneers are also an excellent option to correct a wide range of dental issues because they are not permanent. 

We can create custom-made veneers that perfectly complement your face, and as you age, your veneers can be reshaped as well. You can achieve your ideal smile and correct multiple dental issues with veneers. 

Another beneficial aspect of veneers is the fact that they are not as invasive as other procedures like crowns or caps. Porcelain veneers do not require extensive reshaping of your tooth or gums to be effective.

Since veneers are not permanent, if you choose to remove them later in life, you will still have healthy and natural teeth underneath the veneers. Unlike some other treatment options, veneers do not permanently alter your tooth, should you change your mind.

What’s the difference between composite veneers and porcelain?

 

Veneers are a thin shell that is attached to the outer surface of your tooth. They can be made of composite resin or porcelain. Both types of veneers are made to look like natural white teeth. However, they do have some differences.

Overall, composite veneers are a quicker treatment option than porcelain veneers. The reason for this is that composite veneers can be done chairside in one visit if you choose ready-made composite veneers. 

Our dentists can match the resin shade to the colour of your existing teeth or create whiter resin colour if you are getting a full set of resin composite veneers. We can offer composite veneers that are attached to your teeth, cured and then polished, all within one visit.

Porcelain veneers will typically take two or more visits. These veneers are custom-made and are of a higher quality material. Our dentists will also need to take off a thin layer of your tooth to make room for the veneer while also taking an impression of your teeth.

This mould of your entire mouth will help us create high-quality porcelain veneers that are custom-made specifically for your mouth. During your second visit, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth.

If you take proper care of your veneers, as you would with normal teeth, then the total lifespan of your veneers is the following:

  • Porcelain veneers: 10–15 years
  • Composite veneers: 4–8 years

Porcelain is an extremely durable material. Here at Designer Smiles, we use high-quality porcelain in our veneers. Helping our patients achieve a new smile that offers a beautiful smile that is also functional as well.

Both veneer types can be susceptible to chipping and damage if they are not cared for properly. However, composite veneers are not as strong as porcelain due to the material not being as high-quality as porcelain.

One final aspect on durability to consider is that if a porcelain veneer is damaged, even slightly, the entire veneer will need to be replaced. However, composite veneers — depending on the damage — can be repaired while still attached to your tooth.

Porcelain is a high-quality material, and you pay for it in the final product. Porcelain has a translucent property found in the material that allows it the react to like in a similar way to a natural tooth. This aspect alone makes porcelain an ideal choice for a veneer. 


On the other hand, Composite resin veneers look great but do not match porcelain in terms of reflecting and reacting with light. Despite this, composite resin veneers are still an excellent option for those looking for more affordable veneers. 


Porcelain veneers also offer the added benefit of being extremely stain resistant even when consuming food that often stains teeth and other veneers. While porcelain is not entirely stain-resistant, it is very difficult to discolour the veneer if kept well.

Composite veneers react the same to stains and discolouration as teeth would. However, this does not mean the composite veneers stain easily. It is simply these veneers react the same as teeth do when it comes to discolouration and stains.

Overall, porcelain veneers are more expensive due to the high-quality material, custom-made design and expertise in attaching the veneer. 

Composite veneers can often be cheaper if the clinic uses pre-made veneers — however, custom-made composite veneers can be a treatment option available.

Our Dental Veneers are an ideal solution for your smile issues. But you have other options, too. Like yourself, many of our patients contacted me with a problem and were happy to find there were several cosmetic dentistry treatments to suit their needs.

Call us today or fill in the form to find out what our dental veneer specialist Sydney can do for you. We will make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Porcelain Veneers Cost Sydney

Porcelain veneers cost in Sydney can range between $650 – $2,500 per tooth. The veneers cost differs according to its complexity and aesthetic features like natural transparency, shading, and much more a patient wants in their smile. 

The best and affordable porcelain veneers include no tooth preparation, which helps you transform your teeth’s look. Being one of the renowned dental practices, we ensure that our cost of porcelain veneers does not contain any hidden charges. To know more about our veneers pricing plans, kindly give us a call. Our veneers experts are always ready to assist you with all your queries regarding dental veneers.

Why You Should Consider Porcelain Veneers in Sydney?

Our special porcelain dental veneers developed with our laboratory are the biggest breakthrough in achieving the smile that you’ve always wanted: 

  • These advanced “smile shaper” ultra-thin porcelain veneers are contact lens-thin yet extremely strong.
  • You will not need to have sensitive tooth structure removed.
  • There is no drilling.
  • A beautiful face and life-changing new smile is yours in just two visits, each less than two hours.

The benefits of porcelain veneers treatment are not just cosmetic. Your new smile will give your confidence and self-image a huge boost.

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What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are fabricated facings bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are exceptionally durable and resistant to staining and chipping. A beautiful smile with straight, white teeth will make you look younger, healthier, and more attractive. 

We help you get high-quality dental veneers that are painless and no injection procedure. Our Porcelain veneer Sydney cost provided to you is without any hidden charges and covers the full range of advanced aesthetic, reconstructive dentistry, and family dentistry services.

To ensure our quality dental veneers work, you can observe our porcelain veneers Sydney reviews from real people or consult our experts for any doubts.

Why Choose Us?

I work closely with you to create the most beautiful smile to suit your face, considering your budget and time restrictions. You will find that, in so many ways, there is an affordable porcelain dental veneers procedure for you in Sydney, CBD

Thank you for taking the time to explore this information about porcelain veneers Sydney. I hope this gives you an idea of what I can do for you if you have difficulty and need help because there is always hope.

Dr. Sarkis Nalbandian

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When you see a specialist prosthodontist, like myself (Dr Sarkis Nalbandian), the decision as to whether you should get ultra thin porcelain veneers depends on a number of factors. Porcelain veneers are indicated for a range of dental circumstances:

  • misshapen, rotated and crooked teeth
  • worn, chipped, fractured and cracked teeth
  • gaps between teeth
  • yellow, brown and dark teeth
  • thin, worn, acid eroded and discoloured enamel
  • aged smile, gummy smile and lack of tooth display
  • small teeth (microdontia), hyperdontia and oligodontia
  • narrow smile, narrow tooth arch and dark corridors
  • teeth aren’t wide enough
  • uneven gums, lip augmentation and facial imbalance
  • smile makeover, gum lift and dental facelift

Diagnostics is the first and most important part of the process to get the smile that you want, that lasts for a long time. The diagnostic process allows a specialist prosthodonist to help you design the perfect smile to suit your facial aesthetics and function (including speech and multi dimensional dynamics). In my practice, I sculpt your new smile directly in your mouth. This allows you to actually experience the teeth before we proceed with the next phase of the process.

When you are designing your smile I take into account ethnic facial variations. As a specialist prosthodontist with a keen interest in aesthetics, I noticed over the decades beauty standards vary according to ethnicity. Most importantly you need to understand that facial beauty is not static, but a dynamic multidimensional unity.

What we perceive as beauty also depends on trends and contemporary thinking. In many ways it is a fashion statement that changes with time. I am sure you do not walk around with the same hairstyle that we had in the 90’s today. Old beauty standards determined by anthropometric, photogrammetric, and cephalometric data, cannot correspond to the current public perceptions of facial beauty.

Correct diagnostics lead to minimal tooth intervention, preserving the precious enamel of your natural teeth. 99% of the time all porcelain veneers are about 0.2mm thick, that is all that is required, even in very difficult cases. This is the reason you need to see a specialist prosthodontist when considering porcelain veneers, or not. We are the smile specialists.

The most important thing when considering porcelain veneers is the diagnostic process. “Digital smile design” concepts only tell half the story. A specialist will develop a composite mock up directly in your mouth to insure that your bite, smile and speech dynamics are correct in all four dimensions and the treatment will not adversely affect the way you look, speak and feel with the new teeth. This means we look at the entire face and how the new treatment will compliment your facial aesthetics and whether you are happy with the change before the final treatment commences.

Naturally if you have severely crowded teeth, and because I practice conservative dentistry, accelerated orthodontics (PAOO) will be considered. Helping you achieve the best smile in the shortest possible time and preserve your natural teeth.
I invented the ultra thin porcelain veneers process and have over thirty years of experience in this treatment modality.

This is a very interesting question. “There is nothing permanent in dentistry. All restoration fail over time. There are too many intangibles over which one has little, or no control” (Pincus, 1967). Pincus was the progenitor of modern cosmetic dentistry. He was the dentist that placed the chicklets on Shirley Temple’s teeth so that they would appear white on screen. Although my personal data shows at ten years 95% are succesful. This is also due to the correct diagnostics process by a specialist prosthodonist in each case. Success is also on a case by case basis and depends on you as a patient and how well you maintain your porcelain veneers and continue with regular checkups. Night guards for people who grind (bruxism) their teeth and other requirements.

The best cosmetic dentist is generally the one that can diagnose your case correctly and has a lot of experience in placing porcelain veneers. Most dentists dabbling in cosmetic dentistry don’t have the volume of experience, and case histories required to effectively create a new natural looking smile, that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and comfortable.

You should always request to see the case histories of the dentist who you are considering, in order to see the level of expertise they have. Can they sculpt a new smile in your mouth in one visit to allow you to feel, see and experience the new smile you will be getting before you get them? To test drive the system and allow you assess how this new smile compliments your face before you commit to treatment. At this point the costing will be provided. Usually a 1 to 2 hour session and is the most important cosmetic dental appointment you will ever have.
My role as a specialist involves correcting failed treatments, uncomfortable, unsuitable and unhappy patients with past cosmetic dentistry performed locally and internationally. The most important thing about cosmetic dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth and enamel at all costs. Anyone who wants to shave your teeth needs to explain the risks involved and the affect on your natural teeth and jaw structure.

The biggest problem I see today is patients who present with tooth sensitivity after porcelain veneers were placed elsewhere. This is largely due to incorrect diagnosis, unecessary tooth intervention (or cutting enamel). Unfortunately these patients had often not consented to having their teeth cut in the first place. This further compounds the loss of biological teeth and patient confidence.

As a specialist, my first priority is to conserve and maintain biology, while beautifying and rejuvenating your tooth/teeth, arch form, arch width to compliment your facial aesthetics.

We don’t know how much the treatment will cost you in Thailand, only how much it will cost to fix if something goes wrong. Please refer to one of our video case studies on a patient who opted for dental tourism overseas, who required considerable reconstruction at a considerable cost to fix a disasterous treatment.

The true cost of getting treatment overseas is in the long term repercussions that may occur if a treatment goes awry. Treatments of this nature require a long term commitment to maintenance and care under the supervision of the specialist performing the treatment. The legal obligations for foreign dentists, stops at the airport. Australia has one of the highest standards of dental care in the world and the dental community in Australia is beholden to those rules and regulations. Foreign practitioners are not.

While not all foreign treatments are horror stories, consider the speed at which these procedures are performed and how many patients a dentist will have to work on. As you are in and out very quickly, the level of care is naturally very low. Diagnostics take time. We are committed to your long term care here in Australia. Your smile is important to us.

This depends heavily on the state and condition of your natural teeth and enamel beneath the porcelain veneers that require replacing. We won’t know what we will find when we remove your existing veneers, unless we placed them, in which case your tooth structure should still be sound.

When considering the cost of replacing veneers it is important that the correct diagnosis is performed so that you can experience your new smile before any new porcelain veneers are created or replaced.

It depends on you aesthetic needs and wants, while preserving biology, then yes. However, if you have severe crowding, a combination of orthodontics and porcelain veneers will improve the desired outcome and preserve biology.

When you see a specialist prosthodontist, like myself (Dr Sarkis Nalbandian), the decision as to whether you should get ultra thin porcelain veneers depends on a number of factors. Porcelain veneers are indicated for a range of dental circumstances:

  • misshapen, rotated and crooked teeth
  • worn, chipped, fractured and cracked teeth
  • gaps between teeth
  • yellow, brown and dark teeth
  • thin, worn, acid eroded and discoloured enamel
  • aged smile, gummy smile and lack of tooth display
  • small teeth (microdontia), hyperdontia and oligodontia
  • narrow smile, narrow tooth arch and dark corridors
  • teeth aren't wide enough
  • uneven gums, lip augmentation and facial imbalance
  • smile makeover, gum lift and dental facelift

Diagnostics is the first and most important part of the process to get the smile that you want, that lasts for a long time. The diagnostic process allows a specialist prosthodonist to help you design the perfect smile to suit your facial aesthetics and function (including speech and multi dimensional dynamics). In my practice, I sculpt your new smile directly in your mouth. This allows you to actually experience the teeth before we proceed with the next phase of the process.

When you are designing your smile I take into account ethnic facial variations. As a specialist prosthodontist with a keen interest in aesthetics, I noticed over the decades beauty standards vary according to ethnicity. Most importantly you need to understand that facial beauty is not static, but a dynamic multidimensional unity.

What we perceive as beauty also depends on trends and contemporary thinking. In many ways it is a fashion statement that changes with time. I am sure you do not walk around with the same hairstyle that we had in the 90’s today. Old beauty standards determined by anthropometric, photogrammetric, and cephalometric data, cannot correspond to the current public perceptions of facial beauty.

Correct diagnostics lead to minimal tooth intervention, preserving the precious enamel of your natural teeth. 99% of the time all porcelain veneers are about 0.2mm thick, that is all that is required, even in very difficult cases. This is the reason you need to see a specialist prosthodontist when considering porcelain veneers, or not. We are the smile specialists.

The most important thing when considering porcelain veneers is the diagnostic process. “Digital smile design” concepts only tell half the story. A specialist will develop a composite mock up directly in your mouth to insure that your bite, smile and speech dynamics are correct in all four dimensions and the treatment will not adversely affect the way you look, speak and feel with the new teeth. This means we look at the entire face and how the new treatment will compliment your facial aesthetics and whether you are happy with the change before the final treatment commences.

Naturally if you have severely crowded teeth, and because I practice conservative dentistry, accelerated orthodontics (PAOO) will be considered. Helping you achieve the best smile in the shortest possible time and preserve your natural teeth.
I invented the ultra thin porcelain veneers process and have over thirty years of experience in this treatment modality.

This is a very interesting question. "There is nothing permanent in dentistry. All restoration fail over time. There are too many intangibles over which one has little, or no control" (Pincus, 1967). Pincus was the progenitor of modern cosmetic dentistry. He was the dentist that placed the chicklets on Shirley Temple's teeth so that they would appear white on screen.

Although my personal data shows at ten years 95% are succesful. This is also due to the correct diagnostics process by a specialist prosthodonist in each case. Success is also on a case by case basis and depends on you as a patient and how well you maintain your porcelain veneers and continue with regular checkups. Night guards for people who grind (bruxism) their teeth and other requirements.

Are porcelain veneers covered by insurance?

This depends on your health cover and insurer. You should inquire with them to find out if you are covered for porcelain veneers. The item number is 556.

The best cosmetic dentist is generally the one that can diagnose your case correctly and has a lot of experience in placing porcelain veneers. Most dentists dabbling in cosmetic dentistry don't have the volume of experience, and case histories required to effectively create a new natural looking smile, that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and comfortable.

You should always request to see the case histories of the dentist who you are considering, in order to see the level of expertise they have. Can they sculpt a new smile in your mouth in one visit to allow you to feel, see and experience the new smile you will be getting before you get them? To test drive the system and allow you assess how this new smile compliments your face before you commit to treatment. At this point the costing will be provided. Usually a 1 to 2 hour session and is the most important cosmetic dental appointment you will ever have.
My role as a specialist involves correcting failed treatments, uncomfortable, unsuitable and unhappy patients with past cosmetic dentistry performed locally and internationally. The most important thing about cosmetic dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth and enamel at all costs. Anyone who wants to shave your teeth needs to explain the risks involved and the affect on your natural teeth and jaw structure.

The biggest problem I see today is patients who present with tooth sensitivity after porcelain veneers were placed elsewhere. This is largely due to incorrect diagnosis, unecessary tooth intervention (or cutting enamel). Unfortunately these patients had often not consented to having their teeth cut in the first place. This further compounds the loss of biological teeth and patient confidence.

As a specialist, my first priority is to conserve and maintain biology, while beautifying and rejuvenating your tooth/teeth, arch form, arch width to compliment your facial aesthetics.

You should consider the real cost in two ways: financial and biological. Financial cost is often the chief concern, but the biological impact of the incorrect treatment can often lead you to a much larger financial risk in the future. As a specialist, my aim is to preserve your natural teeth well into the future. Therefor, the risk of the future financial cost is really reduced in the correct diagnosis which leads to conserving your natural biology, lowering the risk of future complications and expense. Over thirty years of experience and placing over 30,000 veneers, means I understand the cost benefit to you of the correct diagnosis in the beginning.

We have worked with the same technical expert for over 20 years. This is real team work and the results are what you are paying for.

Unfortunately, when patients seek out cheap treatments elsewhere to save money, this often leads to expenses in the order of 3x more than what the original cost would have been. I know this because I have had to fix many of these cases. A simple porcelain veneer that would have been placed with minimal intervention, becomes a full crown, affecting the patient's biology and long term constant maintenance, root canal therapies, crowns, and eventually extraction. The restorative cycle ultimately leads to an implant. Not only do you lose teeth, you lose financially. Implants are significantly more costly and not as predictable as your natural tooth.

Being a specialist prosthodontist (board certified specialist cosmetic and reconstructive dentist) it is my duty of care to initially diagnose and plan your treatment accordingly.

Treatment planning in your case requires diagnostic (direct mock up) set up, which will tell us the following; the smile line, width, the level and degree of teeth display as it affects your speech and smile dynamics, which cannot be ascertained digitally.

Unfortunately, without diagnostic set up, I am in no position to assess above and cannot guess the effect of proposed treatment and your level of expectation. It is for your benefit that we proceed with the diagnostic set up, as it will save: time, money, and most importantly maintain biology (your teeth).

Your dentistry requires careful treatment planning and this I take very seriously.

It is better to spend less money on a consultation, than thousands on corrective treatments and loss of biology. After all it is your smile.

We don't know how much the treatment will cost you in Thailand, only how much it will cost to fix if something goes wrong. Please refer to one of our video case studies on a patient who opted for dental tourism overseas, who required considerable reconstruction at a considerable cost to fix a disasterous treatment.

The true cost of getting treatment overseas is in the long term repercussions that may occur if a treatment goes awry. Treatments of this nature require a long term commitment to maintenance and care under the supervision of the specialist performing the treatment. The legal obligations for foreign dentists, stops at the airport. Australia has one of the highest standards of dental care in the world and the dental community in Australia is beholden to those rules and regulations. Foreign practitioners are not.

While not all foreign treatments are horror stories, consider the speed at which these procedures are performed and how many patients a dentist will have to work on. As you are in and out very quickly, the level of care is naturally very low. Diagnostics take time. We are committed to your long term care here in Australia. Your smile is important to us.

This depends heavily on the state and condition of your natural teeth and enamel beneath the porcelain veneers that require replacing. We won't know what we will find when we remove your existing veneers, unless we placed them, in which case your tooth structure should still be sound.

When considering the cost of replacing veneers it is important that the correct diagnosis is performed so that you can experience your new smile before any new porcelain veneers are created or replaced.

It depends on you aesthetic needs and wants, while preserving biology, then yes. However, if you have severe crowding, a combination of orthodontics and porcelain veneers will improve the desired outcome and preserve biology.

My question is why? It is important to understand why you “need” porcelain veneers and whether this is the correct diagnosis for your case. Sometimes simple composite veneers can give you the desired outcome and at a reduced cost to you. In most cases it is better to have a specialist consultation before you proceed with any porcelain veneer treatment. A specialist diagnosis will help you understand exactly what you are getting and why you would be getting it.

Simply fill in the form on this page, or call us during office hours and we will make an appointment for you to come in to find out how we can help you with your specific circumstances.

We truly care about you your needs and we strive to be a welcoming, friendly practice where you will feel comfortable and safe. If you would like more information about the specifics of a treatment we are happy to show you the numerous case studies we have on file of patients we successfully treated who were in the same situation as you are now.

If you are suffering, please don't put off seeing someone.

Thank you for taking the time to explore this information about porcelain veneers. 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
Visiting Professor YSMU
Specialist Prosthodontist & Implant Surgeon
B.D.S. (Hons), Dip. Clin. Dent. (Oral Implants) Uni Syd, M. Clin. Dent (Prosth) King’s College, Uni London
D. Clin. Dent (Prosth) Uni Syd, FRACDS, MRACD (Prosth) FIADE, FPFA

You should consider the real cost in two ways: financial and biological. Financial cost is often the chief concern, but the biological impact of the incorrect treatment can often lead you to a much larger financial risk in the future. As a specialist, my aim is to preserve your natural teeth well into the future. Therefor, the risk of the future financial cost is really reduced in the correct diagnosis which leads to conserving your natural biology, lowering the risk of future complications and expense. Over thirty years of experience and placing over 30,000 veneers, means I understand the cost benefit to you of the correct diagnosis in the beginning.

We have worked with the same technical expert for over 20 years. This is real team work and the results are what you are paying for.

Unfortunately, when patients seek out cheap treatments elsewhere to save money, this often leads to expenses in the order of 3x more than what the original cost would have been. I know this because I have had to fix many of these cases. A simple porcelain veneer that would have been placed with minimal intervention, becomes a full crown, affecting the patient’s biology and long term constant maintenance, root canal therapies, crowns, and eventually extraction. The restorative cycle ultimately leads to an implant. Not only do you lose teeth, you lose financially. Implants are significantly more costly and not as predictable as your natural tooth.

Being a specialist prosthodontist (board certified specialist cosmetic and reconstructive dentist) it is my duty of care to initially diagnose and plan your treatment accordingly.

Treatment planning in your case requires diagnostic (direct mock up) set up, which will tell us the following; the smile line, width, the level and degree of teeth display as it affects your speech and smile dynamics, which cannot be ascertained digitally.

Unfortunately, without diagnostic set up, I am in no position to assess above and cannot guess the effect of proposed treatment and your level of expectation. It is for your benefit that we proceed with the diagnostic set up, as it will save: time, money, and most importantly maintain biology (your teeth).

Your dentistry requires careful treatment planning and this I take very seriously.

It is better to spend less money on a consultation, than thousands on corrective treatments and loss of biology. After all it is your smile.

My question is why? It is important to understand why you “need” porcelain veneers and whether this is the correct diagnosis for your case. Sometimes simple composite veneers can give you the desired outcome and at a reduced cost to you. In most cases it is better to have a specialist consultation before you proceed with any porcelain veneer treatment. A specialist diagnosis will help you understand exactly what you are getting and why you would be getting it.

Simply fill in the form on this page, or call us during office hours and we will make an appointment for you to come in to find out how we can help you with your specific circumstances.

We truly care about you your needs and we strive to be a welcoming, friendly practice where you will feel comfortable and safe. If you would like more information about the specifics of a treatment we are happy to show you the numerous case studies we have on file of patients we successfully treated who were in the same situation as you are now.

If you are suffering, please don’t put off seeing someone.

Thank you for taking the time to explore this information about porcelain veneers. 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
Visiting Professor YSMU
Specialist Prosthodontist & Implant Surgeon
B.D.S. (Hons), Dip. Clin. Dent. (Oral Implants) Uni Syd, M. Clin. Dent (Prosth) King’s College, Uni London
D. Clin. Dent (Prosth) Uni Syd, FRACDS, MRACD (Prosth) FIADE, FPFA

This depends on your health cover and insurer. You should inquire with them to find out if you are covered for porcelain veneers. The item number is 556.
It depends on you aesthetic needs and wants, while preserving biology, then yes. However, if you have severe crowding, a combination of orthodontics and porcelain veneers will improve the desired outcome and preserve biology.
Simply fill in the form on this page, or call us during office hours and we will make an appointment for you to come in to find out how we can help you with your specific circumstances. We truly care about you your needs and we strive to be a welcoming, friendly practice where you will feel comfortable and safe. If you would like more information about the specifics of a treatment we are happy to show you the numerous case studies we have on file of patients we successfully treated who were in the same situation as you are now.

When you see a specialist prosthodontist, like myself (Dr Sarkis Nalbandian), the decision as to whether you should get ultra thin porcelain veneers depends on a number of factors. Porcelain veneers are indicated for a range of dental circumstances:

  • misshapen, rotated and crooked teeth
  • worn, chipped, fractured and cracked teeth
  • gaps between teeth
  • yellow, brown and dark teeth
  • thin, worn, acid eroded and discoloured enamel
  • aged smile, gummy smile and lack of tooth display
  • small teeth (microdontia), hyperdontia and oligodontia
  • narrow smile, narrow tooth arch and dark corridors
  • teeth aren't wide enough
  • uneven gums, lip augmentation and facial imbalance
  • smile makeover, gum lift and dental facelift

Diagnostics is the first and most important part of the process to get the smile that you want, that lasts for a long time. The diagnostic process allows a specialist prosthodonist to help you design the perfect smile to suit your facial aesthetics and function (including speech and multi dimensional dynamics). In my practice, I sculpt your new smile directly in your mouth. This allows you to actually experience the teeth before we proceed with the next phase of the process.

When you are designing your smile I take into account ethnic facial variations. As a specialist prosthodontist with a keen interest in aesthetics, I noticed over the decades beauty standards vary according to ethnicity. Most importantly you need to understand that facial beauty is not static, but a dynamic multidimensional unity.

What we perceive as beauty also depends on trends and contemporary thinking. In many ways it is a fashion statement that changes with time. I am sure you do not walk around with the same hairstyle that we had in the 90’s today. Old beauty standards determined by anthropometric, photogrammetric, and cephalometric data, cannot correspond to the current public perceptions of facial beauty.

Correct diagnostics lead to minimal tooth intervention, preserving the precious enamel of your natural teeth. 99% of the time all porcelain veneers are about 0.2mm thick, that is all that is required, even in very difficult cases. This is the reason you need to see a specialist prosthodontist when considering porcelain veneers, or not. We are the smile specialists.

The most important thing when considering porcelain veneers is the diagnostic process. “Digital smile design” concepts only tell half the story. A specialist will develop a composite mock up directly in your mouth to insure that your bite, smile and speech dynamics are correct in all four dimensions and the treatment will not adversely affect the way you look, speak and feel with the new teeth. This means we look at the entire face and how the new treatment will compliment your facial aesthetics and whether you are happy with the change before the final treatment commences.

Naturally if you have severely crowded teeth, and because I practice conservative dentistry, accelerated orthodontics (PAOO) will be considered. Helping you achieve the best smile in the shortest possible time and preserve your natural teeth.
I invented the ultra thin porcelain veneers process and have over thirty years of experience in this treatment modality.

This is a very interesting question. "There is nothing permanent in dentistry. All restoration fail over time. There are too many intangibles over which one has little, or no control" (Pincus, 1967). Pincus was the progenitor of modern cosmetic dentistry. He was the dentist that placed the chicklets on Shirley Temple's teeth so that they would appear white on screen.

Although my personal data shows at ten years 95% are succesful. This is also due to the correct diagnostics process by a specialist prosthodonist in each case. Success is also on a case by case basis and depends on you as a patient and how well you maintain your porcelain veneers and continue with regular checkups. Night guards for people who grind (bruxism) their teeth and other requirements.

Are porcelain veneers covered by insurance?

This depends on your health cover and insurer. You should inquire with them to find out if you are covered for porcelain veneers. The item number is 556.

The best cosmetic dentist is generally the one that can diagnose your case correctly and has a lot of experience in placing porcelain veneers. Most dentists dabbling in cosmetic dentistry don't have the volume of experience, and case histories required to effectively create a new natural looking smile, that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and comfortable.

You should always request to see the case histories of the dentist who you are considering, in order to see the level of expertise they have. Can they sculpt a new smile in your mouth in one visit to allow you to feel, see and experience the new smile you will be getting before you get them? To test drive the system and allow you assess how this new smile compliments your face before you commit to treatment. At this point the costing will be provided. Usually a 1 to 2 hour session and is the most important cosmetic dental appointment you will ever have.
My role as a specialist involves correcting failed treatments, uncomfortable, unsuitable and unhappy patients with past cosmetic dentistry performed locally and internationally. The most important thing about cosmetic dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth and enamel at all costs. Anyone who wants to shave your teeth needs to explain the risks involved and the affect on your natural teeth and jaw structure.

The biggest problem I see today is patients who present with tooth sensitivity after porcelain veneers were placed elsewhere. This is largely due to incorrect diagnosis, unecessary tooth intervention (or cutting enamel). Unfortunately these patients had often not consented to having their teeth cut in the first place. This further compounds the loss of biological teeth and patient confidence.

As a specialist, my first priority is to conserve and maintain biology, while beautifying and rejuvenating your tooth/teeth, arch form, arch width to compliment your facial aesthetics.

You should consider the real cost in two ways: financial and biological. Financial cost is often the chief concern, but the biological impact of the incorrect treatment can often lead you to a much larger financial risk in the future. As a specialist, my aim is to preserve your natural teeth well into the future. Therefor, the risk of the future financial cost is really reduced in the correct diagnosis which leads to conserving your natural biology, lowering the risk of future complications and expense. Over thirty years of experience and placing over 30,000 veneers, means I understand the cost benefit to you of the correct diagnosis in the beginning.

We have worked with the same technical expert for over 20 years. This is real team work and the results are what you are paying for.

Unfortunately, when patients seek out cheap treatments elsewhere to save money, this often leads to expenses in the order of 3x more than what the original cost would have been. I know this because I have had to fix many of these cases. A simple porcelain veneer that would have been placed with minimal intervention, becomes a full crown, affecting the patient's biology and long term constant maintenance, root canal therapies, crowns, and eventually extraction. The restorative cycle ultimately leads to an implant. Not only do you lose teeth, you lose financially. Implants are significantly more costly and not as predictable as your natural tooth.

Being a specialist prosthodontist (board certified specialist cosmetic and reconstructive dentist) it is my duty of care to initially diagnose and plan your treatment accordingly.

Treatment planning in your case requires diagnostic (direct mock up) set up, which will tell us the following; the smile line, width, the level and degree of teeth display as it affects your speech and smile dynamics, which cannot be ascertained digitally.

Unfortunately, without diagnostic set up, I am in no position to assess above and cannot guess the effect of proposed treatment and your level of expectation. It is for your benefit that we proceed with the diagnostic set up, as it will save: time, money, and most importantly maintain biology (your teeth).

Your dentistry requires careful treatment planning and this I take very seriously.

It is better to spend less money on a consultation, than thousands on corrective treatments and loss of biology. After all it is your smile.

We don't know how much the treatment will cost you in Thailand, only how much it will cost to fix if something goes wrong. Please refer to one of our video case studies on a patient who opted for dental tourism overseas, who required considerable reconstruction at a considerable cost to fix a disasterous treatment.

The true cost of getting treatment overseas is in the long term repercussions that may occur if a treatment goes awry. Treatments of this nature require a long term commitment to maintenance and care under the supervision of the specialist performing the treatment. The legal obligations for foreign dentists, stops at the airport. Australia has one of the highest standards of dental care in the world and the dental community in Australia is beholden to those rules and regulations. Foreign practitioners are not.

While not all foreign treatments are horror stories, consider the speed at which these procedures are performed and how many patients a dentist will have to work on. As you are in and out very quickly, the level of care is naturally very low. Diagnostics take time. We are committed to your long term care here in Australia. Your smile is important to us.

This depends heavily on the state and condition of your natural teeth and enamel beneath the porcelain veneers that require replacing. We won't know what we will find when we remove your existing veneers, unless we placed them, in which case your tooth structure should still be sound.

When considering the cost of replacing veneers it is important that the correct diagnosis is performed so that you can experience your new smile before any new porcelain veneers are created or replaced.

It depends on you aesthetic needs and wants, while preserving biology, then yes. However, if you have severe crowding, a combination of orthodontics and porcelain veneers will improve the desired outcome and preserve biology.

My question is why? It is important to understand why you “need” porcelain veneers and whether this is the correct diagnosis for your case. Sometimes simple composite veneers can give you the desired outcome and at a reduced cost to you. In most cases it is better to have a specialist consultation before you proceed with any porcelain veneer treatment. A specialist diagnosis will help you understand exactly what you are getting and why you would be getting it.

Simply fill in the form on this page, or call us during office hours and we will make an appointment for you to come in to find out how we can help you with your specific circumstances.

We truly care about you your needs and we strive to be a welcoming, friendly practice where you will feel comfortable and safe. If you would like more information about the specifics of a treatment we are happy to show you the numerous case studies we have on file of patients we successfully treated who were in the same situation as you are now.

If you are suffering, please don't put off seeing someone.

Thank you for taking the time to explore this information about porcelain veneers. 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
Visiting Professor YSMU
Specialist Prosthodontist & Implant Surgeon
B.D.S. (Hons), Dip. Clin. Dent. (Oral Implants) Uni Syd, M. Clin. Dent (Prosth) King’s College, Uni London
D. Clin. Dent (Prosth) Uni Syd, FRACDS, MRACD (Prosth) FIADE, FPFA