Friday, 8 October 2021

My teeth transformation: Composite Veneers

 

I’ve wanted to get my teeth done for as long as I can remember. I had braces at a really young age, between 10-11, and by the age of 18 my teeth had shifted and were quite crooked. If you follow my Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t smile on pictures (pretty much ever) and it’s purely because I’ve been conscious of my smile.

After quite a bit of research, I decided that I wanted to get Composite Bonding/Veneers as I wanted minimal harm caused to my own teeth in the process. 

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For me, it was really key to ensure that I found the right dentist and the right practice. I spent probably around 2 years researching different companies and actually booked in for another consultation prior to where I chose but decided it wasn’t the right fit for me.

I came across Dr Khush (@drkhush_) on Instagram and I was so impressed by his work. I particularly liked that the majority of his results were extremely natural looking which was something that was key for me. Kiss Dental (@kissdental_dentist), the practice he works for, also seemed a great fit - really professional and experienced in this area.




The first step was for me to have an initial consultation with my dentist. This is where the health of my teeth and gums were checked to ensure that I was a suitable candidate for composites, as well as whether I required any orthodontic treatment such as an Invisalign or a brace prior to the bonding.

Luckily everything was fine and it was confirmed that I was eligible for the treatment. My teeth and gums were healthy and my teeth were only slightly slanted so a straighter smile could be achieved through Composite Veneers. My top 8 teeth were showing when I presented a ‘full smile’ so I had 8 teeth done but it really does depend on your budget, as well as how many teeth show when you smile.


I then had my hygiene appointment which I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never had before. It wasn’t pleasant and involved a lot of scraping away plaque that had built up. The hygienist told me that plaque only takes 3 days to set so it is really easy to get a build up quickly. 

I expected my gums to bleed a lot more than they did but it wasn’t actually too bad. My teeth just felt a little bit sensitive for the rest of the day after my treatment. I thought they looked noticeably cleaner though and I’d definitely recommend asking for this as part of your treatment if it isn’t already included.

My whitening tray moulds were also taken this day and would be prepared, to be collected at my next appointment.


The next step was to have a whitening treatment within the clinic. This was the Philips Zoom whitening system which consisted of a gel being applied to your teeth several times and being set with a UV light. The treatment took around an hour to an hour and a half which is fairly standard for whitening treatments at a dentist setting.

My teeth lifted around 2 shades from this stage of whitening which provided a really positive foundation for my teeth going forwards. 

I was also able to collect my whitening trays at this appointment and began my at-home whitening.


In order to lift the shade of your teeth even more, you are required to whiten your teeth at home. I was given 2 full syringes of whitening gel, alongside my whitening trays. 

The syringes contain a guide on the side up to 7 which provides an estimate of how much you gel you should use in a day (this is to be split between the two trays so that you can whiten your top and bottom teeth). I used way too much in the first day and so, after speaking to my dentist, decided to focus on whitening my bottom teeth only. I think this is a good option anyway because your top teeth will be fully covered with the veneers. However, if you are just having edge bonding, you will need to whiten both sets of teeth.

My teeth became a little bit sensitive at times but I didn’t find it to be as painful as I expected. However, you are able to add some sensitive toothpaste in with the gel if you want to which should help to reduce any sensitivity.


After around a month, it was finally time for me to have my composite veneers fitted. I felt quite apprehensive as I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long and I really didn’t know what to expect. I imagined it might hurt and so I found myself fairly nervous when I arrived for my appointment.

Dr Khush was amazing, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. We went through the shade and style that I wanted and decided on the whitest shade (as they can fade over time) and a very natural, rounded style. 

This treatment took just under 2 hours but it may take slightly longer depending on where you go. Khush is an absolute expert in composite work and is booked up regularly so he was able to complete mine slightly quicker!

There were no needles and no pain. The only bad thing was having a mouth shield in to keep my mouth open and my lips out of the way. This got slightly uncomfortable at times but it wasn’t too bad. The only other thing is that there is a lot of drilling in order to shape the composite moulds once they’ve set (there is no drilling to your own teeth) so if you’re not a fan of the drill, you might not like this treatment too much.


In two weeks, I have a follow-up appointment to check that I am happy with my teeth and to discuss any issues. I will also pick up a mouth guard which I can wear every single night to prevent my teeth from chipping and moving. 

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I have been so happy with the process and I honestly couldn’t recommend Kiss Dental more. They have been professional, friendly and efficient throughout my treatments and everything has run smoothly. They also offer a variety of payment options, including up-front payment in full (at a discounted rate) or 0% finance to help to spread the cost over a period of time.

I am so happy with my new smile! If you’ve been thinking about Composite Bonding, just go for it! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done and I wouldn’t look back now!



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