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Smile Makeover with White Fillings and Porcelain Veneers – Case Study

Blair came to our Glasgow practice with a list of issues concerning his teeth, having considered a smile makeover for many years. He requested white fillings, brighter tooth colours, porcelain veneers, replacement of an old NHS porcelain bridge, improvements to tooth shapes – almost every form of cosmetic dentistry except braces! The free consultation with Dr Murphy took more than the usual 20 minutes.

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The above photo shows stained front teeth, metal fillings showing through the enamel of back teeth, a narrower profile on the upper right (left on photo), yellow colours and an old bridge on the upper left (right of photo).

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The angle of the photo above demonstrates how the profile of the teeth in the upper right (left of pic) was improved by using a thicker porcelain which would widen the smile only in that area.

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The above image demonstrates the normal aesthetics of older NHS restorations. Many NHS patients present with these issues.

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The results of ‘metal free’ dentistry. Some of the amalgam fillings were sufficiently large to warrant porcelain ceramic crowns. Five teeth were subjected to minimal adjustments and porcelain veneers were bonded on with composite resin.

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The final image demonstrates the improved width overall. It is difficult to see any differences between the porcelain on the bridge, crowns and veneers as our technicians have blended the cosmetic effect of accurately fitting gum margins in all types of porcelain.

The total cost of treatment was £4605, including 5 porcelain veneers at £350 each, 7 units of ceramic zirconium porcelain crown and bridgework at £390 each, 5 X-rays at £11 each and a composite resin filling at £75.

Blair has decided to remain as a patient of Dr Murphy and is keen to maintain the aesthetics of his smile.

He commented:

I waited far too long in getting round to this. For anyone that thinks about it, don’t waste the time. I didn’t get shown how horrible my teeth were before in the pictures. Now I feel 100% more comfortable in every different type of company. It’s made me more confident at work and definitely much more relaxed when I smile.


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Dr Brendan Murphy (BDS Glasgow) 1992 GDC 67679 is clinical director at Crystal Dental Glasgow. He has been a dentist in Glasgow for more than 20 years. He is passionate about patient care and highly experienced in cosmetic dentistry. He shares the case studies on this website as examples of what is possible when faced with often tricky dental issues. It is never too late to seek help even for long term dental problems.

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