May 15th, 2012 by sixpegs
I am excited about this entry because I get to introduce a place I went to get the perfect smile!
I have always been not very confident with my teeth, especially the upper row because I have a gap between my two front teeth.
The ends of the two front teeth are jagged, and my teeth are really small.
I’m too used to chewing food on the right side of my mouth, so the right incisor and canine teeth are worn too.
My horrible teeth-grinding habit (bruxism) when I sleep is not helpful towards the worn teeth too.
As a result, the loss in enamel has caused my teeth to be sensitive as well.
Here are a few photos of my teeth to give you a better picture.
Sorry for the weird faces in the photos. Heh!
So during my short stay in Bangkok, A and I watched some videos from the show “Style By Jury”.
Those people did WONDERS with veneers, crowns and whitening work and the results were absolutely amazing!
I really love the Style By Jury show by the way!
Here are a couple clips for you to watch too!
A and I decided that it’s worth a shot to visit one of the dentists in Bangkok to see check how much porcelain veneers costs.
And so, after much online researching, we made our way to Bangkok Smile Dental Clinic the very next day!
The clinic got two branches and both are super near our hotels! Damn happy.
It was really SO MUCH cheaper than Singapore, we paid probably like 20% to 30% of what
we will have to pay if we did the same thing in Singapore!
At our first appointment, we wanted to do the usual scaling and polishing, and ask a little more about the veneers.
But the price and service was really impressive and we decided there and then
that we will just go ahead with the extra dental work!
The best thing is, they promised that the entire process will be completed within 5 days!
I’m sure if there wasn’t a Labour Day public holiday, it would have been even faster!
I did the consultation and was disappoint to know that I am not a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers
because the bruxism has already caused my natural teeth to wear off.
So she recommended me to crowns, which is somewhat similar to veneers but slightly more invasive.
A, on the other hand, did her veneers.
And both of us did teeth whitening! :B
Their teeth whitening service is fucking amazing!
I think it’s called some Zoom! Whitening thing, and it’s much stronger than what I did in Singapore couple years back.
The teeth REALLY got so much whiter! Even I got a shock!
As for the crown, we got a mold of our teeth taken. Here is mine!
Look at those ugly teeth on my upper row! :x
Veneers are basically just a porcelain layer placed on the outer surface of your natural teeth.
A little part of your teeth will be shaved off so that the teeth will not be too thick after the veneers go on them.
As for crowns, it is almost similar except that the porcelain will be shaped like a cap instead of just a outer layer.
These give more protection and are tougher compared to veneers,
but it is more invasive because more enamel has to be shaved off the teeth.
There is local anesthesia injected into the gums during the shaving of the teeth so it was pretty much painless.
Even after the anesthesia wore off, there is practically not much pain but there is slightly bruising.
AND THE LIPS ARE SWOLLEN MAN!
This is me right after the treatment.
My upper lips is greeeeennnnnnn and purpleeeee! Ohmygod.
And beware! The ugliest photo I will show on my post.
Brace your eyes!
The swelling made my whole fucking face swell like a pig’s head! :(
But because there wasn’t much pain, I decided not to waste my time in Bangkok so we continued shopping.
I am so glad I am in Bangkok and not in Singapore because I don’t wanna walk around looking like Piggy here!
But of course, after the dentist shaved off the enamel, she didn’t leave me walking around with my ULTRA-SENSITIVE tiny teeth.
I had temporary crowns done up for me.
But I had such a huge shock when I saw the colour of my gum man!
It’s grey and purple!
*might look a little gross*
OK, another freaking hideous photo of me right after the dental appointment.
This is the pose I have every time I’m seated somewhere, in an attempt to hide my sexy lips.
The dentist instructed me to do a lot of cold compression for the first two days to reduce the swelling.
And by the third day onwards, I have to do hot compressions to increase blood flow, to ease the bruising.
I had the temporary crowns for about 3 days and I was thrilled when it’s finally my turn to get the permanent crowns on!
SO SO EXCITED ABOUT IT!
But I was really worried at the same time because I needed another round of anesthesia.
When the 2 hour appointment ended, I was so happy!
It was all worth it!
These are some pictures taken on the same day the permanent crowns are put on.
I LOVE MY PERFECT STRAIGHT WHITE TEETH!
Our teeth are SO SO white! Now I cannot stop smiling to myself. Hahaha!
For Aileen, her concern about her teeth was the little naughty tooth that was pushed backwards and not aligned with the rest.
So she corrected it with 8 veneers on the upper row.
This is how she look like before the veneers.
The procedures for veneers was much simpler and the swelling was much lesser than mine as well.
She still look very pretty even with her swollen upper lips. Heh!
And this is her teeth after her veneers are completed!
I like how the teeth look so natural!
My mom didn’t even realize I did something to my teeth only until a week after I returned from Bangkok.
The teeth looks and feels exactly the same as my natural teeth and my bite was not affected a single bit.
I like how both my canine teeth are pointy again and they look symmetrical again!
The two worn off teeth has been re-constructed too and I can smile big big again now!
I LOVE IT!
This is the BEFORE/AFTER picture:
The lighting of the picture above wasn’t very consistent.
I have to emphasize that my teeth has become so much whiter, as white as the sclera of my eyes now!
My gums are pink and healthy now.
The teeth look so natural nobody would even know those are crowns if I don’t tell!
Strong and healthy teeth is so so precious.
Hope you guys are not too turned off by the swollen face and purple gums photos!
Some of you might wonder if veneers and crowns are permanent.
Well, according to what I understand and found from the research,
the most common for the crowns and veneers failing is tooth decay.
In fact, poor hygiene practices are the main culprits for unhealthy teeth.
So with proper care, and that also includes not biting ice and not using teeth as bottle openers,
these porcelain veneers and crowns have the potential to last a lifetime!
LIKE the post to let me know if you like our new smiles! :D
I was so excited to share my experience with you guys, very happy now! Hahaha.
And if you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot!
Will be back with the last entry of my Bangkok trip in a jiffy.