Let’s talk LOVE ISLAND… and teeth!
With the loyal fan base that the annual reality TV show Love Island has attracted, it’s no surprise that people are interested in everything the islanders have to say! This year, the Love Island producers gifted fans by renewing the show for not one, but two seasons in 2020.
This season is well underway, with a lot of island talk centred around one singleton in particular – Connor Durman. His smile has most definitely stolen the show so far and caught our eye too!
Since we’ve had so many questions and comments about celebrities with veneers, like Connor, from our patients, we thought we would delve a little deeper and take a closer look, the Bespoke Smile way…
We can see that Connor, has gone for an exceptionally bright, white shade for his veneers – and sometimes, our patients do prefer this classic ‘Hollywood’ look for their smile. However, for those who desire a more natural look, we would usually assess the shade of the whites of the eyes and avoid going lighter than this for your smile.
We’ve also had comments from patients about the length of Connor’s teeth, as they appear to be more or less straight and uniform in length. A ‘flat’ appearance can tend to highlight facial asymmetries and differences, more so than when the line created by the smile is parallel to the lower lip.
This is one of the key principles of smile design that our experts love to create – we want our patients to walk away with a smile that suits their face shape – in true Bespoke fashion.
Connor decided to go to Thailand to get his veneers done, after doing a basic Google search for ‘a random dentist’. We do tend to come across a lot of patients in our clinic who have travelled for dental veneers in Turkey, or other overseas destinations. These treatments are typically planned by email – with no formal consultations and completed within just a few days.
The old-fashioned and outdated method of fitting veneers is to shave down the protective layer of the tooth called the enamel – natural tooth tissue that protects your teeth against cavities and sensitivity. The idea behind shaving down the teeth is to allow the veneer to fit on the tooth like a cap or crown but also carries the risk of exposing the teeth to nerve damage and potentially infection.
Sadly, we do end up having to correct a lot of veneer fittings that patients choose to do abroad, as it is generally cheaper in the UK. Ironically, this leads to the patient spending more of their time and money in the long run to rectify the situation. We cannot stress how strongly we recommend only going to a highly experienced, reputable and fully trained dentist, that has all the right qualifications and meets UK regulations, to ensure your veneers are fitted in the safest and detailed way.
Our approach means, we only use super thin or ultra-thin veneers which are 0.3-0.5mm thick, as it is important to retain as much of your tooth underneath as possible. This is generally harder to accomplish and requires advanced training to perfect the technique and skills required to carry it out.
Dr Sam Jethwa – your trusted Bespoke Smile Marlow dentist – is one of the pioneers of minimal preparation techniques within the enamel layer for ultra-thin veneers.
Veneers can be life-changing and Dr Jethwa places around a thousand ultra-thin veneers every year – one of the highest numbers of these specialised dental veneers in the UK. Based on experience, we definitely believe this is something worth saving money or spreading payments over finance for, rather than making the hasty decision to travel abroad for potentially irreversible and risky treatment that doesn’t meet the same Gold standard that you would expect and receive here.
Find out more about how our veneers could transform your smile by booking yourself in for a free consultation with Bespoke Smile today!
Page last updated and checked by Dr Sam Jethwa: September 8, 2020