COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which can lighten the shade of your teeth. This procedure is safe when completed by a Dentist.

Tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol, food additives, some developmental blemishes and natural aging all contribute to the discolouring and yellowing of teeth. While a professional dental clean can remove some staining, Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can provide patients with great results that whiten the colour of teeth which have discoloured over time. Teeth whitening, if maintained correctly, can leave patients with results that last.

Take Home Whitening Kit

Teeth whitening procedures are typically carried out at home by the patient following a consultation with a dentist. Teeth whitening may not be appropriate for all patients, so before commencing any teeth whitening procedure it is best to discuss expected outcomes and time frames with us.

Where appropriate, we will take impressions of your teeth to prepare a custom-made ultra thin mouth tray. The tray is used to hold the bleaching gel close to the teeth. Whitening gel is placed in the tray which is then worn for up to 2 hours a day. Results are usually seen within two weeks. Your dentist will advise you on how long to wear the tray both initially and for maintenance.

In Chair Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening procedures are provided in the dental chair by your dentist. Teeth whitening gel is placed on the teeth and the whitening process activated by use of a clinically proven ultraviolet light.

The cost of teeth whitening will vary depending on the type of procedure.

We offer complementary 5 Minute consultation to assess your suitability for whitening.

Procelain veneers

Veneers involve a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which thin tooth coloured porcelain facings are bonded to the front of one or more teeth. Veneers are more conservative than dental crowns and can be a good cosmetic dental option for patients. Veneers offer patients the opportunity to improve the overall appearance of teeth and create a beautiful smile. Veneers have the ability to "dress-up" teeth and improve your smile. A natural looking smile is now achievable with veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain facings that are bonded to the front of teeth. They are between 0.3mm and 0.5mm thick. Veneers are strong and durable making them a popular cosmetic dental treatment for creating a beautiful smile.

Shades and shapes can be chosen to deliver a custom designed, natural looking smile. they can be the solution to a variety of dental problems. Some of these include:

  • Crooked, oddly shaped or misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Broken, chipped or worn teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Permanently stained or discoloured teeth

Veneers can be applied to one or more teeth to match in with existing teeth or all visible teeth can be veneered to change the overall colour of your teeth. Ask us about trial demonstrations which can be arranged prior to any treatment.

Other benefits of veneers include:

  • Dark lines are unlikely to form around the veneer
  • Translucency gives a much more natural look
  • When compared to other cosmetic work they often require less of the natural tooth to be removed
  • In some cases, veneers can be used as an alternative to orthodontic treatment
  • Veneers are resistant to staining due to age, tea, coffee, or smoking
  • Veneers can last for many years
  • Porcelain will not decay

Composite Bonded Veneers

Bonded veneers are made from composite resin, a substance that is very customizable and bonds directly on to the tooth surface. Bonded veneers can usually be completed in one visit and can often dramatically improve dental appearance in a matter of hours.

The advantages of the bonded veneer are in its cost and time efficiency. New research in composite resins also means that bond strengths are now far greater than even just a few years ago.

The disadvantages of the bonded veneer are its inability to mask heavily discoloured teeth and that they are mechanically weaker than porcelain veneers.

Indications for bonded veneers:

  • Small or medium sized chips
  • Small gaps in between teeth
  • Light or moderate staining

Crowns

A custom-made dental crown fits over a prepared natural tooth and replaces the natural crown, which is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums. Dental crowns not only improve the appearance of ones smile, but can add strength, durability and stability. Dental crowns are a custom-made restoration which fits over the prepared existing natural tooth and replaces the natural crown, which is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums. Dental crowns can be used for strength, durability and tooth stability, or for cosmetic reasons to enhance the appearance of a tooth.

Dental crowns are often required when a tooth has been severely weakened and is no longer structurally sound. This can be as a result of trauma, tooth decay, previous root canal therapy or even general wear over time. This cosmetic dental treatment can also be used to brighten and improve the appearance of one's smile by covering broken, chipped, stained or discoloured teeth or by modifying the shape of a tooth. Dental crowns are custom-made for each individual patient and can be matched to existing teeth making them a favourable cosmetic dental treatment option.

Constructing a dental crown generally requires two appointments with your dentist. During the first appointment the existing tooth is prepared to receive dental crown, impressions are taken and sent to laboratories and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced by the new custom-made dental crown. The new crown is adjusted and cemented into place, providing a more long term natural looking aesthetic solution. Dental crowns can be constructed from a range of materials. Your dentist will discuss which material will be most appropriate for your individual situation.

The cost of dental crowns does vary depending on the type of crown required.

Dental Bridges

If you are missing one or several teeth, there are a myriad of associated oral and general health problems that can develop. When you have missing teeth, it is possible for your adjacent teeth to encroach into the vacant space and your opposing teeth to move out of alignment allowing spaces between otherwise perfectly aligned teeth to occur and thereby become crooked and hard to clean effectively. This will significantly increase your risk of developing gum disease and jaw alignment problems which can result in headaches, neck and shoulder pain.

The placement of a dental bridge is still one of the most popular and efficient ways of replacing missing teeth. A bridge is secured by crowns attached to carefully prepared natural teeth on either side of the space and fills the area with a high quality porcelain prosthetic replacement, restoring your smile, confidence and function.

The procedure for a bridge closely resembles that for a single crown. Your supportive teeth, to which the crowns are bonded, are precisely reshaped so when your crowns and bridge is secured in place, they blend seamlessly in size and appearance with your surrounding natural teeth.

Once prepared, a detailed impression mould is made of your teeth and gum-line, this is used as a template from which your replacement bridge is sculpted. While your new bridge is being made at a dental laboratory, a temporary bridge may be worn, this will enable you to retain your full smile appearance.

When your new permanent bridge is complete and returned from the laboratory, we will remove the temporary bridge replacing it with your new bridge so you can have a new healthy, natural looking smile.

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