Dental Cosmetics

Cosmetic dentistry involves dental procedures with the aim of improving the overall aesthetics of your smile. Often referred to as a " smile makeover" or "Wedding smile". A beautiful smile can have numerous knock on effects in an individuals self-confidence, self-esteem and personal relationships.

Enhance Aesthetics Tooth Whitening   
Enhance Aesthetics Dental Veneers   
Enhance Aesthetics Dental Crowns
   
Enhance Aesthetics Orthodontics   
Enhance Aesthetics Gum Contouring

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth and improving their colour through a bleaching process to make them look “whiter”.
For heavily stained teeth a significant improvement in their appearance can be achieved following a procedure as simple as a scale and polish from a dental hygienist.

Most cosmetic dental practices offer a combination of in-surgery immediate teeth whitening and professional take-home tooth whitening kits with custom made trays. Both procedures are based on a bleaching process which uses a peroxide based compound which varies in strength (3-30% peroxide). The higher the concentration of peroxide in the compound the more powerful the bleaching compound is. This means it is more effective at whitening the teeth but at the same time has a greater potential to cause damage to the surrounding gum tissue and your lips.

teeth whitening before

Before Tooth Whitening

 

after teeth whitening

After Tooth Whitening

Protection during whitening

It is very important that your dentist isolates your gums and lips with a protective material in order to avoid any potential damage and burning of your soft tissue. It is for this reason that home whitening kits usually have a low concentration of peroxide so that there is less chance of any damage occurring at home. Although recently high strength home whitening kits that can be purchased online and from certain stores have attracted media attention with horror stories of people with badly burnt lips and gums. Teeth whitening is a procedure that should always be carried out under the supervision of a dentist.

Home Teeth whitening Kits

The take home whitening kits provide more permanent results over a longer time scale whereas laser whitening offers immediate results. A combination of the two provides the perfect solution to both immediate and long-term whitening.

How much whiter will my teeth look?

This varies from individual to individual and also the type of whitening system used. Some people respond very well to teeth whitening and have dramatic whitening results whereas others may notice very little difference at all. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the likely results expected with your teeth.

Does it hurt ? what are the side effects of Teeth whitening?

Some people experience no pain or sensitivity with their teeth. However, the majority of people will experience some kind on sensitivity either during and / or after the initial treatment. This is usually described by patients as sporadic sharp shooting pains coming from their teeth. This should settle down after approximately 48 hours. Your dentist may give you a special gel or mousse to apply to your teeth to help with the sensitivity. It is advisable to avoid any hot or cold food or drinks within the first 48 hours of your whitening treatment.

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Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is simply a thin covering for the outside of the teeth designed to enhance appearance by masking colour, shape or positional defects. This cosmetic dentistry technique is performed by “gluing” the covering, usually porcelain, ceramic or composite onto the existing tooth surface.

This procedure is typically done over two visits to the cosmetic dentist and as such offers a relatively quick and simple route to an improved smile.

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Dental Crowns

Cosmetic dental crowns are protective covers that are fitted over the existing sub-structure of a damaged or broken tooth. Until recently, porcelain was the material of choice due to its natural aesthetic qualities.

Now, full ceramic crowns are available which are not only stronger but also in the opinion of many, cosmetically superior to porcelain.

This is because porcelain crowns were traditionally built on top of a metal base to support strong biting forces. Unfortunately this often led to the dark line apparent at the junction between the gum and crown.

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Orthodontics

Invisalign is a revolutionary system for straightening crooked teeth and closing gaps between teeth in many cases can replace the need for traditional metal-wire braces that have long been used in traditional orthodontic practice.

The system utilises the latest in computerised technology and three dimensional modelling to generate a series of clear, see-through aligners or “clear braces”. They are virtually un-noticeable when you are wearing them and are often referred to by many patients as “Invisible Braces”.  The Clear aligners are specially fabricated to fit your teeth exactly and over time they slowly move your teeth into a position that gives you a natural looking straight smile.

So how does the Invisalign system work?

Its simple :

You wear your aligners for 22 hours a day
You remove your aligners to eat and brush your teeth
As your teeth move slowly over time
You change your aligners approximately every two weeks
Have regular progress checks with your dentist or orthodontist
Full treatment takes from 6 months to a year (sometimes 18 months).

invisalign aligner in hand

clear aligner in mouth

Why is Invisalign better than metal braces

Comfort – metal braces are usually more painful and can cause irritation and local inflammation of the gums and soft tissue. The elastic bands and tightening forces used with metal braces can often cause discomfort. Although there may be slight discomfort when you start wearing Invisalign aligners, in general most users find them very comfortable.

Convenience – this is probably one of the greatest advantages over traditional wire braces. You remove the aligners when you eat, therefore not having the problem of food getting trapped between wires and elastic bands. Invisalign also makes maintaining a good oral hygiene program much easier. With wire braces cleaning your teeth is much more difficult – especially flossing between your teeth. The difficulty of flossing with metal braces means that most people will neglect this part of their cleaning and this could lead to problems with bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay in the future.

Discrete – The aligners are virtually invisible to anyone unless they get very close to you, so hardly anyone will even notice that you are having treatment. This is one of the main reasons that has encouraged 1000s of adults to use the Invisalign system, as it won’t cause any disruption to their lifestyle.

Can Invisalign be used for all orthodontic cases?

For the majority of crooked teeth problems including, overbites, crowding, crossbites and gaps between your teeth Invisalign works very well. However more severe orthodontic cases where perhaps teeth extraction is required or there is a lot of movement needed then Invisalign may not be appropriate. During your consultation your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for Invisalign. In very severe cases traditional wire braces, friction free Damon braces or lingual braces may need to be used to correct your tooth alignment.

case study before invisalign

case study after treatment

What is the procedure?

After an initial consultation and assessment of your smile and teeth alignment your Invisalign dentist, will take an impression (mould) of your teeth using a special “dental putty” and take several photographs of your teeth and smile from different angles.

A 3D digital model of your teeth is then created at the Invisalign laboratory using a CT scanner.

Using the latest patented software the model is used as a basis to generate a  simulation of your teeth movement from their current position to the final desired position.

This simulation is then used as the basis to design your aligners, custom made for your teeth and to be changed every two weeks as your teeth move little by little.
Your newly fabricated aligners will then be sent back to your dentist along with the 3D simulation so that you can see for yourself the expected movement of your teeth over time.

Your dentist will give you strict instructions on how to use the aligners, they must be worn for a minimum of 20 hours a day, the success of the treatment is highly dependent on your compliance as a patient and so requires dedication.
You will have regular checkups with your dentist to ensure that your treatment is going as initially planned.

crooked teeth

after invisible braces treatment

 

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Gum Contouring

In the search for the ultimate “smile makeover” it is still possible to improve a patient’s smile where there is actually nothing wrong with their teeth! In the case of a “gummy smile”, the gums are simply too big or appear too big when the patient smiles.

Where gum tissue overgrows to cover more of the tooth than is desirable, a cosmetic dental technique called gum contouring can be used.
Sometimes the gum tissue overgrows in certain sections of the mouth causing the smile to look lopsided or uneven – in these cases, selective gum contouring is used to “even-up” the smile.

The masking of the “gummy smile” can also be de-emphasised or masked using facial aesthetics

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