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Cosmetic Dental | Your questions answered

Cosmetic Dental is any form of treatment designed to improve the appearance of your smile and get the smile that you have always wanted.

1. What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry is designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. There is more than one way to get the smile that you want, and we are here to give you advice on all of your options.

Porcelain or Composite Veneers can be used to enhance the colour and shape of your teeth.

Orthodontic treatment with Braces or Invisalign can improve the position and arrangement of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening can brighten up your entire smile in only 1 hour of treatment.

These options can be used together or by themselves, to give you a healthy, natural smile that is designed to last.


2. What are Composite Veneers?

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Composite resin is a tooth-coloured material used to mimic the natural appearance of your teeth. It is applied to the front surface of your teeth and sculpted by hand to create the ideal shape and appearance.

Since no natural tooth needs to be shaved off to place them, Composite Veneers are a very conservative form of treatment. They are also completely reversible if you don't like how they look.

There are many shades and translucencies of composite, which can block out most stains and discolourations. The appearance of Composite Veneers can be modified by simply adding or removing more composite. 

Composite Veneers are a great choice to use if you are planning on getting Porcelain Veneers, as they allow you to get a feel for your new smile before progressing to something more permanent.


3. What are Porcelain Veneers?


Porcelain Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic that cover the front surface of your teeth. Their natural appearance is designed to blend seamlessly with your lips, face and smile.

They have a translucency that mimics the light dynamics of natural teeth, and produce a depth of colour that can't be created with composite.

The great thing about Porcelain Veneers is that they don't deteriorate over time. The colour and shape stay exactly the same as the day you first get them.

They are also very conservative as very little tooth, if any, needs to be removed in order to place them.

Read more about Porcelain Veneers.


4. How do I choose between Porcelain & Composite Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are very durable and with the right care can last for many years. They are impervious to staining, and won't discolour over time.

Porcelain Veneers are more expensive than Composite, as they are produce in a dental laboratory by highly experienced technicians. 

Composite Veneers are sculpted by hand in the dental chair, and generally need more time to get them right. Composite Veneers can be altered ad changed, with both the colour and shape able to be modified.

The are less expensive than porcelain veneers, but they don't last anywhere near as long. They are also prone to staining around the edges where they meet your teeth.


5. How do I care for my Porcelain Veneers?


Here are some simple instructions for taking care of your new Porcelain Veneers.

1. Use normal fluoridated toothpaste to brush your teeth. Abrasive toothpastes have coarse particles that can roughen the surface of Porcelain Veneers and cause them to stain.

2. Stay away from Whitening toothpastes. Porcelain does not discolour so these toothpastes aren't necessary.

3. Brush and floss your teeth as you would normally, with emphasis on cleaning under your gums where plaque can build up.

4. Regular 6-monthly check-ups with your dentist, and cleans from your hygienist are essential to maintaining your overall oral health.


6. What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a sophisticated alternative to traditional metal braces, that can straighten your smile without getting in the way of your everyday life.

It works by using a series of clear trays that slip over your teeth, which use a small amount of pressure to gently guide them into place. 

What makes it so special, is that it uses Digital Orthodontic technology to custom-design your aligners, to fit the exact shape of your teeth.

This means that your teeth are moved with greater precision and comfort, and in a smaller amount of time than with standard braces.

The other great thing about Invisalign, is that it can be taken out to have a meal or brush your teeth, which makes it really easy to take care of.

Read more about Invisalign.


7. Should I straighten my teeth before getting Veneers?

Veneers are a great choice to correct teeth that may be chipped, stained or irregularly shaped. If your teeth are misaligned, Veneers are best used to finalise your smile after your teeth have been straightened.

Veneers that are used to address issues with the position of your teeth can have damaging effects. Veneers usually need a thin layer of tooth enamel removed to create room for Veneers to sit on the front of your teeth. 

When Veneers are used to correct alignments issues, more tooth enamel may be removed than is necessary. Having your teeth straightened first, minimises the amount of enamel that is removed.

Veneers don't correct the position of your teeth or issues with your bite, they simply cover up imperfections. It is always best to consider having your teeth straightened before thinking about getting Veneers.


8. What are my options with Teeth Whitening?


At Home Bleaching Kits

It works by using a Whitening solution that is applied to a custom-made tray, which you then place into your mouth and sit back and relax while it goes to work for 15 minutes.

How long it lasts for depends on your lifestyle, however you expect them to be pearly white for around 12 months with proper care.

It is best suited for mild-medium stained teeth, and are a great option for anyone not wanting to fork out more money for 'In-The-Dental-Office' Whitening. 

'In-The-Dental-Office' Treatments

It works by using a gel is applied to your teeth and left to whiten your teeth over the course of an hour. The tooth surface is effectively dehydrated to achieve the Whitening effect.

The treatment usually lasts for 1 to 3 years after having it done, depending on your diet and lifestyle, and how diligent you are with your take-home Whitening kit.

It is best suited for mild-medium stained teeth, and it is a great choice for anyone who wants a longer-lasting Whitening treatment.

Read more about Teeth Whitening.


9. How should I care for my smile after Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening only begins in the dental chair. After that, it is up to you to take care of your newly brightened smile in between your regular visits to our dentists or hygienists.

Teeth Whitening slightly dehydrates your teeth and makes them very absorbent. They will pick up elements from their surrounds in the same way a sponge does, and that includes colour or stains.

Teeth are susceptible to staining for the first two days after Zoom Teeth Whitening, and for an hour after each home whitening session. Make sure your teeth are not exposed to that stains during this time.

What stains teeth? Anything that will stain a white T-shirt will stain your teeth. If you must have that cup of coffee in the morning, alternate with sips of water and rinse your mouth thoroughly after you are finished.

Although professional Teeth Whitening provides the best long-term result, it doesn't last forever. The colour of your teeth slowly changes with time, and repeat Whitening will keep your teeth at their brightest.