You can’t overestimate what a great smile can do for your confidence and well- being! We have a range of options to enhance your smile including tooth whitening, composite or ceramic veneers, crowns and implants.
Teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry options.
Never underestimate the power of a smile. We offer a range of proven options to enhance your smile, including teeth whitening, composite or ceramic veneers, and dental implants.Tooth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest ways to enhance your appearance. Without changing the structure of the tooth, a bleaching agent such hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is used to lighten the colour of your teeth.
What are the options?......
Tooth whitening can be done at home, or in the dental surgery. You need to discuss which option would suit you best with the dentist or hygienist.
What bleaching agent do we use?....
The bleaching agent we use for at home bleaching is Opalescence 10% carbamide peroxide and for in surgery bleaching - Opalescence Boost 40% hydrogen peroxide. Opalescence products are backed by over 20 years of scientific research and have been leaders in innovation in the bleaching industry.
If you choose the at home bleaching option impressions are taken and a thin, custom fitted clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth is made. At home you place the bleaching gel into the tray, place the tray over the teeth and wear if for up to 2 hours each day, or at night. Teeth will lighten noticeably in the first few days, however it may take between 2 – 3 weeks to achieve the desired degree of lightening. You can choose if you bleach every day, or have days off to manage sensitivity or lifestyle. You may decide to bleach every second day over a longer period.
In surgery bleaching uses a stronger concentration of peroxide. The bleaching gel is applied directly on to the tooth surface. This may be repeated several times, the whole appointment may take up to 2 hours. In surgery bleaching is usually followed up with at home bleaching for 2 – 3 days immediately after. The only benefit of in surgery bleaching is the instant result. At home bleaching will lighten the teeth just as effectively – it just takes longer.
The most common side effect of bleaching is tooth and gum sensitivity. This is generally the most noticeable in the first 2 – 3 days of bleaching and goes away once bleaching is stopped. We can help with sensitivity by providing additional de-sensitizing agents for you to use both before and after bleaching.
Ceramic veneers are thin, custom made “shells” usually made of porcelain which are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. If teeth are broken, chipped, stained or have large gaps between them veneers are a great choice to improve aesthetics. They do require some tooth preparation, however it is minimal compared to a full crown preparation. Because the tooth preparation is minimal the tooth remains strong. A thin layer of enamel is removed from the front surface of the tooth to provide enough room for the veneer so that natural tooth form can be replicated. An impression is then taken and the veneer is made by a dental technician and fitted by the dentist. While the veneer is being made, temporary veneers are placed. The whole process usually takes only 2 visits. Being porcelain, they are more resistant to staining than composite filling material, and with careful planning may last up to 12 years before needing replacement.
A crown completely covers the natural crown of your tooth which has been prepared to provide the necessary room. Crowns for front teeth are generally made of ceramic or porcelain material. They are generally used on teeth with large fillings, deeply discoloured teeth or teeth that need to be protected from further breakdown –situations where neither bleaching or veneers would be suitable choices to improve aesthetics. After preparation, an impression is taken and the crown made by a dental technician. A temporary crown is fitted until the permanent crown is ready (usually around 10 working days), and then the permanent crown is cemented into place by the dentist. Crowns on back teeth are generally used to protect the remaining tooth from breaking ( fracture ). Teeth with large fillings and/or root filled teeth are weak. These teeth may have cracks which may cause sensitivity to hot and cold and biting pressure – or they may have no symptoms at all. Crowning these teeth reinforces the tooth structure and prevents the tooth from breaking. These crowns are generally made of a ceramic or a ceramic bonded to an underlying metal for strength. If aesthetics is not an issue, gold can be used – the bonus of gold is that it can be used in very thin sections, so that relatively little tooth needs to be removed during preparation.
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