First impressions are lasting ones; if you have stained teeth, chipped, worn or missing front teeth, these will be held in the memory of people you meet, and create an unfavourable first impression. An unattractive smile can therefore lead to a lack of self-confidence.
Large metallic fillings can discolour and internally stain the surrounding tooth structure. Crooked teeth immediately stand out from the crowd. Missing teeth and poorly designed crowns can create black areas in your mouth. Modern dentistry is all about giving you a smile to be proud of, giving you back your confidence. Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel. And when you feel and look good, you project a confident image.
Cosmetic dentistry is a broad title that describes several new and exciting techniques that can fill gaps between teeth and restore discoloured, misshapen, or broken teeth. There are several procedures that fall under the heading of cosmetic dentistry:
- Cosmetic resin bonding
- Shade correction by bleaching
- Laminate veneers
- Orthodontic tooth movement
- Replacement of missing or discoloured teeth
- Cosmetic reshaping
- Special crowns
- Specialty dentures
- Replacement of lost gum tissue
The bleaching of teeth is a very effective way to brighten and lighten dark or discoloured teeth. We use the home bleach system, where a mild bleaching agent is placed in a mouth guard and worn at night. This technique offers the advantage that the patient is in control of the amount of lightening that takes place. The bleaching can involve a single tooth or all the teeth. Some sensitivity of the teeth is sometimes experienced, but this is always of a passing nature.
One of the biggest concerns with bleaching is that teeth tend to become darker again as time goes by, especially if you consume lots of coffee, tea, red wine, or tobacco. If re-discoloration takes place, a few nights of re-bleaching using the same mouth guard is usually sufficient to achieve the desired shade again. The bleaching agent used in this system has been extensively researched and proven to be safe when used as prescribed.
Veneers are thin porcelain coverings, similar to false fingernails. They are made from the same strong porcelains used to make all-porcelain crowns, and are bonded to natural tooth tissue. Veneers can be used to disguise the original colour, shade or shape of your teeth, or to close gaps between the teeth. Your smile can be quickly, comfortably, and beautifully transformed!
Before a tooth can be veneered, a small amount of enamel has to be removed from the front of the tooth to provide space for the porcelain. An impression of the tooth is sent to a dental laboratory where the veneer is made to match the colour and shape of your teeth. The veneer is bonded into place using composite resin cement after roughening the tooth surface with a mild etching solution.
Case 2 – Gum Surgery and Porcelain veneers
Case 3 – Porcelain Veneers
Many patients are concerned about the mercury contained in this material, not to mention the copper, zinc and silver. These metals are potentially harmful both to the patient and the environment, apart from their unsightly appearance. We offer the replacement of amalgam filings with tooth-coloured composite resin fillings, or laboratory-manufactured porcelain inlays.
Composite fillings are more durable than ever and can last many years. Matched perfectly to the natural teeth, they are practically invisible in a smile.
We can apply the same techniques used in creating composite fillings and help repair any teeth that have chips or cracks. Composite bonding can help restore confidence and restore a smile to its full and perfect glory.