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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Using advanced cosmetic dental treatments and materials, We can make a real difference. The skill, experience, and commitment of our practice using a unique combination of science and artistry can literally redesign your smile.

Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.

Cosmetic dentistry can refer to any number of procedures done to improve the aesthetics of your smile. This can include treatments as diverse as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and even orthodontics . The field of cosmetic dentistry continues to grow as new solutions are developed and existing techniques are refined to minimise pain and shorten treatment times. Having the smile that gives you confidence is now an achievable goal for every patient.

If you would like to discuss a cosmetic dentistry procedure, get in touch with us today to book a consultation with our friendly dentists in Murwillumbah.

These are some of the procedures we offer at our Dental Practice in Murwillumbah.

Teeth Whitenning

Over time, teeth can become discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. We can easily help you brighten your teeth with a take home teeth whitenning kit.

Your dentist can create a custom mouthpiece tray that ensures the right amount of whitening solution reaches your teeth. You may find whitening at home more convenient. But it can take two to four weeks or longer depending on the strength of peroxide used.

Keep the trays and next time you need a teeth whitenning top up, you can ask us for a top up kit which can be bought at our practice for a fraction of the cost you paid for your full kit!

Keep in mind, your teeth can become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them. Because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene.

Bonding

Bonding is a restorative procedure that can be used for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged.

The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

The procedure can often be completed in a single visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can dramatically improve facial appearance and self esteem when unattractive teeth restraint you from smiling. These custom made shells, made of porcelain, cover the front sides of the teeth to change their shape, size, colour and alignment. Veneers last longer than bonding and provide a superior appearance.

Veneers are recommended when patients want to improve smile because their teeth are stained, broken, have irregular shapes and sizes or uneven. Veneers colours can varies from a very natural look to a “movie star white teeth” look. The procedure requires your dentist to minimally prepare the tooth to compensate for the added thickness of the veneer and an impression is taken. The Doctor then customizes temporary veneers and bonds them in place. The final veneers are usually ready in 2 weeks. Then the veneers are bonded to their corresponding teeth, digital pictures of the “after” teeth and smile are compared to the “before” pictures to illustrate the dramatic improvement in the patient’s smile.

Not all teeth are suitable for veneers. In some case, due to previous extensive restorations, crowns are more indicated. Contact us and make an appointment if you wish to know more about this procedure.

Inlays/Onlays/Porcelain Fillings

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays/onlays offer a stronger, well-fitting and longer lasting restorative solution to damaged teeth. These restorations are beneficial from both an aesthetic and functional point of view.

Inlays and onlays can be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth damaged by decay and fractures. Whereas traditional dental fillings are molded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by the dentist.

The restoration is dubbed an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth. Conversely, the restoration is dubbed an “onlay” when the extent of the damage requires inclusion of one or more cusps (points) of the tooth or full coverage of the biting surface.

Crowns

Crowns or sometimes called caps are usually indicated when a tooth has sustained a crack, fractured, suffered extensive decay, lost a large filling or undergone root canal treatment. A crown restores tooth strength and natural appearance (when tooth coloured material is used). Treating a tooth with a crown is less expensive than having to replace the tooth if it is lost. Crowns may be composed of tooth-colored ceramic , tooth-colored ceramic over zirconia, tooth-colored ceramic over precious metal, or all gold. The option selected will usually depend on the location of the specific teeth. Zirconia, gold or precious metal over tooth-coloured may be preferred on back teeth in cases where patients have a “heavy bite” and all ceramic crowns are preferred on teeth where aesthetics are a priority.

To prepare the tooth for a crown, the tooth is reduced approximately one to one and one-half millimeters, an impression is taken and a temporary crown is cemented. The dentist provides detailed instructions to the lab technicians to ensure the proper form and color. During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented in place. Minor adjustments are made to ensure an accurate fit and comfortable bite.

 

Orthodontics – Braces

Today, people of almost all ages are benefiting from braces. Braces not only improve the look of teeth that are crooked or crowded. but they can improve an irregular bite and improve teeth function.

To place braces, your dentist bonds these brackets made of metal or ceramic to your teeth. Then he places wires through the brackets, which will guide the teeth into their correct positions.

After your braces are first attached, you can expect some discomfort for a few days. Also, regular oral hygiene becomes especially important while you are wearing braces.

There minimal risks with braces. But people with allergies to metal or those who have periodontal disease, are at greater risk for problems during treatment.

Talk to us if you want to know more about braces. You can make an appointment by clicking here and one of our friendly team member will contact you.