Cosmetic dentistry for a perfect smile
When you have cosmetic dentistry treatment at our Melbourne dental practice, you can achieve the brilliant, sparkling smile we all like to see in the mirror and on others. Our team of skilled and caring dentists work with you to find the right solution to make your teeth whiter, straighter and more even.
Should you consider cosmetic dentistry to help improve your smile? Ask yourself some simple questions:
- Do you smile as much as you would like?
- Do your teeth look as white as they once did?
- Do people comment positively about your smile?
- Are you happy with your smile?
- What would you like to improve about your smile?
- Do you see other people smile and wish you looked like that?
In recent years, modern dentistry has embraced new and refined cosmetic dentistry techniques. These innovative methods have allowed our dentists to help patients achieve that dazzling smile and greater confidence whilst retaining their original teeth as much as possible.
To whiten your teeth, the dentist fits a soft mouthguard, tailor-made to fit your mouth. You then fill the mouthguard with the bleaching agent each day and wear it for up to an hour, for about one or two weeks until you achieve the whiteness you want. Using this method will work on your whole set of teeth or an individual discoloured tooth. And the best thing is that you do this from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Gaps or short teeth can be corrected through veneers, in which one of our skilled dentists fits a white attachment to the tooth’s surface. Think of this process as being similar to having false fingernails attached to your existing fingernails. The bond is very strong, and the result is virtually undetectable from your other teeth, camouflaging what you want to hide. We can also fit veneers to discoloured teeth, giving them a new lease of life.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are like hollow false teeth. When a patient receives a crown, they have a damaged tooth (which has a firm root). The crown is a custom-made permanent ‘cap’ that our experienced dentist fits over the damaged tooth and glues it into place. Just before fitting, the dentist prepares the damaged tooth to have the crown placed over it.
A bridge is a little bit different. It’s like three crowns joined in a row, covering the gap left by a missing tooth. The tooth on each side of the gap has a crown affixed to it. These crowns anchor the third crown in the centre (covering the gap) on either side.
Crowns are made of porcelain, giving an incredibly realistic colour match to your remaining natural teeth. Once it’s in place and bonded to the tooth, the crown or bridge seals the underlying tooth so that no further decay or damage occurs. As well as providing a robust and good-looking replacement, affixing crowns are usually less expensive than removing and replacing a badly decayed or damaged tooth.
When a patient receives an implant, it’s another way of replacing a missing tooth. Having a dental implant is the nearest equivalent to regaining the lost tooth. When a patient comes for dental implants, our dentist screws a small titanium rod into the jawbone. A dental crown is then attached to the top of the rod. Human bodies readily accept titanium, and the bone bonds to it, making the implant very strong.
People with a gummy smile – showing only short teeth because there is too much gum covering them – can bring their teeth out of hiding for a brilliant smile with minor surgery. The one-step, one-visit process involves the dentist removing some gum tissue to expose more of the teeth. The result is a broader, more confident smile, especially if combined with bleaching.
To see before and after photos of patient work, please view our case studies.
Ready for a smile you’ll love?
For any problems you have with your teeth appearance, come in and chat with our experienced dentists. You’ll be able to consider a range of options and make the choice which best suits you. Contact our friendly reception team to make an appointment.