Cosmetic Dentistry

Beauty, aesthetics and improving the appearance of our teeth all fall into the field of cosmetic dentistry. Although cosmetic dental procedures are not considered essential they are a very important part of our overall well being and can help boost our confidence and help us feel better about how we look. Cosmetic dentistry  differs from general dentistry in that the latter is more concerned with cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions or similar procedures and less in creating beautiful smiles, white teeth, veneers, aligned teeth (orthodontics) and the likes. Which ever you case, we have a specialized dentist ready to assist you with your treatment.

What is Zoom Whitening?

Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking. Whitening can get your smile looking its best. You should look for a whitening procedure that is:

  • Fast and convenient
  • Long lasting
  • Low sensitivity
  • Proven to be safe and effective
  • Performed by a Dental Professional
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What is Cosmetic or Aesthetic dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry or Aesthetic Dentistry is quality dentistry that looks na tural and can improve one’s appearance through techniques such as bonding, bleaching, veneers, crowns implants and more. In many instances it can be like “instant orthodontics” in correcting crooked, twisted or misplaced teeth. Dark or misshapen teeth can also be restored. Smiles that lack youthful vigour or beauty can be revitalised and a smile can help one feel better about oneself. A 45 year old male attended our practice complaining of generalised darkly stained teeth. The cause of the discoloration was a combination of the aging process and the fact that he drank coffee, tea and red wine regularly. Intra oral examination revealed that he had no dental decay but he had some calculus on the bottom teeth. A thorough scaling and polishing of his teeth was carried out and the shade of his teeth was noted and compared to the shade guide. Evaluation (before whitening) no cavities (examination ) all fillings, crowns, etc. sealed tightly not recommended during pregnancy or nursing 18 years or older Note about whitening – fillings, veneers, crowns, bonding (i.e. restorative materials) will not whiten An appointment for professional tooth whitening in the dental clinic was given since the patient was not keen to use the home bleaching kit which required wearing the bleaching tray for a two week period, for 2-3 hours per day.

What is professional tooth whitening?

It refers to a technique where a whitener is applied to the teeth by the dentist. This is Zoom!, a bleaching process that lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine. The complete procedure takes around an hour and the procedure begins with a preparation period, followed by 60 minutes of bleaching. A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual whitening session.

How does the bleaching ‘in-office’ system work?

Alight whitening gel’s active ingredient, is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching coloured substances, while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The ‘Zoom!’ Light, aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of The ‘Zoom!’ Lamp increases the effectiveness of the Gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement, of up to, eight shades.

What will I experience during the, in-house ‘Zoom!’ procedure?

During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music.

How long do the results last?

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily and occasional touch-ups with ‘Zoom!’ ‘Weekender’ or ‘Nite White’ gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth at their brightest.

Are there any side effects?

Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. ‘Zoom!’ Light, generates minimal heat, which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. We will supply you with anti-sensitivity toothpaste for use, prior to treatment.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

Almost anyone! However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. We will determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure following a thorough oral examination, including a shade assessment.

What is the advantage of professional tooth whitening versus the take home bleaching kit?

Even though the outcome is the same, however with the professional tooth whitening service, the whitening effect is seen immediately and accomplished in just one appointment.

Is whitening your teeth safe?

Yes! Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider ‘whitening’, as the safest cosmetic dental procedure available

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and extracting teeth, as it was for many years. Nowadays, many people turn to cosmetic dentistry, or ‘aesthetic dentistry’, as a way of improving their appearance, much as they would use cosmetic surgery or even a new hairstyle. The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments include veneers, crowns, bridges and tooth-coloured fillings.

What is a veneer?

Veneers are thin slices of porcelain. These are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of front teeth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail.

Why might I have a veneer?

Veneers are an ideal way of treating discoloured or unsightly teeth, closing gaps between front teeth, or repairing chips and cracks.

How are veneers made?

They are made by a dental technician, using impressions taken by the dentist. The veneers are made in the laboratory and bonded to the tooth to form a strong and natural-looking repair. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain. Composite veneers can be completed in one visit and involve bonding tooth-coloured filling material to the front of the tooth. Although these veneers are slightly more prone to staining and have a shorter life, they are easily replaced.

Can I use veneers to close the gaps between my front teeth?

Yes. Again, using tooth-coloured material or porcelain, the dentist can change the shape or size of the tooth very slightly, closing the gap between the teeth.

Can I have white fillings?

For over 150 years standard fillings have been made out of a silvery-grey material called ‘amalgam’. This is still one of the strongest and longest-lasting materials available for fillings. However, many people find it unattractive and some are concerned about possible health risks. White fillings are now becoming a popular alternative to amalgam fillings. The new dental materials mean it is much easier to find a perfect match for the shade of a particular tooth. In most cases, it is quite impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling.