PRACTICE LOCATION

 

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
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OPENING HOURS

 

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

  CONTACT

 

info@rivercitydental.com.au
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(07) 3667 9595
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Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

info@rivercitydental.com.au
Email us

(07) 3667 9595
Call us

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

9 Ways To Improve Your Smile

9 Ways to Improve Your Smile

 

1. Commit to a regular schedule of oral health check-ups.

They will provide timely advice on any additional treatments that may be required. For example, they can detect tooth decay in its early stages, where a smaller, easier and more affordable treatment, such as a filling, may be possible. They may also detect gum disease or other conditions that could ultimately affect your smile if not addressed within a suitable timeframe.

They will also equip you with the information to take the best possible care of yourself within your home environment. They can provide advice on nutrition, habits, brushing and flossing routine, the best brush, toothpaste and rinse for you to be using. And as we will note in the next point, they can actually undertake treatment while you are in the dentist Toowong for your check-up – helping to safeguard your smile.

2. Have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist Taringa

Sometimes, despite our best efforts to clean our teeth at home, we may still feel or notice tartar or plaque build-up. This commonly occurs around the gumline of the teeth and in other areas of the mouth that are hard to access with a brush and to properly clean. This can create an unpleasant, furry feeling in and of itself, but its real impact on the smile occurs when it is allowed to stay in place. It may then lead to tooth discolouration and tooth decay.

Not only is this painful, but it is also unsightly. The teeth may become yellow, grey or off-white, and may ultimately develop cavities which may then require a treatment by filling. The insidious nature of plaque is such that we may not always notice it is present, but it can actually still be having a negative impact on our teeth regardless. During your regular check up appointment, consider talking to your dentist Pullenvale, dentist Fig Tree Pocket, or dentist Chelmer about tooth cleaning and dental hygiene services.

Here at River City Dental, we offer EMS Airflow. This is preferred by many to traditional dental hygiene cleaning for a few reasons. It is quicker and saves time at the dental clinic, it may reduce the sensitivity of your teeth due to the less invasive nature of the technology, and it uses a special technology to identify and remove plaque. The process involves a disclosing solution being applied to the teeth whichdisplays the plaque. This is then removed with a high-pressure mixture of air, warm water and powder.

3. Invest in professional teeth whitening at your dentist Indooroopilly

Are the teeth that form your smile looking less white than they used to? Many people find, particularly as the years go on, that their teeth become discoloured. They may appear yellow, off-white or grey in colour. This may be due to the erosion of enamel from the tooth, or the staining of this enamel. This staining can occur because of the fact we are continuously consuming foods and beverages.

Continuous consumption of foods that contain tannins or strong colours may cause stains to the teeth. Some common culprits for staining of the teeth include coffee, red wine, tea, and certain colour-rich foods such as curries and berries. Smoking also commonly results in discolouration of the teeth but may also have a wider-reaching impact on the gums and teeth. Teeth staining also may result from poor oral hygiene routine over a period of time.

When one’s teeth are stained, sometimes it is not possible to remove the discoolouration with diligent brushing alone and regretting old habits will not help to make teeth whiter and brighter. Fortunately, you may be a suitable candidate for professional teeth whitening at your dentist near me, dentist Indooroopilly, dentist Toowong or other local dental clinic. They will be able to apply a bleaching agent to the teeth, while protecting gums, and activate this with a light during the appointment, to make your teeth notably whiter and brighter.

4. Get dental veneers or dental crowns to improve your smile

We have just discussed teeth whitening, but teeth whitening can have no impact on the shape of the teeth, which is when other methods of improving your smile may need to be considered. It is also the case that sometimes, staining may be so extensive that teeth whitening may not be effective, and the approach may need to be taken of covering the teeth with a method offered by your dentist Chelmer, dentist Taringa or dentist Indooroopilly such as a dental veneers.

Dental veneers are a type of dental restoration, a shell or layer that is placed over the outside or visible surface of the teeth and bonded there, to replace the front of your natural teeth. Veneers are in a desirable but realistic colour and can also help to improve the apparent shape of teeth – whether you suffer from spaced or crowded teeth, unevenly or poorly shaped teeth, or badly chipped teeth. Here at River City Dental, we use high quality porcelain for our veneers. Porcelain is our choice of material because it does not stain easily and is long lasting.

Dental crowns may also be considered as an option if more extensive damage has occurred to the tooth. A dental crown is a cap that is placedover the whole tooth, not just the forward-facing surface of the tooth

5. Know where to go if you experience a dental emergency

None of us ever plan to experience a dental emergency, but it is a valuable exercise to consider what you would do if you did experience a dental emergency and to have a plan of attack for this possible circumstance. Obviously in such situations, one wants to find pain relief as quickly as possible, and to get the situation under control.

However, this relates to the smile because by acting fast, you may be more likely to preserve any teeth that have been impacted through the dental emergency. For example, if you knock out a tooth during a sporting incident, your dentist may be able to preserve this tooth if everything happens fast.

This firstly requires that you know how to treat your tooth before arriving at the dentist in the case of a dental emergency. You can find advice on this online, but you can also ask your dentist Chelmer or dentist Pullenvale, who will be able to provide you with specific advice.

If you are unaware where to go in a dental emergency, you may struggle to find somewhere local quickly. You may not be in a good state of mind to be searching because of the rush and the pain, and you may need to pay more attention to yourself or others. Therefore, it pays to know what dentist you will attend. River City Dental is a dentist in Brisbane, an Indooroopilly dentist and a Toowong dentist that offers emergency dental services for when you are in need.

6. Use SureSmile Aligners to straighten your teeth

What is it about your smile that you want to improve? Many of us, when we consider our smile, are not happy with minor issues with alignment and placement of our teeth. We may have overlapped teeth, or teeth that are forced forwards or backwards by the teeth around them. Alternatively, we may have a slight gap between two of our teeth. It is often these small issues in alignment that make us dissatisfied with our smile.

If this is the case for you, then an appropriate option to improve your smile may be SureSmile Aligners. SureSmile aligners are a type of clean aligner like Invisalign that is designed to straighten your teeth. How does this work exactly? Your Taringa dentist first develops a thorough 3D model of your teeth, and then uses this – in conjunction with advanced technology, to design a series of clear aligners. You will then gradually move through these aligners, which will gradually shift your teeth into their intended positions, improving your smile.

People love SureSmile Aligners for a number of reasons. Firstly, they’re basically invisible. You can wear them around friends and family, and people are unlikely to realise. They are comfortable, and don’t irritate the gums as some people find braces do. They can also be removed, if circumstances require this, for example to allow you to eat. It is generally advised they are worn 20 to 22 hours within any given day. How long they take to shift your teeth depends on your specific alignment issues – speak to your dentist Indooroopilly to develop a specific teeth straightening plan for you.

7. Replace any missing teeth

Missing teeth can be very noticeable within your smile. This can have a significant impact on appearance and confidence. Missing teeth may also have a large impact on the function of your teeth – making it harder to speak, eat and chew, for example. This can have secondary effects, such as poorer digestion or loss of confidence.

If missing teeth remain missing for a long period of time, then there is a chance that the appearance of your face, even with your mouth closed, may change slightly due to bone loss (the presence of the tooth root sustains bone). There is also a chance the surrounding teeth will shift out of place, which can mean that the appearance of other teeth are also impacted, and that it may become harder to undertake a relatively straightforward replacement of your missing tooth at your dentist Fig Tree Pocket.

Therefore, your dentist Chelmer advises that you replace any missing teeth as soon as possible. This is most commonly achieved with dental implants. Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that is inserted through the gum and into the jawbone under anaesthetic, and which is subsequently integrated with the bone. Once in place a permanent dental crown is installed over the dental implant, and it acts like a real tooth and looks like a real tooth within the mouth. The crown will be shaped to suit your smile and the overall effect will be compelling and convincing.

8. Investigate getting a gum lift

When we think of improving our smile, we think instantly of improving our teeth, but a smile is a holistic feature, and we need to consider the whole smile – including the gums. When it comes down to it, many of us actually have an issue with our gums – not our teeth – or we have an issue with both gums and teeth. Therefore, to properly improve the smile, we must also consider the gums.

A gum lift is a procedure offered by your Brisbane dentist, Toowong dentist, or Indooroopilly dentist. It involves your dentist removing excessive gum tissue that may be covering too much of the teeth. When too much gum covers the teeth, there may be an impression of short or small teeth, but a gum lift can improve the balance of teeth to gum using techniques such as laser or scalpel. It is a popular tool for combatting a gummy smile, that is commonly used in conjunction with dental veneers in a holistic ways to improve your smile. It may be carried out on a single tooth, or a series of teeth to create consistency across the smile.

9. Consult your dentist if uncertain

Your dentist Indooroopilly is your expert on all your oral health needs. They have supported many patients in similar circumstances to your own and are highly trained in knowing the ways to improve your smile.

Much better than searching for treatments online, is having an open and non-judgmental conversation with your dentist about what you would like to achieve with your smile. They will then be able to advise on treatments that can be undertaken, how these treatments can work together, and anything you can be doing at home to improve your smile.

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