Top 5 Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in Indooroopilly
Are you looking to improve the appearance of your smile?
Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that is focused on altering the appearance of the teeth and helping you to achieve your dream smile.
In this article, the team at River City Dental will outline some of the popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. These treatments are teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, dental implants, and SureSmile aligners. While these are popular treatments, there are other treatments offered by your dentist, so if you would like to know more you are encouraged to arrange an appointment.
1. Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is a process in which your dentist bleaches your teeth to make them lighter and brighter. This process is undertaken in the dental clinic by your dentist. Many patients visit their dentist to have this procedure undertaken to achieve whiter teeth. While there may be teeth whitening products available from the shops, these are not used in a controlled and safe environment by your dentist, and they are also not as effective as the products that your qualified dentist is able to use to whiten your teeth.
So, why might you need teeth whitening in the first place? People often opt to have teeth whitening undertaken by their dentist because their teeth have become discoloured, which can occur due to a number of factors. These usually relate to the food and drink that the patient has consumed over a long period of time. Food and drinks such as tea, coffee, wine, high-sugar foods, certain spicy foods, and habits like smoking can all discolour the teeth.
Like all dental procedures, your dentist will first assess your suitability for teeth whitening at your dentist. You may not be a suitable candidate for teeth whitening if you are pregnant, experience teeth sensitivity, have issues with the gums, or teeth that have cracks or other damage.
Once you are in the clinic, your dentist will use the Philips Zoom! Teeth whitening system, a highly popular and effective teeth whitening system. The process will involve your dentist placing a plastic retractor to hold your mouth in an open position; applying protection to the gums; applying the peroxide gel to the teeth; and activating this gel with a light while the patient wears sun shades. The dentist will then remove the gel and the process will be repeated a number of times to achieve the desired effect.
2. Dental porcelain veneers
Dental veneers are another form of dental treatment provided by your dentist. Veneers are a thin layer of tooth-like material that is placed over the smiling-side of the teeth in the front of the mouth, to mask defects and improve their appearance. Veneers are often suggested by your dentist when your front teeth are crooked, misshapen, chipped, overlapping, too spaced apart, or suffering from other cosmetic defects. They may also suggest veneers for discoloured teeth that also have issues in shape, because teeth whitening cannot visibly alter the shape of the teeth like veneers can.
Veneers are usually made of one of two materials – porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain is higher quality and longer lasting.
The dental veneer procedure at your local emergency dentist will involve a number of steps and may include more than one appointment. Typically your dentist will need to remove a thin layer from the natural tooth, so that they are able to place the veneer properly, and without it having the appearance of sticking out. Once this is done your dentist will take a precise scan of your teeth and this will be used to inform the shape of the veneer that will be placed.
Once they are in place, veneers require similar care to the other teeth, though they are not prone to discolouration and decay in the same way. It is still advisable to follow your usual oral hygiene routine, to brush and floss, and to take care with firm or chewy foods.
Talk to your dentist during an appointment to find out more about dental veneers, dental veneer cost, whether you are eligible for dental veneers, the pros and cons of dental veneers, and dental veneer care.
3. Dental porcelain crowns
Sometimes the teeth may be a little more badly damaged or may not contain much of its original form. In such instances, your dentist may recommend dental crowns rather than dental veneers.
Dental crowns are tooth shaped and tooth coloured porcelain caps that are placed over the top of and bonded to existing teeth that are damaged or broken. Through this process, your dentist can help to restrengthen the teeth and protect their integrity. They can make it easier for you to bite and chew, and eat food properly and without discomfort. They also improve the appearance of the tooth, because they are so lifelike and match the teeth surrounding them.
What sort of damage can dental crowns repair exactly? Dental crowns are very versatile and it is best to talk to your dentist to get a detailed idea of the sorts of damage that dental crowns can repair and whether they are suitable for your circumstances. However, as a brief guide, crowns may be helpful for patients with damaged or chipped teeth, missing teeth or gaps in teeth, teeth that have been worn down, or cracked teeth that need strengthening.
Certain procedures may need to be completed prior to the crown being placed by your dentist. Firstly they will examine your mouth for cracking, decay and chipping, and will advise treatment to these teeth prior to the crown procedure. Such treatment may include a root canal at your dental clinic.
Next, your dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown, scaling it back to create the ideal bonding surface for the crown that will be placed. They will take a scan of the tooth then, and then fit a temporary crown. A period of two weeks may be allowed for the crown to be constructed at the dental lab. Once this is ready, in your next appointment your dentist will remove the temporary crown and bond the permanent crown or crowns into position. They will provide advice on the care of dental crowns and suggest a plan for follow up care.
Have you heard of same day crowns? For eligible patients we use CEREC technology to offer same day dental crowns during a single appointment. This improves convenience for patients and helps to achieve a quicker turnaround. Talk to your dentist about your eligibility for same day crowns.
4. Dental implants
Dental implants utilise dental crowns to replace missing teeth and restore the smile. They may also be used to hold dentures in place. They are often suggested by the dentist when a firm foundation is required for a cosmetic or functional prosthetic.
A dental implant consists of multiple components. The first is the implant itself. This is a screw-like metal structure that your dentist surgically implants into the jawbone where there is a gap in the teeth, during a small-scale operation, typically under local anaesthetic in the dental clinic. Following this, a period of time – often from a couple of months to half a year – is allowed for the dental implant to integrate with the jawbone and form a solid foundation for the dental crown that will be placed on top.
Once osteointegration is assessed to have happened by your dentist, they will then place the abutment and the dental crown onto the dental implant, and your finished smile will be complete.
Like with many cosmetic dentistry procedures, there are certain conditions you have to meet to be a suitable candidate for dental implants. This includes having a healthy jawbone, a fully developed jawbone, healthy gums and no health conditions that may influence the ability of your bones to heal.
Sometimes a dental implant will be recommended as a treatment that is paired with a tooth extraction. If someone has an infected tooth or needs to have a tooth extracted for any other reason, a dental implant may be suggested by your dentist. It may also happen that you already have missing teeth, and that you want these replaced. It is generally advised to have missing teeth replaced because if they are not replaced, you may experience discomfort, changes to your face or jaw structure, difficulty cleaning the teeth or eating food.
The aesthetic benefits of dental implants are obvious – they replace your missing tooth with a life-like alternative, that improves and completes your smile. They are also preferred to other methods by some patients because they do not require modifications to the surrounding teeth, and because they feel similar to natural teeth.
5. SureSmile Aligners
If the cosmetic issue with your teeth is that they are not aligned properly, overlapping, or too far apart, then the cosmetic dentistry treatment you may be looking for could be SureSmile aligners. These are a method for straightening your smile that is suitable for minor alignment issues in adults. They consist of a series of clear, removable, and virtually invisible clear aligners that progressively straighten your teeth into their ideal position.
So, how exactly do SureSmile aligners work, and what is the process? Firstly, your dentist will take a 3D model of your teeth and using this, and high-level treatment planning software, they will plan out the movement of each tooth and custom aligners will be contructed in clear plastic material. Clear aligners must be worn 20 to 22 hours per day, and every two to three weeks you will start to use a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually straighten.
The cosmetic benefits of clear aligners are obvious, but there’s a raft of other benefits too. Misaligned teeth and jaws can cause pain and difficulty eating or speaking. With misaligned teeth, the risk of wear and tear is increased, and it can be harder to clean your teeth.
Many adults prefer this treatment method to traditional metal braces for correcting minor alignment issues. Because they are invisible, others will not typically notice that you are wearing them. Unlike braces, you can remove them when you need to for social occasions and to eat food. Are you wondering whether your alignment issues can be fixed by SureSmile aligners? Arrange a check-up with your dentist to see whether they will work for you.
Arranging cosmetic dental treatment
If you are ready to discuss your cosmetic dental options and to consider improving your smile with the services of a dentist, then we encourage you to contact River City Dental to arrange an appointment.