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

cosmetic-dentistry

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

People often ask us, what is a cosmetic dentist?  What is the difference between a dentist and a cosmetic dentist? Will a cosmetic dentist cost more? Do cosmetic dentists do fillings? And what type of dentist does cosmetic treatments?

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that may or may not be practised by your Dentist Indooroopilly, Taringa dentist, Pullenvale dentist, Fig Tree Pocket dentist, Chelmer dentist, or other local dentist. Defined in simple terms, it is a type of dentistry that can make significant improvements to the aesthetics or visual state of your teeth and smile.

What problems can an Indooroopilly cosmetic dentist fix?

Cosmetic dentistry in Brisbane can be useful in improving the appearance of a range of dental complaints that people have about the appearance of their teeth, including:

  • Discoloured teeth that are stained, for example a brown, grey or yellow colour.
  • Chipped/cracked teeth that have been chipped through an accident or through chewing on something too hard.
  • Malformed teeth, which can result naturally through how the teeth grow, and also through genetic, environmental, or other factors.
  • Gaps between the teeth. Alternatively, cosmetic dentistry can also correct crowded teeth and teeth that are misaligned.
  • Teeth that are small, or which are of a shape which the client is unhappy with.
  • Missing teeth that create a visible gap between other teeth, usually at the front of the mouth.

These are just a few of the issues that your local dentist Taringa may be able to amend through a well thought out cosmetic dentistry treatment strategy, developed through a discussion with your Pullenvale dentist.

How to work with my dentist near me to develop a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan?

Your Indooroopilly dentist is likely to ask you a number of questions before they offer you a range of dental treatment solutions. The correct cosmetic solution for your teeth will depend on your circumstances, your budget, your oral health, your overall health, and most notably what you would like to achieve with your dental appearance.

Here are some questions you should be prepared for your dentist Pullenvale to ask during your initial cosmetic dentist consult:

  • What is it that you like or do not like about your teeth? This will not always be immediately obvious because everyone’s opinion of their own appearance is to an extent subjective.
  • You will be able to talk through the specifics of what you do not like about your teeth –

whether it be the fact that they are crooked teeth, chipped teeth, broken teeth, damaged teeth, discoloured teeth, or missing teeth that you are suffering in Brisbane, Indooroopilly, and surrounding regions.

  • Once your dentist Indooroopilly has established what you would like to change about your teeth, they will need to form an image of what your ideal teeth will look like. You can help them with clear descriptions or also by bringing in an image, for example photo of your smile prior to tooth loss or damage, that demonstrates how you would like your teeth to look after affordable cosmetic dentist consultations.
  • Your history of visiting a local cosmetic dentist near me in Brisbane or Indooroopilly. This will involve your general dentistry history such as fillings or tooth treatment, and your cosmetic dentistry history such as Indooroopilly dental veneers or same day dental crowns. Your dentist Chelmer will help you request a copy of your records from your previous dental clinic and may work with your previous dentist if this is a necessary step.
  • Whether or not you are experiencing any dental pain. This tooth pain or toothache may be associated with the issue you are hoping to correct through cosmetic dentistry in the Brisbane region, or it may be unrelated but still relevant for your Indooroopilly dentist to be aware of.
  • What is your budget for cosmetic dentistry treatments? The best Indooroopilly dentist will always discuss how much money you would like to spend and how much time you have available. Regarding time, certain treatments such as same day crowns may be instant, whereas other treatments may take months before they are fully complete. The best cosmetic dentists in Brisbane may be able to offer flexible payment options that work for you. They accept all health fund providers so you can access rebates on your dental treatments if you are covered for that item. , You should always talk with your dentist about what cosmetic dentistry benefits are covered by your insurer and health fund, as not all cosmetic treatments will be eligible or covered.
  • How willing you are to continue to care for your teeth in special ways after your cosmetic dentistry treatment such as Indooroopilly dental implants, Indooroopilly dental veneers, Indooroopilly same day crowns, Indooroopilly dental bridges, and likewise. Some treatment methods require specific oral hygiene routines, dietary modifications, maintenance programs, or dentist revisits.Your dentist near me will be able to explain the pros and cons associated with any given dental procedure, and assess your willingness to go through with the necessary post-treatment procedures. This will inform the recommendations made by your Indooroopilly dentist.

Examining your teeth to determine the appropriate cosmetic dentistry treatment

Before putting forward any recommendations, your Taringa Dentist or dentist Fig Tree Pocket will undertake an extensive examination of your mouth. They will do this for a number of reasons, notably:

  • To determine the correct treatment method for you and to be able to rule out any treatment methods that may be inappropriate and determine which ones may be particularly effective and recommended for your concerns.
  • To assess what may be causing or has in the past caused your teeth to appear the way they do, such that you have issues with their appearance. This information will help your Brisbane dentist to determine the best path towards brighter, straight teeth for you.
  • To assess whether you have any pre-existing conditions or diseases. These will almost always take precedence over cosmetic treatment, for the reason they often reduce the effectiveness, long-lasting nature, and ability to undertake specific cosmetic dentistry treatments.

With all this information on board your Taringa dentist, Indooroopilly dentist or Pullenvale dentist will then sit you down for a thorough, clear and understandable discussion about all available and suitable cosmetic dentistry treatments. In the next section we will discuss what your Chelmer dentist is likely to recommend depending on your circumstances.

Teeth whitening in Indooroopilly

This treatment will be most appropriate for you if your teeth are discoloured. This may be due to a number of reasons; for example, failure to follow the recommended oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, tooth decay, or excessive consumption of staining beverages such as coffee or red wine.

Tooth whitening will make your teeth enamel whiter, improving the brightness of your smile. Your Indooroopilly dentist will achieve this for you by using a high concentration peroxide gel, activated by a special lightplaced over the teeth for a period of time. This treatment is conducted at the practice and the whitening effect is almost instant.Here at River City Dental, we use Philips Zoom! Teeth whitening systems.

Dental fillings and dental veneers

For chipped or damaged teeth, fillings and veneers are an option.  A filling is a tooth coloured material that is attached to the damaged tooth area, to restore the tooth. Dental fillings can  fill cavities in teeth,repair chipped teeth, or be used on old and damaged/discoloured fillings that need replacement. A veneer is a covering over the outer surface of the tooth, and use a tooth-coloured material, such as composite or ceramic. Dental veneers can be used to mask defective teeth, alter their shape, and improve their colour.

During the veneer process, your dentist near me will prepare the tooth surface to ensure a good bond, and then adhere the veneers. The veneers are shaped and coloured specifically to match your teeth to achieve the desired result.

Indooroopilly dental crowns

Sometimes a tooth may be too damaged, mishappen, or small to be amended by the above cosmetic dentistry treatments. If this is the case a dental crown or a dental bridge may be an appropriate treatment solution.

A dental crown refers to a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the tooth. It covers the tooth in its entirety and is connected firmly in place, acting just like your original tooth, improving your smile  and also helping youchew food properly. Your Indooroopilly dentist will have to undertake some preparations of the tooth before inserting the crown to ensure that the bond will be strong and long-lasting.

The main benefit of crowns is that they can be used to alter the appearance of teeth both their shape and colour. Vulnerable teeth may also achieve a level of protection and strength that they lacked before being fitted with a crown. Some dentists such as River City Dental will be able to offer same day crowns whereas others may not and you’ll have to come back to have your crown fitted on another day, sometimes a few weeks later).

A dental bridge is made in a similar process to a crown, with the key difference being that a dental bridge is actually multiple crowns joined together to ‘bridge’ a missing tooth. It involves your Taringa dentist first preparing the teeth on either side of the gap. Your dental bridge is then custom-made to restore your smile and replace the missing tooth/teeth.

Indooroopilly dental implants

Dental implants lead on nicely from a discussion about dental bridges because both methods involve replacing missing teeth. When using a dental implant, only the area of the missing tooth is treated and your neighbouring teeth will be unaffected. Whereas a  dental bridges  must modify the surrounding teeth in order to fill the gap where the tooth is missing.

A dental implant involves a screw being surgically implanted into the jawbone, where it will fuse with the bone to form a solid base. On top of the implant, your cosmetic dentistry Brisbane team will then place a dental crown, restoring the appearance of a full tooth.

For dental implants your dentist will need to assess your gum health, bone health, the amount of space available within the gap, and your general overall health to ensure that you are a candidate for implant surgery.. It is also worth noting that dental implant process does take some months to comlpete due to the fact that it takes time to become strongly integrated with the jawbone. ,It is best to entrust your dental implants to an experienced dental implantologist who is certified and who stays up to date with the latest developments in implantology. Who better than our lead dentist at River City Dental, Dr John Bacalakis?

Booking in with a cosmetic dentist Brisbane

Another cosmetic treatment method that we haven’t discussed in this article is  invisible aligners. Aligners can be used to alter the position of your teeth to move misaligned teeth, fix bite issues and improve jaw alignment. You can find out more about these cosmetic treatments by reading our other helpful articles or by contacting us.

Contact dentist near me today to arrange cosmetic dentistry treatments that work for you. We can be emailed on info@rivercitydental.com.au or called on (07) 3667 9595. The childrens dentist indooroopilly look forward to helping you to improve your smile and your self-confidence.