How can I whiten my teeth?
Our tooth whitening treatment is a relatively simple, reliable and cost effective way to cosmetically improve your smile. A whiter smile will improve the way you look and feel. Your dentist will carry out professional tooth whitening and will custom make a thin tray to fit on your teeth perfectly. The tray should be worn daily with the whitening gel at a convenient time for up to two hours or even overnight. The whitening gel will gently help whiten your teeth over a period of two to four weeks. Darker teeth may take longer to achieve the desired colour. If you have white fillings or crowns on your front teeth these will not change colour. However, if necessary your dentist can replace them to match your new teeth colour.
What does my whitening kit contain?
The whitening kit contains upper and lower custom made whitening trays, four double size whitening gel syringes, instruction leaflet and sensitivity toothpaste.
How many appointments will I need?
A minimum of three appointments will be required. At the first appointment the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to custom make the whitening trays. At the second appointment the dentist will take photos of your teeth, show you how to use the kit and administer the first treatment. At the third appointment the dentist will do a full review and take photos. If at any stage of the treatment you have any questions or worries you can make another appointment or call the practice.
Are there any side effects?
Professional teeth whitening is a safe treatment with little side effects. Some people can experience sensitivity during the treatment. If this happens, your dentist will advice you on the best course action.
How long will the results last?
The new whiter colour will last well with good care and maintenance. It is important to avoid staining agents like smoking, coffee, red wine and fizzy drinks. Ideally you should stop smoking three weeks before starting the treatment as smoking darkens the teeth, countering the effect of the whitening process. Touch-up kits are available from your dentist if you wish to freshen your smile at a later date.
What do I do now?
If you are registered at Smile Dental Care, you can have a complimentary consultation with your dentist about tooth whitening. If you are a new patient, the dentist will first like to assess your dental health and suitability.
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain or other very strong ceramic-like materials that can be applied to the surface of teeth, much in the same way as acrylic nails are bonded to the fingernails. These veneers generally require very little, if any, alteration to the existing tooth structure. These veneers are intended to strengthen teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. They can be used to change the color, size, shape and apparent angulation of the teeth.
Veneers may be recommended as a good option if your teeth are:
- Discolored or stained
- Have spaces between them or are slightly crowded
- Are chipped, cracked or broken
- Have suffered from excessive wear
What To Expect During a VENEER Procedure
- Your dentist will remove a small amount of the tooth surface to permit placement of the veneer.
- An impression is taken of the tooth and sent to the dental laboratory.
- The dental veneer is then made to fit the tooth and mouth.
- The veneer is bonded to the tooth with resin cement.
Crowns and Bridges
What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
How do Bridges Work?
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.