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Match it or beat on Cosmetic Dentistry and Invisalign Treatment

We understand that during the decision-making process for extensive Dental treatment, many patients conduct extensive and simultaneous research into the recommended dental treatment and the cost of care, including payment and financing options.

In order to meet the needs of consumer-savvy patients, our goal as dental care professionals is to engage with patients, helping them to take action to improve their smiles and general health at the same time offering them an affordable fee without compromising on the quality of dental care.

With such in mind, we are pleased to offer this Match or beat on Cosmetic Dentistry and Invisalign Treatment.



Match it or Beat it offer on Cosmetic Dentistry & Invisalign Treatment terms and Conditions


1. APPLICABLE ON THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC SERVICES OR TREATMENT ONLY: Porcelain Veneers, Composite Veneers, Snap-on Smile, Crowns and Bridges & Invisalign Treatment and major Restorative/Bonding works only

2. Send us by email evidence or proof of the competitor’s price in the form of genuine, verifiable, written quote and treatment record, no more than 30 days old, for work to be carried out on your teeth.
The quote has to be on letterhead paper, showing treatment details in full, the tooth number, the exact material quoted, type or level of treatment, duration of treatment.
Bring the original quote to the consultation. Our staff will ask to make a copy.

3. We will match the price of our competitors based on EXACTLY COMPARABLE treatment materials, techniques and level of treatment.

4. Quotes only provided to patients whereby the dentist deems the procedure suitable to your specific condition after clinically reviewing your radiographs and teeth.The dentist has absolute discretion on what is suitable for you and may refuse treatment if he/she deems the procedure not suitable for your case.

5. If at the consultation our dentist can ascertain that he/she is happy to carry out the procedure you have been quoted for, we will not just match the price but Beat the Price by 5%!

6. Your treatment must be booked at the time we beat the competing offer.

7. Payment for treatment must be made in full prior to commencement of treatment or upon booking the appointment

8. Offer is only valid to all genuine, verifiable, written quotes from a registered Dental Clinic in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs– not overseas or interstate clinics

9. We reserve the right to refuse any quotes that are not genuine

10. Cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other special offer, any previous or ongoing treatment or on any discounted offer

11. Our price Matching and/or Beating policy does not extend to the following: Special one-off or limited time offers such as those marketed by Groupon, Scoupon, Cudo, Daily Deals and the like. It also only applies to cases where the laboratory work can be certified as “Made in Melbourne”. We will not compete with work manufactured by overseas laboratories.

12. We reserve the right to limit the quantity of treatment/service available for price-matching at our sole discretion

13. Subject to practice promo availability. We do reserve the right to stop, modify or cancel this offer at any time without giving any prior notice. Call us to check if there has been a recent amendment on these terms and conditions

14. Offer valid until 23rd Dec 2020. Further to this term, call us to check availability




Major Restorative or Bonding works involves doing filling or restoration works on a minimum of 5 teeth restored at one time (all done in one day) to a maximum of most or all of the teeth, with Composite or Porcelain

Porcelain Veneer Level or Range involves entry-level, midrange and Premium range.
Entry-level are that Porcelain fabricated using a PREPLESS OR no type or preparations techniques, a sample of this works includes likes of those Lumineers or Glamsmile
The porcelain level or Range is affected as to what laboratory is sent to. Most Dental laboratory who operates in Australia who charges cheaper lab fees most usually have the work outsourced overseas. Midrange and Premium Level are normally done by a master ceramist who is experienced in creating the best Aesthetic results in Porcelain restoration and they normally charge higher lab fees.
Porcelain Veneer Techniques of Clinical Construction includes the Prepless Veneer or the Traditional Porcelain or with preparation methods

TYPES OF VENEER Porcelain or Composite
TYPES OF PORCELAIN VENEER MATERIALS: Zirconia either Monolithic or layered, Emax either Monolithic or layered, CEREC® Veneers (not available on our office), Feldspathic porcelain
TYPES OF CROWN materials: Zirconia either Monolithic or layered, Emax either Monolithic or layered, Gold Crown depends on the carats and volume of gold utilized, Porcelain Fused to metal or VMK, CEREC® Crowns (not available on our office)
SNAP-ON SMILE OR ANY SIMILAR APPLIANCE has two types depending on coverage, One is Quadrant and this involves coverage of 6 teeth only. Full involves coverage of all the teeth per jaw



Invisalign i7
Invisalign i7 offers the possibility of adjusting minor orthodontic issues. This treatment is very affordable, timely and with minimal impact on your day to day activities. Invisalign i7 is recommended for those who are experiencing small cosmetic concerns such as slight teeth crowding, minor spacing or the reversion of past orthodontic treatments.
The versatility of this program allows this to be one of the shortest treatments yet with up to seven aligners seeing results in the span of only three months.

Invisalign Lite
Much like the Invisalign i7, Invisalign Lite offers a quick, easy and manageable solution for mild malocclusions. This treatment will be appropriate for those that require more aligners and time to nurse their desired dental fulfillments.
Invisalign Lite offers up to fourteen aligners within the period of completion estimated at a total of six months. Though this treatment will lead to a great aesthetic resolution, it may not necessarily be suitable for everyone. This can only be determined during an assessment with our trained dental practitioners.

Invisalign Full
Invisalign Full is generally the most ideal treatment to undertake. Without any limitations, this package gives us the best chance in delivering an outcome that exceeds your expectations. With essentially an unlimited set of aligners provided to work with as required, Invisalign Full will be the superlative option for your dental journey.
This treatment is expected to take approximately seven to eighteen months to complete with the use of fifteen aligners or more.

Invisalign Complex*
Invisalign Complex addresses intricate dental requirements that necessitates much more attention and refinement. This is not a payment tier by Invisalign but a report by Clear Braces Centre which describes the complexity of the treatment. This may include the requirements of prolonged treatments, treatments that involve extractions and/or Invisalign treatments performed with other dental procedures. Because of this, valuations can only be established via appointment and consultation.
This procedure may be expected to last eighteen months or more. Depending on how intensive is the case, patients are normally referred to an Orthodontist

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Dental Health Maintenance General & Restorative Managing Dental Problems & Emergencies

Causes and Relief & Remedy of Severe Toothache Problems

Dental decay is usually painless as it goes thru the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth.
The tooth can become “sensitive” as decay moves into the “live” dentin (inner layer) of the tooth…. sensitivity to sweet and sour as well as hot and cold is common but the tooth should not be continuously “sore” or “throb”. As the decay process gets near the nerve of the tooth, the intensity and frequency of the symptoms usually increase.

Once the decay process has reached the nerve of the tooth, extreme pain can occur at any time…the intensity can range from moderate to a very severe…extreme throbbing pain can be continuous and can resist oral pain medication. This kind of pain could subside during the daylight hours but is typically much worse during the evening and night. Once a toothache wakes you from sleep it is often relentless.


Dental Abscess


By definition, a dental abscess is a localized collection of “pus” or infected material in the area surrounding the root end of the offending tooth…pressure built up in this area can cause severe pain that can be referred to other teeth as well as other areas of the mouth and face. It’s not unusual for the patient not to know for sure where the pain is coming from or which tooth is the problem. This abscess can enlarge and extend to surrounding teeth…if the infection goes through the bone, rapid swelling of the gum and cheek can occur.



Several dental conditions have typical symptoms with different types of pain


A detailed history and examination will identify the cause of dentally-related pain in most emergency situations. Sharp, shooting pain can be caused by inflammation in the pulp or exposure of the dentine. Dull throbbing pain has several causes including ulcerative gingivitis, dental caries and food impaction. Simple treatment will usually alleviate the symptoms until patients can be seen by a dentist.



What are the common types of dental pain?

Short, sharp, shooting pain

This type of pain can be generalised or confined to one region of the mouth. The pain may be due to fluid movement through open tubules in the dentine or there may be some initial inflammatory changes in the dental pulp. It can be caused by caries, dentine exposure on root surfaces, split cusp, lost or fractured restoration or a fractured tooth.

Patients complain commonly of a sharp pain associated with hot, cold or sweet stimuli. The pain is only present when a stimulus is applied. In the case of a cracked cusp, grainy bread or hard food may create a sharp pain, that may be spasmodic, on biting or chewing.

With gingival recession, recent scaling, or tooth wear due to a high acid diet or gastric reflux, there may be generalised dentine sensitivity. However, with caries, fractured fillings and cracked cusps, the pain tends to be localised to the affected tooth.

Intermittent sharp, shooting pains are also symptomatic of trigeminal neuralgia, so care must be taken not to mistakenly label toothache as neuralgia.


Painful tooth problems



The most common dental cause of dull, throbbing persistent pain is caries. In many cases, this is recurrent and associated with an existing restoration. Where the pulp is affected irreversibly, necrosis may follow with possible development of a periapical infection. A fractured cusp involving the pulp, or a large deep restoration may also be associated with this type of pain. Affected teeth may be tender to percussion in the later stages of periapical inflammation.

There is considerable variation in the pain reported by patients, but it commonly starts as a sharp stabbing pain that becomes progressively dull and throbbing. At first, the pain may be caused by a stimulus, but it then becomes spontaneous and remains for a considerable time after removal of the stimulus. The pain may radiate and be referred to other areas of the mouth. This type of pain tends to cause the patient to have difficulty sleeping and may be exacerbated by lying down. Heat may make the pain worse whereas cold may alleviate it. The pain may be intermittent with no regular pattern and may have occurred over months or years. If there is a periapical infection present, patients may no longer complain of pain in response to a thermal stimulus, but rather of sensitivity on biting.





Treatment of affected teeth will involve either root canal therapy or tooth removal. In some patients, periapical inflammation can lead to cellulitis of the face characterised by a rapid spread of bacteria and their breakdown products into the surrounding tissues causing extensive oedema and pain. If systemic signs of infection are present, for example, fever and malaise, as well as swelling and possibly trismus (limitation of mouth opening), this is a surgical emergency. Antibiotic treatment alone is not suitable or recommended.



Should antibiotics be prescribed?


While antibiotics are appropriate in the management of certain dental infections, they are not indicated if the pain results from inflammatory (non-infective) or neuropathic mechanisms. The degree of pain is not a reliable indicator of acute infection.

There is evidence that Australian dentists and doctors are using antibiotics empirically for dental pain, rather than making careful diagnoses of the causes of the pain. Most dental emergency situations involve patients with acute inflammation of the dental pulp or the periapical tissues. Prescribing antibiotics for these conditions will not remove the cause of the problem nor destroy the bacteria within the tooth.

Antibiotics should be limited to patients with malaise, fever, lymph node involvement, a suppressed or compromised immune system, cellulitis or spreading infection, or rapid onset of severe infection.

If pus is present, it needs to be drained, the cause eliminated, and host defences augmented with antibiotics. The microbial spectrum is mainly gram-positive including anaerobes. Appropriate antibiotics would include penicillin or a `first generation’ cephalosporin, combined with metronidazole in more severe cases.

Paracetamol or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug is the recommended analgesic in the initial treatment of dental pain.


Cracked Tooth Syndrome


A very common problem with “root canal teeth” and teeth with large fillings.
Toothache due to a crack will start when you chew or put pressure on the tooth … it will get worse as the crack continues to enlarge. …the fractured piece may feel loose or actually fall off and an abscess can develop at any time. It’s easy to visualize the mechanics of the problem – picture an ice cube or piece of glass with a crack…….every time you apply pressure or tap on top of the ice or glass, the crack will get bigger until the crack goes completely through. Pain from a cracked tooth can start as an occasional” twinge” or “zinger” or it can be sudden and severe and continuous from the very start.




This very common and painful condition is usually seen with a partially erupted wisdom tooth. Because there is not enough room for the tooth to come in completely, it becomes “stuck” or “wedged”. A pocket or sack develops in the gum tissue around and behind this tooth. This pocket quickly fills with bacteria and food debris. Because the mouth is moist, warm and dark (it’s a perfect incubator) an abscess can form rapidly. This pain can be very severe and continuous and is commonly sent to (referred to) the area around the ear. Pain when opening or even severe limitation when trying to open the mouth in common. We often see patients coming from an ear doctor when their real problem was a wisdom tooth.


Wisdom Tooth


Wisdom teeth are the last molars to develop and usually start to erupt in the late teens. Because they are the very last teeth, they very commonly become impacted (stuck or wedged between jaw bone, gum and the adjacent tooth). Toothache or pain from the wisdom tooth area is one of the most common emergency problems that we see.

Over 90% of the population has “wisdom tooth” problems due to lack of room for proper eruption. Wisdom Tooth Problems encompass many issues including:

Pain Constant pressure in this sensitive area frequently causes neuralgia-like pain that can radiate to the ear, side of the face and upper teeth and spread to the other lower teeth as well. Headaches are commonly associated with impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth.

Destruction of the Next Tooth -pressure from the wisdom teeth frequently erodes or dissolves away healthy tooth structure, resulting in pain and tooth loss

Cysts…fluid -filled sacks can form and enlarge around impacted wisdom teeth. These cysts can dissolve jawbone and teeth-they commonly become infected and cause serious pain


Gum Infection -perio abscess


Gum Abscess (Periodontal Abscess – Perio Abscess)
This infected tooth may be completely free from decay and have no filling…it may feel loose and the surrounding gum can feel swollen ….a bad taste is a common feature. A defect in the supporting bone along one or more sides of the tooth forms a “pocket” with the gum that becomes filled with food and bacterial debris….an abscess can develop “overnight”. Mild sensitivity in the area can escalate to severe pain and swelling involving several teeth.


Overloaded/overstressed Tooth


Moderate to sharp discomfort to touch or pressure most commonly seen after placement of a dental filling or crown that is too “high”…. can be easily corrected by adjusting the offending filling or crown and bite.


Food Impaction and pericoronitis


Soft tissue problems that may cause dull, throbbing, persistent pain include local inflammation (acute gingivitis associated with food impaction) or pericoronitis.


Chronic Periodontitis

Chronic periodontitis with gradual bone loss, rarely causes pain and patients may be unaware of the disorder until tooth mobility is evident. There is quite often bleeding from the gums and sometimes an unpleasant taste. This is usually a generalised condition, however, deep pocketing with extreme bone loss can occur around isolated teeth. Food impaction in these areas can cause localised gingival pain. Poor contact between adjacent teeth and the presence of an occluding cusp forcing food into this gap can also cause a build-up of food debris and result in gingival inflammation.

Acute pericoronitis involves bacterial infection around an unerupted or partially erupted tooth and usually affects the lower third molar (wisdom tooth). The condition is often aggravated by the upper molar impacting on the swollen flap of soft tissue covering the unerupted tooth. There may be trismus.



Food debris should be removed and drainage established if pus is present. Irrigation with chlorhexidine and rinsing the mouth with hot salty water is recommended. Early referral to a dentist is indicated. Cellulitis can develop, requiring urgent referral to a surgeon.


Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis


Acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis is a rapidly progressive infection of the gingival tissues that causes ulceration of the interdental gingival papillae. It can lead to extensive destruction. Usually young to middle-aged people with reduced resistance to infection are affected. Males are more likely to be affected than females, with stress, smoking and poor oral hygiene being predisposing factors. Halitosis, spontaneous gingival bleeding, and a `punched-out’ appearance of the interdental papillae are all important signs.

The patients quite often complain of severe gingival tenderness with pain on eating and tooth brushing. The pain is dull, deep-seated and constant. The gums can bleed spontaneously and there is also an unpleasant taste in the mouth.



As there is an acute infection with mainly anaerobic bacteria, treatment follows surgical principles and includes superficial debridement, use of chlorhexidine mouthwashes and a course of metronidazole tablets. Treating the contributing factors should prevent a recurrence.


Dry Socket


A dull throbbing pain develops two to four days after mandibular tooth extraction. It rarely occurs in the maxilla. Smoking is a major predisposing factor as it reduces the blood supply. The tissue around the socket is very tender and white necrotic bone is exposed in the socket. Halitosis is very common.



The area should be irrigated thoroughly with warm saline solution. If loose bone is present, local anaesthesia may be necessary to allow thorough cleaning of the socket. Patients should be shown how to irrigate the area and told to do this regularly. Analgesics are indicated, but pain may persist for several days. Although opinion is divided as to whether or not dry socket is an infective condition, we do not recommend the use of antibiotics in its management.




This is caused by infection of the maxillary sinus, usually following an upper respiratory tract infection. However, there can be a history of recent tooth extraction leading to an oro-antral fistula. Patients usually complain of unilateral dull pain in all posterior upper teeth. All these teeth may be tender to percussion, but they will respond to a pulp sensitivity test. There are usually no other dental signs.

The pain tends to be increased on lying down or bending over. There is often a feeling of `fullness’ on the affected side. The pain is usually unilateral, dull, throbbing and continuous. Quite often the patient feels unwell generally and feverish.



Pain originating from the sinus arises mainly from pressure. Decongestants can help sinus drainage. Antibiotics probably have only a minor role in mild cases. Referral to an otorhinolaryngologist for endoscopic sinus surgery may be indicated in chronic cases.

DISCLAIMER: The following observations are intended as general information. This is not intended to serve as a guide for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for an examination by a dentist.

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Managing Dental Phobia & Anxiety

10 Tips to Help You Overcome Dentist Phobia

A certain extent of apprehension is normal before going to the dentist, or any doctor for that matter. But if your anxiety affects your oral health and prevents you from going to the dentist, you may be experiencing dental fear, anxiety, or phobia.

Current estimates reveal that between 5-8% of people avoid dentists out of fear. Meanwhile, 20% are anxious to the point that they will only seek dental treatment only when necessary.

Dental anxiety, fear, or phobia are usually triggered by certain events or experiences, and some of these are:

  • Loss of control – Some patients feel like they’re losing control when they lie on a dental chair and find it overwhelming when a dentist hover above their heads and probe inside their mouths. They typically associate the feeling with helplessness or being trapped.
  • Pain – Most people dread going to the dentist out of fear of pain, especially those who have a low pain threshold.
  • Embarrassment – Some patients feel ashamed or embarrassed when dentists look inside their mouths and examine their gums and teeth.     Discomfort can also result from the little distance between a patient and dentist during treatment.
  • Past Experience – Most people develop dental fears due to bad experience in the past. If a previous treatment was painful or resulted to complications, a patient may develop trepidations about going to the dentist again.

Here are 10 Tips to Overcome Dental Fear or Phobia


1. Tell the dentist about your fears. This information will help the dentist determine how to best manage and address those fears. By letting the dentist know exactly why the experience is difficult for you, you will feel more control in the examination chair.

2. Remember that dental procedures have greatly improved in the past few years. Modern dentistry offers new methods and treatment options to make you feel comfortable.

3. Your dentist can explain the entire procedure to you beforehand, as well as walk you through step-by-step while the procedure is being performed. You always have the right to fully understand the work being done on your teeth.

4. Consider additional medication to relax. Many dentists recommend nitrous oxide, sedation or anti-anxiety medicine for extremely nervous patients. Find a dentist who offers these options to help you get through the visit.

5. Find a dentist you are comfortable with and establish a trusting relationship. There are many personalities in the dental profession. Find a dentist who makes you feel at ease and is willing to work with you on your fears.

6. Breathe deeply and try to relax. Some dentists recommend practicing relaxation techniques before and during the appointment. Other dentists find that listening to music, or scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning, before the stresses of the day add up, also help patients to relax.

7. Talk to the dentist about stopping if you’re uncomfortable. Many of the dentists surveyed said they establish a signal to “stop” with their patients. This puts you in control of the procedure and alerts the dentist if you’re uncomfortable or need to take a break during the appointment.

8. Visit the dentist regularly to prevent problems. For fearful patients, just going for a check up can be nerve-wracking, but the more you go to the dentist for routine cleanings, the more likely you are to avoid larger problems that result in extensive procedures.

9. Visit the office and talk to the staff before your first appointment. You should feel free to meet with the dentist and to ask questions before scheduling your appointment. Meeting the dentist and his or her staff first will help you find a dentist you like and trust.

10. Go slow. Dentists are happy to go slow with nervous patients. If possible, make sure your first visit is a simple one, such as a cleaning. This will help you build your relationship with the dentist before going in for a more difficult procedure.


Keep in Mind

Dental treatments are way more advanced now as compared to a few years back. In fact, there are ways to do things with as minimal pain as possible—from the administration of anesthesia to surgery. More so, dentists recognize that people have apprehensions about going to them, so they continue to strive in providing a comfortable and reassuring atmosphere for patients.

A dental visit is not as dreadful as you think, because its goal is to keep your oral health in check. If you’re trying to overcome your anxiety or fear, keep the ten tips discussed to make your appointment as comfortable as possible.


If you are suffering from Dental Phobia, or have extreme fear and anxiety of going to the Dentist, Call Vogue Smiles Melbourne 9629-7664 and we can help. We are gentle and have experienced treating Dental Phobics



Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Veneers Editor's Pick

Porcelain Veneers: When Do Veneers Make More Sense Than Crowns?

Situations that Influence One or the Other

Your dentist will take a number of factors into account when deciding whether your teeth would best be served with either porcelain veneers or traditional crowns. The condition of your gums, what type of bite or occlusion you have as well as the amount of damage the teeth have suffered are all taken into our consideration when determining the best method to restore your teeth. Porcelain veneers rely on intact enamel for their bond strength and sometimes there won’t be enough quality enamel for veneers, but with modern crowns made of porcelain, it is difficult to distinguish whether they are porcelain veneers or caps.


Pros and Cons


When porcelain veneers are applied, very little of the tooth enamel has to be removed, while when applying crowns, a larger portion of the tooth is removed for the cap to be able to fit over the damaged tooth. Porcelain veneers only cover the sides and front, while a crown will cover the entire tooth and is the preferred method when damage to the teeth is severe.


Cost is another consideration for the patient. Porcelain veneers, since they only cover the visible side of the tooth are usually considered to be cosmetic in nature and may not be covered by insurance, even though the procedure for veneers and crowns are nearly identical and the costs usually very close.

Porcelain Veneers: When Do Veneers Make More Sense Than Crowns?

You and your dentist can discuss the pros and cons of each of these products to find the one that will best suit your pocketbook and your needs. As a dentist, I know that all dental professionals are more than happy to take the time to discuss the proper procedures that will have you smiling again, but it is up to you to ask the right questions that will elicit the information you need to make your decision.


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Full Mouth Reconstructions General & Restorative Managing Dental Problems & Emergencies

How do you know when a crown needs to be replaced

A dental crown is a tooth cap that your dentist places over a tooth that has been broken or has significant damage due to severely removed dental decay. A dental crown covers the entire tooth to the gumline and resembles the surrounding teeth in appearance if the crown is porcelain. Crowns also come in metal designs.
The average crown should last up to 15 years , depending on where the dentist placed the crown and how you care for the dental implant. Metal crowns, though less popular than flesh-colored porcelain, may last longer naturally. Tooth grinding and lack of dental care can make a crown have a shorter lifespan.
Eventually, your dentist will need to replace your crown. Your dentist will check your dental crown as part of your regular checkup. This guide will tell you what signs to look for in dental crown failure so you can make an appointment with your dentist for repair or replacement quickly.



Signs Your Dental Crowns Needs to be Replaced or Repaired 


Why do dental crowns need to be replaced?

There can be a variety of reasons why a dental crown might need to be replaced. Some of them are:

A) Tooth decay has formed at the edge of the crown.

While a dental crown cannot decay the tooth on which the crown is cemented certainly can. If dental plaque is allowed to accumulate on a tooth in the region where the crown and tooth meet, a cavity can start.

While there can be a lot of variables with this type of situation, the worst-case scenario for your dental crown is that in order for your dentist to be able to get at and remove the decay the crown will need to be taken off and replaced with a new one.


B) The dental crown has become worn excessively.

Dental crowns are not necessarily significantly more resistant to wear than your own natural teeth, nor is it in your best interest that they should be. The ideal dental crown would be one made out of a material that has the same wear characteristics as tooth enamel. This way neither the dental crown nor your teeth would wear the other excessively.

Dental crowns can wear out, especially in those cases where a person has a habit of clenching and grinding their teeth. A dentist will sometimes detect a small hole on the chewing surface of a dental crown in that area where it makes contact with an opposing tooth (meaning a tooth that touches on the crown when you bite). Since the seal of the crown has now been lost your dentist will probably recommend that a new crown should be made, before that point in time when dental plaque has seeped in underneath the crown and has been able to start a cavity.


C) The dental crown has broken.

Dental crowns can break, or more precisely the porcelain component of a dental crown can fracture. Some dental crowns are made in a fashion where their full thickness is porcelain (all-ceramic dental crowns). If this is the case then if the crown breaks it will most likely have broken all of the ways through, thus compromising the seal of the crown and necessitating its replacement. Even with a less catastrophic fracture, it seems likely that the esthetics or function of the crown could be compromised, thus providing a reason why the crown should be replaced.


D) The esthetics of the crown has become objectionable.

Some dental crowns are replaced because, from a cosmetic standpoint, their appearance is no longer pleasing. Two situations where the cosmetic aspects of a dental crown can change with time are:


E) The dental crown’s edge has become visible and it has a grey appearance.

As time passes the gum line of a tooth on which a dental crown has been placed will sometimes recede. This is especially likely in those cases where diligent brushing and flossing have not been practised. If enough recession takes place the edge of the dental crown, which was originally tucked out of sight just under the gum line, will become visible. Many times this edge of the crown will have a grey appearance.


Inherent to porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns (related to their construction) is the fact that the very edge of these crowns will typically show some darkness (a hint of the grey metal that lies underneath the porcelain). If enough gum recession occurs this dark edge will become visible, thus spoiling the cosmetic appearance of the crown.

How do you know when a crown needs to be replaced

An all-porcelain dental crown does not have the same inherent edge darkness that a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown does. Gum recession can, however, reveal that portion of the tooth that lies beyond the edge of an all-porcelain crown (the tooth’s root surface). Usually, the colouration of this part of the tooth is darker (possibly even significantly) than the colour of the dental crown, thus spoiling the overall cosmetic appearance of the tooth.


F) The colour of the dental crown no longer matches its neighbouring teeth.


Also related to the cosmetic appearance of a dental crown, there can be times when, as years have elapsed, the colour of the crown no longer closely matches the shade of its neighbouring teeth. In these cases, it is not the colour of the porcelain crown that has changed but instead, the neighbouring teeth have stained and darkened.


There can be two solutions to this situation. The dental crown can be replaced with a new one that more closely matches the current colour of its neighbouring teeth. Another solution could be to use a teeth whitening process so to attempt to return the neighbouring teeth to the colour they were when the dental crown was originally placed.


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Editor's Pick Full Mouth Reconstructions General & Restorative

Pros and Cons of the Different Types of Dental Crowns

Tooth crowns, in general, add a good deal of strength to weakened or worn teeth. It can improve both the appearance and function of injured or damaged teeth. They cover and protect the entire surface area of the tooth, eliminating pain and restoring strength.

Depending on your habits and the condition of your gums, there can be some drawbacks. Your cosmetic dentist will advise which is best for you given many factors, including how important appearance is to you.


The following are the advantages and disadvantages of the most common crown types.


Gold Crowns


Advantage: The preparation of a tooth for a gold crown is the simplest and least complicated preparation as there is minimal tooth structure removal with as much as possible of the healthy tooth structure remaining untouched. While porcelain is hard by comparison, it may cause wear on opposing teeth over the years where gold is not as likely to do so.

Gold is also easier to fit the area where the tooth and crown meet for a better fit. Gold is also a healthier environment for the gum tissue.

Disadvantage: The biggest disadvantage to gold crowns is the cosmetic aspect unless it is being used in the back of your mouth


All Porcelain Crowns



Advantage: Porcelain crowns or new reinforced resin are considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing, as it is so easily matched in color to the surrounding teeth.

Disadvantage: The thickness of the porcelain required for pleasing aesthetics also requires that more tooth structure needs to be removed. It is more difficult for your cosmetic dentist to get an ideal fit where your gum meets the crown. Gingival inflammation appears to be more common with porcelain crowns than gold crowns. All-porcelain crowns require a higher skill level from your dentist and lab.

Today, there are dental crowns available that do not require a metal substructure and are made of only porcelain. Depending on the specific type, they get their strength either from the bond to the remaining tooth structure or from a dense tooth colored substructure. Since there is no metal, these types of dental crowns allow more light to pass through, which enables them to have more depth and vitality, much like natural teeth.

So why isn’t this type of crown used all the time? The main reason is that they are not as strong as crowns with a metal substructure. So, if a person grinds their teeth, these crowns have a greater risk of fracture. Another reason why an all-ceramic dental crown cannot be used in all situations is if the underlying tooth structure itself is dark. Very dark teeth are difficult to mask with these types of crowns because of their translucency.

In these instances, the dark color may show through the crown. So, for situations where a lot of force will be placed on the teeth (such as grinding habits) or if a tooth is really dark, a well-made porcelain crown with a metal substructure may be a better restoration.


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Porcelain Dental Crowns With a Metal Substructure


Traditionally, crowns are made of two materials:

  • porcelain, which gives it the tooth-colored appearance
  • metal substructure, which gives the crown its strength

Generally, it is this type of crown that can appear opaque. The reason for this is that while porcelain is very translucent and lets light travel easily through it, no light can pass through the underlying metal. In order to prevent the metal color from showing through the porcelain, which would make the crown seem dark or gray, the metal has to be “masked out” with an opaquing material. It is this masking or opaquing that can affect the final appearance, giving rise to the opaque or lifeless look.


Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns



Advantage: Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns have a very natural appearance.

Disadvantage: They have a metal substructure and require an opaque below the porcelain. This can make the translucency of natural teeth difficult to replicate. Occasionally a darker line will be visible at the edge of the crown, near to your gum when it recedes with age.

The most common complaint associated with crowns is that they look “opaque,” “lifeless,” and “fake” compared to natural teeth. Do you need an extreme makeover to solve the problem? No!

The appearance of a crown is affected by many factors, but ultimately, the final result is determined by how the crown reacts with light. Natural teeth have a high degree of translucency, which means a certain amount of light passes through the tooth. The result of this is that the tooth appears to have depth and vitality.


How long can dental crowns last?


It would be reasonable to expect that a dental crown could last between five and fifteen years. Most likely a crown which did only last five years would be somewhat of a disappointment to your dentist

It’s probably their hope that any crown they make for you will last ten years or longer. Depending on the environment and forces the crown is exposed to (chewing, biting, accidental trauma, tooth grinding) and how well you keep the tooth to which it is cemented free of dental plaque, a crown can last somewhat indefinitely. Especially one positioned where its cosmetic appearance is not much of a concern.

For Dental Crown Treatment, Call Vogue Smiles Melbourne 9629-7664, for all your General & Cosmetic Dentistry treatment in Melbourne


Money Talks in Dentistry Teeth Whitening

How much does it cost Teeth whitening in Melbourne

Teeth whitening lie at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry because white teeth symbolize health and cleanliness, and play the key role in giving an attractive smile.


Teeth Whitening Options



There are a several different strategies you can use to perform teeth whitening and remove discoloration and stains. Depending upon their severity of the stains and your budget this will affect which option you select.

There are several teeth whitening – also called tooth bleaching – technologies available. Our dentists will examine the condition of your teeth, explain your options and advise on:


Melbourne Teeth Whitening – Supermarket andPharmacy Kits

If you’re after a cheap and less-expensive option, there are always whitening strips, mouthwashes and toothpastes today sold in supermarkets and pharmacies around Melbourne. If you do take this path with whitening toothpastes and strips you should be aware however these effects take much longer to notice and are usually much more subtle in impact. Generally these solutions are a good option to help maintain a white smile rather than be a catalyst to perform the teeth whitening improvement itself.


Melbourne Teeth Whitening – In Office Whitening
    • This is a more popular in chair whitening procedure where you need to come in for an hour. Your teeth are professionally prepared by removing all stains and debris and then under barrier gels teeth whitening is accomplished using special gels and curing lights.

Professionally Supervised Teeth Whitening


Teeth bleaching are the most popular teeth whitening technique that can be benefited from at home under the supervision of a dentist. It proceeds in the following steps:

  • The cosmetic dentist makes a splint for the patient, fitting precisely over his/her teeth.
  • The patient places a gel in the splint and wears it for a specified time, usually 2 to 4 weeks. The result is a bright smile with shining white teeth.

Different brands of bleaching gel are used for the bleaching purpose, more popular ones being Pola and Zoom from Discuss.

Whichever procedure you choose it is highly recommended you see us for an initial consultation and check up to make sure the whitening will work for you and also that you do not land up in complications due to unhealthy gums and decay.


Cost of Teeth Whitening in Melbourne

Expect to pay from $250-$1000 for teeth whitening and teeth bleaching procedures. Costs vary depending upon the type of whitening treatment you undergo. If you have private health insurance, you may be eligible for a refund of up to $350 (more with some insurances), depending on your level of cover. For your convenience, our office have a Hicaps facility, which minimizes the out of pocket expense on the day of the procedure. The item numbers used to describe treatment are as follows: 015×1, 111×1, 119×2, 926×2, 118 (x2-16). Some insurances will pay on some items and not others, whilst some will pay on the item a few times on the same claim. Bear in mind that Teeth Whitening is  a cosmetic dentistry procedure and such it will incur a 10% gst.

For Teeth Whitening Treatment, Call Vogue Smiles Melbourne 9629-7664. We offer General & Cosmetic Dentistry treatment in Melbourne


Dental Health Maintenance General & Restorative Managing Dental Problems & Emergencies

Cavities or Tooth Decay Treatment

Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure. Tooth decay can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth.

Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as bread, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth.


The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities, or caries



Who Gets Cavities?


Many people think cavities only affect children, but changes that occur with ageing make cavities an adult problem too.

Recession of the gums (a pulling away of gum tissue from the teeth), often associated with an increased incidence of gingivitis (gum disease), can expose tooth roots to plaque. Also, sugary food cravings in pregnant women can make them more vulnerable to developing cavities.

Decay around the edges of fillings is also common in older adults. Because many older adults lacked the benefits of fluoride and modern preventive dental care when they were growing up, they often have a number of dental fillings. Over the years, these fillings may weaken and can fracture, allowing bacteria to accumulate in the tiny crevices causing tooth decay.



How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?


Your dentist can discover cavities during your regular dental check-up. The tooth surface feels soft when probed by your dentist with a dental instrument.

X-rays can also show cavities before they become visible to the eye.

In advanced stages of tooth decay, you might experience a toothache, especially after consuming sweet, hot, or cold foods or drinks.

Other signs of tooth decay are visible pits or holes in the teeth.


How are cavities or tooth decay being treated?



Cavities are treated in a number of different ways depending on the extent of tooth decay. If decay is not extensive, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed by drilling and replaced with a filling made of silver alloy, gold, porcelain, or a composite resin. Restorative materials used in fillings are considered safe. Concerns have been raised over the safety of mercury-based, silver amalgams in particular, but the ADA, FDA, and other public health agencies continue to support the safety of this restorative material. Allergies to silver amalgam are rare as are allergies to other restorative materials.

If the decay is extensive and there is limited tooth structure remaining, crowns will be used. If a crown is needed, the decayed or weakened area of the tooth is removed and repaired and a crown is fitted over the remainder of the tooth. Crowns are made from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.


Cavities or Tooth Decay Treatment

Preventing Tooth Decay  


Not only does saliva help digest food and make it possible for you to chew and swallow, it is the natural mouth cleanser. Without saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to occur. If you have a dry mouth, to combat tooth decay and gum disease, you need to be extra careful about following good oral hygiene habits, which consist of:

  1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but even more preferably, after every meal and before bedtime
  2. Flossing your teeth every day
  3. Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  4. Visiting your dentist for a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. At your visit, your dentist may recommend daily use of a fluoride rinse or fluoride gel to keep your teeth healthy

An ounce of Preventative dentistry is worth a pound of a cure. See your dentist regularly


Don’t Skimp on Oral Health


Right now is a difficult economic time. Many people are trying to cut corners where they think they can. Cutting costs is good for some things, but for your health it is not. Some individuals are deciding to cut their dental health care from their costs. This is a poor decision because much of the preventative care has many benefits.

Although the individual may save money by not having regular visits, two serious issues emerge. First, many health benefits are a part of having good oral health. Cutting the dentist can affect your overall physical health in many areas. The second reason this is bad is it could cost you more. If you delay a dentist visit, you may miss the early signs of a serious problem. It is possible that you may save some money now on routine checkups, but you could be setting yourself up for a situation where you have to pay for costly procedures to fix or repair a serious issue that went untreated.

For Dental Pain and Toothache problems, Call Vogue Smiles Melbourne 9629-7664, for all your General & Cosmetic Dentistry treatment in Melbourne


Managing Dental Phobia & Anxiety

What are the different causes of dental phobia? How to deal with it

Causes of Dental Phobia


Bad Experience

Dental phobia is often caused by a bad experience in the past. It is thought that this accounts for up to 85% of dental phobias. Bad experiences – it’s not just about a bad physical experience but also about psychologically damaging experiences, like feeling humiliated.

Technology has advanced at such a rapid rate in the dental arena. Modern dentistry in caring hands, is pain free nowadays.

And as for a dentist humiliating a patient… there is never any excuse for that.

Uncaring Dentist

What people commonly fear is pain. But there is the added dimension of it being inflicted upon them by an uncaring and cold individual.

 A history of bullying or having been physically or emotionally abused may contribute to developing a dental phobia. Especially if this is combined with a bad dental experience or a breach of trust by an authority figure.
We can’t hope to unpick any historical damage, but we can reassure you of a safe and caring experience with us.



Sadly, we have many patients who have suffered insensitive and humiliating comments by a dentist in the past and often in their childhoods.
There is no place for humiliation and we understand just how damaging it can be. If you asked us, you’ll also find some stories of insensitivity at the hands of some of our childhood dentists.


Learned Behaviour

Learned behaviour: Children can often learn to be afraid of the dentist if their parents are scared of the dentist. It is also easy to let other people’s negative stories colour your views.

It is hard to be positive when your instincts are to be negative. You could talk to your dentist about ways of thinking about the experience as a good one rather than one fraught with fear.

Our advice with children would be to try to focus on the fun side of a trip to the dentist. E.g. letting them play with the dental chair, rewarding them for good behaviour, giving them a new toothbrush.


Post Traumatic Stress

Research suggests that people who’ve had horrific dental experiences can suffer from symptoms similar to people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is characterized by intrusive thoughts of the bad experience and nightmares about dentists or dental situations.

In these cases, finding a dentist who is thoughtful and compassionate will make such a difference.

I am embarrassed

Please don’t be. Although dental phobia is unique to each person, we do have many patients who are dental phobics. Please tell  our practice manager, that you are nervous. She will make sure that you are treated sensitively from the moment you join us.

I have a sensitive gag reflex

The gag reflex is located on the back third of the throat and helps keep objects from going down your windpipe.

Some people have a very sensitive gag reflex which makes them feel as if they are going to gag or be sick. This can make going to the dentist very difficult but we can help.

Talk to us about your concerns and we will be able to avoid those sensitive areas of your mouth.

There are things that you can do to make the problem easier. Some patients draw their tongue back to give the dentist room to work, but they end up gagging on their tongue. We can work together to find ways to avoid gagging movements.


What are the different causes of dental phobia? How to deal with it

What do you do to minimise pain?


Modern dentistry shouldn’t be painful. Here are some of the things that we do to minimise pain:

We listen to you: If you’re feeling nervous, please tell us. We can then agree how to work together to make you feel at ease. We can select from a wide range of anxiety and pain-relieving methods to minimise any physical and emotional discomfort. And we like to you ask questions, so please feel free.

Being in control: We want you to feel as in control as possible. If, during any stage of your treatment, you’d like us to stop, then simply raise your hand. We’ll stop immediately and will break for as long as you like.

Local anaesthetic: We rub a local anaesthetic gel onto your gums to start the numbing process. This is especially helpful for hygiene treatments.

Feeling completely numbed: We will always test the numbed area to make sure that you feel nothing. If you feel any discomfort whatsoever during this test, tell us and we’ll give you more anaesthetic.

Dexterity: We’re committed to gentle dentistry. And that means we don’t scrimp on the dexterity. It also means that we’ll be as careful as possible during the procedure so as to minimise any discomfort once the anaesthetic has worn off afterwards.

Treating infections first: An infection can prevent an anaesthetic from working as it should. If this is the case, we’ll give you anti-biotics to treat the infection beforehand.

Sedation If you’d rather be completely unaware of the treatment, we can offer you sedation. You’ll feel drowsy and sleepy but you are still able to talk and co-operate with us. And you will have no recollection of the treatment. Please click here to read about sedation with us.

Distraction: You can now immerse yourself in your favourite DVD with our new goggles. Or you can bring in your favourite music and listen to it on our iPod docking system.

Bring a friend: If a friend can help distract you and put you at ease, please invite them along.




We understand how terrifying a visit to the dentist can be for some people. You may fear the unknown or feel uncomfortable with being in close proximity to someone else or you may have had a bad dental experience in the past.

You are not alone. We are happy to listen to your particular phobia and work out a program to work through it. We take our responsibilities to our patients very seriously. Dr Zenaidy Castro and his team’s approach is based on years of handling sensitive patients and is based on building your trust before he even looks in your mouth. We will let you lead the way.

Some people are happiest just sitting and talking about their concerns and fears. Some people might prefer to have a peek into some of our rooms and slowly build up to letting us have a look in their mouths. And our nurses are particularly warm and gentle. You’ll come out feeling as if you’ve made friends for life.

These are some of the things that are important to us:

– That you feel listened to and respected.
– That you feel in control.
– That you trust us.
– That we won’t pressurise you.
– That we will make your treatment pain free.
– That we make you feel welcome and at home.
– That you won’t be blamed.
– That you think we’re the nice guys.

And we hope that you might even enjoy your time with us.

If you are suffering from Dental Phobia, or have extreme fear and anxiety, Call Vogue Smiles Melbourne 9629-7664 and we can help. We are gentle and have experienced treating Dental Phobics