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Should You Choose a Facelift, Fillers, or a Smile Makeover?

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Should You Choose a Facelift, Fillers, or a Smile Makeover?

 

Facelifts are making a comeback, according to new data released by the Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), while soft-tissue fillers (used primarily for lip augmentation) ranked #2 in the list of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Here’s what you may not have known: Plumper lips, elevated cheeks, and fewer fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth can also be achieved through a smile makeover.

Why porcelain veneers trump fillers and facelifts

Over 130,000 facelifts were conducted in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. Facelifts are intended to enhance the appearance of the face and neck by minimizing sagging, drooping, and wrinkling. Simply enough, people want a more youthful-looking face. A CNN report about the ASPS stats said that fewer patients are requesting procedures that remove extra skin. Instead, patients want something that plumps their skin with fillers.

Did you know that porcelain veneers have the ability to boost a person’s lips? While veneers and Lumineers are as thin as contact lenses (though exponentially stronger), they are carefully situated on top of a patient’s natural teeth and bonded in place to create a stunning cosmetic dentistry enhancement. This procedure, by default, makes lips plump out a little bit. While the pout may not be quite at a Kardashian level, it will be far more natural and longer lasting. Fillers must eventually be refreshed, unlike porcelain veneers which, if well taken care of, can last for decades.

Replace missing teeth for a more youthful appearance

Have you ever noticed the celebs who’ve gotten bad facelifts or overdosed on fillers? Of course you have. You could probably name a few off the top of your head, like Priscilla Presley, Daryl Hannah, Mickey Rourke, and Meg Ryan. Sometimes people go too far with cosmetic procedures in an effort to fight aging and maintain the youthful looks for which they are known, but we believe that aging gracefully is possible.

If your teeth are aging you, then the solutions are accessible and – in many cases – painless. A smile makeover can transform your entire face, but still leave you looking completely natural – just an improved version of yourself, no plastics involved.

For instance, if you have jowls, drooping cheeks, or a compressed appearance, the first question would be: Are you missing any teeth? A missing tooth or teeth will change the shape of your face by altering the bulk of your jawbone and, thus, the shape of your jawline. Your appearance can be drastically altered by missing teeth and make you look much older than you actually are.

The solution? There are actually three:

  • Dental implants:One of the most effective methods of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are secured in your jawbone. They remain in place permanently while also stimulating your jawbone and preserving it. With dental implants, your jaw has no opportunity to sag because of missing teeth and roots.
  • Dentures: We know, we know – if you’re trying to make yourself look more youthful, the last thing you want is to wear dentures and deal with adhesives. Modern dentures can be combined with dental implants for a secure and natural look (so you don’t have to feel old or be forced to take your teeth out every night).
  • Porcelain fixed dental bridges: Bridges are used to close a gap by adding a porcelain tooth attached to hidden clasps which are then secured to the teeth on either side (both of which sport a porcelain crown). Bridges cannot be removed once put in place.

Make yourself look younger with a smile makeover

If your face is starting to show your age, revitalize your appearance with the most obvious, effective and natural-looking fix first: a smile makeover.

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The Dental secrets that might make you rethink fillers

 

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If you’ve even thought about having injectables, a trip to your dentist first might change your mind. From ‘dental face lifts’ to the one treatment that makes everyone look better, here’s why putting teeth before face could pay off

Exactly how do teeth tie into enhancing the appearance of your lips, skin and face in the way that fillers, injectables or other aesthetic treatments might?

The teeth and jaw are the ‘frame’ of our face, or the scaffolding if you will. You can look at the upper half of the face and not necessarily know how old someone is, but it’s the lower third of the face that can be most telling of age. It’s for this reason that dentistry and aesthetic dermatology work best when approached holistically – you might be convinced that you “need” fillers, but actually dental treatment might be more suitable, effective and produce the most natural-looking result.”

Clearly cosmetic dental treatments can be as costly and involve as much downtime as aesthetic treatments, but according to those in the know turning to your dentist before an aesthetic specialist or surgeon could not only help you to achieve the kind of lift and plumpness that cosmetic facial procedures promise, but also the end-result can be more long-lasting and subtle and even help to preserve the health of your teeth. Here are a few dental tweaks and treatments that can make all the difference in terms of addressing visible signs of ageing.

The one treatment everyone can consider

If I were to suggest one dental treatment to lift the face it would be braces. This may sound old-fashioned but hear me out. Just as our collagen levels deplete in our skin as we get older, so our teeth begin to collapse inwards, which ‘shrinks’ our mouth and results in a loss of volume in the lower face.

Braces are brilliant as they help to counteract this by widening the smile while also straightening teeth, adding structure and support to your mouth and reducing the appearance of sagging. Another advantage is that results are permanent.”

If you’re concerned about looking a bit ‘Ugly Betty’ while wearing braces, you needn’t be, as dental technology has come on in leaps and bounds. Options such as Invisalign invisible braces are now some of the most popular treatments in my practice – they’re unobtrusive and barely discernible to others yet achieve impressive results over time.”

If you can’t be bothered wearing braces or invisalign, Porcelain Veneer will have same effect.

How dentistry can make lips look plumper

If lip fillers or a lip lift appeal, there are dentistry alternatives that could look less ‘done’ and boost the health of your teeth over time too.

So what do veneers have on the likes of plumping lip treatments?

Our teeth, like our skin, become thinner with age, and as a result our lips can move inwards. By adding volume to the outer surface of the teeth, the lip can lift naturally as it has a supportive structure behind it. This can result in plumper looking lips- I’d say it can boost appearance of fullness by 25 per cent in the average case and it looks natural too, so any additional lip filler may be unnecessary. The slight elevation of the lips can also help to soften fine lines around the mouth.

That’s the potential cosmetic pros covered but from a wear and tear point of view veneers can bring additional benefits:

Veneers are essentially a way of laminating the teeth and this can be protective if you’re a bit older in particular as it shields the enamel once it starts to be eroded. While enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, you can’t reverse this particular ageing process as your body can’t reproduce enamel, so veneers act as a stand-in for your natural enamel.

Veneers are sculpted to your teeth and also help to address staining or crookedness, but it’s vital that any veneers applied harmonize with the colour and shape of the rest of your teeth.

If veneers are out of your price range or not right for you, composite bonding as an aesthetic alternative. It’s a one step treatment where a bonding material is painted onto teeth and hardened using a special frequency light before being polished and smoothed. Like porcelain veneers, the treatment can address everything from the colour and shape of teeth but it’s not as durable and more prone to chipping and staining. You can expect composite bonding to last up to five years

The misnomer of being “long in the tooth”

Being long in the tooth is suggestive of old age from an idiomatic perspective, but the opposite is true in dental terms

Longer teeth actually look more youthful – apparently a length of 11mm is the ‘sweet spot’ but it completely depends on the natural shape and size of your teeth and your bone structure. You can lengthen teeth artificially with aesthetic treatments such as veneers and bonding and teeth whitening can be very effective for making teeth look longer and more pronounced in the face too. As the skin between your nose and top lip descends with age due to collagen loss, it’s often common that you can’t see your top teeth when you talk or smile, so lengthening the teeth and making top teeth more visible helps to reverse this somewhat.

It’s not just your front teeth that can become less visible with age either. Over time the back teeth can move inwards and many people have a narrow arch shape. When we look at the smile from the front there is a “black corridor” as you do not see the back teeth. By reshaping the arch using straightening or veneers you can widen the smile which then supports the cheeks and gives a much fuller smile.

We dubs treatments such as this as ‘the dental facelift’, as straightening teeth can help to support the cheeks and deliver an overall lifting effect that never looks ‘fake’. Don’t underestimate the cost and time involved, however, as straightening procedures can take over a year to complete in complex cases and cost thousands, and while the effects of teeth whitening can be instant, it’s vital to seek treatment from an experienced, highly trained and licensed dental professional.

Young gums

Just as bonding and veneers can give the impression of ‘more teeth’, so ‘more gums’ make for a healthier, younger-looking mouth.

Keeping gums strong and healthy is so important as we age because our gums keep our teeth in place and prevent bacteria from growing in our mouth, all of which contributes to the cosmetic impact of teeth too. As we get older our gums shrink so a degree of recession is normal, and some people are genetically predisposed to gum recession, but there’s lots you can do to slow down the process and even press pause on gum shrinkage.

I recommend using an electric toothbrush to thoroughly clean teeth and avoid some of the scrubbing that can occur with manual brushing. Ensure that you have an efficient, gentle technique. It’s also really important not to overbrush – you don’t need to brush teeth after every meal (twice a day is ideal). Think of it like skincare – if you scrub your face aggressively and wash it too often, it will become dry and more prone to damage and fine lines. The same is true of teeth in terms of gum recession. A morning wash followed by a nice double cleanse at the end of the day will do for skin, and brushing twice a day is perfect for maintaining optimum teeth and gum health. Flossing once a day is also essential for maintaining ‘young gums

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What makes a face look young?

A youthful face is super plumped with collagen giving the skin that smooth hydrated appearance.

However it’s not just the quality of the skin that matters, its what’s underneath the skin, the supporting scaffolding that counts too.

One of the most common parts of your facial skeleton to undergo change in your life time are your jaw bones. If you lose many of your back teeth your jaw bone silently shrinks away until an aged, ‘squashed’ type look occurs.

The cheeks collapse inwards, the lips compress together and the chin becomes more prominent.

What’s actually happened is that the distance from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the chin has been reduced, knocking off your facial balance.

Teeth don’t necessarily need to be completely missing to give an aged look. Teeth that have been worn down by grinding or severely dissolved away due to acid erosion cannot support the cheeks or lips properly either.

Some people don’t notice these changes as they happen gradually while for others their self confidence can take a battering.

The Dental Face Lift is a non surgical procedure that focuses on replacing entire teeth or the missing enamel that has been lost over the years.
By rebuilding the teeth to their original dimensions, the lower face regains that youthful vertical height.

The cheeks and lips are then adequately braced and the chin returns to its balanced position that it was in when the patient was in their 20s.

Dental facelifts can take 10 years off your appearance without the need for a conventional surgical facelift.

Moreover the facial muscles, nerves and jaw joints function better when teeth are rebuilt into a more ideal shape and bite.

There are various ways to do a dental facelift and so determining the cause of the problem is the first step. Then an individual treatment plan is designed to replace missing teeth or rebuild existing teeth.

Generally speaking, it’s a combination of treatments that can include white filling composite bonding, veneers, crowns, bridges or implants to rebuild the teeth.

When necessary, new dentures can be made that will provide better support and upright ‘down turned’ lips.

Dental facelifts can subtly give a fresh faced look and younger looking teeth giving you something to really smile about.

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How to Get a Non-invasive Dental Facelift Without Plastic Surgery

It may sound strange but you can now get a dental facelift without going through surgery. Today, there are some dentists who use techniques that not only improve your bite and smile but can also take away years from your appearance. Some are saying that this technique is a very effective and non-surgical way to reduce the signs of facial aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Tooth restoration is often a part of a dental facelift.

To be clear, as we age, our dental structures begin to break down and if we have teeth that become worn or missing, it will cause our faces to shrink and give our faces a sunken-in look. With a dental face lift, wrinkles are smoothed out and a persons jawline has a more pronounced and even look. Dental treatments and dental appliances are effective in giving a more polished and youthful look. If you are looking for a dentist who can fix my teeth, a cosmetic dentist can give you the help you need. Having a tooth restoration process done, can give you a younger look.

At some dental practices, a plastic retainer is used to strengthen a persons facial muscles. This procedure causes the jaw to rest in a higher position; which makes a person look younger. Patients who use this retainer wear it for several months until their facial muscles are stronger and later have dental crowns placed on all of their teeth to increase the height of their jaw.

Keep in mind that a dental facelift is much more than cosmetic dentistry. Not only does a dental facelift improve the look of your teeth and smile but it also improves your profile, jaw line, chin position and the shape of your face. In addition, in some cases it can also improve your health; especially if your teeth are not in proper alignment and it affects your chewing and eating.

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What is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

If you are unhappy with sagging facial tissues, you may be considering your facelift options. Surgical facelifts can attempt to restore your youthful appearance by cutting, stretching, and re-positioning your facial tissues. The problem with facelift surgery is that your facial tissues are just responding to changes in your mouth and jaw that help to shape your face.

Often the best way to rejuvenate your appearance is to restore those underlying structures so that your teeth and bones are back in the position they once occupied with a non-surgical facelift from a dentist. With a Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry, we can help you get a more youthful facial appearance by restoring a more youthful dental structure. This is described in detail below, but the best way to learn if it is right for you is to get an evaluation by a dentist.

Your Facial Appearance Depends on Your Mouth

Your mouth is a central feature in your facial appearance not only because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, but because it provides the framework on which your facial appearance is built. When your facial appearance is first developing, your teeth, skull, and jaw all grow together.

Ideally, they create a harmonious structure that gives you an optimal facial appearance. However, with age your teeth can become worn, lost, or move out of position. The result is not just changes to your smile, but changes to your facial shape and proportion.

Am I a Candidate for a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Non-surgical facelift dental services focus on restoring your smile so that areas that have become sunken or hollow can be corrected naturally, rather than by pulling or cutting the skin with a surgical facelift. The problems that can be addressed involve missing teeth, teeth that have ground down over time, TMJ problems, uncorrected bite issues, and more. It’s amazing how the underlying jaw structure, once in alignment and supported by full teeth and prostheses, can return fullness to the face naturally.

What are the Benefits of a Non-Surgical Facelift?

The goal of a surgical facelift will often be correcting sunken cheeks, depressed areas around the mouth, hanging jowls, and other signs of aging. But surgical facelifts involve extensive recovery, and they involve the risks inherent in major invasive surgery. Plus, we’ve all seen instances of botched surgical facelifts, where the patient’s face now simply looks stretched and taut.

What if you could use dental techniques, such as placing crowns, replacing lost teeth with implants or bridges, adjusting misaligned jaws, or straightening teeth, to achieve many of the same facial rejuvenation? That’s what a non-surgical facelift can achieve.

  • When the teeth are restored, many wrinkles and sunken areas disappear as they have support behind them in the dental structure.
  • Restored teeth help to return length to the face, making it less round and less flattened.
  • When the jaw is properly positioned, the jawline is enhanced. This can correct a “weak” chin due to an overbite, or an underbite.

All of this can be achieved by restoring facets of your dental health and structure. Isn’t that a better, natural way, to achieve a more youthful-looking face?

How Non-Surgical Facelifts Work

Non-surgical facelifts work by restoring your teeth and mouth to their former state to improve your facial appearance. If you have lost teeth, your face will lose length, becoming more flattened and round. Your cheeks and lips may become sunken. Typical dentures may not help much because they do not stay in place to fill the role your lost teeth performed. Properly fitted dentures, on the other hand, can restore your facial appearance.

Even if you haven’t lost teeth, chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth can cause your jaw to move out of alignment. Your jaw can also be moved out of place by injury or a concussive jolt. Poorly positioned jaws can give you the appearance of a receding chin (which can make your nose look large) or crooked jaw.

How is a non-surgical facelift performed?

These can be a variety of treatments, depending upon the patient. Your facial appearance and your oral structure are intricately linked. That’s why issues such as a misaligned jaw or worn teeth can impact your facial appearance, usually making you look older.

We examines you during your consultation or to begin your treatments, we’ll weigh what issues are causing problems. There can be many treatment paths. These are some of the possibilities

Is a non-surgical facelift painful?

Thanks to modern local anesthesia, these procedures are. Afterwards there can be some slight soreness, but it is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Are Non-Surgical Facelifts Safe?

These are dental procedures and have been performed countless times over the decades. They are safe. Placing a crown or a dental implant are common dental procedures. When you compare these procedures to the risks involved with a surgical facelift, everything from a reaction to general anaesthesia to poor wound healing, there really isn’t any comparison to the natural results provided by a non-surgical dental facelift

What is recovery like for a non-surgical facelift?

Recovery from these cosmetic dentistry procedures, TMJ treatment, possible orthodontics, and other treatments involved with a non-surgical facelift is not difficult. Most procedures involve little if any residual pain. None of them require any downtime.

Does insurance cover non-surgical facelifts?

Some aspects of these treatments can be covered by your dental insurance and some are not covered. It depends if your insurance company deems the procedure to be cosmetic, rather than structural or necessary. We work with your insurance carrier to garner the most coverage possible

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Benefits of Smile Rejuvenation for a Non-surgical Dental Facelift

Facelift surgery doesn’t work by restoring your facial proportions. Instead, plastic surgeons act as if you had “excess” skin in your face. They cut away this excess and stretch your skin until it’s tight over your reduced bones and teeth. This can significantly alter your facial appearance, and you may not look like yourself anymore. But by working with your teeth, we can rejuvenate your face by restoring your natural proportions. You will look like you, just younger.

In addition, you can avoid problems related to surgical facelifts, such as:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Scarring
  • Long recovery time
  • Missed work
  • Surgical complications

With a smile makeover, you can get your facial appearance rejuvenated without any of those problems or risks. While a facelift may require up to a month of recovery, you won’t miss more than a day of work from your smile makeover.

Plus, you’ll have a bright, beautiful smile again, and that will also help you look younger.

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
 
 
 

 

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FAQ teeth whitening

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 General Facts about Bleaching your Teeth

All bleaching systems whiten your teeth, but when bleaching is completed, the colour will fade about half a shade. Using the tray method in conjunction with In-Office whitening helps to maintain, stabilize and advance the desired result.

Bleaching can only be performed on clean, healthy teeth and healthy gums.

Bleaching will not whiten existing fillings and crowns. Existing work may need to be changed so as to achieve consistent colour.

Bleaching only works on enamel. Teeth which have thin enamel due to chemical or physical abrasion will whiten poorly.

Sensitive teeth are the most commonly reported side effect.

 

 

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Who Should Not Undergo Teeth Whitening or Bleaching?

It is not advisable to undertake whitening procedures under these circumstances

  • Age and pregnancy issues. Here whitening is not available for those under 16 years of age as the nerve of the teeth is large at this stage of life. It could render the nerve more sensitive or cause irritation. Pregnant or lactating women are also not advised to use this method.
  • Sensitive teeth and allergies. Those having sensitive teeth or gums, with receding or defective repairs need to see their dentist before engaging a whitening process. Allergies to peroxide will definitely not be favoured with a bleaching product
  • Gum disease, damaged teeth, cavities, and exposed roots. People with damaged teeth or worn enamel are not advised to use any bleaching method. A bleaching agent might enter any cavity and cause an inside damage. Hence it is necessary to treat such defects before launching into a whitening session. Bleaching does not work on roots also since they do not have the enamel layer on which bleaching acts.
  • Fillings, crowns and restored portions. Dental restorations sometimes make use of colored fillings or resin based products (crowns, veneers, bridges) and these do not whiten with bleaching. So an unequal whitening pattern may appear if bleaching is applied under these conditions. It is better to proceed with whitening before attempting any restoration exercise on the teeth. Best on your individual needs, we will advise on the method of treatment applicable in such cases, and confirming whether any importance is to be given to the bleaching or restoration exercise first.
  • Those expecting dramatic happenings may be disappointed with results below their expectations. People using harmful products like tobacco and wine need to be aware that the result may not stay for longer periods if they do not avoid such products. A more balanced expectation taking into consideration one’s own lifestyle and hygiene pattern would give a more objective approach to the results’ appreciation. A good standard indication is comparison of color of your teeth should be a little whiter than that of your eyes.
  • Heavily stained teeth. A light yellowish tint will definitely disappear under bleaching; less effective results would appear on brown tinted ones where as grayish or purple stained ones may not reveal any effect. Certain blue-gray stains which, are normally caused by tetracycline take even more time to whiten and require around 6 month of intensive care at the dentist’s. Darker stains may be appropriately treated by other methods, for example: veneers, crowns, bonding.

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How does teeth whitening work?

The peroxide ingredient in most teeth whitening products is what actually bleaches the enamel and makes your teeth whiter. The strength of the whitening treatment typically depends on the strength of the peroxide contained in the whitening product. The current percentages of peroxide in teeth whitening products are 10, 16 and 22 percent. The higher the percentage of peroxide, the higher the sensitivity and shorter wearing time.

The bleaching gel is usually hydrogen or carbamide peroxide that breaks down into oxygen molecules. The concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in the gel is not as strong as that used in power or laser bleaching procedures. No strong light source or laser is needed to activate the bleaching agent. Instead, it is contact with something organic, in this case the teeth, that causes the gel to release oxygen. These molecules go into the tiny pores of the enamel and dentin, and break up the stains that block out the light. As the stains are broken into smaller and smaller pieces, more light passes through the teeth and makes them look lighter. Stains that are accumulated over time that are yellow to slightly brown produce the best results. Teeth that are dark brown to blue-gray are the most difficult to bleach because the stain is deeply embedded into the tooth’s structure. These types of stains are usually caused by medications taken during the development of the teeth such as tetracycline, and can take a minimum of three weeks to see results, and as much as six months for complete results.

Depending on the bleaching gel used and the length of time it is worn, results can be seen within an hour, overnight or within three to four days. Complete results can be achieved in as little as a week or as much as several months depending on the source of the stain and the ability of the teeth or tooth to be bleached. The whitening procedure may last for up to three years — even longer in some cases, depending on personal habits. To brighten the color back up, a simple process of bleaching for one or two nights with a single syringe is usually sufficient.

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Does it hurt?

No. Neither tooth whitening systems cause any pain, though some patients may have increased tooth sensitivity that typically lasts for 1-3 days following the in-office procedure.

How long do the results last?

While these systems can significantly whiten your teeth, they will not prevent future stains from occurring. To maximize the longevity of the results, we suggest clients follow up with post-whitening habits, including a touch-up 12-16 months after the first session, daily flossing, and brushing teeth twice a day with whitening toothpaste.

 

How much discomfort and sensitivity is there?

The amount of discomfort experienced varies from person to person, and depends on the method used. Most adults usually experience little if any discomfort, however, the discomfort should subside within 24 hours. If needed, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory may help. If the discomfort lasts for more than 2 – 3 days, consult your dentist for more options.

  • Decreasing the sensitivity may be as easy as placing a gel fluoride, under your dentist’s instruction, in your bleaching tray for an hour or so. Other materials may be used to address the sensitivity you may experience. Check with your dentist for the best options for your paticular needs. You should discuss your goals, budget, and pain tolerance with your dentist in order to help him/her determine the procedure, or combination of procedures, that will produce the best results for you. If your teeth are sensitive after bleaching, a mild analgesic will usually be effective to make you more comfortable until your teeth return to normal.
  • GUM IRRITATION: Temporary inflammation of your gums can be caused by bleaching. This is the result of very small amounts of bleach leaking over the tray. A burning sensation in your gums may also occur. This is a minor problem and will resolve by itself in a few days. Irritation can also result from using the bleaching tray too many hours when you first start bleaching or using the bleaching tray too many hours in a row without a break: It may be necessary to reduce the number of hours you are wearing the bleaching tray or stop using it for a short time to resolve these gum problems.
  • SORE THROAT: If you overload the bleaching tray with home bleach, the excess can go down your throat and cause soreness. This soreness will also resolve in several days, assuming you spit out the excess bleach instead of swallowing it.
  • LEAKING FILLINGS OR CAVITIES: Most bleaching is indicated for the outside of the teeth (unless you already had a root canal. However, if you have any fillings that are leaking and allow the bleach to get into the inside of the teeth, damage to the nerves could result. In this case the filling needs to be redone prior to the bleaching. In addition, open cavities can also allow bleach to reach the nerves of the teeth. They should also be filled before bleaching.
  • CERVICAL ABRASION/EROSION: These conditions affect the roots of the teeth when gums recede, these are grooves, notches or depressions where the teeth meet the gums that look darker than the rest of the teeth. They look darker because there is no enamel in these areas. Even if these areas-are-not-sensitive, bleach can be potcntially penetrate the teeth and damage the nerves. Those areas should not be bleached, but should be filled after the bleaching is completed.
  • ROOT RESORPTION: This is condition where the root of the tooth starts to dissolved, either from the inside or outside. Although the cause of the resorption has been determined, studies have shown that its incidence is higher in teeth that have had a root canal and are bleached.
  • EFFECT ON FILLINGS: Even though open cavities should be filled or badly leaking filling should be refilled prior to bleaching can cause tooth coloured filling to become softer and make them more susceptible to staining. Therefore, you should be prepared to have any fillings in you front teeth replaced after bleaching. In addition, since bleaching will normally lighten teeth, but not fillings, you may need to have your fillings replaced anyway, so that they will match your newly whitened teeth.
  • TAKE NOTE: Tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges and veneers will not lighten when your teeth are bleached.You’re ResponsibilitiesWEARING YOUR BLEACHING TRAY: It will only be effective if you conscientiously wear the bleaching tray for the prescribed number of hours per day.
  • COMMUNICATION: If you experience any severe discomfort or other problems, contact us immediately.
  • FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS of the Bleaching gel provided.
  • It’s a good idea to have a dental cleaning prior to having your teeth whitened to remove surface stains.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser teeth whitening or permanently whitening your teeth with porcelain veneers, call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult .

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Can You Whiten Teeth if You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening. This can be true even for people who do not otherwise experience sensitive teeth.

If you already have sensitive teeth, the whitening process may exacerbate the condition. This is especially true in cases where store-bought tooth whitening kits are used. While inexpensive and convenient, store-bought tooth whitening kits do not come with customized application trays. This can allow solution seepage, create soft tissue discomfort, and increase the risks of tooth sensitivity.

These and other risks are significantly reduced when you choose to have your teeth whitened by a dentist. However, even professional tooth whitening can result in some discomfort.

Why Tooth Whitening Causes Sensitivity

The exact cause of tooth sensitivity following whitening is not known. The leading hypothesis revolves around demineralization caused by peroxide in the bleaching gel. According to this theory, enamel erosion allows some of the active ingredients to seep into the dentin, leading to increased sensitivity.

To address this issue, some professional teeth whitening products contain fluoride to strengthen enamel during the bleaching process.

Dealing with Post-Whitening Tooth Sensitivity

There is typically no cause for alarm with increased tooth sensitivity after whitening. In a majority of cases, any additional sensitivity will self-correct over the course of 24 to 48 hours. During this time, using a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth will help. So too will avoiding hot or cold food and beverages until comfort returns.

While extremely rare, any lasting or limiting discomfort should be brought to the immediate attention of one of our experienced dentists.

Tooth whitening is among the safest and most effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available. Requiring neither tooth preparation nor a recovery period, this procedure can offer immediate results when performed in-office. We also offer take-home kits that can be used in the comfort of your own home to gradually lighten teeth over several weeks. These come with customized application trays, helping to prevent solution seepage and further reducing risks of tooth sensitivity.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser teeth whitening or permanently whitening your teeth with porcelain veneers, call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult .

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How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening usually lasts from one to three years before darkening of the teeth is noticed. Additionally, once your teeth have been initially whitened, typically only “touch ups” are required to maintain the whiteness.

 

 

What can I do to Make my Teeth Whitening Results Last?

Aside from avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking, there are a few additional tooth-staining items to be aware of. First, be aware of certain medications. Experts have found that certain medicines, like some antihistamines, include side effects like tooth darkening. Another thing to watch out for is trauma. When your teeth or gums sustain an injury, it can darken the underlying enamel. This causes the color of your teeth to darken as well. Lastly, make sure not to neglect your teeth. Although white teeth are aesthetically beautiful, it is important to prioritize brushing and flossing. Taking proper care of your teeth will help fight off small stains and keep your smile sparkling.

 

  1. I have a big event – how far in advance should I get whitening?

 

 

Teeth whitening has become a popular way to prepare for weddings and other social events where people want to look their best. But because some treatments can take time to be effective, you should make sure you leave enough time before the big day.

Home whitening kits using gels can take up to two weeks to achieve results, while whitening toothpastes can take up to four weeks and generally have less dramatic results. If you have your teeth whitened professionally by your dentist (sometimes called an “in-chair” treatment), the treatment may be completed in a single appointment.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser teeth whitening or permanently whitening your teeth with porcelain veneers, call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult .

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How white will my teeth get?

It’s best to have realistic expectations before undergoing any whitening treatment. Your dentist should be able to explain what you can probably expect.

Not all whitening treatments are equally effective on all people, and not all teeth will whiten to the same degree. Teeth whitening can change a tooth’s colour by several shades, meaning teeth that are more stained or discoloured won’t whiten to the same degree as teeth that were whiter originally.

 

Guarantees? What are realistic expectations?

No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different. There are no guarantees as to the degree of whitening of your teeth.

  • The amount of whitening varies with the individual.
  • Additional whitening sessions and the use of ancillary whitening systems may be required to obtain desired results.
  • In some instances lightening is minimal or unapparent.
  • Typically, there is a two-shade improvement as seen on a dentist’s shade guide. The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your compliance. Bleaching can only provide a shift in colour from gray to a lighter shade of gray, for example. Bleaching does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, silicants, or porcelains.
  • The amount of Tooth or Teeth whitening varies from patient to patient and cannot be predicted or guaranteed.
  • But in general:
  • Yellow or brown teeth, surface stains, and uniformly darkened teeth are easier to whiten than grey or bluish teeth. Striped or spotted teeth are difficult to whiten.
  • The In-office Whitening System is a quick procedure that may or may not require additional whitening treatments in order to reach a desired lightened shade. Additional procedures or treatments could include take-home products or additional office visits.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser teeth whitening or permanently whitening your teeth with porcelain veneers, call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult .

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Does Teeth Whitening Work on All Teeth?

According to Mouth Healthy, and organization brought to you by the ADA, not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening treatments.

They note that while yellow teeth are likely to bleach well, brown or grey teeth may not deliver an effective result. If you are unsure if you are a proper candidate, speak with your dentist to have a thorough examination.

When to Whiten if you Need Veneers or Crowns

Are you planning to get porcelain veneers or crowns? Realize that they are designed to match the color of your teeth. If you want lighter teeth, you should whiten your teeth before getting veneers or crowns so this dental work can be crafted to reflect the brighter shade of your smile. This is the best way to go about whitening with veneers.

The Wait between Whitening and Dental Work

After you’ve whitened your teeth, the tooth needs a chance to return to its healthy state and the color needs time to set. If you want to get crowns or porcelain veneers following one of these whitening treatments, you must wait a little time to let the tooth fully stabilize. This is the only way to ensure that your crowns or veneers will perfectly match the new shade of your smile. When you want to schedule whitening with veneers or crowns, wait about two weeks after your whitening treatment to begin your other dental work.

Can You Whiten Crowns, Implants, and Veneers?

The short answer is “no.”

Drop those whitening strips! If you have dental implants, crowns, veneers, or dentures, you need to know the right way to keep them white.

Patients often assume that their dental prosthetics have the same characteristics as real teeth. While this is often true as far as biting and chewing are concerned, there are important differences between natural teeth and prosthetics, notably in terms of how they respond to whitening.

Traditional whitening treatments do not work on porcelain or most bonding materials, making it effectively impossible to whiten veneers, dentures, crowns, or implants once they are in your mouth.

Therefore, before you get implants, veneers, or crowns, it is important to discuss their effects on appearance with your dentist. By understanding what makes prosthetic teeth unique, you can continue to have a beautiful and functional smile.

 

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Is In-Office Teeth whitening safe?

Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. We consider tooth whitening to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure. As with any tooth whitening product, it is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Bleaching can only be performed on clean, healthy teeth and healthy gums.

Bleaching will not whiten existing fillings and crowns. Existing work may need to be changed so as to achieve consistent color.

Bleaching only works on enamel. Teeth which have thin enamel due to chemical or physical abrasion will whiten poorly.

Sensitive teeth are the most commonly reported side effect.

Side effects of In-Office Teeth Whitening?

Sensitivity and some discomfort during and after the treatment may occur with some patients.

  • On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate, these symptoms are only temporary and disappear within a few days. Using a sensitive toothpaste for 2 weeks prior to treatment can help prevent any sensitivity.
  • Analgesics before and after the procedure will manage the discomfort. It’s strongly advised also to have the procedure few days to few weeks before any special occasions like Weddings, anniversaries or any special events or functions.

Risk on In-Office Teeth Whitening

  • Peroxide solutions have been used for many years as antiseptics in the mouth. They are also widely used for their teeth-whitening effects.
  • If tooth sensitivity develops, fluoride home care gel may be recommended for reducing sensitivity. If sensitivity persists-for more than 12 hours or is severe, please contact our office.
  • The whitening procedure can cause temporary inflammation and white spots on your gums or lips. This should resolve itself within 12 hours. If it persists. Please contact our office.
  • If you have teeth sensitivity, fillings that are breaking down, decay in your teeth, erosions of the teeth, or exposed root surfaces due to periodontal disease, the peroxide may have direct access to the affected areas. These conditions need correction prior to the whitening procedure. Please inform your dentist of such conditions prior to treatment.
  • The whitening procedure can be very effective at whitening the teeth, but will not change the colour of fillings or crown(s) already in or on your teeth. For aesthetic reasons, such fillings may need changing after the whitening procedure.
  • The whitening treatment plan has been reported not to be effective on some patients. Our office will provide our best efforts to whiten your teeth but lightening results cannot be guaranteed.
  • The In-office Teeth Whitening procedure can sometime caused discomfort during the treatment. If you believe your tolerance or threshold level to pain is low, we strongly suggest taking Analgesics One hour before your Teeth Whitening appointment to our office

Post-whitening care instructions

1. For 48 hours after the treatment the teeth are susceptible to stains from red wine, fruit berries, rich coloured sauces, dark coloured vegetables, coloured spices and coloured mouthwash etc. Eat only “white foods” such as chicken, fish, white wine etc. Smoking should also be avoided for during this period.

2. Keep your recall appointments with our office.

3. If you have any questions or concerns contact our office.

4. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with Whitening Toothpaste, and occasional touch-ups once a month or as needed with with the At-home teeth whitening treatment to achieve a long term, long lasting result

How often can you get your teeth laser whitened?

This is an excellent question. In-office whitening usually keeps your smile white for about 12 months. Teeth whitening with take-home products from a dental clinic usually lasts four to six months, and people will then need a touch-up. Over-the-counter (OTC) products that can be purchased from a drugstore or grocery store usually lasts for a couple of months before you need a touch-up. With any whitening treatment, the length that your white smile will last depending on your care and maintenance habits after the treatment. There is no official limit to the amount of time that you can get your teeth whitened. In most cases, this is a personal preference due to budget, desired results, and your likelihood to experience tooth sensitivity.

In general, there are three signs that you may be whitening too frequently: tooth sensitivity (in particular to cold air, beverages, or foods), inflamed or bleeding gums, and teeth that appear see-through along the edge. If you experience these symptoms and let them go untreated, it can lead to nerve damage in your teeth, thinning of tooth enamel, or burning of your gums. If the damage gets too severe, we may not have the ability to reverse the damage is yet another reason why in-office is typically recommended, as a trained dentist can be looking for warning signs and can provide you with suggestions on the best way to maintain your smile, and protect the longevity of your teeth and gums. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us

If you’re interested in learning more about laser teeth whitening or permanently whitening your teeth with porcelain veneers, call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult .

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How long will tooth whitening last?

 

Definitely this is not a lifetime result producing system. The answer to this question depends upon many factors such as diet, if you smoke, if you drink tea or coffee and what your oral hygiene program is like. Many patients choose to “touch-up” their teeth every 1 or 2 nights. “Touch-ups” are especially useful for patients that drink beverages that stain teeth, like coffee, tea, and colas

 

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Teeth Whitening

What is Take-Home Teeth Whitening?

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What is Take-Home Teeth Whitening?

Home bleaching is a process, which can be done at home, involving a wearing of custom made bleaching tray filled with mild bleaching solution. You have to wear the bleaching-filled tray for 2-8 hours per day for about 2-4 weeks to achieve maximum results, much depends on how yellow your teeth are and how much whiter you like them to be. The advantage of home bleaching includes using them whenever it is convenient for you and possibly less cost. The disadvantages include the bother of having to wear the bleaching tray and the entire The teeth whitening system that is best for you can depend on factors such as: the amount of time you have available, your temperament, and how much money you have to spend. rest of the procedure depends on your routinely using bleaching.

Bleaching is a procedure which is designed to lighten the colour of your teeth. When done properly, bleaching will not harm your teeth or gums. Significant lightening can be achieved in the vast majority of cases, but the RESULTS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. No two people are alike and the procedure may work faster for one person than another. RESULTS MAY VARY FROM PATIENTS TO PATIENTS.

 

 

 

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Appointment Procedure on Home Teeth / Tooth Bleaching

At the first appointment, the dentist takes impressions of the patient’s teeth and then creates a perfectly fitted mouthpiece. This mouthpiece will allow the patient to apply a bleaching solution to the teeth while protecting the rest of the mouth from contact with the bleaching chemicals.

 

Best Candidates for Home Bleaching Procedure

Just about anyone is candidate for bleaching. In general, the best candidates for tooth bleaching are:

  • Mature enough to fully understand the procedure
  • Knowledgeable about the procedure
  • Wanting to improve their appearance and/or comfort
  • Realistic in their expectations
  • Note, people with dark yellow or yellow-brown teeth tend to bleach better than people with grey or bluish -grey teeth. Multi-coloured teeth, especially if stained is due to tetracycline, do not bleach very well. In addition, teeth with many fillings, cavities, chips etc are usually best treated by bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.

 

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Risks Associated With Take Home Teeth Whitening Treatment

Bleaching, like any other treatments, has some inherent risk and limitations. These are seldom serious enough to discourage you from having your teeth whitened.

In addition, there are variables, such as type of discoloration that affects your teeth, the degree to which you follow instructions, the overall condition of your teeth, etc that can affect the outcome of treatment.

  • Sensitivity in the teeth or some kind of irritation of the gums or other tissues of the mouth. Sensitivity is noticed at the beginning of bleaching process whereas irritation of soft tissues mainly come from wrong fitting of trays rather that from the bleaching agent itself. These effects disappear a couple of days after the treatment ends. This sensitivity is usually mild if your teeth are not normally sensitive
  • You can reduce an sensitivity using the following methods:
  • Do not use the tray for long periods. Shorten the use period if you encounter sensitivity problems.
  • Stop the whitening process for some days and let your teeth adapt itself with the whitening system.
  • See your dentist for a product with high-fluoride content. It will restore the mineral level of your teeth if applied to the tray for around 4 minutes before applying the bleaching agent.
  • Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth to brush. They normally contain potassium nitrate, which will relieve your nerve endings.
  • However, if your teeth are abnormally sensitive, bleaching may make your teeth much more sensitive for an extended period of time. Under these circumstances, you may choose to delay bleaching until we are able to complete desensitization procedures.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser teeth whitening or permanently whitening your teeth with porcelain veneers, call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult .

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Pros and Cons of Professional At-Home Teeth Whitening System

 

At-home teeth whitening:

Disadvantages

The dental patient must be capable of performing and complying with the whitening system’s technique and instructions.

The person must have the time and inclination to perform the whitening treatments.
It can take some weeks or even months before the final results are seen with at-home systems.

Advantages

At-home teeth whitening products usually cost less than professional teeth bleaching treatments.Some advantages and disadvantages of professional teeth whitening

The whitening effect is seen immediately.

The whitening is accomplished in just a few appointments (possibly even just one).
Professional teeth whitening usually costs more than at-home teeth whitening products.

 

Alternative to Take Home Teeth Whitening Treatment

 

In-Office Bleaching — In-office teeth whitening offers excellent results. This procedure is performed in the dental office and can be done very quickly, usually in a little over an hour. In-office bleaching is expensive, but the time that you save by having immediate results can make this option appealing.

  • In addition to laser, power and home bleaching, there are over-the-counter home bleaching kits available in pharmacies and supermarkets. While these products are growing in popularity, some dentists do not recommend using them because of the increased risks. They are not as effective, and can be more damaging to the gum tissue and enamel. Teeth whitening toothpastes can make your teeth appear a little lighter by removing stains, but they do not actually bleach your teeth. Teeth whitening kits from the dentist produce faster results because they contain a stronger peroxide bleaching agent than those whitening kits purchased over the counter. A dentist-supervised system is backed by many safety tests and provides the patient with assurance if questions or problems arise.
  • Patients interested in whitening their teeth should consult a dentist before taking on any form of treatment whatsoever. A consultation with an experienced dentist will help you understand the benefits and risks associated with each of the options.

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How about over the counter Tooth Whitening and Dental Bleaching system or products?

Most of the whitening products (such as the strips) on the market will either take much longer (3 weeks) to obtain less/similar results and some products such as the whitening toothpastes or gels are just not effective. A lot of the whitening toothpastes are very abrasive and are meant to just get rid of surface stains and not to actually bleach the teeth. In addition due to their abrasiveness they may cause tooth sensitivity in the long run.

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Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

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The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

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Full Mouth Reconstructions

Who Could Benefit From a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

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Who Could Benefit From a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

If your mouth has experienced extensive damage due to years of neglect or physical trauma, our dentists may recommend a full-mouth reconstruction to help. Full-mouth reconstructions are used to repair damage caused by chips, cracks, fractures, tooth decay, gum disease, missing teeth, and infection. They often involve restoring much of, if not your entire, mouth. In addition to helping the individual teeth, reconstructions can also correct issues with the bite, ensuring the teeth line up properly when the mouth is closed. This can relieve stress and tension in the jaw that is often the source of chronic pain, stiffness, and migraines

If your smile is greatly damaged, and in need of full-mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation to restore your smile’s health and appearance, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNEat 9629 -7664 to schedule your FREE mini consult.

 

 

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The Benefits of a Full-Mouth Reconstruction

  • Boosted Confidence:People with compromised teeth often think twice before smiling or speaking because they are embarrassed, but after a full-mouth reconstruction, we can give someone the confidence they need to live their life to the fullest.
  • Pain Relief:Pain due to toothaches, gum disease, and a misaligned bite can all be solved over the course of a full-mouth reconstruction. Replacing and rebuilding the teeth can also make chewing much more comfortable as well.
  • Protected Health:Countless scientific studies have shown that people with extensive dental issues are at a much higher risk of developing serious, full-body ailments as the years go by, including diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s. By saving someone’s oral health, we can safeguard their overall health as well.

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If you’re tired of having to work around and hide your teeth every day, a full-mouth reconstruction may be exactly what you need to change that. With the help of our team, we’ll make sure the next time you greet a friend or take a bite of food, the absolute last thing on your mind will be your teeth. We’re ready to give you your smile back, and to learn more and schedule a consultation, contact us today.

 

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Treatment expectation with Full mouth reconstruction?

Only your dentist and the team of specialists working on your full mouth reconstruction can determine what procedures are needed for your specific case. Other treatments may also be available, so ask your dentist about all possible procedures that might be required for your case and under what circumstances.

Most reconstructions involve multiple phases and office visits. It is not unreasonable to expect treatment to take 12 months or more, depending on your situation. The following procedures may be involved, depending on your needs:

  • Prophylactic teeth cleaning and periodontal care
  • Crown lengthening to expose healthy, sound tooth structure for possible crowns or bridges
  • Orthognathic surgery to reposition the jaw.
  • Contouring of the gum tissue to create balance and harmony in your smile.
  • Preparation (reduction) of your natural tooth structure so crowns, bridges or veneers can be placed.
  • Placement of temporary restorations so you can become accustomed to your new teeth and the feel of your new mouth or bite alignment.
  • Placement of permanent restorations, such as crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays or bridges, made from ceramic, ceramic supported by metal or a combination of both.
  • Orthodontics (braces) in order to move your teeth into the optimal position for reconstruction.
  • Implant placement and restoration to replace missing teeth and/or anchor bridge restorations.
  • Bone or soft tissue grafting to enhance the stability of your teeth, proposed implants and/or other restorations.

If your smile is greatly damaged, and in need of full-mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation to restore your smile’s health and appearance, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNEat 9629 -7664 to schedule your FREE mini consult.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

How does full mouth reconstruction differ from smile makeover? A smile makeover is something that you elect to have performed, while a full mouth reconstruction is something that you need.

As the makers of dental materials respond to increasing consumer demands for beautiful, natural-looking dentistry, it is becoming hard to draw a line between purely “cosmetic” (such as elective) dentistry and “restorative” (necessary) dentistry. For example, it is now possible for your dentist to treat tooth decay with a tooth-like filling material that looks natural.

If you need reconstruction, the materials available today make it possible for your dentist to provide you with durable, functional and clinically sound treatments that also look natural.
It is also important to note that a smile makeover – though performed primarily to improve the esthetic appearance of the smile – requires the use of clinically proven dental materials and treatment techniques, as well as exceptional knowledge, training and skill on the part of the dentist. Many of the same techniques and equipment used for full mouth reconstruction are also used to ensure the success and long-term stability of smile makeover treatments.

If your smile is greatly damaged, and in need of full-mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation to restore your smile’s health and appearance, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNEat 9629 -7664 to schedule your FREE mini consult.

 

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What is Involved in a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

Before you can receive a full-mouth reconstruction, our dentists will meet with you for a consultation. During this appointment, your teeth and mouth will be carefully examined, X-rays will be taken, and we will work with you to create a treatment plan to improve your smile and recover your oral health.

During your full-mouth reconstruction, our dentists may perform some (but not all) of the following treatments:

  • Dental bonding
  • Bridge placement
  • Crown placement
  • Filling placement
  • Dental implants
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Full or partial Dentures
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extraction

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How the Process Begins

If you think you need reconstruction, see your dentist for a comprehensive examination. Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment options that can be used to correct it. In particular, he or she will examine the condition of your:

  • Teeth:The condition of your teeth will determine what restorative procedures may be needed, such as porcelain veneers or full-coverage crowns, inlays or onlays, bridges or implants restored with a crown. In particular, your dentist will make note of any cavities and decay, tooth wear, cracks, short/long teeth, root canal issues and any tooth movement.
  • Periodontal (gum) tissues:If your gums are not healthy, you will most likely need scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. You may require more intensive treatments from a periodontist to ensure that your newly reconstructed teeth will have a solid foundation. Such treatments could involve soft tissue or bone grafts to build up your gums and underlying jaw bone. Your dentist will look for deep pockets, excessive or insufficient gum tissue, periodontal disease and bone density irregularities.
  • Temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and occlusion: A stable bite – one in which you are not in pain when you close your mouth or chew and one that does not cause wear or destruction of your teeth – is important to your overall oral health. Occlusal changes need to be taken into consideration when your dentist plans your restorations. In fact, you may require orthodontics or some other type of treatment (night guard or bite reprogramming orthotic) to correct occlusion before additional restorative procedures can be performed.
  • Esthetics:The color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth, and how they appear in relation to your gums, lips, mouth, side profile and face, are also important factors in full mouth reconstruction.

The examination process requires records of your mouth, such as X-rays and photographs, impressions of your upper and lower teeth, models of your teeth that are made from the impressions and a model of your bite. Your dentist may also refer you to specialists (periodontist, orthodontist, oral surgeon) for a consultation in order to develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

Once your dentist has obtained all information relevant to your case, he or she will develop a comprehensive, step-by-step treatment plan to correct all of the problems in your mouth and complete your reconstruction. If you do not understand the procedure being described to you, ask for a detailed written description of the proposed treatment plan so you can review it. This can be helpful if you want to get a second opinion. Be sure you understand the risks and benefits of the recommended procedures and treatments.

If your smile is greatly damaged, and in need of full-mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation to restore your smile’s health and appearance, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNEat 9629 -7664 to schedule your FREE mini consult.

 

 

 

I am nervous about getting dental treatment. What can I do?

 

If you are nervous or anxious about receiving dental treatment, or if you have a difficult time sitting in the dental chair for a long period of time, sedation dentistry techniques are available. Sedation techniques can be used during almost any type of dental procedure and are effective in putting patients at ease during treatment. Speak to our team to learn more about sedation dentistry.

For more information about full mouth reconstruction, please contact the team at Dental Health Associates and request a consultation.

 

 

How long does full mouth reconstruction take?

Most full mouth reconstructions involve several stages over the course of weeks or months. We can provide you with a specific timeline upon meeting with you and determining the exact procedures and treatments you need.

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

What is the Costs of Full Mouth Reconstruction and Insurance Coverage

The exact cost of your treatment will depend on the exact procedures performed, as well as the dental materials and techniques used. After you meet with our team, we can give you an exact estimate of your treatment cost.

But to give you an idea, most full mouth reconstruction cases involve all teeth in the mouth, but every case is unique and depends on your clinical situation. The approximate cost (at a minimum) could be about $400 to $1,500 per tooth. That figure does not include any charges for oral surgery, crown lengthening, periodontal treatments, etc. It is not unreasonable to expect a reconstruction to cost approximately from $10,000 to $45,000 or more.

Your insurance may cover a portion or all of your full mouth reconstruction depending on the exact details of your plan. This will also depend on your diagnosis and the treatment plan your dentist has developed, as well as your dental insurance coverage. Third-party financing may be available through your dentist’s office to assist you in making affordable monthly payments.

If your smile is greatly damaged, and in need of full-mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation to restore your smile’s health and appearance, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNEat 9629 -7664 to schedule your FREE mini consult.

Worth the Trip? A Look at Dental Tourism

With the constantly rising costs of healthcare, many people are making difficult decisions about their health, including sometimes forgoing routine preventive care as a way to save money. This includes dental care, which can result in patients requiring even more expensive and complicated emergency care down the road.

One way that many people are choosing to save money on costly dental treatments is by travelling abroad to have the work done for less. Medical and dental tourism — patients travelling to other countries for cheaper medical or dental care — has occurred throughout history, and today it’s as popular as ever. An entire industry revolves around connecting patients with care in other countries. However, patients should consider several important questions before taking a trip to a foreign country for any kind of dental treatment: Do the cost savings outweigh the risks of entrusting a dentist in another country with their oral health?

What are the risks?

Dentistry, whether provided at home or abroad, is never risk-free. You might pay top dollar to see the best provider and still have something go wrong.

The Australian Dental Association advocates for patients to reconsider mixing holidays abroad with their oral health care. The association says the standards of dentistry overseas aren’t as good as in Australia and there could be issues with cleanliness and infection risk.

While there are no strong population-based studies that prove overseas dental treatment leads to poor outcomes, case studies do exist. These have shown lack of accountability and regulation are the main issues with dental tourism, particularly when complications arise.

Education, training and practice philosophies of overseas-trained dentists might be different to those of Australian-trained dentists. Dental education systems in a few major tourist destinations in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent are facing several challenges in terms of rapid privatisation, quality and regulation.

On the other side on the coin, Australia has also had reported cases of poor infection control practices.

Things to consider

Whether you choose to have dental treatment overseas or in Australia, here are some things to consider:

Have you had enough time to think about your treatment? If you have a plane to catch and a tight schedule, you need to be wary about being pressured into committing to treatments before you feel ready. Holidays come and go but the effects of dental treatment stick around for a lot longer.

Have you been able to ask questions? Most dentists are really good at telling patients about treatments and different options. If you don’t feel you can ask questions, or that you are getting answers that satisfy your needs, you should be able to have a second opinion. Don’t be afraid to ask for one.

What happens if things don’t work out? Dentistry is as much of an art as it is a science. No matter how skilled your dentist, sometimes things don’t go to plan or are more complex than first thought. It usually isn’t too much of a problem to put things right, but if you need to see a dentist again, is this going to be difficult?

How to save money on dental treatments

If something goes wrong on your dental holiday, the cost of repeating your dental treatment in Australia along with any corrective work needed could end up costing more than it would have originally, not to mention the risk of pain, infection and permanent damage to teeth. Before flying abroad for a dental treatment, you should find out if you can access affordable dental care at your local clinic.

Final note to consider before choosing dental tourism

If you think dental tourism is for you then make sure you do your research- thoroughly. Don’t rely solely on PR and Marketing- it’s easy for companies to create glamorous websites and claim success. Ask around. Find dental tourism patient testimonials.
Also, don’t assume that one person’s dental tourism experience will be the same for you. For comparison purposes, try and find people who have had the exact same procedure you’re looking for.

READ MORE:

Dental Tourism https://www.dentalguideaustralia.com/guide-to-dental-tourism/

Dental Tourism: 5 Risks Of Traveling For A Dental Procedure https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/dental-tourism–5-risks-of-traveling-for-a-dental-procedure-1

Dangers and risks of dental tourism https://www.dental-abroad.com/dangers-and-risks-of-dental-tourism-21.html

Dental tourism: Things to consider before going that extra mile for your smile https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-25/dental-tourism-overseas-dentist-cost-of-dentistry-thailand-india/10427136

Dental tourism: 6 questions to ask before you go overseas for dental work https://www.considerable.com/health/dental-care/dental-tourism/

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How do I find the best cosmetic dentist?

If you’ve been considering a smile makeover, be prepared to do a little homework before you find a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, so any dentist can call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist. It is important to take some time researching candidates before you make a decision, so that you feel confident you are getting the best treatment and will achieve the best possible results.

HOW TO CHOOSE A COSMETIC DENTIST

There are numerous criteria upon which you can select a cosmetic dentist. For some patients, it comes down to convenience and cost. Take caution when choosing the cheapest cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is like fine art. It requires time and skill and generally costs more than general dentistry. Most dentists, however, will work with you to find the best treatment options in your budget and present financing options where needed.

GUIDE TO HELP YOU FIND A COSMETIC DENTIST

Ask For Referrals

Talk to people you know who have had cosmetic dentistry. Personal referrals from friends and family are often the best way to find a cosmetic dentist. You can also ask other dentists including your general dentist. Read online reviews for dentists in your area to find out which ones get the highest ratings.

Ask About Continuing Education

Very few dental schools provide general education in cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, it is essential that a dentist pursue post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry to master the principles. There are numerous, well-respected cosmetic dentistry education programs.

Find Out How Much Time is Devoted to Cosmetic Dentistry

In addition to education and hands-on training, it is important to know how many years of experience a dentist has practicing cosmetic dentistry. Also, ask the dentist how much of his or her practice is devoted to cosmetic dentistry. While there is no specialty in cosmetic dentistry, those who strive to be the best in their field see a significant volume of patients for cosmetic and restorative dental treatments.

Ask to See Before-and-After Photos

Just as an artist would showcase masterpieces in a gallery, a skilled cosmetic dentist will show off their best work. Ask to see examples of cosmetic dental work. Many dentists also post before-and-after photos in online Smile Galleries. Be aware that retouched photos and stock before-and-afters do exist. If you have concerns, ask the dentist to provide you with a few referral patients that you can personally call.

Take Time During the Consultation

Don’t rush through the consultation. Take time to clearly explain your objections and listen to the dentist’s recommendations. Communication is extremely important in cosmetic dentistry to achieve the best possible results.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

But what it all comes down to is how comfortable do you feel in the practice. If the dentist and staff make you feel comfortable and well cared for, you’re sure to have a great experience.

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It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

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Does tooth bonding look natural?

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Does tooth bonding look natural?

We understand that any cosmetic treatment is an investment.

We use modern techniques and high-quality materials to create natural looking, long lasting smiles. If you’re wondering if tooth bonding looks natural, the answer is yes.

The dental bonding material is specially formulated, and colour matched to resemble the natural teeth. Most people won’t realize you have a bonded tooth unless you decide to point it out. Modern dentistry has made creating a beautiful smile more personalized than ever before, allowing patients to achieve the smile of the dreams.

 

 

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding?

Advantages:

Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns , which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a laboratory, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity , anaesthesia is usually not required.

Disadvantages:

Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other restorative procedures, such as crowns, veneers, or fillings . Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth. Because of some of the limitations of bonding, some dentists view bonding as best suited for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic defects, and for correction of teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (for example, front teeth).

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Risk of Dental Bonding

1. Staining can occur with smoking and excessive amounts of coffee and tea.

2. Durability varies but its approximately 3 to 5 years before replacement is required

3. Chipping or fracturing may necessitate repair or replacement and extra further dental cost

4. Requires more patient care to prevent staining or future chipping.

5. Breakage of the bonding materials occurs more readily with bonding than with Porcelain restorations

6. In short term, it is less costly, but the potential of frequent repairing, replacement or maintenance may mean more expensive in long term plus the time lost involved on frequent dental visit to do repair or maintenance.

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Composite Bonding For Crooked Teeth

 

Don’t like the idea of having to walk around with orthodontics for months on end? There may be a better way for you to makeover your smile.

Composite bonding can help to improve the appearance of slightly crooked teeth. By adding some resin in strategic places, your dentist can hide or mascarade misaligned teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.
However, please do keep in mind that it is only possible to correct minor position problems with composite bonding.
When tooth are more severely misaligned, we would recommend an orthodontic treatment prior to bonding.

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Can teeth gaps be closed without braces

Are you conscious of the gaps between your teeth? Gappy teeth are quite common, but sometimes they can become a bit of a bother. Maybe you don’t like the look of them or find that food gets trapped, causing issues with your gums. Fortunately, that gap doesn’t have to be permanent. There are several treatments available for “gappy teeth” and fixing them carries both aesthetic and health benefits for your smile.

Why do you have teeth gaps?

A gap between two teeth is known as a “diastema.” These gaps tend to appear between the two upper front teeth, but gaps can occur between any two teeth and there are several reasons why someone may have gappy teeth.

  • If there is a mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth, so if your jawbone is too large and your teeth too small, then you may experience extra space between teeth.
  • Missing or undersized teeth can cause neighboring teeth to move and attempt to help close one gap, but this movement creates new gaps.
  • An oversized labial frenum (the piece of tissue extending from the inside of your upper lip to the gums) can create a gap. Sometimes, it can grow too large and pass between the two front teeth, blocking the natural closure of the space between these teeth.
  • Bad habits like thumb sucking can pull the front teeth forward and create gaps.
  • Spaces can develop due to an improper swallowing reflex. When you swallow, your tongue should press against the roof of your mouth, but some people push their tongue forward against their front teeth. His pressure will cause the front teeth to move, creating a gap.
  • Gum disease causes your jawbone to weaken and recede. As the jawbone supports your teeth, losing bone can cause them to become loose and move.

Even if your teeth gaps don’t bother you from an aesthetic point of view, it’s important to get the diastema checked by a dentist in case a more serious condition like gum disease is the cause. Gaps in your teeth could also mean you have an improper bite, which can lead to chipped or broken teeth.

Available treatments for teeth gaps

There are several options available to close the gaps between teeth, and they vary depending on the severity of the case.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding, or cosmetic bonding, is the easiest, quickest, and most economical way to fix a gap between teeth. This is the same procedure you would have experienced if you ever chipped part of a tooth and had it fixed. A tooth coloured resin is applied to your teeth and shaped to match their natural look. Then, it is hardened with a UV light, which “bonds” it and closes the gap. Bonding usually only takes one office visit and there is no need to remove any natural enamel, which means that the process can be reversed if required. However, it also means that bonding is not a permanent solution and requires maintenance, as it will wear off over time due to impacts from eating and brushing.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic approach to fixing gaps in between front teeth. They require more work and planning than dental bonding, but the procedure is still relatively simple and the results last for many years.

A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that has been shaped in a lab to match the shape and color of your teeth. Like a mask, it is placed and bonded over the front of your tooth, covering up any imperfections or gaps in your teeth. Once bonded, the thin piece of porcelain becomes very sturdy and difficult to break.

Veneers look great and are long lasting if done properly, but it’s important to know that the process is irreversible. In order to create surface space for the veneers to be attached to, a thin and sometimes substantial layer of enamel needs to be removed from the front of your teeth. Without that enamel, your teeth require veneers for protection, as they would otherwise become exposed and painfully sensitive. Veneers can correct many cosmetic issues, but depending on the cause of the gaps in your teeth, orthodontics might be required.

Orthodontics

For more severe cases of teeth gaps, an orthodontic approach may be the best solution. It’s not as simple as it may seem: only moving the front two teeth together would create gaps either side of them, and so on, which is why braces or invisible aligners would be required to correct your arch, or the position of all your visible teeth.

Out of the two options, invisible aligners are very often the easiest, most pain-free and affordable option to close gaps. By adjusting the shape and size of your dental arches, the teeth are moved into their ideal alignment, closing the gap. Because the dental aligners are made from durable yet flexible plastic, they can be removed and cleaned, leading to a healthier smile than when fixed braces are used.

Even though orthodontic treatment takes longer than dental bonding or veneers, it is an effective and long lasting solution. The bonding material can discolour and become weaker over the years, starting to break away, while veneers require the destruction of your natural protective enamel and can come at great financial cost.

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How Long Does Bonding Material Last?

The lifespan of bonding materials depends on how much bonding was done and your oral habits. Plastic bonding may last for years but it is less strong than the more durable or longer lasting Porcelain restoration. Typically, however, bonding material lasts from 3 -5 years up to about 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced, depending on tooth location and patient’s bite and eating and chewing habits.

They have a useful life of 3 to 8 years.

Part of the success of dental bonding is determined, in part, on the location of the restoration on the tooth. If the bonding is on the very edge of your tooth, it most likely won’t not last as long because of biting forces and what types of food you are biting into. Chewy, hard or crunchy foods will weaken the bonding quickly compared to soft foods. Many patients with bonding on their front teeth avoid directly biting into food that can compromise the structural soundness of dental bonding.

 

 

Is dental bonding affordable?

If budget is a concern, dental bonding is an affordable and viable option. Since we place and harden bonding material in our office, there is no need for participation from the dental lab. This makes the process more cost-effective than getting dental veneers or crowns. If you are weighing your options between the three, let us know. We can give you a breakdown of what each procedure will cost

 

 

Composite vs Porcelain veneers -Which is Better?

Patients sometimes visit their dentist because they are not satisfied with their smile. Perhaps they have stains or chips on their front teeth, or they have gaps between the teeth that detract from their appearance. Whatever the reason, they have several cosmetic dentistry options for treatment. Among these are dental bonding and porcelain veneers.

Dental veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-coloured coverings that are custom-fitted over the teeth to enhance its colour, shine, and shape. Dental veneers are very thin shells made from tooth-like material designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Most veneers today are made of porcelain because this material resists stains better and has a light-reflecting quality similar to that of natural teeth. The veneers are placed on the front of the teeth, concealing imperfections and sometimes changing the size, shape, and length of teeth. Primarily, these veneers are made from porcelain or composite resin material, and are accordingly known as Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

Advantages

As the name suggests, porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain, which are bonded directly to your teeth. Porcelain is a substance that looks very similar to natural teeth, so they can blend nicely with your existing teeth.

Porcelain is relatively strong -although vulnerable to chipping- and porcelain veneers can easily last at least 7-10 years or more.

Porcelain resists staining fairly well, so they’ll remain shiny for a long time. For complete smile makeovers, porcelain veneers are the way to go – the size, shape, position and colour of the teeth can be significantly changed

Porcelain is a glass or ceramic type of material that naturally resembles tooth enamel in colour and opalescence. Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain, covering unsightly teeth like a beautiful mask. They are about as thick as a contact lens or a fingernail. Because they are so thin, the preparation requires very little tooth alteration.

Porcelain Veneers enjoy many advantages over Composite Veneers. The durability of porcelain is much superior to composite resin. Even though porcelain is ultra-thin, but once it gets bonded to the tooth structure, it acquires great strength and can easily last for 10 to 15 years.

Porcelain is known as one of the best materials for aesthetic dental procedures, because it mimics tooth enamel very closely. Veneers are extremely thin (usually less than 0.5 mm thickness), giving them an enamel-like translucence creating a natural appearance. These properties of translucence in porcelain give it a near-perfect natural look, making it ideal to acquire the natural colour of the teeth, which is not possible with composite resin. Porcelain is such ultra-smooth and impervious ceramic that it does not absorb stains so easily. In comparison, the composite resin cannot resist the stains to such degree.

Most dentists agree that porcelain veneers offer the most natural, tooth-like aesthetics. Porcelain has a translucent quality that is quite similar to tooth enamel. It is also highly resistant to staining and chipping due to the strength of the material and the glaze that is applied after treatment. On the other hand, composite veneers are more porous and therefore susceptible to staining, meaning that you may need to adjust your diet in order to avoid certain stain-causing foods. Composite also needs to be polished in order to achieve a tooth-like aesthetic. And even then it doesn’t quite compare.

Disadvantages

Key disadvantages of porcelain veneers over composite veneers.

Porcelain veneers must be fabricated in the lab, and the patient is required to make at least two visits to the dentist to complete the process.

Porcelain veneers cost more than the composite veneers due to more expensive material costs, and higher expertise and time consumption required in fitting the porcelain veneers.

Composite Veneers

Advantages

Composite resin is made from synthetic, tooth-coloured materials and chemicals that are bonded together to create the resin.

Dentists use composite resin bonding material to fill cavities, but when applied to the front teeth, many doctors and patients refer to this technique as “bonding.” Composite bonding can be completed on the front teeth as a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers. The composite resin can be fabricated either by a dentist placing material directly onto a tooth or teeth (chair-side composite laminate veneer) or by a laboratory technician (laboratory-fabricated composite laminate veneer). If the teeth are prepared first, by removing stains, smoothing chipped surfaces, or pulling teeth back that are out of the arch form, composite resin can be applied to create beautiful veneers. Without preparation of the teeth, it is difficult to make pre-veneer fully-contoured teeth appear natural, and they tend to look bulky.

Composite veneers are made of a tooth coloured filling material resin, which can be worked with directly somewhat like clay. Composite veneers can actually be crafted by your dentist while you’re sitting in the chair, so they can be completely created and applied within a single session! Composite veneers can be fitted within a single visit itself

Composite veneers have a number of advantages over porcelain, chief among which is cost. On average, porcelain veneers are twice as expensive as composites, which is very important for some people given that most treatments are not covered by insurance, meaning you are likely paying out-of-pocket for treatment. The cost of veneers varies based on a number of factors, but composites cost on average between $350 and $700 per tooth. This can add up quickly in a smile makeover.

Another advantage that composite veneers have over porcelain is the fact that composites can typically be fabricated in one visit, making it a same-day treatment. Direct composite veneers (also referred to as composite bonding) are actually sculpted on your teeth rather than in an offsite lab. The tooth-shaded resin is applied to teeth directly (hence the name) where it can be shaped and sculpted by the dentist. The shaped resin is hardened using a high-intensity light, after which additional layers of resin can be applied and sculpted as needed to elicit the desired aesthetic outcome. Once finished, the resin must be polished in order to elicit a more natural, tooth-like appearance. The composite procedure therefore tends to be much less invasive and noticeably quicker than porcelain.

Arguably the biggest advantage that composite veneers have over porcelain is reversibility. Porcelain requires reshaping of your natural teeth in order to fit the veneer. When it comes to composites, minimal prep work is required on your natural teeth, meaning that they are not permanently altered to such an extent that the composite material cannot be removed and replaced as needed.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, they are usually not as effective as porcelain in the long term. How natural they look will depend entirely on your dentist’s skills. Also, they are more vulnerable to damage such as chipping and staining

Issues or concerns with composite veneers are limited strength of the plastic filling material and its tendency to stain (especially over time) or have pitting on the surface of the veneers caused by air incorporation. In addition, the technique sensitivity of the process is high both for the adhesion of the veneer bonding material to the tooth as well as achieving a great cosmetic result. Most dentists tend to use one or perhaps two shades of composite resin with these veneers. The reality is that the best ceramists might utilize over ten different shades of porcelain to alter the hue, value, and chromatic characteristics of high-end veneer restorations. When having composite veneers placed, a mix of available composites possessing different colours, translucencies, and opacities should be correctly incorporated into the restorations to yield an ideal cosmetic result—a technique that most dentists do not care to spend the time to master. Typically, it will take just as much if not more time to correctly place a highly cosmetic direct composite veneer then it would take to have two appointments in which the laboratory would fabricate an all porcelain veneer. The potential for a lower cost composite veneer is often realized in the form of a monochromatic and less aesthetic restoration.

It’s not uncommon for a patient to get composites as a temporary solution, for a couple years, while they save money for a porcelain upgrade

Although composite veneers have a number of advantages, there is one area in which they cannot compete with porcelain: durability. Porcelain is a far stronger material than composite resin (even with the improvements in resin materials over the years). Well-maintained porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years, compared to the five- to seven-year average lifespan of composites. It’s important to consider this trade off if you’re thinking of having veneers placed. That is, while composites may cost half as much as porcelain, they last only half as long. So which is the better value?

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

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The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

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Is bonding good for your teeth?

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Is bonding good for your teeth?

Do you have a chipped tooth or a space between your front teeth that you are not happy with? Dental bonding may be the answer for your smile.

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-coloured composite resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile. Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained or have spaces between them.

Bonding your front teeth actually requires minimal preparation of the tooth. Anaesthesia is usually not needed unless there is an old restoration or decay present. The tooth is roughened with a conditioning gel to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The composite resin is then applied and cured with an ultraviolet light. Your dentist will then shape and polish the resin to its final appearance.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding

Advantages

  • Cost:Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures.
  • Time: Unlike crowns and veneers, which require more time to prepare and a second visit to place them, bonding can be completed in a single visit.
  • Invasiveness: Bonding requires minimal tooth removal. Frequently patients get multiple teeth bonded in one short appointment.

Disadvantages

  • Staining:Although you can achieve excellent results with bonding, the resin does stain over time. Crowns and veneers will be much more stain resistant.
  • Durability: Crowns and veneers are more resistant to breaking and usually last much longer than bonding.

 

 

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Does Cosmetic Bonding Ruin Teeth?

While cosmetic bonding is not permanent, it in no way ruins teeth. After a few years, the material may fade or become chipped, but that does not affect the natural enamel of your teeth itself. It may leave the enamel more vulnerable because the bonding material is no longer there to protect the tooth, but you can simply call your dentist to retouch the bonding.

 

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For What Conditions Is Dental Bonding Considered?

Dental bonding is an option that can be considered:

  • To repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill cavities)
  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • To improve the appearance of discoloured teeth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • To change the shape of teeth
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • To protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede

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Which type of dental veneers are the best? Porcelain veneers or Composite veneers?

 

If you’re considering dental veneers, your dentist will most likely present you with 2 options: composite veneers or porcelain veneers.

Both composite and porcelain laminate veneers have their benefits, as well as possible drawbacks. In this article, I aim to help you understand both the positives and negatives of both types of veneers, and what I generally recommend to my patients.

But first, let me explain the difference between composite and porcelain veneers:

Porcelain laminate veneers are thin “shells” of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the tooth. Composite veneers are made from a synthetic mix of resin (plastic) with glass and they’re applied to the tooth one layer at a time.

Now that we understand the difference between the types of veneers, let’s look at the benefits and disadvantages of each type.

Composite veneers pros and cons

Composite resin veneers are added to each tooth in single layers, which are sculpted in place by the dentist. This only takes a single session to complete.

The benefit of composite veneers:

  • Treatment can be completed in a single visit
  • Less expensive than porcelain veneers
  • Damage to the veneers can be repaired (chips and cracks)
  • Less enamel is removed from the natural teeth

The cons of composite veneers:

  • Composite resin tends to stain more easily
  • Less durable than porcelain
  • Repaired chips and breaks are often very visible
  • Shorter lifespan (around eight years)
  • Not as realistic looking as porcelain

Porcelain veneers pros and cons

Porcelain laminate veneers are customised in a laboratory to perfectly match the individual’s colour, shape and size requirements. The entire process usually takes three sessions, including the consultation.

The benefits of porcelain veneers:

  • Stronger, more durable material
  • Longer lifespan (at least 10 years, but often longer)
  • Most natural, due to mimicking the way that teeth reflect light
  • Highly stain resistant

Possible drawbacks of porcelain veneers:

  • They cannot be repaired, so must be replaced if damaged
  • It takes longer to complete the treatment (usually three sessions)

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Should I Choose Porcelain Veneers or Dental Bonding?

We are often asked this question and we do our best to inform our clients, so they can make the decision that is right for their goals and budget.  Here are three areas to consider:

  • Cost: Veneers are made from porcelain and will usually cost more than the material used for bonding teeth. Since Veneers are permanent they can save you money over time compared to bonding which may break or will have to be replaced eventually. If you want to cover stains that are not helped by professional teeth whitening, veneers are often the chosen solution. Dental bonding will work better to repair chips or gaps.
  • Appearance: Both veneers and bonding are made to blend in with the colour of your surrounding teeth. Veneers, however, are stain-resistant unlike the bonding resin which may darken over time. Cosmetic bonding is more useful for chipped or damaged teeth since it can be shaped like clay to fit your tooth.
  • Durability: Dental veneers are made for permanence, lasting 10 to 25 years. While they are not invincible, porcelain is more durable than the dental bonding resin. Again, depending on what your teeth need, bonding is still a strong material that can be used for repairing teeth.
  • Goals: Depending on the correction you want to make; a combination of dental bonding and veneers may be the best option. If you are looking for whiter teeth, try professional teeth whitening first. If you are not satisfied with the results, veneers may be the next best option for you.

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If my upper teeth are treated with bonding, do I have to do the lowers too?

Most people don’t show the lower teeth as much as they do the upper teeth. Therefore, most composite veneers are placed on the upper teeth.

If you do show your lower teeth in your smile, the option to place composite veneers here can be discussed – particularly if they are also crooked. However, most people will simply whiten their lower teeth to match the uppers.

We often encourage teeth whitening to be done before the veneers are placed, so we can match to an actual final whitening result. The simultaneous whitening of the upper teeth would provide colour lightening here and allow for thinner, more conservative veneers to be placed.

 

 

Can You Get Your Dental Bonding Whitened?

Dental bonding material does not respond to a whitening solution like natural teeth do.

Even though bonding material does not respond to whitening material as teeth do, there is a convenient solution. Simply replace the bonding material at the same time or within a week or two of whitening teeth to ensure that the composite matches the shade of the teeth. It is easy to place composite on the teeth. This procedure is non-invasive, takes a single office visit and will not cause very much discomfort.

As such, there is really no need to live with teeth and bonding material that do not blend perfectly. Just let our office know that this is something of interest so that we can schedule the appointment appropriately. We like to plan ahead to make sure that if there is any time delay between the whitening procedure and the re-laying the composite, it is minimal at best.

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
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What are Composite Veneers?

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What are Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers are custom made from a composite resin that is applied to the surface of the tooth and moulded to the desired shape and finish. They can be used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that have damage, discolouration, are irregularly shaped, improperly aligned and can also fix minor chips or cracks in the teeth.

What’s involved?

The composite is applied directly to the front surface of the teeth and moulded to the required shape and size before being set and bonded to the teeth. The veneers are then finely shaped and polished to achieve the desired appearance. It is relatively straightforward to reshape composite veneers either by adding or removing composite, either at the initial appointment or any follow-up appointments if desired.

 

 

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Are Composite Veneers The Same As Bonding?

The material used for composite veneers and bonding is the same which is the composite resin. The only difference about them is how they are applied to your tooth. Bonding normally covers a part of your tooth whilst composite veneer covers the entire surface of your tooth. Both of these are used to improve the aesthetic of your tooth.

There’s another way of improving the aesthetics of your teeth as well and that is porcelain veneers. So to differentiate the composite veneers and porcelain veneers, first we should know what these are.

Porcelain veneer is a procedure where the teeth is roughly shaped and the veneers are glued on top of your original teeth while the composite veneer is a simple procedure where a dentist applies a tooth coloured resin on your damaged tooth. Based on the definition, if you have a minor teeth problem then a bonding is a perfect option for you.

 

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Cosmetic applications for dental bonding materials.

Cosmetic tooth bonding – Dental bonding can be used to create cosmetic enhancements for teeth.

1) Dental Veneers Veneering of dental bonding over the front side of teeth that have become stained or discoloured as a way of enhancing their cosmetic appearance.

2) Closing a dental gap (diastema). Tooth bonding can be used to fill in gaps that lie between a person’s teeth . When this technique is employed, dental composite is bonded onto the sides of the two teeth that lie on either side of the gap, so to widen each tooth slightly. The net effect is that the space between the two teeth is narrowed, or even filled in completely.

3) Correcting minor cosmetic imperfections. Minor to moderate cosmetic imperfections of chipped, disfigured, or misaligned teeth can be masked or corrected by placing dental bonding.

 

Composite Bonding, Composite Veneers & Porcelain Veneers – What’s the difference!

Between instagram transformations and celebrity before and after’s, it’s easy to see why certain treatments are at the top of everybody’s wish lists nowadays. But, do you really know what the difference is between composite bonding, composite veneers and porcelain veneers? Because in terms of cost, treatment time and materials used – they’re actually quite different!

Let’s start with Composite Bonding

What is composite bonding?

A popular one on Instagram nowadays, Composite Bonding (also known as cosmetic or dental bonding) can be used for a whole range of dental problems, including chips, cracks, discolouration, fixing small gaps and minor fractures.

The procedure is carried out by a trained dental practitioner, who uses aesthetic high-end composite materials to correct dental imperfections.

What’s involved?

Before treatment begins the dentist will clean your teeth and then prepare the outer surface of the tooth or teeth with an acidic gel to ensure the composite will properly adhere. The colour of your composite will be decided and matched to that of your natural teeth before treatment begins. The resin will be applied to the tooth and then hardened with a blue light to firmly set it.

Once this is done the composite will be polished and moulded into the shape of your natural tooth.

Pros and Cons:

  • It’s able to fill, shape and bond teeth in a single visit and is non-invasive and generally pain free.
  • The results produced look very natural and blend in well with tooth colour.
  • Unlike other restorative treatments the main structure of your teeth is left untouched, to ensure you retain all of your teeth’s natural strength.
  • It also a reversible treatment, so if any problems do occur they can easily be rectified.
  • They do require more upkeep than Porcelain Veneers

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What are Composite Veneers?

Composite veneers are custom made from a composite resin that is applied to the surface of the tooth and moulded to the desired shape and finish. They can be used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that have damage, discolouration, are irregularly shaped, improperly aligned and can also fix minor chips or cracks in the teeth.

What’s involved?

The composite is applied directly to the front surface of the teeth and moulded to the required shape and size before being set and bonded to the teeth. The veneers are then finely shaped and polished to achieve the desired appearance. It is relatively straightforward to reshape composite veneers either by adding or removing composite, either at the initial appointment or any follow-up appointments if desired.

Pros and cons:

  • Composite veneers are able to fill and shape teeth in a single visit.
  • It’s a minimally invasive treatment and requires minimal prep work on your natural teeth, meaning that they are not permanently altered.
  • The results produced look very natural and blend in well with tooth colour.
  • They do require more upkeep than Porcelain Veneers, they usually need redoing around every 4-6 years but potentially a lot longer if looked after.

What’s the difference between composite veneers and composite bonding?

In terms of the material they are both the same.  However, composite veneers cover the entire surface of the tooth, whilst composite bonding normally covers part of the tooth.

 

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Composite bonding versus Composite veneers

Composite bonding is usually reserved for situations where small chips or repairs are required. Subtle changes to the tooth shape and length can also be made. Composite veneers on the other hand, work by covering the complete front surface of the tooth structure enabling larger changes in tooth shape and form to take place. Usually 4-6 composite veneers are done to the front teeth to give the same day smile makeover.

Either of the two are great options if you are looking for fast, minimally invasive way to get the perfect smile.

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Am I suited to Composite Bonding?

Your suitability for composite bonding will depend on many factors, such as the position and colour of your teeth, but also what you would like your final smile to look like. Generally, your teeth will need to be in good condition with enough tooth enamel to bond the composite onto.

Composite bonding is primarily for patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, but don’t want to go through substantial restorative procedures such as placing veneers or crowns. Your dentist will assess your gums, teeth and bite to ensure composite bonding is suitable for you. This is why the initial consultation is so important in making a proper assessment and treatment plan

 

 

What to expect from Dental Bonding

The actual bonding procedure is relatively quick. As a fine artist and passionate in Cosmetic dentistry procedures, Dr. Castro takes the time to carefully select a shade of composite resin that perfectly matches your natural tooth colour. This ensures that the cosmetic bonding work is seamless and undetectable to the naked eye. She then roughens the surface of the tooth with a special tool, coats the tooth in a conditioning liquid, and applies the Composite resin,putty-like resin material, allowing her to perfectly fill chips or cracks with high precision. Finally, ultraviolet or laser light is applied to harden the composite resin and complete the bonding. You will sit up from the dental chair with a whole new smile.

 

 

What are the benefits of composite bonding over other treatments?

  • Less preparation: composite bonding requires less tooth preparation before treatment, as opposed to the longer preparation needed for procedures such as crowns. This means you spend less time in the dental chair, and need to take less time out of your schedule to visit the clinic.
  • Fast and effective: composite bonding can often be completed within a single visit, especially in simpler cases. It restores teeth to their natural appearance instantly, and patients leave the chair with a new smile!
  • Cost effective: composite bonding is considerably less expensive than ceramic restorations such as veneers and crowns, and insurance may cover some of the cost of the procedure. It is also easier and cheaper to repair bonding compared to other restorations, therefore making it easier to maintain. This also saves money in the long-term and makes composite bonding a very worthwhile option at all budgets.
  • Easily adjustable: composite bondingcomposite bonding is relatively easy to adjust and re-shape, depending on your preferences or clinical needs.
  • Appearance: The bonding material is identical to the colour of natural teeth, so this treatment enables us to give you the most natural and real smile possible.
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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

How do I know whether veneers or bonding is the right choice for me?

Every case of cosmetic dentistry is different and dependent on the extent of improvements that the patient would like to make. If you only have a few smaller imperfections that you would like to rectify, then dental bonding may be the best choice for you. Alternatively, if you are looking for a more comprehensive transformation of your smile, then dental veneers may provide the results that you are looking for.

If you are unsure which is right for you, or would like more information on either option, we highly recommend that you make an appointment with your dentist who will be able to assess the health and quality of your smile and make the right recommendation based on your personal circumstances.

When to use Composite Resin? When to use Porcelain Resin?

The Difference Between Ceramic and Composite

Both ceramic and composite materials are highly aesthetic and are designed to mimic the look of natural teeth. When placed well and highly polished it can sometimes be difficult to see the difference between filling and tooth!

Composite Resin Materials

Composite resin materials when placed on a tooth that is not receiving heavy load and not replacing a highly functional portion of the tooth; such as a tooth cusp, the filling can last for a long time from 10-15 years.

Composite resins are relatively straightforward to place, they take a relatively short period of time to place and can be completed in a single visit however making sure the tooth is clean and dry is essential for “bonding” the material to the tooth which does rely on the dentist’s skill. Composite resins are less brittle than ceramics but have greater wear at the edges so may not last as long as a bonded ceramic restoration. Composite resins are used when restoring teeth with minimal biting forces and can also be used as intermediate restorations when planning full mouth restorative cases.

Ceramic Materials

Ceramics can be used on their own to create a restoration for a tooth either as an inlay, onlay, full crown or veneer or as a hybrid type crown (metal inner layer with porcelain/ceramic exterior). Ceramics have high aesthetics and can be bonded to the tooth to restore looks and function.

When placed adequately, ceramic restorations can last 15+ years, However when looking at composite vs ceramic, composite resins they are more brittle, with increased thickness there is increased brittleness and higher chance of cracks and chips, this is often mediated by carefully designing the ceramic in a laboratory and if concerned about brittleness, they can be bonded to an internal layer of metal to provide extra support for the ceramic (hybrid type crown).

One difference between ceramic and composite materials is that ceramics have better wear resistance, mechanical properties and have less stress on the surrounding tooth at the restoration-tooth margin. Ceramics are ideal for inlays, cusp coverage restoration such as crowns and onlays, and as highly aesthetic veneers. Ceramics are often used in smile makeover cases!

When to use Composite Resin?

  • Large amount of tooth structure remaining
  • Minimal biting forces
  • Intermediate restorations to help design shape and colour prior to smile makeover

When to use Ceramics?

  • Very high aesthetics, such as veneers or anterior crowns
  • Covering cusps of molars to provide protection for weakened teeth.
  • Heavily broken-down teeth.
  • Closing the gap between two teeth, designed in the lab to precisely make an ideal contact point and prevent food packing.
  • Restoring multiple teeth in a row to precisely design how the teeth bite together.
  • Full mouth rehabilitation cases combining hybrid type crowns with ceramic/porcelain veneers.

As always, the long-term prognosis of any restoration also heavily relies heavily on the environment of the mouth it is placed in. The best way to help a filling or ceramic restoration last a very long time is impeccable oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.

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Will a tooth bonding procedure be uncomfortable or painful?

Not at all. Bonding is a non-invasive procedure and one of the most comfortable restorations you can receive. In order to complete the restoration or to make cosmetic improvements, all we need to do is roughen the tooth slightly and apply a conditioning liquid. Next, we will apply the resin material that matches the shade of your teeth. We will shape the material to match the tooth size as well, before hardening it in place. Since your tooth structure remains intact, you will be comfortable during the procedure. In fact, most people do not need any anaesthesia or pain medication for the bonding procedure.

Will there be pain after Bonding treatment?

Pain should be minimal after composite veneer treatment or none at all.

The preparation and bonding process requires strict control over the surrounding gum tissue. They are lightly pushed out of the way during the procedure, and some people can have mild discomfort in this area for a day or two after treatment.

Rarely, the bite can be left a little too heavy on a tooth after bonding leading to slight tenderness in that tooth. Again, this will be easily and quickly resolved with a quick bite adjustment as required.

Can Dental Bonding Be Removed?

Yes, Dental Bonding Can Be Removed – The Process Is Reversible!

Dental bonding is an additive treatment. It does not require any of your natural enamel to be removed. Instead, your tooth is simply roughened with a mild acid. Then, a composite material made of resin and crushed glass is applied directly to your tooth. Your dentist shapes this material until it looks just like a part of your natural teeth.
Because there is no need to remove any of your natural tooth structure, the bonding material can be removed without any damage to your enamel. This is in contrast to other cosmetic treatments like veneers. Veneers require the removal of a thin layer of enamel, so the process is not reversible.

How Is Dental Bonding Removed?

Dental bonding is usually removed with a special type of sandpaper, which is placed on a small, rapidly-rotating disc. Your dentist will use this tool to remove all of the bonding material from each of your teeth, reversing the effects of dental bonding.

Will My Teeth Look Like They Used to After Dental Bonding Is Removed?

For the most part, yes. However, they likely will not be as bright or lustrous, since the enamel surface must be etched with acid before the bonding procedure.

When sanding down bonded teeth, it’s easy to accidentally sand away some of your natural tooth structure. An experienced cosmetic dentist will be able to remove only the composite material, leaving your enamel intact.

Why Would I Want to Remove Dental Bonding?

So, why would you bother removing dental bonding in the first place? Here are a few reasons.

  • To restore damage to one or more bonded teeth – If you have cracks or chips in one or more of your bonded teeth, it may be better to remove the bonding completely before adding more composite material.
  • If you’re unhappy with your results – This is rare, but it’s possible that your smile may not look the way you wanted it to, or you may be unhappy with the results for some other reason.If this is the case, it’s usually a good idea to have the bonding material removed. Then, you can find a different cosmetic dentist to work with and explore further bonding treatment or a treatment like porcelain veneers.
  • To prepare your teeth for veneers – If you have had your teeth bonded but you decide you want veneers, the bonding material will need to be removed before your teeth can be prepared for veneers.

Care of Bonded Teeth

Because bonding material can chip, it is important to avoid such habits as biting fingernails, chewing on pens, ice or other hard food objects, or using your bonded teeth to tear things open. If you do notice any sharp edges on a bonded tooth or if your tooth feels odd when you bite down, call your dentist.

Otherwise, bonded teeth don’t need special care. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.
  • See your dentist for regular professional checkups and cleanings.

Tips in order to increase the lifespan of dental bonding

  • In order to increase the lifespan of dental bonding, it would be wise to keep the following tips in mind:Decrease the intake of coffee. Highly coloured drinks and food to a minimum as they will stain your dental bonding. Be mindful of what you eat and live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Quit smoking as it is bad for the lungs too. There is no point in adopting a habit, which is putting your health in danger.
  • Do not chew too hard on things like raw carrot, pencil, ice chips. It is not wise to bite on nails. There is a possibility of chipping of teeth.
  • Get regular dental checkups and make sure everything is smooth and fine. If you feel something is wrong or if there are any sharp edges let the dentist deal with the issue.
  • It is extremely important to choose the dentist wisely for this kind of procedure as it would require skill from the dentist. If necessary, you can ask the dentist for the before and after photos of their previous patients.
  • Always remember that feeling good is extremely important. If you feel good from within you will smile from outside. Despite the fact, dental bonding or any other procedure can give relevant self-esteem, it would be important to have a content heart.

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Feeling self-conscious and insecure with your crooked, crowded or overlapped teeth and your smile? Looking for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne for Smile Makeovers with Dental VeneersVOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE Dentist have the passion, expertise and dedication to provide exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Call 9629-7664 to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult

 

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How do I find the best cosmetic dentist?

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How do I find the best cosmetic dentist?

If you’ve been considering a smile makeover, be prepared to do a little homework before you find a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, so any dentist can call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist. It is important to take some time researching candidates before you make a decision, so that you feel confident you are getting the best treatment and will achieve the best possible results.

HOW TO CHOOSE A COSMETIC DENTIST

There are numerous criteria upon which you can select a cosmetic dentist. For some patients, it comes down to convenience and cost. Take caution when choosing the cheapest cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is like fine art. It requires time and skill and generally costs more than general dentistry. Most dentists, however, will work with you to find the best treatment options in your budget and present financing options where needed.

 

 

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GUIDE TO HELP YOU FIND A COSMETIC DENTIST

Ask For Referrals

Talk to people you know who have had cosmetic dentistry. Personal referrals from friends and family are often the best way to find a cosmetic dentist. You can also ask other dentists including your general dentist. Read online reviews for dentists in your area to find out which ones get the highest ratings.

Ask About Continuing Education

Very few dental schools provide general education in cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, it is essential that a dentist pursue post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry to master the principles. There are numerous, well-respected cosmetic dentistry education programs.

Find Out How Much Time is Devoted to Cosmetic Dentistry

In addition to education and hands-on training, it is important to know how many years of experience a dentist has practicing cosmetic dentistry. Also, ask the dentist how much of his or her practice is devoted to cosmetic dentistry. While there is no specialty in cosmetic dentistry, those who strive to be the best in their field see a significant volume of patients for cosmetic and restorative dental treatments.

Ask to See Before-and-After Photos

Just as an artist would showcase masterpieces in a gallery, a skilled cosmetic dentist will show off their best work. Ask to see examples of cosmetic dental work. Many dentists also post before-and-after photos in online Smile Galleries. Be aware that retouched photos and stock before-and-afters do exist. If you have concerns, ask the dentist to provide you with a few referral patients that you can personally call.

 

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Take Time During the Consultation

Don’t rush through the consultation. Take time to clearly explain your objections and listen to the dentist’s recommendations. Communication is extremely important in cosmetic dentistry to achieve the best possible results.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

But what it all comes down to is how comfortable do you feel in the practice. If the dentist and staff make you feel comfortable and well cared for, you’re sure to have a great experience.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

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There are many ways to correct the appearance of crooked teeth. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to wear braces or Invisalign, you may be able to resolve your crowded smile in a matter of weeks, rather than years. If you simply want a straighter looking smile, you may be able to accomplish this cosmetic goal with dental veneers in a process called “Instant” Orthodontics.

 

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Some adult patients are reluctant to have a conventional orthodontic treatment as recommended. They feel that wearing awkward metal braces for a number of years is too high a price to pay for straight teeth. They want immediate results to correct misalignment of their overcrowded front teeth and other conditions such as protrusion. Some patients want to close the gaps in between their teeth, recontour poorly shaped teeth, or correct their open bites or cross bites.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

 

 

Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
 
 
 

 

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Best Cosmetic Dentist Melbourne - Top Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne Australia - Dr Zenaidy Castro VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE

 

 

Feeling self-conscious and insecure with your crooked, crowded or overlapped teeth and your smile? Looking for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne for Smile Makeovers with Dental VeneersVOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE Dentist have the passion, expertise and dedication to provide exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Call 9629-7664 to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult

 

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Is it Worth the Trip? A Look at Dental Tourism

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Worth the Trip? A Look at Dental Tourism

With the constantly rising costs of healthcare, many people are making difficult decisions about their health, including sometimes forgoing routine preventive care as a way to save money. This includes dental care, which can result in patients requiring even more expensive and complicated emergency care down the road.

One way that many people are choosing to save money on costly dental treatments is by travelling abroad to have the work done for less. Medical and dental tourism — patients travelling to other countries for cheaper medical or dental care — has occurred throughout history, and today it’s as popular as ever. An entire industry revolves around connecting patients with care in other countries. However, patients should consider several important questions before taking a trip to a foreign country for any kind of dental treatment: Do the cost savings outweigh the risks of entrusting a dentist in another country with their oral health?

 

 

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What are the risks?

Dentistry, whether provided at home or abroad, is never risk-free. You might pay top dollar to see the best provider and still have something go wrong.

The Australian Dental Association advocates for patients to reconsider mixing holidays abroad with their oral health care. The association says the standards of dentistry overseas aren’t as good as in Australia and there could be issues with cleanliness and infection risk.

While there are no strong population-based studies that prove overseas dental treatment leads to poor outcomes, case studies do exist. These have shown lack of accountability and regulation are the main issues with dental tourism, particularly when complications arise.

Education, training and practice philosophies of overseas-trained dentists might be different to those of Australian-trained dentists. Dental education systems in a few major tourist destinations in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent are facing several challenges in terms of rapid privatisation, quality and regulation.

On the other side on the coin, Australia has also had reported cases of poor infection control practices.

 

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Things to consider

Whether you choose to have dental treatment overseas or in Australia, here are some things to consider:

Have you had enough time to think about your treatment? If you have a plane to catch and a tight schedule, you need to be wary about being pressured into committing to treatments before you feel ready. Holidays come and go but the effects of dental treatment stick around for a lot longer.

Have you been able to ask questions? Most dentists are really good at telling patients about treatments and different options. If you don’t feel you can ask questions, or that you are getting answers that satisfy your needs, you should be able to have a second opinion. Don’t be afraid to ask for one.

What happens if things don’t work out? Dentistry is as much of an art as it is a science. No matter how skilled your dentist, sometimes things don’t go to plan or are more complex than first thought. It usually isn’t too much of a problem to put things right, but if you need to see a dentist again, is this going to be difficult?

How to save money on dental treatments

If something goes wrong on your dental holiday, the cost of repeating your dental treatment in Australia along with any corrective work needed could end up costing more than it would have originally, not to mention the risk of pain, infection and permanent damage to teeth. Before flying abroad for a dental treatment, you should find out if you can access affordable dental care at your local clinic.

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Final note to consider before choosing dental tourism

If you think dental tourism is for you then make sure you do your research- thoroughly. Don’t rely solely on PR and Marketing- it’s easy for companies to create glamorous websites and claim success. Ask around. Find dental tourism patient testimonials.

Also, don’t assume that one person’s dental tourism experience will be the same for you. For comparison purposes, try and find people who have had the exact same procedure you’re looking for.

 

READ MORE:

Dental Tourism https://www.dentalguideaustralia.com/guide-to-dental-tourism/

Dental Tourism: 5 Risks Of Traveling For A Dental Procedure  https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/dental-tourism–5-risks-of-traveling-for-a-dental-procedure-1

Dangers and risks of dental tourism https://www.dental-abroad.com/dangers-and-risks-of-dental-tourism-21.html

Dental tourism: Things to consider before going that extra mile for your smile https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-25/dental-tourism-overseas-dentist-cost-of-dentistry-thailand-india/10427136

Dental tourism: 6 questions to ask before you go overseas for dental work https://www.considerable.com/health/dental-care/dental-tourism/

 

Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro

Some adult patients are reluctant to have a conventional orthodontic treatment as recommended. They feel that wearing awkward metal braces for a number of years is too high a price to pay for straight teeth. They want immediate results to correct misalignment of their overcrowded front teeth and other conditions such as protrusion. Some patients want to close the gaps in between their teeth, recontour poorly shaped teeth, or correct their open bites or cross bites.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

 

 

Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

  1.  

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

TESYFHGJJ

Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
 
 
 

 

CHECK OUR PORCELAIN VENEERS SPECIALS AND PACKAGES

Best Cosmetic Dentist Melbourne - Top Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne Australia - Dr Zenaidy Castro VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE

 

 

Feeling self-conscious and insecure with your crooked, crowded or overlapped teeth and your smile? Looking for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne for Smile Makeovers with Dental VeneersVOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE Dentist have the passion, expertise and dedication to provide exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Call 9629-7664 to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult

 

Best Cosmetic Dentist Melbourne #1 Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne Australia Dr Zenaidy Castro