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Treatment options to improve teeth

There are several cosmetic treatments available that are designed to improve the appearance of teeth. This includes veneers, crowns, dental implants, bridges and orthodontics.

During the first consultation with your cosmetic dentist, they will help you choose the right treatment option for your case.

To give you a clear overall understanding, we have outlined each cosmetic treatment and its suitability below.

Veneers

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a wafer thin, tooth shaped material that is cemented to the outside of a tooth. It covers the tooth underneath completely, as an acrylic nail would cover a natural nail.

Veneers are made from two different types of material – porcelain or composite. They can also be made in any shape or colour depending on your needs.

Moreover, veneers can be designed to blend in with your surrounding teeth or used to create that bright white ‘Hollywood’ smile.

The main attraction for veneers is a patient can have their preferred smile within 5 business days.

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Who are veneers suitable for?

Veneers may be a suitable solution for individuals who have discoloured, crooked, widely spaced or worn-down teeth.

What is the treatment process?

Before veneers can be placed, preparing (drilling) of the front and sides of the tooth will be required to make room for the veneer. Then, impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent off to our partner lab.

At the lab, your veneers will be fabricated and polished. During this time, you will be given temporary veneers.

Once your veneers are fabricated, they will be cemented to your natural teeth.

How long do veneers last?

Porcelain veneers can last on average between 10 to 17 years. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are made from composite and last around 5 years.

Good oral health, and regular dental check-ups can help to prolong the longevity of veneers.

Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown covers the entire 360° surface of a tooth and is placed on the tooth like a cap.

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Who are dental crowns suitable for?

When the strength, shape or appearance of a tooth needs to be restored, a dental crown will be placed. Patients usually require dental crowns when tooth decay is severe, or the tooth has been worn down.

Alternatively, if a tooth has had a recent root canal, a dental crown will be placed to protect the tooth from further damage.

Lastly, a dental crown might be used to support a bridge for a missing tooth.

What is the treatment process?

Firstly, the front, side and back of the tooth is prepared (drilled) to make room for the dental crown. Impressions of your teeth are then taken with our 3d scanner and sent off to a lab to be fabricated.

During this time, you will be given a temporary crown. Once the crown is ready, it will be securely cemented in place.

How long do dental crowns last?

On average, dental crowns last around 15 years. With a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental check-ups, your crown could last much longer.

Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that has a metal screw base which is placed into the jaw bone. Implants can replace a missing tooth or help to support surrounding teeth and maintain facial structure.

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Who are dental implants suitable for?

Dental implants are suitable for patients who have one or more missing teeth. Patients must also have appropriate bone tissue, be free of periodontal disease and be a non-smoker (during healing process).

What is the treatment process?

First, a hole or osteotomy is prepared where the implant is to be placed. From here, the implant base is carefully inserted into the jaw bone and the area is stitched closed.

After 2 to 6 months of healing, an impression can be made to fabricate a tooth. Once completed, the tooth is supported on top of the implant base.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants last for a very long time, upwards of 25 years. They are considered a permanent solution and only need replacing if they become loose, infected or damaged.

Dental Bridge

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge uses one or more teeth as a support to cover a missing tooth. If many teeth are missing, the support component of the bridge becomes an implant instead.

Dental Bridge Treatment Model

Who are dental bridges suitable for?

Dental bridges are suitable for individuals who have one or several missing teeth in the same arch.

There are several types of dental bridges available to suit a variety of needs. To learn more about the different types of bridges review our dental bridge page.

Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics involves one of several treatment methods to straighten teeth. This includes dental orthopaedic appliances, braces, or clear aligner systems like Invisalign.

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Who is orthodontics suitable for?

Orthodontics is suitable for patients who have crooked teeth, crossbites or crowded teeth. Depending on the patient’s dental development age and the condition of their teeth, the dentist will determine if orthodontics is viable. From here, the most suitable system for your case will be chosen.

Not everyone is suited for orthodontic treatment. Consult with your dentist to determine if treatment is right for you.

What is the treatment process?

Dental orthopaedic appliances: Are designed for children to widen the upper jaw and correct their bite. The appliance will be custom-made for each patient, and our cosmetic dentists will discuss how to properly expand the plate over time.

Braces: Are cemented onto the teeth and a wire is then threaded through the brackets. Periodically this wire will be replaced with a new (usually stronger) wire. This process will continue until the teeth are straight and your orthodontist is happy with the results.

Invisalign: An impression of your teeth will be made by your dentist and sent away. From here, you will receive a set of clear aligners. Each set will be worn for two weeks and replaced by the next set.

How long do orthodontics last?

The duration of each treatment, and how long the results last will depend on each case. You should ask your dentist how long treatment might last for your individual situation.

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Talk to us today to discuss your treatment options and how we can help to improve your teeth. Please contact our friendly team today and get started on your smile journey!