'Cosmetic dentistry' is the term used to describe any dental treatment used to improve the appearance of the teeth or gums, or to improve the positioning of teeth to create a better smile and/or a better bite.
Here are numerous common cosmetic issues we can help you with at Caboolture Dental Group...
Where teeth are damaged or missing, a range of options are available, depending on a number of factors. Sometimes the best options are either implants or dentures. In other cases either a crown or a bridge may be more appropriate.
A crown is essentially a cover or shell which can strengthen an existing tooth. Crowns can also be used where the existing tooth has been damaged or weakened in some way.
A bridge is to replace one or more teeth secured between crowns
Crowns can be made from a range of different materials, for example…
- Porcelain crowns (also known as metal ceramic crowns)
- E.MAX crowns
- Zirconia crowns
- Gold (alloy) crowns
Sometimes teeth in close proximity to each other that are of varying sizes create a slightly 'crooked' smile. This can be corrected either in some cases using orthodontics or by using veneers.
As well as correcting uneven teeth, veneers can also be used to treat discolouration, and chipped or cracked teeth or to 'close' gaps between teeth.
Veneers can be porcelain or resin based - porcelain veneers are made especially to fit the specific tooth and are cemented into place, requiring 2 appointments. Composite resin based veneers are applied in layers which are hardened or 'cured' before the next layer is added and completed usually in one dental visit.
Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation
In cases of severe erosion or wear. Options can be given to restore your bite functionally and cosmetically.
Over time teeth can become stained - red wine and coffee or tea consumption over time, as well as smoking can discolour teeth. One of the options to correct discolouration or staining is bleaching (also called teeth whitening).
Teeth can be bleached using a substance that can be applied at home. Customised trays are made to the shape of the teeth and the bleaching agent is applied to the trays which are then fitted to the teeth. Treatment normally takes around two weeks.
Chair side bleaching can also be discussed with your dentist.