Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental veneers are a shell or layer of tooth-coloured porcelain placed over the facial surfaces of teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration, and chips or cracks.

INDICATION

Broken or chipped teeth

Tooth discolouration

Misaligned or uneven teeth

Peg-shaped laterals

Worn-down teeth

PROCEDURE

Diagnosis and treatment planning: During this appointment, our resident dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations.

Preparation: About 1/2 millimetre of enamel from the tooth surface is removed, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Next, an impression of the tooth preparation is taken and a model is made.

This model is sent out to the dental laboratory while a temporary veneer is placed in your tooth to maintain aesthetics.

Bonding: Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, it is placed temporarily on your tooth to examine its fit and colour. Next, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then cemented to your tooth permanently.

BENEFITS

They provide a natural tooth appearance

Well tolerated by the gum

Stain resistant

Provides a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s colour or shape.

TEETH WHITENING

Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look.

Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter colour.

INDICATION

This treatment is majorly indicated for discoloured/stained teeth.

The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:

  • Using tobacco
  • Drinking dark-coloured liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine
  • Not taking good care of your teeth

Aging makes teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker.

It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth. These are called intrinsic stains.

Causes of intrinsic stains include

  • Fluorosis: Exposure to too much fluoride as a child while teeth are developing.
  • Tetracycline staining: Tetracycline antibiotics can stain a child’s teeth if taken by a mother during the second half of pregnancy or by a child who is 8 years old or younger.
  • Trauma

Tooth whitening is most effective on surface (extrinsic) stains.

There are many products and techniques for patients who want a whiter smile, the best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment with us and discuss the option that will best suite your dentition.

Preparation

Our resident dentist will photograph your teeth first and then examine your teeth and ask you questions in order to determine what caused your teeth to become stained.

The next step is that a cleaning of your teeth done, this will remove the build-up of bacteria, food and other substances which contribute to staining. A substance is then applied to cover and protect the gums around your teeth. After this is done, hydrogen peroxide will be applied to the teeth, and a special light shone on them to activate the hydrogen peroxide.

If you have tooth decay or receding gums, whitening may make your teeth sensitive.

DIFFERENT WAYS TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH:

In the dental chair (Power Whitening)

This procedure is done by the oral hygienist in one session of usually an hour to an hour and a half. Results are instantly visible and long lasting.

Home whitening kit

Custom made trays are used at home for 30 minutes a day to whiten your teeth. The whitening gel is put into the custom trays, which fits onto your teeth. This is a very safe and economical way to whiten your teeth and results can usually be seen after the third day. A Home kit can be used to do touch up treatments as well.

Combination Power whitening and home whitening

The most predictable way of whitening your teeth is to combine the procedures. Firstly the power in-chair whitening is done at the dental office, and there after the home kit is used for two weeks.

Excellent results can be achieved, and the results are even longer lasting.