Cosmetic dentistry is the art of improving the natural look of your teeth through a variety of techniques such as whitening or placing a crown/bridge. Often as time passes, our teeth can become worn down or stained by our lifestyle choices. Cosmetic dentistry aims to revitalise your teeth and restore them to a much brighter and whiter state.
Mosman 3D Dental offers quality cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance your smile and safeguard your oral health for the future. Our experienced dentists can help you with white fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, teeth whitening and other cosmetic dental treatments.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry covers a range of procedures designed to improve the natural look of patient’s teeth, gums and other facial structures, which are not always the primary concern in general dentistry procedures.
There’s more to cosmetic dentistry than just aesthetics. Many procedures also have wider benefits for oral health, such as improving a patient’s ability to speak or eat comfortably. By supporting the development of healthy gums and assisting the self-cleansing of the mouth, these treatments can also reduce the risk of patients developing oral health problems in the future.
Some cosmetic treatments may involve placing implants and other materials into existing tooth structures, straightening crooked teeth or removing parts of teeth and gums. Our team will recommend the most suitable procedures for your overall oral health.
Same Day Crowns and Bridges
Traditional crowns require multiple visits as an impression is first made, then sent to a lab where your crown and/or bridge will be created. At Mosman 3D Dental it is possible for us to mould, create and place a crown and/or bridge restoration in the same visit using the power of CEREC.
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain or composite resin that a dentist or prosthodontist bonds to your teeth. This can improve the natural appearance of discolouration, misaligned teeth or chipped or broken surfaces.
White fillings are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments, restoring the strength and function of damaged tooth structures, all while keeping your smile a natural shade of white. Mosman 3D Dental can create fillings that perfectly match the existing shade of your teeth...
At Mosman 3D Dental, we offer a take home whitening solution that you can use in the comfort and convenience of your own home. The process involves creating a custom made whitening mould, similar to a mouthguard, that you can use to apply a bleaching solution to your teeth.
Teeth Whitening at Mosman 3D
A tooth’s natural colour can vary from person to person and can even change over time. It’s common for our teeth to yellow or darken as stains and tartars accumulate. If you’re dissatisfied with the colour of your teeth, or if you have a special event like a wedding, whitening can be an effective way to improve the natural look of your smile.
Many patients want to brighten their smiles, making teeth whitening one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. When done correctly, professional whitening procedures may help lighten the shade of your teeth. It’s not a major time commitment, either – our whitening procedures are often convenient and quick, helping patients all over Mosman get fresher smiles!
Teeth whitening: what is it?
There are two main ways to approach whitening:
In-chair whitening. With this procedure, we'll administer your treatment in-practice by applying a special whitening gel to the discoloured teeth. Then, the dentist will use a special light on your teeth, which will speed up the whitening action.
At-home kits. Although we’ll assemble your kit for you in our office, you’ll be able to apply this treatment from the comfort of your own home.
if you are a suitable candidate for take-home teeth whitening we will take your dental impressions and provide tailor made trays that you can wear over your teeth. You can then collect your custom fit whitening trays next time you come in or feel free to just stop by.
Should I use an in-chair or at-home procedure?
This will depend on your goals, as well as your specific dental circumstances. If you’re looking for something quick, then in-chair treatments might be best.
On the other hand, most people use an at-home over a longer stretch of time (around two to four weeks). However, you can apply this treatment from the comfort of your own home, and it's typically a lower cost compared to most in-chair options.
Depending on the extent of discolouration and the conditions of your teeth, you may benefit from one procedure more than another. Some people even benefit from a combination of both. Our dental team can help you understand the best possible course of treatment for your smile.
How much whiter will my teeth be after whitening?
Unfortunately, there’s no answer that will fit every person. Sometimes discolouration can have different causes, such as different pre-existing conditions. For instance, people who are experiencing discolouration due to tetracycline might not respond to treatment as well as others.
As a result, it’s important to have a professional look at your teeth before undergoing any bleaching. Beware of products that guarantee wildly successful results for every person! Our dentists can assess your smile and explain the results you can expect, as well as what type of treatment will be most efficient for you and why.
Having said that, many patients enjoy brighter smiles after treatment and may even achieve teeth that are several shades lighter than before.
How long does the whitening treatment last?
Again, this will depend on individual patients. Most whitening lasts for about one year, although certain foods and lifestyles can cause results to fade faster. You can increase the longevity of your results by scheduling touch-ups with us every 1-2 years. You can also help sustain the results of your whitening treatment by incorporating the below tips:
- Avoid drinking wine, coffee, tea, and darker foods like blueberries or raspberries (this is especially important right after your treatment – teeth often remain more porous after any bleaching procedure, which can make them more susceptible to stains, so be sure to avoid foods that are prone to staining for at least 2 days after your treatment).
- Avoid smoking.
- Maintain a regular hygiene routine, since plaque and tartar can cause discolouration over time.
- Eat foods like apples, celery, or hard cheeses, since these foods gently “scrub” your teeth and promote saliva production, which will help break down stains and debris that have collected on the surface of your enamel.
- When drinking tea, coffee, wine or other drinks that can cause stains, try using a straw to help keep the liquid away from your teeth.
- Get a professional clean from our hygienists – this is one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy and sparkling!
Is teeth whitening safe?
This is a question we get asked alot.
It's recommended for you to talk to your dentist to discuss your options and eligibility for teeth whitening prior to making a decision. At Mosman 3D Dental we will discuss your options in detail and provide a recommendation on which one is most suitable to you.
There can be risks associated with some teeth whitening products, but our dentists can advise you which solution's ingredients are safe and the right option for you. We'll also let you know if you have any pre-existing dental problems that might increase your risk for side effects.
Are over the counter teeth whitening products safe?
The Australian Dental Association recommends that you consult your dentist before using any whitening treatment1. Even if you want to use an at-home product yourself, you should speak with us first. Our team can evaluate your teeth and gums, and explain more about why the product may or may not be right for you.
There are few risks associated with whitening procedures, provided they're applied correctly1. If they aren't used correctly, patients might be heightening their risks for outcomes like2:
- damage to your enamel
- burns, blisters, or other damage to your gums
- severe, possibly painful, tooth sensitivity
- chemical burns
- erosion of resin-based fillings
- irritation to the oesophagus and stomach
- uneven colouration
- lack of desired results – this one isn’t as serious as the others, but who wants to pay for something that doesn’t work?
Before you begin any treatment (whether it’s with Mosman 3D Dental or not) we recommend scheduling an appointment with us so that we can evaluate factors like your enamel strength, receding gums, and other variables. We’ll perform a shade assessment to further explain your options. We will also help you understand the cause of the discolouration, which will be important for finding the treatment that works best for you.
1 Australian Dental Association. "Quick Facts." http://www.teethwhiteningfacts.com.au/Quick-facts.htm
2 Australian Dental Association. "What can go wrong?" http://www.teethwhiteningfacts.com.au/What-can-go-wrong.htm
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