Cosmetic dentistry may range from the replacement of an unsightly filling, through tooth bleaching to smile makeovers.
There are many systems and products available for this popular procedure.
We use Opalescence PF which is rated as the best available system (Reality 2009)
At the initial appointment, impressions are taken of the teeth so that accurate, close fitting bleaching trays may be made. These are clear, light weight trays that will hold the bleach against the teeth whilst bleaching.
The starting tooth shade is measured and recorded.
At a second appointment, usually 2 weeks later, the trays are checked and full instructions are given.
The trays are worn with the supplied gel overnight. Whitening will then occur from 2 -3 weeks.
Some sensitivity may occur during treatment, but this is reversible and there are ways that this may be helped.
We are delighted to be able to bleach teeth because it is effective, safe and conservative to the teeth.
The resultant whitening may be maintained by ‘topping up’ with 6 nights bleaching per year.
Additional bleach may be obtained from the practice.
Porcelain veneers are thin facings that are custom made in the laboratory to fit over a prepared tooth surface.
They may used to disguise discoloration, correct minor misalignments and close spaces.
Provisional veneers are fitted whilst the final veneers are being made.
They can be made for single teeth, where a shade is taken to match the other teeth. Or they may be made in multiples, where a new tooth shade may be chosen.
However, as tooth preparation is required, this is an irreversible procedure and veneered teeth will be committed to a long term replacement and maintenance program.
Smile makeovers may involve a number techniques combined in one case, including crowns, bridges, veneers, scaling and bleaching.
Once we have established what we would like to achieve, the laboratory can make a wax construction of the intended final result.
The teeth can then be prepared and acrylic provisional restorations may be placed. This will allow for refinement of the tooth shapes and approval for the final restorations.
Excellent oral hygiene and oral stability are prerequisites for this type of work.