Cosmetic Dentistry

We all know that a beautiful smiles goes a long way to looking and feeling good. Cosmetic Dentistry is all about giving each patient the confidence that their teeth look the best they can when they smile and laugh.

Cosmetic Dentistry is the art and science in Dentistry that is focused on improving the appearance of the teeth and gums.

We all know that a beautiful smiles goes a long way to looking and feeling good. Cosmetic Dentistry is all about giving each patient the confidence that their teeth look the best they can when they smile and laugh. Cosmetic Dentistry is the art and science in Dentistry that is focused on improving the appearance of the teeth and gums. Great emphasis is placed on having the visible teeth look perfect in shape and colour with no gaps (missing teeth).

Every person has their own individual needs when it comes to Cosmetic Dentistry so good communication between the patient and the Dentist is essential. It is the experience and skill of the Dentist that enables the patient to achieve the results they want. Our cosmetic services include: Teeth Whitening, White fillings, Veneers, Crowns, Bridges, Implants, Dentures, Gum Treatment and Orthodontic solutions.

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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a customised tooth-shaped cover, or ‘cap’ designed to protect the structure of the tooth. A crown is often the best option to save and strengthen a tooth when the tooth is severely weakened by tooth decay, has a large weakened filling, or has fractured past the point of being able to be filled. Crowns are also recommended after a tooth as undergone root canal therapy.

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Besides the strength, durability and stability benefits crowns offer, they can also be recommended for cosmetic reasons where teeth are discoloured, crooked or unsightly. Crowns can give people that beautiful smile they have always wanted.

Crowns can be made from a number of materials, including porcelain, porcelain on a metal backing and gold. Tooth coloured porcelain crowns are made to match the shade of your existing teeth and can be used to improve the look of discoloured teeth.

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Veneers can be used to correct a multitude of imperfections including discoloured, chipped, crowded-in or crooked, oddly shaped or badly aligned front teeth as well as teeth with gaps. Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite resin.

Not all teeth are suitable for veneers but, when suitable, it is a far more conservative alternative to crowns as there is little tooth reduction necessary.

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Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells precisely crafted by one of our local dental laboratories and is bonded onto the front of a tooth. A small amount of tooth enamel is removed in order to achieve completely natural appearance once the veneer is placed. The veneers are checked for fit and comfort and any required adjustments are made before they veneers are permanently bonded. When bonded in place, your veneers will look like your natural surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers are quite strong, durable and stain resistant, despite being thin.

Composite veneers are crafted using high quality resin materials that are coloured to match the shade of natural tooth colours. This type of dental veneer is usually used to fix small tooth imperfections such as small chips or cracks in the teeth. Composite veneers have the advantage and convenience of being completed in a single appointment. The composite resin materials are placed in layers and are sculpted to the perfect shape to blend harmoniously with your surrounding natural teeth before being set in place by a special blue light.

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A dental bridge is one option for replacing a missing tooth, or teeth. This option can be more expensive than a partial denture, however has the advantage of being fixed in place and looking and feeling like a natural tooth.

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In a traditional bridge an artificial tooth, called a pontic, is attached to crowns placed on the adjacent teeth. These crowns are called abutments and are cemented onto the adjacent teeth to secure the bridge. A traditional bridge is a treatment option when the patient has natural teeth on both sides on the gap created by the missing tooth. A cantilever bridge can be an option when there are only natural teeth on one side of a missing tooth gap. Your dentist can discuss the different types of bridges and will determine which treatment option is right for you.
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Replacing missing teeth can help improve your function while eating and speaking, appearance and smile, as well as boosting self confidence. There are a number of ways missing teeth can be replaced including; dentures, bridges or implants. Dentures offer a less expensive and relatively straightforward method of tooth replacement.

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Where only one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth are used to support a partial denture. This can be a plastic partial denture which is removable and a little bulky. An alternative to this is a metal partial denture which is removable and less bulky.

A full denture is required where all of the teeth are missing or require removal. If all the teeth are already missing a new full denture can be made while still wearing the existing denture, meaning no time is spent without teeth.

Where a number of teeth are still present these can be left until the new denture is made and only removed when the new denture is inserted. This is called an immediate denture. This type of denture will need relining (refitting to the healed gum) after three months when healing is complete.

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Orthodontics and braces are traditionally thought of as treatments for younger people. However, there are an increasing number of adults who are considering orthodontic treatment later in life to improve the look and health of their teeth.

To get a perfectly straight smile, your first thought might be to place veneers or caps on your teeth to get a fast result. However, if your teeth are healthy and well shaped, you may get a better long term result with a treatment that leaves you with a straight smile and your own natural teeth. A check up with a dentist can determine whether orthodontics is a suitable treatment for you.

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There are a number of benefits to getting your teeth straightened with braces. Firstly, it is easier to keep your teeth and gums clean when they are in a straight alignment. Poor positioning of teeth can mean they can trap food and therefore decay easier. You may also benefit from improved jaw relationships that protect your teeth from clenching or grinding, which we call parafunction. And of course you can get a beautiful smile that you can show off, knowing it is your own set of natural teeth!

If getting a better smile is something that you have thought about, it is well worth a consultation with a dentist to see what your options are. There are many solutions and there is sure to be one that suits your needs and lifestyle. At Jones Dental both Dr Sebastian Sekulic and Dr Edith Au offer orthodontic solutions, so why not speak to them about creating your perfect smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in correcting the alignment of teeth. Some dentists also offer orthodontic solutions, such as ClearCorrect and braces. A general dentist may have training in orthodontic services to improve the appearance and alignment of teeth, along with providing other dental services. Orthodontists deal with more difficult and complex cases.

Is it possible to have cavities filled with braces?

Ideally it is best to have a comprehensive examination prior to having braces placed. Although treatment is more difficult with braces it can be managed sometimes working around them or the treating dentist or orthodontist can remove the wire for treatment.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the jaw and over time will bond with the bone. The implant then serves as the foundation for a replacement tooth. When a patient has lost several or all of their teeth it may be possible for an implant or implants to provide the support for bridgework or a full denture.
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