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I don’t like my teeth or my smile – what can I do?

A wide variety of options are available to improve how your teeth work and the way your smile looks. Check out our Smile Gallery section to see how other patients with similar problems were helped, then book a consultation to get started on your new smile.

How much does it cost to get a great smile?

Like most services, cost will vary based on the time required and the difficulty of the procedures. Generally, improving a smile will require a combination of treatment options such as bleaching, and using bonded materials (resin or porcelain) to improve the appearance of teeth. A great way to start is having a consultation to determine the ways that you can reach your goals. Improving your smile is an investment in you.

What are some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

A great smile should improve your self-confidence, which can have a positive impact on the social and professional aspects of your life. Cosmetic dentistry is not just about pretty smiles though. New techniques and materials are available for back teeth as well as the ones you see when you smile. Now your mouth can look great, get healthy and function better at the same time.

Can I replace black or silver fillings?

Yes, we offer all of our patients white or tooth coloured fillings.

I have a tooth that has gone dark. Can this be whitened?

Yes, this is usually caused by a dead tooth which has darkened over time. This may be improved using a whitening technique just on that tooth. If there is lots of filling in the tooth, a crown may be recommended.

What causes dulling and discolouration of teeth?

Discolourations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Tooth dullness or staining is an indication that whitening should be considered. Smokers and those who drink coffee and/or tea on a regular basis accelerate the discolouration and require cleaning more often.

What is Bonding typically used for?

Bonding is a tooth-coloured composite resin (similar to an enamel) that is bonded to the tooth surface to repair and/or change the colour or shape of a tooth, then sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also makes a great tooth coloured filling for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces. It can also be used to close spaces between teeth.

What can be done for missing teeth?

Implants, Bridges and Partial Dentures (plates) are all designed to replace missing teeth. Not only will they fill the unsightly spaces left by lost teeth, but they also help support the teeth adjacent to, and directly opposite, the missing teeth. We will be able to recommend the treatment best for your situation.

What is a crown?

Crowns are a layer over the tooth to give a beautiful smile. Most commonly porcelain crowns are used for your front teeth and porcelain and metal based crowns for back teeth (these are stronger and last longer)

How long will my crowns last?

This depends on your particular bite, if you grind your teeth, and how well you look after them. The type of porcelain and metal based crowns

What is a bridge?

Bridges are used to replace teeth by attaching a false tooth to the teeth beside the gap. These are one of the best ways to fill gaps but does require strong teeth either side of the gap to take the weight of the missing tooth. They look and feel almost exactly like real teeth.

What is an implant?

Implants are used to fill gaps. They do not need any other teeth around them for support and look and feel just like natural teeth. They involve placing a titanium “fixture/post” into the jaw bone with a crown placed on top. Implants can also be used to make dentures firm and stable so they don’t move around. They can be used to replace a single tooth or replace all the missing teeth in a jaw.

How can jagged teeth be corrected?

In some instances, simple reshaping (contouring) of the front teeth, even without anaesthesia, may produce a dramatic result to correct jagged, chipped or slightly uneven teeth. We simply utilize sanding discs and creativity, to create a natural look with existing teeth.

Can I have my teeth straightened without using braces?

We need to see your teeth to know what can be achieved for you.

What does a hygienist do?

Hygienists are specifically trained to keep your gums healthy and your teeth scaled and clean.

Why is it important to have a thorough clean and scale?

One of the most common reasons teeth are lost is due to gum disease. Bacteria form nests in your gums which cause the bone holding your teeth to become diseased. This eventually causes the teeth to get loose and painful. Also the nests of bacteria cause bad breath and make your gums bleed more easily. A thorough and regular clean is the most important thing to help keep your teeth for life, and to keep them looking their best.

How often should I see the hygienist?

Most people require 6 monthly cleans to keep the nests of bacteria away, however a plan for cleaning is customised for each individual.

What is tooth whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine.

Who may benefit from tooth whitening?

Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.

Do many people whiten their teeth?

More people than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone.

Is whitening safe?

Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. As with any tooth whitening product, is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women. In some cases patients experience tooth sensitivity along the gum margins, but this normally goes away within 24 hours. To assist in lessening such sensitivity, tooth mousse is recommended 5 days prior to the bleaching treatment.

How long do the results last?

Most whitening cases last 3-5 years or longer but in order to maintain the colour it is recommended to use a maintenance kit (bleach trays with a whitening solution. The ongoing costs are very low to purchase a supplementary tube of teeth whitener to maintain that beautiful smile.

Does teeth whitening damage teeth?

Latest studies say generally no, however some people can feel sensitivity but this is largely avoidable. Possible complications from whitening will be explained by your dentist.

Does the whitening gel damage my tooth enamel?

The process oxidises the tooth enamel and produces temporary tooth enamel roughness (microscopic and unable to be felt with the tongue). But this quickly reverses by the minerals in the saliva. There are no long term side effects.

Who is most at risk for oral cancer?

People who use tobacco are six times more likely to develop oral cancer. Eight of 10 oral cancer patients are smokers. Heavy alcohol drinkers are also more at risk. 80 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer consumer more than 21 drinks weekly. Finally people with a history of oral human papilloma virus infections are at greater risk to develop oral cancer even if they don’t smoke or drink.

What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

  • Red or white patches in or behind the mouth
  • Mouth sores or ulcers that bleed easily and do not heal
  • Unexplained lump in the neck, throat or floor of the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort swallowing
  • Pain and tenderness in teeth or gums
  • Change in the fit of dentures or partial dentures
  • Visible change in mouth tissue
  • Unpleasant sensations (pain, discomfort, numbness)
  • Diminished ability to perform normal functions such as opening jaw, chewing or swallowing
  • Unexplained swelling or fullness in neck

What is cancer?

As the building block or our body, cells maintain our tissues and organs. When cell production and regulation lapse, abnormal growths or malignant tumours destroy healthy tissues and spread or metastasize the diseased cells to other parts of the body.

Where does oral cancer occur?

About two-thirds of cancer of the mouth or oral cavity occurs in the floor of mouth and tongue, but can occur in the upper or lower jaw, lips, gums and cheek lining. Just behind the mouth is an area known as the orophyarnx. Oropharygeal cancer (one-third of cases) occurs in the back of the tongue, tonsils and throat tissue.

How can you prevent oral cancer?

The Cancer Society recommends a comprehensive oral evaluation and soft tissue exam annually, yet only one in five patient’s reports having an oral cancer exam in the last year. Your prosthodontist is trained to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth including the associated structures in the head and neck area. An oral cancer screening is painless; treatment for advanced oral cancer is not.