When looking in the mirror, do you notice stained, cracked, or crooked teeth staring back at you? Unfortunately, even following the most regimented oral health program cannot always prevent damage to your teeth. As you age, your teeth can begin to show the effects. Other factors, such as the foods you eat, tooth trauma, and heredity can all play a part in affecting the appearance of your teeth.
This is where cosmetic dentistry can significantly improve the aesthetics of your smile and self-confidence. If you avoid smiling or laughing freely when out with friends – it may be time to consider undergoing one of the below cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Because enamel (the outer surface of the tooth) is porous, overtime it can soak up pigments from the foods you consume or be affected by certain lifestyle habits you keep, such as smoking or chewing tobacco. Other factors, such as heredity and age can also cause your teeth to yellow or appear dull-looking. Grayish, yellowing teeth, or teeth that have simply lost their sparkle can prevent you from smiling openly and freely. Extrinsic dental staining can often be reversed with a professional teeth whitening treatment.
Although there are teeth whitening pastes, mouthwashes, and strips available at your local grocery store, these are not able to deliver substantial results, compared to treatments, such as Zoom! Teeth Whitening. This revolutionary whitening system uses professional strength gel in combination with LED light technology to whiten teeth in less than hour, delivering a smile up to eight shades lighter. Most dental offices today can also provide you with customized whitening trays to help you maintain your results.
If you are struggling from permanent dental stains, or have teeth that are chipped, misshaped, misaligned, or unevenly spaced – you may enjoy the benefits that porcelain veneers can provide. During this cosmetic dentistry treatment, a dentist will take impressions of your smile in order for thin, customized shells to be fabricated to fit seamlessly over your affected teeth. Each veneer will be designed to match the natural shade and shape of your current teeth in order to deliver realistic results. Because veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, they can last you up to 20 years when properly cared for.
Invisalign® provides patients an affordable and discreet approach to straightening their smiles. This orthodontic treatment uses a series of smooth, clear aligner trays to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. Each tray will be customized to fit seamlessly over your teeth and should be worn consecutively for 22 hours a day in two-week intervals, before graduating to the next tray in the series. Because trays are removable, there are no food restrictions, making it a popular treatment for both teens and adults. Compared to the metal brackets and wires associated with traditional braces, you can subtly achieve a straighter smile in about 12 months.
Cosmetic bonding provides patients a more convenient and affordable approach to porcelain veneers. This treatment uses composite resin, naturally tinted to blend with your tooth color to cover cosmetic concerns and blemishes, such as cracks, chips, stains, and gaps. It can also be used to lengthen teeth that appear short and stubby to create a more symmetrical smile. Composite resin is often recommended for repairing teeth with minor to moderate cavities to deliver a more aesthetically-pleasing result, compared to silver amalgam filings.
Refurbish Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry
If you are interested in enhancing your smile with one of the above cosmetic dentistry treatments, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our Docklands, Melbourne office by calling (03)9021-9487.
Dockland Dental Studio is easily accessible via trams from Melbourne CBD – just take Tram Number 11 or 48 from Collins St. and get off at Collins Landing (Stop D17).
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