Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

If you are self-conscious about the shade of your teeth or if you have staining on some of your teeth, professional teeth whitening treatment is a safe and recommended option for you to consider.

 

Here is how home teeth whitening works:

 

  1. You will be assessed for the type of staining your teeth have.
     

  2. A custom tray is made to fit snugly over your teeth.
     

  3. The teeth whitening process is activated by a bleaching agent, which is inserted into the custom tray that transfers it onto your teeth.

Home teeth whitening kits can also be worn overnight. With all whitening treatment, individual results will vary and are dependant on your initial tooth colour and the nature of your tooth staining.

Life Benefits:

  • Effective solution for certain types of tooth discolouration and staining.

  • Safe treatment when delivered by a dental professional.

  • Cosmetically enhances the appearance of teeth.
     

  • Improves your self-confidence.

 

Porcelain Veneers

Are your teeth, chipped, or not aligned on top of each other? Veneers are a good treatment option to consider because they look like natural teeth and don't require a major procedure. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when braces are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.

Here is how they work:

 

  1. A veneer is a very thin, tooth-coloured piece of porcelain (like a false fingernail, but more durable) that is bonded on top of your own tooth.
     

  2. Based on your needs, the shape and size of the veneers can be adjusted to make your teeth overall look longer and or closer together.
     

  3. You can have just one veneer fitted or a whole set, known as a smile makeover.

Life Benefits:

 

  • Simple and quick solution to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth.

 

  • Long-lasting smile enhancement.

 

  • Natural-looking restoration.
     

  • Achieve Hollywood-like results

 
 

White Fillings

If you require a filling in your tooth, a cosmetic option would be to choose a white filling material that matches the shade of your surrounding natural teeth. You can also have any existing metallic fillings replaced with tooth-coloured or 'white' fillings. This will allow you to smile without a metallic glint in sight, giving your teeth a more natural appearance overall.

Here is how white fillings work:

  1. This is a safe procedure that entails the removal of any decay from your tooth and taking out the metal or amalgam fillings if you are having them replaced.
     

  2. The new filling is made from a very hard tooth-coloured substance and will withstand the forces in your mouth when you bite and chew over a long period of time.
     

  3. The restoration is completed in one visit and your fillings will not be visible when you smile.

Life Benefits:

  • Natural-looking restoration.

  • Improved cosmetic appearance of filled teeth while still being able to bite and chew as usual.

  • Hard-wearing restorative solution.

White fillings vs amalgam and gold coloured fillings

Invisible Braces

There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear the traditional unsightly metal braces. Known as invisible orthodontics, this type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and sometimes removable appliance while straightening and aligning your teeth.

This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don't feel comfortable wearing unsightly 'train track' braces for months on end. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases.

Here is an overview of how they work:

  1. They straighten teeth discreetly, and some can even be removed periodically, making them easier to fit around your hectic lifestyle.
     

  2. They straighten teeth much more quickly than traditional braces, starting from as little as six months.
     

  3. They are more comfortable than traditional braces because they use less force and modern wire technology.

Life Benefits:

  • Straighter teeth are healthier teeth.

  • Having an attractive smile will have a positive effect on your confidence.

  • Invisible braces are a long-term investment in your oral health.

The Inman Aligner is designed to correct adult relapse and misaligned teeth. It is barely visible, apart from a single clear wire, and it is a removable orthodontic appliance, allowing the wearer to go brace-free for important occasions. Similar to a retainer but has advantages over a retainer:

 

  • Can correct moderate crowding and rotation of teeth
     

  • More comfortable to wear as the spring is made of nickel-titanium rather than stainless steel

 

It also has advantages over Invisalign:

 

  • Less hassle and expense in a shorter period of time
     

  • Achieve great results with just one appliance

FAQ's

How does it work?


The Inman Aligner utilises a lingual coil spring that puts pressure at the back of the teeth that need repositioning and a bar that is placed across the front of the teeth reverses the same pressure. These components work together to "squeeze" teeth together by pushing and pulling them into alignment. To view a video demonstration, click here.




How long does it take?


Fitting the aligner takes two half-hour appointments, followed by 15-minute monthly check-ups. Treatment can be achieved in as little as 8 to 16 weeks.




Does it hurt?


Patients may find they need to take mild painkillers for the first week or so. Like anything foreign to your mouth, it may cause you to salivate more than usual for 24 to 48 hours and could affect your speech for 7 to 10 days. Is the Inman Aligner new? Patients have been treated with Inman Aligners since 2000. In the United States, approximately 450 to 500 new patients are prescribed with Inman Aligners every month.




Will treatment with the Inman Aligner be uncomfortable?


No. Due to the gentle but steady orthodontic forces generated, the appliances are easily tolerated. Your doctor may suggest aspirin or Tylenol for the 1st few days of treatment if you encounter any discomfort.




Will the Inman Aligner affect my speech?


Briefly. The Inman Aligner will affect your speech for a week or two. You will, however, acclimate to the appliances over time and be able to speak fine with them in place.




Will I need to see the dentist frequently for adjustments?


The Inman Aligners are pre-programmed to reduce the need for office visits. Your dentist will prescribe a treatment due to your needs.





 
 
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