Four Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Proceduresby Dr Anthony Hua
Cosmetic dentistry not only improves the aesthetics of your smile, it can also have far-reaching effects on the rest of your life. Boosted confidence, better speech, ease of chewing, improved oral health – by consulting a cosmetic dentist, you are investing in your future. Cosmetic dentistry procedures and materials have advanced over the years, providing results that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Cosmetic dentists on the Gold Coast offer treatment plans that are tailored to your needs and designed to give you the smile you’ve been searching for. From simple procedures like teeth whitening, through to Invisalign, porcelain veneers and dental implants – there’s numerous ways you can perfect your teeth and maximise your oral health.
A tried and tested method of improving your smile – teeth whitening is simple, quick and affordable. There are many over-the-counter methods available, however it’s best to trust your dentist to ensure your whitening is effective, low-sensitivity and safe. Professional in-chair whitening for instant results or a customised take-home whitening kit for a DIY solution – the choice is yours. Both methods utilise professional strength bleaching gels to help maximise your whitening results. While this procedure won’t necessarily improve your oral health, it can help reduce discolouration, staining and other irregularities on your teeth – improving the aesthetics of your smile and leaving you feeling confident in your appearance.
Veneers are ideal for improving the shape, colour, size and length of your teeth to create a smile that is uniform, symmetrical and pearly white. Depending on your existing teeth, a thin layer of enamel is shaved off allowing for an ultra-thin, bespoke, hand-crafted porcelain laminate to be permanently bonded to your teeth. The process allows you to correct irregularities and gaps in your smile, as well as in some cases improving your bite and other aspects of your oral health. Veneers are particularly useful for correcting uneven, discoloured, crooked, cracked or chipped teeth. The results are permanent and can give you the smile you’ve always been dreaming of.
Invisalign is a comfortable, removable and almost invisible alternative to braces. They are custom-made clear aligners, backed by extensive scientific research, designed to move your teeth effectively and safely. During the planning stage, your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist will take photos of your smile as well as a scan or impressions of your teeth to create a straightening blueprint which will be discussed with you.
An important step in the plan is for your dental professional to assess and ensure your teeth are healthy and suitable for alignment therapy prior to commencing treatment – this means without gum disease, active decay or infections. During your Invisalign treatment phase, you will swap your aligner trays gradually as your teeth move over time. This gives you the benefit of straighter teeth without the hassle of maintenance and discomfort that braces can bring. You can also eat, and function normally compared to traditional braces. If you want a solution to crooked teeth that is tailored to your exact needs, speak to our team about Invisalign today.
Fully integrated into the jaw with a durable titanium cylinder, dental implants are one of the most effective forms of cosmetic dentistry to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. Because they are surgically placed directly into the bone, they work just like real teeth with real roots, allowing for normal chewing function. They are then restored with dental crowns, dental bridges or dentures – giving you complete confidence in your new smile. If you have missing or damaged teeth, your cosmetic dentist can plan and place an implant as well as create a prosthesis that’s designed to suit your surrounding natural teeth.
Article by Dr Anthony Hua – Principal Dentist
Dr Anthony Hua is the Founder & Principal Dentist at Burleigh Dental Studio. His passion, expertise and dedication to the field of dentistry have been recognised by his achievement of Fellowship status with the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).
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