Improving Your Smile with Teeth Whitening and Veneers
Teeth become discoloured over time. In a sense this is inevitable, but certain habits can certainly accelerate the process, such as consuming tea and coffee, consuming a lot of sugar, and poor dental hygiene.
If you find yourself with discoloured teeth, It may be a suitable treatment option. Here at our Geelong dental clinic Creative Dental Haus, we offer Philips Zoom! Teeth whitening technology.
The innovative blue LED light technology utilizes a 25% hydrogen peroxide (bleach) gel to whiten teeth. This gel is combined with amorphous calcium phosphate to safeguard tooth enamel and minimize sensitivity.
This whitening gel is applied to the teeth, following the application of a protective resin to the gums. Then, blue light is used to activate the gel. Your dentist in Geelong West will remove this gel and reapply a new layer at 15-minute intervals in an appointment that lasts roughly an hour. This method of teeth whitening has been proven to whiten teeth up to 4 to 8 shades.
Here at Creative Dental Haus, we even have a TV where you can watch your favourite program while your teeth are whitening. However, we also have dentist-endorsed options for those who would prefer to whiten their teeth at home. Our dentist will be happy to discuss teeth whitening costs, teeth whitening procedures, and any other questions you may have during a tooth whitening consultation.
Dental veneers are a shell that is cut and shaped to cover the forward-facing surface of your teeth. They are attached to the front of the existing natural teeth, meaning they require minimal tooth reduction compared to more extensive cosmetic treatment options such as dental crowns.
Dental veneers are most commonly used on the upper front teeth, which often slightly overlap the bottom teeth in the smile, and protrude more from the gum (compared to the visibility of the bottom teeth). Dental veneers can be utilized to conceal any discoloured, overlapping, uneven, or rough teeth. They are also an effective solution for chipped, broken, spaced, or misaligned teeth.
Dental veneers are not a one size fits all approach. To create veneers, our dental surgery will take a mould of your gums and mouth and craft the perfect smile, unique to you.
There are two main types of veneers – composite veneers and porcelain veneers:
Composite veneers. These are made of a tooth-coloured resin that your dentist Geelong applies directly to the tooth and sculpts to the desired shape. The change is less dramatic but incredibly natural looking.
Porcelain veneers. As the name implies, porcelain veneers are made of porcelain. They are long-lasting and durable, do not easily crack or chip, are available in a wide range of shades to suit your natural teeth, are highly stain-resistant, and require minimal preparation of your natural teeth. The process will involve your dentist altering the front surface of the selected teeth, taking a digital scan, and having our ceramist design veneers. At a later appointment, typically in two to three weeks, we will permanently cement your veneers using dental cement.
During a composite bonding treatment, your dentist will spread a thin coat of resin on the surface of your teeth. This can help to repair damaged or chipped teeth, banish discolouration, mend cracks, and give the teeth a shiny brilliance. This process is similar to composite veneers but less invasive and suitable mostly for minor cosmetic issues.
Smile makeovers and smile transformations
All of these above treatments can be useful as standalone measures to improve your smile. However, your Geelong dentist will know best how to combine them to create your dream smile.
Those who trust in the expertise of their dental specialist regularly experience significant improvements in their smile. However, the very best dentist will make the process of a smile makeover consultative and transparent. They will outline options and costs, helping you to make an informed decision. They will seek out your feedback to ensure that your proposed smile makeover suits you.
You know best what goals you have for your smile, and your dental professional has the technical knowledge to make a recommended treatment plan that may involve veneers, teeth whitening, and other types of cosmetic dentistry, such as dental implants. Your dentist also has a range of other treatment options available that can be used within a smile makeover.