Cosmetic Dentistry

SMILE MAKEOVER

A Smile Makeover is where we combine our cosmetic dental components to create a new smile for you.

Smile makeover can involve; whitening, porcelain veneers, composite veneers, crowns, bridges, gum lift, and/or implant, braces and even facial surgery.

Each Smile Makeover is custom tailored to your individual needs and there are several considerations that are taken into account. Including skin, hair and eye colour, lip and face shape and gum contour.

Our Cosmetic team has combined experience of over 50 years in the dental industry. All our smile makeover treatments are carefully planned using best practice dental care to ensure long lasting results of the highest quality.

 

WHITENING

There are a few ways of whitening teeth and we balance speed, safety and effectiveness. Gold Standard Best Practice Care is our priority.

We don’t use high concentration bleaches as they can damage enamel and cause severe sensitivity. Those lights and lasers make no difference to the result, either; they’re mostly for show.

We offer 2 Teeth Whitening Options here at Paul Beath Dental.

1. Customised take home trays:

Prescribed take home trays, using opalescence bleach are the safest and most reliable method to whiten your teeth. In most cases, we can guarantee the results or your money back.

We take an impression of your teeth, create a customised tray and you take them home, along with the opalescence bleach to use in the convenience of your own time and place.

We use 10% carbamide peroxide strength bleach, which is prescription only.

 2. Opalescence go:

Opalescence go is a product created by opalescence which is a premade generic mold with pre fitted bleach. Opalescence go is a quick easy option for a whiter smile. Bleach concentration is 6% hydrogen peroxide (a little over half the strength of the prescription bleach).

This product can be purchased without prescription and over our counter.

 

PORCELAIN VENEERS:

Porcelain Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover your teeth and are an excellent option if the underlying teeth are strong and healthy. They are an excellent choice if your teeth are chipped, discoloured, slightly misaligned or misshapen and ‘gappy’. Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and are very strong.

Treatment occurs over 4 stages and local anesthetic is generally used.

On the first visit the dentist will usually take impressions of your teeth and then do a diagnostic wax up to produce a very accurate model of what the veneers will look like.

The second visit is usually called a try-In appointment where the dentist will create veneers out of tooth coloured filling material, which will be placed onto your teeth so you can see and feel what the final result will roughly look like. Adjustments can be made to the shape and size at this point.

The third visit is when the dentist will lightly reshape and prepare the teeth. An impression is then taken of your teeth which is sent to a dental ceramist/laboratory who, along with yours and the dentists input, creates the porcelain veneers. This process takes approximately 2 weeks. Temporary veneers are then placed on your teeth.

The fourth and final visit is when the beautiful hand crafted porcelain veneers are cemented onto your teeth. We remove the temporary veneers, thoroughly clean your teeth and cement the porcelain veneers.

Correct care of your porcelain veneers will ensure their longevity. We recommend twice yearly check-up and clean, along with regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing after meals to prevent decay.

 

COMPOSITE VENEERS;

Composite Veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers.

They can be used in a variety of circumstances. Composite Veneers do not require any removal of tooth structure. Treatment occurs over 1-2 stages, and commonly no anesthetic is required.

The dentist will layer composite material to the front surface of the tooth. Intense UV light is used to cure and harden the composite material. The dentist then contours and polishes the tooth to create a natural looking result.

Correct care of your composite veneers will ensure their longevity. We recommend twice yearly check-up and cleaning, along with regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing after meals to prevent decay.

 

CROWN

An artificial crown is the best way to save and strengthen a tooth that has been damaged beyond repair due to:

  • tooth decay
  • trauma
  • root canal therapy
  • wear and tear
  • cracks

Crowns are made of porcelain, zirconia and metal alloy. The crowns color can be made to match the adjacent teeth. The metal alloy used in crowns mean they are strong and durable making them the best option for molar teeth.

Here at Paul Beath Dental we work alongside a dental laboratory, which manufactures the crowns.

On your first visit your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth (using a gel like substance) to make a record of their appearance and how your teeth sit in your mouth.

The area is then numbed using local anesthetic and the tooth is reshaped. Another impression is taken at this point which is then sent to the dental laboratory.

A temporary crown is attached to the tooth while the crown is being made.

At the second visit the temporary crown is removed and the final porcelain crown is cemented on.

Meticulous planning and skill by both the dental laboratory and us ensures correct fit of the crown and longevity of the restoration.

Correct care of your crowns is recommended, including twice yearly check – up and cleaning, along with twice daily brushing and flossing along the margin of the tooth.

 

BRIDGE

A bridge replaces a missing tooth/teeth and is a commonly used alternative to a dental implant.

Teeth can be missing due to:

  • decay
  • trauma
  • genetics

Missing teeth should be replaced for the following reasons:

  • improve/maintain appearance and speech
  • prevent stress and load on adjacent teeth
  • stop the teeth near the gap shifting and tilting
  • improve chewing

A bridge consists of an artificial tooth (made of porcelain, zirconia metal or resin/composite), which is anchored to the adjacent teeth. A bridge is permanently cemented in place and cannot be removed.

The natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth are fitted with crowns to provide strength to the bridge.

Here at Paul Beath Dental we work alongside a dental laboratory, which manufactures the crowns/bridges.  We make resin/composite bridges ourselves.

On your first visit your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth (using a gel like substance) to make a record of their appearance and how your teeth sit in your mouth.

The area is then numbed using local anesthetic and the adjacent teeth. Another impression is taken at this point, which is then sent to the dental laboratory (for porcelain) or kept by us in resin to create.

A temporary bridge is attached to the adjacent teeth while the final bridge is being made.

At the second visit the temporary bridge is removed and the final porcelain or resin bridge is cemented on.

Meticulous planning and skill by both the dental laboratory and us ensures correct fit of the bridge and longevity of the restoration.

Correct care of your bridge is recommended, including twice yearly check – up and clean, along with twice daily brushing and flossing.

 

IMPLANT

A dental implant is an artificial tooth, which is inserted into the jawbone.  They are designed to last for many years.

Dental implant techniques can replace one tooth or multiple teeth.  Most implants are made from titanium, which strongly integrates with surrounding bone.

Treatment can take between three to six months and is dependent on many factors including;

  • general health
  • bone quantity/quality
  • healing rate
  • degree of integration between the bone and the implant

Stage One involves preparing the space for the implant to be placed into the bone. More than one space may need to be prepared depending on how many teeth are missing. The implant is then screwed into the prepared bone. The gum is stitched close over the implant while it all heals. This can be performed under local or general anesthetic. Over the next few months the bone will knit around the implant.

At Stage Two the dentist will make an incision in the gum and fit a cap called and abutment on top of the implant. This will provide stability for the crown (tooth) to sit on.  X-rays are taken to ensure everything is placed correctly. A Dental impression is then taken to finalise the tooth design.  This impression is then sent to the dental laboratory that creates the crown.

At Stage Three the crown (artificial tooth) is attached to the implant.

Dental implants are strong and long lasting. To maximise their longevity they require more care than a normal tooth. Regular Check – up and cleaning is recommended along with daily brushing and flossing. Smoking increases the risk of implant failure. Please call us at any sign of toothache or gum inflammation.

Every Procedure carries its risks. Please consult a qualified health professional and always seek a second opinion.

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