How do I find and choose a cosmetic dentist?
Finding a highly skilled cosmetic dentist can be the difference between getting the smile you want and a serious disappointment. There are many things to consider, from a cosmetic dentist's credentials and continuing education to a cosmetic dentist's experience with the procedures you want performed. At The Slade Dental Practice & Implant Centre, each of our dentists are hand-picked by Dr Rash Patel to ensure they have the correct experience, clinical ability and are dedicated to proving high quality dental care.
How do I know what colour my teeth should be?
Teeth are of course not monochromatic, so typically more than one color is used to create a very natural look. This color variation is critical in avoiding fake or artificial looking teeth. It is the internal contrast of colors that help create vitality. The internal play of light on the porcelain in the restoration helps to create this vitality. Surface texture is also very important, and helps to break up light reflections and make the veneers, crowns, caps, bridges or implants look more natural.
What causes dulling and discoloration of teeth?
Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Tooth dullness or staining is an indication that whitening should be considered. Smokers and those who drink coffee, red wine or tea on a regular basis accelerate the discoloration and require cleaning more often. This is among the most common reasons for teeth whitening
What is Bonding typically used for?
Bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin (similar to an enamel) that is bonded to the tooth surface to repair and/or change the color or shape of a tooth, then sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also makes a great tooth colored filling for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces. It can also be used to close spaces between teeth. Additionally, it is used to cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.
What can be done for missing teeth?
A partial denture can be used to replace missing teeth. Often partial dentures are stabilised by clasps, which clip around the existing teeth. Unfortunately dentures can increase the risk of gum disease to the patient.
Bridges are designed to replace missing teeth. A bridge can fill the spaces left by lost teeth, but it is often necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge to be attached
Dental implants can be recommended to replace missing teeth. With a dental implant in place, the jawbone is maintained and the facial appearance is improved, without the need to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge to be attached and without the increased risk of gum disease caused by partial dentures.
How can jagged teeth be corrected?
In some instances, simple reshaping (contouring) of the front teeth, even without anesthesia, may produce a dramatic result to correct jagged, chipped or slightly uneven teeth. The cosmetic dentist simply utilizes sanding discs and creativity, to create a natural look with existing teeth. If this is not possible, porcelain veneers may be the answer.
What are Porcelain Laminate Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is often used by dental professionals as a cosmetic procedure to change the colour and/or shape of a particular tooth. A veneer measures about 0.5mm thick, and is a thin, optically-beautiful, colour matched facing that is permanently bonded to the surface of your tooth. As the eye looks for symmetry and balance, often there are one or a few teeth that are slightly out of alignment or slightly the wrong colour possibly due to past trauma. Provided that there is healthy tooth structure (enamel) for bonding, one or more porcelain veneers are used as the restoration of choice.
What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?
A porcelain veneer is often used by dental professionals as a cosmetic procedure to change the colour and/or shape of a particular tooth. A veneer measures about 0.5mm thick, and is a thin, optically-beautiful, colour matched facing that is permanently bonded to the surface of your tooth.
Porcelain crowns are used when tooth support is required or when tooth colour needs to be blocked out. Often, in the process of a dental reconstruction we find that there is inadequate tooth structure remaining after all the old filling material has been removed. To support and preserve the remaining tooth structure, a crown surrounds and envelopes the tooth.
The gold standard for a tooth that has had a root canal treatment completed is to have a crown supporting the remaining tooth structure, due to the acquired brittleness of the tooth following the treatment. As the tooth typically darkens after a root canal, the crown serves to block out the dark colour and keep your tooth matching its neighbours in colour.
With porcelain veneers and crowns, we are generally able to transform your tooth or entire smile in just two appointments.