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:
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.
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.
The restoration is completed in one visit and your fillings will not be visible when you smile.
Improved cosmetic appearance of filled teeth while still being able to bite and chew as usual.
Hard-wearing restorative solution.
Are your teeth stained, 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:
A veneer is a very thin, tooth-coloured piece of porcelain (like a false finger nail, but more durable) that is bonded on top of your own tooth.
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.
You can have just one veneer fitted or a whole set, known as a smile makeover.
Simple and quick solution to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth.
Long-lasting smile enhancement.
An effective long-term solution to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite is orthodontics. Orthodontics is a subspecialty area in dentistry that focuses on aligning and straightening teeth using wires and brackets, applying gentle pressure to the teeth to move them into a particular position. The discipline has advanced over decades and today treatment is a lot faster and more comfortable than it was in the past.
Here is an overview of orthodontics:
Patients who have problems with their bite and the way their top and bottom teeth line up against each other are good candidates for orthodontic treatment.
Impressions, photos and x-rays are taken at the start of treatment to determine the course of action.
Brackets are bonded to individual teeth and wires clip onto them that gently guide the teeth into position over time.
Good oral hygiene habits are essential during treatment and regular visits are required for check-ups and adjustments.
Straighter teeth are healthier teeth, as there are no gaps for plaque to build up in over time.
Having an attractive smile will have a positive effect on your confidence.
Orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.
Thanks to fixed permanent retention you can be assured that your teeth won't move after treatment is completed.
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 teeth whitening works:
You will be assessed for the type of staining your teeth have.
A custom tray is made to fit snugly over your teeth.
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 are also available to lighten the teeth more gradually. In this case, the trays with bleaching agent can 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.
Effective solution for certain types of tooth discolouration and staining.
Safe treatment when delivered by a dental professional.
Cosmetically enhances the appearance of teeth.
4 steps to your new smile.
We will take you through the Case Assessment, which is a simple set of photos to determine whether you are suitable for Invisalign treatment.
If treatment is right for you, we’ll take photos, X-rays and digital scans, or a dental impression, of your teeth. Then we’ll create you a digital treatment plan, using our state of the art technology, showing you what your results could look like via a 3D video.
We'll give you a series of aligners to wear every day and change at home – on average every 1-2 weeks (as directed by your Dentist). You can comfortably wear your aligners for 22 hours a day (the recommended daily wear). And because they're removable, it’s easy to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and enjoy your usual diet.
We'll invite you back to the practice around every 4-6 weeks to monitor progress and hand over your new aligners. At the end of your treatment, you will need to wear your retainers to maintain your new smile.
All you need to know about invisalign
A beautiful, smile is a powerful thing. It can change your outlook, help you overcome inhibitions and give you greater confidence – in both your professional life and when you are out socialising.
With Invisalign, you can achieve this smile without using traditional fixed braces. This Fact Sheet provides information about the Invisalign System, so you can discover if a clear, convenient and comfortable teeth straightening treatment is the right course of action for you.
If you've ever thought about improving your smile, Invisalign could be the clear way forward.
What is Invisalign?
Developed by Align Technology together with leading orthodontists in 1997, Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of custom-made clear aligners. Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 8 million people worldwide have already discovered
Are comfortable and nearly invisible.
Gently and continuously move your teeth in small increments.
Are worn for approximately two weeks. Then you switch to a new set of aligners.
Are removable so you can eat whatever you want and maintain good oral hygiene.
By using advanced technology, Invisalign can treat a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues that were previously treated with traditional braces – from minor tooth movements to more complex cases. These issues include:
Overly crowded teeth.
Widely spaced teeth.
How does the treatment work?
It takes approximately between 9 and 18 months to create a new smile using Invisalign. Getting there takes just four simple steps:
You meet with an Invisalign Provider for a consultation about your treatment., based on your treatment plan and your dental records, a virtual 3D treatment plan is generated that shows you the expected movement of your teeth from their current position to the desired final position.
Once you and your Invisalign Provider have approved the treatment plan, the aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth. The number of aligners varies for each person.
You wear your aligners about 20 to 22 hours every day, except to eat, brush, and floss, or for a specific occasion.
Every two weeks, you switch to a new set of aligners. The aligners will gradually move your teeth towards their final prescribed position.
Custom-made to fit your teeth and your lifestyle, Invisalign offers many benefits beyond your brand-new smile:
Nearly-invisible aligners mean hardly anyone will notice that you are straightening your teeth.
The removable aligners allow you to maintain your dental hygiene, brushing and flossing as usual.
You can also remove the aligners briefly to eat, drink or for special occasions.
Even before you start treatment you'll know how long your treatment may take and what your teeth are expected to look like at the end.
How much does Invisalign cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of treatment. And, although only an Invisalign Provider is able to fully determine your cost, prices for Invisalign treatment. Find out prices here.
Advances in computer software packages now mean that if you choose to improve your smile, you can now be fully confident of the results you'll achieve even before your treatment has started.
As well as letting you know what to expect, by working with you to create a digital smile your dentist will ensure you are fully involved in the process of creating your new smile at all times, meaning you will be able to ask any questions and raise any concerns you may have.
Digital smile design is commonly used for veneers, implants and crowns, as well as other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Photographs are taken of your existing smile and scanned into the computer. Your dentist will discuss exactly what you want to achieve.
Your dentist will use the latest software to design your new smile, creating a realistic likeness of how it will look when treatment is complete.
A 3D simulation of your new smile is then made, so you can see it from all angles before treatment begins.
You will be fitted with a temporary version of your new smile to check that you are happy with the results.
Only when you are completely satisfied will your dentist complete permanent restoration work, leaving you with the smile of your dreams.
You have full input into your new smile design
Your dentist will be aware of any issues that may arise before treatment starts
You will be able to check you're happy with your smile before and during treatment