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So you’ve never been 100% happy with your smile, you’ve thought about veneers but never known which path to head down? Well it’s your lucky day, read no further, Dobson Dental has got it sorted.

This procedure is one of the most popular treatments for changing the overall appearance of your smile, and they’re incredibly effective. While most people think of veneers as a single treatment, there are actually several different types of veneers available. These range for higher-end permanent solutions like porcelain veneers to temporary cosmetic solutions like snap on veneers.

Here we’ll look at the most common kinds of veneers and the pros and cons of each.

Composite Veneers are one of the most common treatment options, composite veneers are applied and sculpted during your appointment with us. They are typically used to fix small cosmetic issues, such as chipped or cracked teeth, but they can be used to fix slightly crooked teeth or to fill small gaps between front teeth.

Composites are substantially cheaper than the likes of porcelain veneers, and involve a far shorter treatment period. The treatment can usually be completed in a single visit, although it may be a longer appointment than normal.

The downside is that the finish often isn’t as good as you would get from porcelain veneers, and they aren’t as resistant to staining and discolouration. Regular polishing can keep them looking great, and as long as your daily dental hygiene is good they should last a long time.

Next up we have, porcelain Veneers. These are usually the most expensive option, but the transformative effect they can have on a person’s smile makes them well worth the investment. The treatment will involve multiple appointments, with the initial preparation work being done with your dentist and the creation of the veneers taking place at the dental laboratory.

They are created specifically for your unique set of teeth and will be custom tailored to your individual tooth colour and shape. They are resistant to staining and are the ideal solution to more severe discolouration, chips or cracks, and they generally last much longer than other types of veneers.

The downside is the expense, which is much higher than other types of veneer. Porcelain veneers also require much more initial preparatory work and usually require some drilling and reshaping of your original teeth underneath. Repairing and replacing damaged porcelain veneers can also be more expensive and time-consuming than other veneers.

Now we have instant veneers, these are somewhere between porcelain and composite veneers. They involve the dentist applying a pre-made veneer to your teeth, rather than a custom made one. There are multiple different styles and shades available based on the commonly accepted best look for teeth, we will match the style and shade to your own teeth.

This treatment is far less expensive than porcelain veneers as the lab fees are removed and the process can usually be completed in a single visit. The pre-made veneers also mean you’re not relying on the ability of your dentist to sculpt the tooth like you would with composites.

The downside it that you’re not getting a custom made veneer, but for the most part the aesthetic results will be largely similar. While instant veneers are fairly stain resistant, you won’t get the same long term results you would get from porcelain.

And last but not least we have removable veneers. These are a relatively new solution and are sometimes known as a snap on smile. They are made from a hard-wearing dental resin to form a thin but strong cover which you wear over your existing teeth to give the appearance of a perfect smile. You can eat and drink as you normally would, and simply remove and clean them when you’re finished.

At Dobson Dental, we will take an imprint of your existing teeth and you can choose the look and shade of teeth you’d like on your snap on veneers. You’ll then have a custom made perfect smile that can be worn as needed, and it’s a great alternative for those unable to afford extensive cosmetic treatment or who are not suitable candidates for implants or veneers.

While they are inexpensive and look fairly good, it’s by no means a long-term solution for existing dental issues. If you have chipped or cracked teeth, are missing multiple teeth or have discolouration issues then proper dental work will be required to fix the underlying problems.

Everyone is different, your needs and wants will determine which smile solution is best for you. Do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call if you have any other questions, we’re here to help.

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So you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened – but do you know what questions you should ask first? Many people have success with whitening treatments either in the dentist’s chair or at home using a whitening kit, but it’s still very important that you understand what these treatments involve before making your final decision.

You should always speak to your dentist before using any teeth whitening product (even over-the-counter ones). Below are some of the questions you should ask your dentist to help decide whether it’s right for you.

What’s causing my tooth discolouration?
Your dentist will be able to help you understand the cause of your discolouration and if a whitening treatment is the best solution for you.

For example, teeth whitening doesn’t work the same for all types of stains and discolouration. Usually, whitening treatments are better at brightening teeth that are yellow than teeth that are grey, brown or black.

If your teeth have been discoloured by staining food and drinks, tobacco or medication, your dentist might recommend avoiding these things in order to maintain the results of your whitening treatment.

And if the discolouration is caused by an underlying dental issue, this will need to be addressed.

Is teeth whitening treatment safe?
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t involve surgery, but there can be risks if instructions and regulations are not adhered to.

Teeth whitening products sold over the counter in Australia should not contain more than 6% hydrogen peroxide or 18% carbamide peroxide, as higher concentrations may carry a risk of chemical burns. Higher strength products may only be used by a registered dental professional.1

What are the risks or side effects?
If a whitening treatment isn’t performed correctly, you could risk injury or uneven results. If the bleaching agent comes into contact with your gums or other soft tissue in your mouth, there may be a risk of chemical burns. That’s why it’s important to at least consult a dental professional about any whitening product before using it.

Some people find that their teeth and gums feel more sensitive for a few days after teeth whitening, especially during in-chair treatments. Your dentist can advise you on possible side effects and what to expect.

Generally, it’s best for pregnant women and new mothers to avoid teeth whitening – as chemicals from the treatment may enter the placenta and breast milk.

How white will my teeth get?
It’s best to have realistic expectations before undergoing any whitening treatment. Your dentist should be able to explain what you can probably expect.

Not all whitening treatments are equally effective on all people, and not all teeth will whiten to the same degree. Teeth whitening can change a tooth’s colour by several shades, meaning teeth that are more stained or discoloured won’t whiten as well as teeth that were originally whiter.

I have a big event coming up – how far in advance should I get whitening?
Teeth whitening has become a popular way to prepare for weddings and other social events where people want to look their best. But because some treatments can take time to be effective, you should make sure you leave enough time before the big day.

Home whitening kits using gels can take up to two weeks to achieve results, while whitening toothpastes can take up to four weeks and generally have less dramatic results. If you have your teeth whitened professionally by your dentist (sometimes called an “in-chair” treatment), the treatment may be completed in a single appointment.

How long will the treatment last?
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent, but how long the effects last will depend on the type of treatment you have and how well you look after your teeth afterwards.

In most cases, teeth whitening can last from six months up to two years. There’s more chance of your teeth staying whiter for longer if you avoid smoking and staining food and drinks such as tea, coffee and beetroot.

Will this procedure work if I have a crown or veneers?
Teeth whitening specifically works on tooth enamel. It doesn’t change the colour of dental work such as crowns, veneers or fillings, although it may lift stains from their surfaces.

If you have dental restorations like crowns or veneers, they’ll probably have been matched to the natural colour of your teeth. That means they may stand out in your mouth after teeth whitening. Your dentist can tell you if this is an issue or if you’ll need to replace any existing restorations. Sometimes you may need to wait until after your bleaching is completed to know exactly which restorations will need to be replaced.

Is teeth whitening right for me?
When you’ve found out what the treatment involves and what the possible side-effects are, you’ll be in a position to judge whether teeth whitening is the right option for you. But not everyone is suitable for whitening treatments, and your dentist will let you know whether you’re a candidate during your consultation.

If you have an oral health condition such as tooth decay or gum disease, this should be treated as a priority before arranging a cosmetic treatment. You may also not be eligible if you have sensitive teeth or gums, a medical condition, you’re pregnant or you’re under 18 years of age.

To find out more about teeth whitening and whether it’s right for you, please get in touch with us.

Sources
1 Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). For Professionals — Teeth whitening product regulation [Online] 2013 [Accessed Sep 2017] Available from: www.adia.org.au


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