From dental implants and dental veneers to orthodontics, teeth whitening, and full-mouth reconstruction, cosmetic dentistry can allow you to have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. With so many procedures to consider, it’s important to have a thorough evaluation so a customized treatment plan can be created for you. During your initial consultation, your dentist in Camberwell will present and discuss with you all of the options to meet your aesthetic needs and personal goals.
At Riversdale Dental, our family friendly dentists specialize in all cosmetic dental procedures. If you think your smile may be in need of a little makeover, why not consider one of the many options we have available.
Possibly the most popular of all cosmetic dentistry treatments, teeth whitening can have a dramatic effect on your smile with the least cost and least amount of down time.
Our dentists recommend and use the Opalescence whitening system which has been clinically proven to lighten the colour of your teeth and produce beautiful smiles with less tooth sensitivity.
We’ve included some of the most frequently asked questions so you can jump straight into getting that dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of.
- How does Opalescence teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening is the removal of stains and discolorations from the enamel and dentin. The outer layer of the tooth is enamel, and beneath the enamel is dentin. Enamel is thin and typically much lighter in color, while dentin is darker in color and makes up the bulk of the tooth. Enamel can be discolored over time simply from age, but also from outside sources like coffee, tea, tobacco, and other foods and beverages. Also, as we age, our enamel thins, causing more dentin to show through, making the overall appearance of the tooth look darker.
Whitening your teeth removes these stains and discolorations, giving you a whiter, brighter smile. The active ingredients in Opalescence whitening gels pass into your teeth to oxidize the discolored molecules deep down in your teeth, removing stains and whitening your smile. Our original, patented formula contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride) and is sticky and viscous, so it stays where it’s placed. This unique feature prevents the gel from seeping out during treatment, ensuring both the gel and tray stay in place and work effectively for the duration of your treatment.
- Is teeth whitening for everyone?
Teeth whitening Camberwell is a safe, comfortable way to get a bright, white smile. Results and treatment time may vary depending on the level of staining and whiteness desired. Crowns, bridges, fillings, and veneers will not whiten. Those with gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots may not be good candidates for whitening their teeth. We recommend visiting your dentist for a pre-whitening consultation so that they can help you choose the professional option that best fits your needs.
- Should I use teeth whitening if I am pregnant, breastfeeding, or undergoing fertility treatment?
Like with many other dental or medical treatments, people have wondered if teeth whitening during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or IVF is safe.
Because no studies have been done regarding the safety of teeth whitening during pregnancy, the ADA suggests that “clinicians may consider recommending that teeth whitening be deferred during pregnancy.” Most dental professionals follow this suggestion, making it the standard protocol throughout the dental community, and recommend their patients don’t whiten during pregnancy or fertility treatments.
We agree and recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women, women undergoing fertility treatment, and patients with serious health concerns do not use teeth whitening.
- What options are available to whiten my teeth?
Opalescence whitening has been specially formulated and is available in many different concentrations, delivery options, and flavors. This means that you can whiten in a way that best fits your lifestyle. Whether you want to whiten your teeth with a custom tray, prefilled tray, or with an in-office whitening treatment, Opalescence has a professional whitening option for you.
- Will teeth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of teeth whitening. No harm is caused to your tooth as a result of a whitening treatment, and this discomfort is not an indication of damage to your tooth. If sensitivity occurs, it is most often temporary and will go away when you’ve completed the whitening process. If you do experience tooth sensitivity, there are ways to treat it using desensitizing toothpastes and gels such as Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste Sensitivity Relief or UltraEZ desensitizing gel. Consult with your dentist to determine the best treatment for your needs.
- Do teeth whitening lights work?
Lots of other in-office whitening treatments use a light or a laser during the whitening process. You’ve probably seen commercials for these kinds of teeth whiteners. Or maybe you’ve even seen kiosks in the mall where they use a light to whiten your teeth. Are these lights and lasers really effective, though?
Current research shows that only hydrogen peroxide (the whitening agent used in Opalescence Boost in-office whitening and Opalescence Go tray whitening) or carbamide peroxide (the whitening agent used in Opalescence PF custom-tray whitening) are effective in whitening teeth. Light activation adds no additional benefit. In fact, some research shows that using a light for whitening can be harmful to lips and gums.
- Does teeth whitening with charcoal work?
There is no evidence that brushing your teeth with activated charcoal is better, safer, or more effective than standard whitening toothpaste. Charcoal leaves a mess, tends to settle at your gumline, and is difficult for a dental hygienist to remove. Although the abrasiveness of the charcoal may help remove some surface stains, you may risk abrading your enamel too much. Such damage may not be repaired. Additionally, it is impossible for charcoal to actually change the color of your tooth. The only substance proven to whiten the color of your enamel is activated oxygen, such as that released by the peroxide contained in Opalescence teeth whitening.
If you are looking for a whitening toothpaste, we recommend Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste which successfully whitens by removing surface stains and is gentle enough to use daily without damaging your enamel.
- Can I whiten my teeth after a root canal?
Yes! Opalescence™ Endo whitening is designed specifically to whiten non-vital teeth. Consider talking to your dentistin Camberwell to learn more about the process for whitening a non-vital tooth.
- Can I whiten a crown or a filling?
No, only natural tooth structure can be whitened, any crowns or fillings that you have will not react to whitening products. If you have a crown or a filling that is easily visible, you may want to talk to your dentist about different options for improving your smile.
- How fast can I whiten my teeth?
Everyone responds differently to whitening treatments and everyone will whiten at different rates. Some stains are easier to treat than others. Teeth that are yellow or brown are easier to whiten than teeth that are gray-ish. Younger patients typically whiten more quickly than older patients, but every patient is different.
When whitening, keep in mind that your smile looks most natural when the color of your teeth matches the whites of your eyes. Some people want a Hollywood white smile, but that is not a natural color for teeth and few people can actually reach that color of white. Compare strengths and wear times for our various Opalescence whitening products and consult with your dentist to help determine the right option for you.
- How can I whiten my teeth overnight?
Opalescence teeth whitening gives you flexible options to whiten your teeth when and where you want. Opalescence PF 10% custom-tray whitening allows you to whiten overnight by wearing your custom-trays while you sleep. Because the length of time needed to achieve the shade you desire will depend on your specific case, you may require more than one application of Opalescence PF 10% whitening over multiple nights. Consult with your dentist to determine if this option is right for you.
- How much does teeth whitening cost?
The cost of teeth whitening can vary greatly depending on what you use and where you get it. While over-the-counter whiteners are the least expensive, they may not be the most effective because they are not tailored to your specific needs and they may increase the risk of having sensitive teeth. Other dentist-administered teeth whitening treatments may be more expensive because of costly lights or lasers used in the procedure, but these accessories generally do not provide any added benefit. Opalescence teeth whitening offers the benefits of a dentist prescribed whitening treatment without any costly gimmicks, making it the best value. Talk to your dentist about specific costs and to determine the best whitening option for you.
- How long do teeth whitening results last?
Teeth whitening results are very stable, leaving you with a stunning smile long after treatment is over. However, there are a few factors that can make teeth lose their luster. Things like genetics, diet, age, some medications (like tetracycline), and certain habits (like smoking) may affect the length of your whitening results. Fortunately, touch-up treatments are quick and easy, helping you get that bright, white smile back.
- How do I get Opalescence teeth whitening?
Opalescence teeth whitening is only available from dental professionals. This ensures that you receive safe, untampered, and real Opalescence whitening. After a routine exam to ensure you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, your dentist in Camberwell will provide you with the right Opalescence whitening product for your needs.
Veneers are increasingly becoming the choice for patients wanting to make small positional alterations, or to change the shape of the tooth the size or even the color. Basically, a veneer is a thin wafer of porcelain that is permanently bonded to a tooth to mask its natural color, shape, or positioning in the mouth.You can get a veneer for just one tooth or multiple teeth. Veneers are not a one size fits all approach, all teeth are different and your dentist will work with you to create a smile that is perfect for you.
- Am I a good candidate for veneers?
Most people with good oral hygiene and healthy gum tissue can consider veneers if they don’t like the look of their teeth or overall smile. Veneers can be used to correct crooked teeth, permanently whiten teeth or fix broken or chipped teeth.
- What are the real benefits of veneers?
Unlike natural teeth, veneers are very resistant towards coffee as well as tea stains, and even cigarette smoke because the veneers are made of high tech material.
At the same time porcelain veneers provide strength and resilience which can be compared to that of natural tooth enamel.
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are a type of dental prosthesis for people missing one, some, or all of their teeth. Fitting a denture to replace missing teeth usually helps patients with their eating and speech. It can also protect the remaining teeth, prevent the face from sagging and improve the patient’s self-confidence.
You might imagine a set of teeth in a glass of water on the bedside table, but there’s a lot more to them than that! If you’re after dentures on Camberwell then call our Riversdale dental clinic today!
If you are requiring something more permanent than dentures then this cosmetic treatment is worth looking at.Dental implants allow patients to have permanently attached crowns or lock-in loose dentures. If you’re looking for ultimate in comfort, aesthetic and functionality in dental restorations, look no further.
- Why would I need dental implants?
Patients who have lost one or more teeth or those missing teeth that affect their bite (and how they chew food) are often excellent candidates for dental implants.
- What are they made of?
Dental implants are actual composed of titanium. Titanium doesn’t rust, corrode, and is stronger than steel, so it will hold your crowns and/or dentures in place without difficulty.
Most of all, titanium is biocompatible with human bone meaning the bone will grow around the implant and minimize the change for rejection.
- How long is the procedure?
Dental Implants Camberwell are actually done in a single clinic visit. However, you need to wait a minimum of 2-4 months before fitting crowns and or/dentures to the implant. The reason for the wait is because it takes 2-4 months for the bone to grow around the implant. This is important because the crowns and dentures need a solid foundation.
A perfect smile is usually associated with perfectly straight teeth. The only real way to achieve this is through orthodontics. Orthodontic braces fix problems with the alignment of the upper and lower jaws and with the spacing of teeth. They may also be the best thing that ever happened to you or your child. The time and effort you invest in orthodontic treatment will result in a lifetime of improved oral health and, of course, a winning smile.
- Many Benefits of Braces
Self-esteem and confidence that come from looking your best are two important reasons to consider braces, but the benefits of braces go well beyond pure aesthetics. Braces ensure correct bite and tooth alignment which has many positive side-effects; including:
- Improved ability to chew food
- Alleviation of speech impairment
- Easier to brush, clean and floss teeth
- Reduced cavities and periodontal disease
- Reduced grinding and chipping of teeth
- Reduced risk of injury from protruding teeth
Braces can establish the foundation for a lifetime of improved oral health while helping you and your children look their best.
For all your cosmetic dentistry needs in Camberwell please feel free to call our clinic on (03) 9882 5566. Our family dentist Camberwell is more than happy to answer all your questions.