Cosmetic dentistry – One stop solution for your dental problems
Teeth Whitening (or teeth bleaching) is by far and away the single most effective and economic way to improve all your teeth in one fail swoop with the minimal trauma to the teeth. Of all our dental cosmetics procedures, it is quick, relatively painless and for most, an extremely effective tool in bringing the best out of your own natural dentition. We recommend home whitening for fourteen consecutive nights. It’s this gentle long-term bleaching that gets the best and most predictable results time and time again.
All of our systems are fully compliant with EU regulations and undertaken only by qualified dentists and specialists registered with the Irish Dental Council. There are various light-based ‘power’ one-hour whitening effects available. But in our experience the added expense to the customer cannot be justified. Many of the initial effects of these whitening systems are due to dehydration of the enamel and regression of up to three-four shades within twenty-four hours when the teeth have rehydrated is normal and often leads to disappointing results for patients.
For those with composite/white fillings/crowns/veneers in their mouths you should realize that any shade change in your own natural teeth will not be duplicated in these. All restorations within the aesthetic zone will need replacement, usually two weeks after bleaching, when the shade has settled and chemicals present on the teeth as a result of bleaching have faded away. This can be costly and must be discussed and considered before undergoing any whitening procedures. Bleaching your teeth is an extremely effective way of improving your smile. It’s relatively cost efficient, mentally untaxing for the patients and gentle when done in the correct manner. Results can be quick and wonderfully rewarding for those who have been self-conscious about their discoloured teeth.
Veneers are an important tool for the cosmetic dentist. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple teeth to create a “Hollywood” type of makeover. Many people have small teeth resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have malpositioned teeth that appear crooked. Multiple veneers can close these spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, provide a uniform color, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight. Porcelain veneers will typically last between five and ten years, while composite veneers may need regular repair and refinishing. The bottom line is that your veneers will eventually need to be replaced. Although veneers are strongly cemented into place, there have been cases where they come loose and fall off. In such situations, it is important that you keep hold of your veneer and contact your dentist immediately.
White (Composite) fillings are usually made of either composite or porcelain. For the most, composite can be done directly in the chair and porcelain is fabricated in the lab. Each one has its merits and limitations. Composite fillings are the most used direct filling we employ in the clinic today. Much of the early limitations of composites such as shrinkage and wear resistance have been mostly eliminated by the advent of newer materials and techniques. Nine out of ten cavities can be restored confidently now in the clinic. The various options of fillings available will be discussed with you at your initial appointment after we have done our comprehensive consultation.
A bridge fills the gap caused by missing teeth, helping to restore your smile and improve your ability to chew and speak properly. A bridge can also prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position. Suitability, risks and benefits should be discussed with your dentist. A fixed bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth either side of the space and joining the crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. An adhesive bridge has wings that are bonded to the back of supporting teeth. These are very popular, as there is minimal tooth destruction when the supporting teeth are prepared. Their one major downside is their potential to be displaced. Although rare in a well-planned and executed bridge, it does happen more frequently with these types of bridges. The good news is that recementing them is quick with minimal downtime for the patient.
Lava™ Crowns & Bridges are one one of the most aesthetic and tested all-ceramic crowns available today. Lava restorations offer excellent long-term stability with little degradation over time. The tooth is prepared in the traditional way chair-side. Then a silicone impression is sent to the laboratory who fabricate the crown. The final Lava restoration has excellent fit, lifelike translucency and long-term durability. LAVA crowns can be used for most anterior and posterior single-unit crowns, bridges, inlay bridges and implants.
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