Veneers are thin porcelain restorations that our dentists affix to the front surfaces of teeth. A veneer, once attached to a tooth with dental adhesive, stays in place permanently. Veneers are crafted from porcelain specifically because porcelain is durable. Additionally, porcelain closely mimics the aesthetics of natural dental enamel.
- Make crooked smiles look straighter
- Close gaps between teeth
- Lighten the appearance of dark or stained teeth
- Resurface damaged dental enamel
- Bring disproportionate smiles into balance
Bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, discoloured tooth, to make teeth appear longer, used to close spaces between teeth and as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. Bonding can be done in a single visit to your dentist.
Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure.
Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as 'caps'.
There are a number of reasons. For instance:
- the tooth may have been weakened by having a very large filling
- you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it
- you may have had an accident and damaged the tooth
- it may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your 'bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision.
There are two main two ways to replace the missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
Teeth whitening treatments are now more effective than ever at reducing the surface stains that can build up thanks to age, coffee, tea, cigarettes and other factors.
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective, yet very simple way, of lightening the colour of teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It cannot make a colour change, but lightens the existing colour.
At Kings Meadows Dental Practice we use the POLA take-home whitening gel, which, is a professional teeth whitener available only through a licensed dental professional. Giving you a whiter, brighter smile using custom trays your dentist makes just for you.