Do you want to whiten or straighten your teeth?
If there's something you want to change about your smile, make an appointment at Dental on Bowen to talk to our team about cosmetic dentistry treatments.
We'll explain what these treatments involve, including their costs and any possible side-effects, so you can make a fully informed decision. Our team is always on hand to answer any questions you have.
Do your teeth look yellow or discoloured? Teeth can become stained for a number of reasons, such as from drinking tea, coffee and red wine, smoking or simply due to natural ageing. If you're thinking about whitening your smile, we'll discuss the treatments we offer and help you to get a realistic idea of what to expect.
At Dental on Bowen, we use the Philips Zoom teeth whitening system. This can usually whiten teeth several shades in a single appointment, and includes a desensitising agent that reduces the risk of tooth sensitivity. We'll also make sure your gums and other parts of your mouth are protected during the treatment.
If you'd rather have a treatment in the comfort of your own home, we can provide a take-home whitening kit. We'll create a custom-fitted tray that fits over your teeth and provide you with the right concentration of whitening gel to achieve your desired result. Home teeth whitening usually takes 2 to 3 weeks, but this depends on your individual situation.
Teeth whitening is not a permanent treatment. If you want to maintain your white smile, you'll need to book repeat treatments at our clinic, or we can provide you with more whitening gel to use at home. We'll let you know if you're a candidate for teeth whitening at your consultation, as this treatment can't remove certain types of stains and discolouration and it won't affect dental work such as crowns and fillings.
If you're not a candidate for teeth whitening, or you're looking for a longer-term solution, you may be better suited to dental veneers. These are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that can be fitted over your teeth to cover up stains, close small gaps or straighten a slightly crooked smile. Veneers are designed to look as close to natural teeth as possible.
Before veneers can be placed, we need to reduce the size of your teeth and to roughen their surface so the veneers can bond more easily. This could have the side-effect of making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold. You may not be eligible for veneers if your teeth are more severely crooked or misaligned, in which case we may recommend orthodontic treatment.
If you want to alter the shape or size of your teeth, we may suggest dental restorations such as a crown or inlays and onlays. These restorations are custom-made to fit over your teeth and made from strong porcelain that can be colour-matched to your natural teeth for a seamless finish.
Dental restorations can be both cosmetic and functional if they help to strengthen a weakened tooth, correct a problem with your bite or ease jaw pain. They are also used for general dentistry treatments.
If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a more permanent alternative to dentures or a dental bridge. Implants are titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw and covered by a crown.
The advantages of implants are that they feel and function more like real teeth and stimulate new bone growth in your jaw, which helps to prevent a sunken face appearance. When you look after your oral health, implants can last for many years, even a lifetime.
At Dental on Bowen, we use an advanced 3Shape TRIOS 3D scanner that allows us design and manufacture dental implants in our clinic. We can take digital impressions of your mouth that we can use to create your custom implant and crown.
Implants aren't suitable for everyone however, and we'll make sure you understand the pros and cons before making your decision. Placing an implant requires oral surgery and can involve multiple appointments, especially if your jaw is too small to support an implant and you need a bone grafting procedure. You won't be eligible for bone grafting if you have certain medical conditions.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure,
you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.