Teeth whitening is a relatively simple, quick and safe method of improving the appearance of your teeth. Be it for an important upcoming event, a boost in self-confidence or simply a well deserved treat for yourself, we can offer a range of services that can improve your smile. The two main methods of whitening include an in-office whitening session where you have your teeth whitened in the dental chair for an instant result. Alternatively we can provide you with custom bleaching trays that will allow you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, all at an affordable price.
A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the look of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement. In contrast a porcelain veneer can only be made in the laboratory and cemented later.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns improve the strength or appearance of teeth (as a veneer would, but a crown is much stronger). Typically they are used in situations where a tooth needs strengthening after repeatedly being filled. Sadly whilst fillings restore teeth, large fillings are more prone to repeatedly fracture, placing the whole tooth in jeopardy. This commonly occurs after a tooth has successfully undergone root canal treatment.
Crowns are usually bonded to the tooth using a dental cement and can be made from a variety of materials. They are fabricated in a laboratory by a dental technician. The most common method of crowning a tooth involves taking a dental impression of the prepared tooth by the dentist to make the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment.
Bridges are dental restorations used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. For example, crowns are placed on the teeth either side of the missing tooth, joined with another crown sitting in the space where the missing tooth was, thereby “bridging” the gap.
A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth, to replace missing teeth. They are placed within the bone and the bone of the jaw accepts and integrates with the titanium post. Once the implant has fused with the bone, either crowns, bridges or even dentures (requiring multiple implants) can be fully supported to achieve your goal of function and aesthetics.