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COSMETIC DENTAL TREATMENTS
 
Cosmetic dental treatments can improve the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic treatments tend to look better and last
longer if you have healthy teeth and gums. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, this should be treated before any
cosmetic dentistry begins.
 
 
     
 
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Tooth-colored fillings and inlays  
    Tooth-colored fillings and inlays replace the gold and silver of the past with natural looking materials.  
       
    In the 1970's, "white fillings" came into common use. These "tooth-colored fillings" were made of a plastic dental resin filled with microscopic filler particles and were called composites. When dental composites were first introduced, they could only be used in the front teeth, because they weren't strong enough to withstand the chewing pressure of the back teeth (in excess of 40,000 pounds per square inch).  
         
   
 
   
 
Teeth with fractured silver fillings
 
Teeth replaced by composite restoration
 
       
    The composites of today have been vastly improved over the ones developed nearly forty years ago. They are strong, durable, and attractive.  
       
       
 
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Veeners  
    If a front tooth is chipped, damaged or discoloured, a thin layer (veneer) of ceramic material, such as porcelain, can be made to fit over it, or tooth coloured composite material can be placed on the tooth. In some cases, if you have one or more teeth that are crooked, veneers of varying thicknesses can be fitted to help them appear straighter.  
       
    The surface of the tooth may be filed down slightly to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. The dentist will also take a mould of the tooth in a putty like material. This is sent to a laboratory where the veneer is made.  
       
    On the second visit, the dentist cements the veneer onto the front of the tooth.  
         
   
 
       
    Veneers can last for several years but they can be damaged just like normal teeth due to a break or chip. The edge of a veneer may be fragile, so you should try not to bite your nails or tear sticky tape with your teeth.  
       
       
 
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All Ceramic Crowns  
   
It might come as a surprise, but “All Ceramic” crowns or “caps”, have been around for most of the past century. These restorations have no metal and are totally made of ceramic glass sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium. They have always been a highly desirable cosmetic solution for front teeth even without the availability of modern bonding.  
   
 
    Teeth restored with all ceramic crowns  
 
   
 
   
 
 
   
 
   
Incorporating bonding with all-ceramic crowns can have the strength and beauty of unblemished natural teeth. Today teeth that have too much damage to be corrected with fillings or veneers can still be made white and natural with all ceramic crowns.  
   
Some advantages of porcelain crowns are:  
Porcelain crowns are extremely durable  
Excellent choice for restoring severely fractured teeth, heavily worn teeth and for replacing old crowns  
Highly resistant to stain or color change  
No black line at the gum line  
 
 
       
 
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Bonding  
    Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile. Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth -- spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice. Bonding for teeth involves the use of composite resin tooth-colored filling material. This material can be used on the anterior (front) teeth or posterior (back) teeth. The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding is because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure.  
       
       
 
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Tooth whitening (Bleaching)  
    Our tooth whitening treatments have been extensively evaluated to provide a safe and proven way to lighten the shade of your teeth allowing you to smile with confidence!  
       
   
The Tray ­Based Tooth Whitening Process :  
  Once your dentist has started your treatment, you will need to continue the whitening as directed by your dentist, at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over several days for between 60 and 90 minutes per day. By applying a small amount of the gel to the specialised tray and fitting the tray onto your teeth, the home whitening system will remove most stains.  
     
  The tooth whitening gel produces oxygen which penetrates the tiny pores in the enamel surface of your teeth. The oxygen removes stains that may have become embedded in the enamel over the years using a safe and easy oxidation process.  
     
  We all want to look our best and a brighter, whiter smile can do so much to enhance your appearance and build your confidence.  
     
The Advanced Power tooth whitening treatment :  
  Using Advanced Power tooth whitening, The Dental Clinic can whiten your teeth by up to 10 shades in just one treatment, in less than one hour.  
     
  The Advanced Power tooth whitening is the latest, most effective in-clinic tooth whitening procedure. It is a bleaching process which lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine. With Advanced Power tooth whitening, patients see results immediately.  
     
  Unlike other tooth whitening procedures, Advanced Power tooth whitening can typically provide results six to ten shades lighter following one short visit to the dentist. The convenience of Advanced Power tooth whitening in comparison to tray or strip methods make it the perfect choice for the busy individual.  
     
 
 
 
 
 
Before power bleaching
 
After power bleaching
 
 
     
  Your dentist will then apply Advanced Power whitening gel to your teeth. The active ingredient in the Advanced Power whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide. This is applied to the enamel (the protective outer coating) of the tooth and is then heated with a special Advanced Power lamp.  
     
  The lamp activates the gel, helping to penetrate the enamel and bleaching away any discolouration without changing the structure of the teeth. When the Zoom! Advanced Power lamp is turned on, the whitening process begins. In less than an hour your treatment is complete.  
     
Internal Tooth Whitening  
  This type of tooth whitening technique is used for a discoloured front tooth which has previously had a root canal treatment.  
     
  Your dentist will firstly very carefully assess your tooth to make sure that the type of discolouration is suitable for internal tooth whitening.  
     
  A small ascess will be created in the back of your tooth and the top of the root canal filling exposed. An impervious lining will be placed over this and then a special whitening gel will be carefully placed into the tooth. A tooth coloured filling material will be used to close the hole.  
     
  Normally your dentist will assess your tooth after one or two days. It is common for the gel to require replacement two or three times to achieve the required whitening effect. Once your tooth is whitened, a light tooth coloured permanent filling will be placed in the hole to seal the tooth.  
 
       
 
   

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