Cosmetic dentistry is a specialised area of dental care, focussing on improving the appearance of a person's teeth, gums and bite. Here at A-List Dentistry we can create naturally beautiful smiles using the most innovative dental technology combined with our extensive skills and knowledge.
Crowns restore a single tooth
Bridges replace multiple missing teeth
Veneers are exceptionally thin porcelain covers that align and lighten broken down teeth
- Onlays and inlays
Onlays and inlays restore larger areas of biting surfaces
- Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is composite materials that change the shape of a tooth
- Tooth Coloured Fillings
Tooth coloured fillings replace amalgam
- Tooth Whitening
Tooth whitening lightens and whitens discoloured and stained teeth
Many of our patients choose to have one or more crowns in this popular dental treatment can help restore broken down teeth. Our porcelain crowns look incredibly natural and will feel exactly like your own teeth. The skill of our Cosmetic Dentists means no one need know you have them.
Why Might Your Need A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are sometimes called caps and are designed to completely cover up a tooth that has lost a significant part of its structure due to decay or trauma. The crown extends right down to the junction where the tooth meets the gum sealing out bacteria in the mouth and protecting the tooth against further damage. Dental crowns are very safe and effective and may also be used to: help build up teeth that do not bite together correctly, and to restore teeth after root canal treatment.
Crowns can still be made entirely from a metal alloy or gold that is highly polished, or they can have a metal substructure that is covered up with porcelain. Porcelain crowns with a metal substructure are carefully crafted to look very natural and can blend in well with the surrounding teeth. Our dentists will take time to advise you of the different materials and help you make a decision.
All Ceramic Crowns Create Beautiful Smiles.
The most common form of crowns we provide are entirely metal free, and are ideal for anyone looking for the very best cosmetic results. This is because these crowns have a similar translucency to natural teeth; metal blocks light so more of it can pass through a metal free crown. All ceramic crowns can be made entirely from porcelain, or they may have a substructure that’s made from a material called zirconia. This is a special type of porcelain that is incredibly strong.
The Procedure For A Dental Crown
A dental crown normally required at least two visits to one of our dentists. The first visit will be to prepare your tooth, where our dentist will reduce the tooth to create sufficient room for the new crown. A local anaesthetic ensures you are kept comfortable. Next, an impression is taken of your tooth to send to our partner dental laboratory so a master dental technician can fabricate your new crown. This can take up to a couple of weeks, and in the meantime your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. The second visit will be to fit your crown and permanently cement it in position.
Once the tooth is crowned it can be treated exactly like a natural tooth so all you need to do is brush as normal and, of course, don’t forget to floss. Regular check-ups and visits to our hygienist will help prolong the life of your crown, keeping your smile looking good for longer.
Missing teeth can detract from a nice smile. But may also lead to other problems. The teeth nearest to the gaps in your mouth will begin to drift, affecting your bite, and even causing more spaces to open up in between other teeth.
The loss of teeth can affect your facial profile, as teeth provide support to your cheeks and lips. In addition, your remaining teeth will come under more stress, and this could increase the wear and tear on them, and the likelihood of fractures. Once tooth movement occurs it can be difficult to correct, so it is important to replace lost teeth as soon as possible. A dental bridge is an easy and comfortable solution to replacing lost teeth.
Once the bridge is in position you will be able to eat and chew normally, and it will be designed to support your cheeks and lips. A well-made bridge can look very natural and is a great way to restore your smile and improve self-confidence after tooth loss.
What Is A Bridge
A bridge is a designed to ‘bridge the gap’ between teeth. It does this by using the teeth adjacent to the gap as anchors or retainers. These teeth are crowned, and the crowns are attached to the replacement tooth or teeth. Each replacement tooth is called a pontic. Sometimes it will only be necessary to crown the tooth on one side of the gap, while on other occasions our dentists will need to crown both teeth so the bridge will be supported on either side. This will depend on whether you have healthy strong teeth either side of the gap, and the number of teeth to be replaced.
Bridges can be especially goof if the teeth adjacent to the gaps would benefit from crowning. If these teeth are perfectly healthy, and are nicely shaped then you would be advised to consider a dental implant.
What Are Bridges Made From?
Bridges can be made from various materials, including porcelain fused to metal, where a metal substructure is covered up with tooth coloured porcelain, or they can be all ceramic, containing no metal whatsoever. Porcelain fused to a metal bridge is popular, but we find that all ceramic bridges can give superior results, especially when replacing teeth right in the front of the mouth.
Just like the crowns we offer, all ceramic bridges have a substructure made from zirconia. This is an incredibly strong substance and its covered up with a special type of porcelain so the final result is an extremely strong bridge that looks very lifelike. This material is so strong its even possible to use if for bridges, replace an entire arch of teeth.
- Do you have gaps between your teeth?
- Do you have an incorrectly shaped tooth?
- Would you like a treatment that removes as little tooth as possible?
Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length.
Veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
Why Choose Veneers?
- When orthodontics is not an option, veneers may be the answer
- Veneers stay securely attached to your teeth.
- They are unlikely to affect the nerves within a tooth or weaken it
- Similar to false nails, veneers are painless and easy to apply
- Veneers can be used to close gaps between teeth
Will It Hurt?
The process is similar to having a filling, so there should be very little discomfort.
INLAYS & ONLAYS
We use dental inlays and onlays as a way of restoring a tooth that has mild to moderate decay, where an ordinary filling would not be strong enough to repair the tooth but a full crown is not necessary. We often use them to repair the surfaces of molars and premolars at the back of the mouth. Once complete, they are virtually undetectable. Molars are the largest teeth right at the back of the mouth, and you will have two or three molars on each side of your upper and lower jaw (three if you have your wisdom teeth). Premolars are the smaller teeth located in front of the molars, and you should have two on each side of your upper and lower jaw.
What Are The Differences Between Inlays And Onlays?
An inlay is only used to replace the central part of the chewing surface of a back tooth. If you look in the mirror, you will see your back teeth have raised points on the edges closest to your cheeks and tongue, these are called cusps. An onlay is used to replace part of the chewing surface of a back tooth, as well as one or more of the cusps, so it can restore larger areas of tooth decay.
What Are Inlays And Onlays Made From?
Our inlays and onlays can be made from a tooth-coloured composite resin or a tooth-coloured porcelain. Our inlays and onlays will not stain or discolour, and should look good until they need replacing.
Benefits Of Choosing Inlays And Onlays
These restorations help conserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, and are precision made to seal out bacteria, protecting the tooth so it lasts longer. Treatment is quick and less expensive than a full crown.
Dental bonding is a quick and inexpensive treatment that can help improve the look of your smile, and can often be completed in just one visit. It is ideal for making slight changes to the appearance of teeth, and is an affordable alternative to dental veneers.
WHAT IS DENTAL BONDING?
Dental bonding uses tooth-coloured composite resin to change the shape and appearance of teeth. This is the same material that is used for tooth coloured fillings. We use dental bonding to:
- Cover up a tooth that is discoloured
- Repair chips in teeth
- Help to minimise or close gaps between teeth
- Lengthen teeth that have worn down or are too small
- Protect the root of a tooth that has been exposed due to receding gums.
The process is very kind to teeth as composite resin closely replicates natural tooth material and will work in harmony with your natural teeth. The composite resin can bond strongly to tooth surfaces and only minor tooth preparation is needed so treatment can be carried out without any injections and anaesthetic.
How It’s Done
The tooth is prepared by lightly roughening the surface. Next, the tooth thoroughly cleaned and dried, and the composite resin is expertly applied in small increments. It is hardened using a special light, and is shaped and polished. Composite resin is available in lots of different shades so the final colour will perfectly blend in with your natural tooth.
The results should last for quite a few years, but lifestyle habits such as, smoking and drinking tea and coffee, may eventually stain the composite resin and will need replacing.
TOOTH COLOURED FILLINGS
Why Might You Need A Filling?
Filings are used to repair cavities and restore a decayed tooth. A filling helps to restore strength, structure and function to a decayed tooth so it can be used normally. Cavities can develop if a tooth becomes decayed, as this allows bacteria to enter the tooth, destroying the structure of the tooth so a hole develops. It is important to have any cavities filled as soon as possible, as otherwise they will become larger, and there is the risk the tooth will become badly infected.
Why Choose Tooth Coloured Fillings?
Tooth coloured fillings are virtually invisible, blending in with your natural teeth and restoring your smile. They can be used anywhere in the mouth, with beautiful results.
Nowadays modern composite resin filling material can generally be used to repair small to medium sized cavities, and this material can be much healthier for teeth. Tooth coloured fillings require minimal preparation, preserving as much of your tooth as possible.
Quite a few people still have older style amalgam or silver coloured fillings. These can create darker areas in the mouth, and can easily be noticed when speaking or smiling with others. Amalgam filings have been used for decades. If you need a filling then our Dentist will recommend using coloured composite resin to repair the tooth, not amalgam. Our material of choice comes in many different shades and translucencies, ensuring the final result will look very natural. If you currently have some amalgam fillings, then our Dentist might not necessarily recommend replacing them for the sake of it. Many patients find that eventually, their amalgam fillings will begin to fail. If this happens to you, then rest assured the amalgam can be safely removed and replaced with a tooth coloured filling.
PROFESSIONAL TOOTH WHITENING
Professional tooth whitening offers an easy and quick way to improve your appearance. This affordable treatment can help boost self-esteem and self-confidence. Many people often associate whiter smiles with being healthier and younger so it’s understandable that this is one of our most common cosmetic treatments. Our Enlighten gentle whitening system provides guaranteed results, with an attractive and natural appearance achieved.
Enlighten Tooth Whitening
We use the Enlighten tooth whitening system as it's been proven to be highly effective and can lighten teeth to the whitest and brightest shade. Treatment is simple and effective and can be completed in just a few straightforward steps over a short period of time.
The process begins with the construction of your custom-made whitening trays. Our Dentist will take impressions of your mouth so the whitening trays can be fabricated.
Once the whitening trays are completed we will check they are comfortable and that they fit tightly over your teeth, ensuring the whitening gel will not leak out.
We'll supply you with the Enlighten whitening gel. We will show you exactly how much gel to use in the trays, and how to correctly seat the trays in your mouth over your teeth so you get the best from this premium system.
All you need to do is to use the whitening trays for the prescribed amount of time each day. This could be just one hour or even overnight for just a couple of weeks.
It's important to follow our instructions as they are designed to make sure you whiten safely and comfortably. If your teeth are particularly sensitive then we have special toothpastes and gels to help increase comfort during treatment.
On average after two weeks you will return to see our Dentist to assess the success of treatment. At this stage you can choose to have a booster treatment at our clinic. This uses a higher strength of whitening gel to help maximise the whiteness of your new smile. Once treatment is complete you can prolong the results by using Enlightens evo-white stain removing toothpaste. Tooth whitening is not permanent. But all you need to do is maintain the results periodically, using your custom-made whitening trays and top up at home.
If you are interested in tooth whitening then you will need a full consultation with one of our Dentists. They will need to examine your teeth and gums to make sure you are suitable for tooth whitening.
Our Dentists can also explain the type of results that can be reasonably achieved, as some shades of teeth will bleach more easily. Certain teeth might not respond to bleaching, for example if they have darkened due to root canal treatment. If this is the case, then we may recommend covering up these teeth with veneers so they blend in with your newly whitened smile.