A smile is often the first feature that is noticed on your face. If you are unhappy with your smile, whether it’s due to chipped, crooked, missing or discoloured teeth, what can you do? We feel that everyone should be able to smile with confidence. Now thanks to advancements in modern cosmetic dental care, you can have a beautiful smile easier than ever before.
Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. With more of our lives being captured on social media platforms it’s not uncommon to be insecure about how your teeth look in photos and in real life.
However, most of us don’t have perfectly pearly teeth. Coffee, tea, alcohol, smoking and even some foods stain teeth over time, not to mention the natural effects of ageing. So what options are available if you want to keep your smile bright and white?
With almost 30 years in practice Dr Rachel Hall Kenmore dentist shares what she feels are the five best dental treatment options currently available to help you smile with confidence and get that perfect smile.
Veneers are thin coverings that fit over the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. These are popular with celebrities and can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues such as:
There are two main types of veneers – porcelain and composite. Porcelain are the most expensive, but best looking type of veneers. They are custom made to fit the size and shade of your natural teeth and are bonded to your teeth, which means often no extra drilling or shaping is needed. Porcelain veneers typically cost $1,200 – $2,000 per tooth.
Composite veneers are more typically used to address minor chips in teeth or gaps between teeth. The composite material is less expensive than porcelain, but not quite as durable. As a result, composite veneers are also cheaper, ranging from $500 – 800 per tooth.
Porcelain veneers don’t change colour once applied (which means they don’t stain) but in some situations are more prone to chipping and cracking than dental crowns. Veneers when well looked after can last for over 10 years, if properly cared for. Once they’ve been applied, they also don’t require any special maintenance.
2. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are advised when your teeth are more damaged as it not only improves their appearance but also improves their strength and lifespan. Similar to veneers, crowns are custom made to fit your tooth, but involve removing more of your original tooth. This is because their purpose is to cover damaged or chipped teeth and provide additional protection.
Crowns generally last between 5-15 years and cost between $1,500 – $2,000.
3. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is significantly cheaper than crowns and veneers, costing between $300 to $600 per tooth. As part of this procedure, a dentist applies a tooth-coloured composite resin directly to your tooth, to repair damage. This procedure is recommended if you have small gaps between your teeth or you want to repair a cracked tooth.
The procedure can be done in a single dentist session, making it a relatively cheap and quick fix. However there are two main drawbacks:
Bonded teeth can last for 3 to 10 years, with the lifespan very much up to your hygiene and care standards.
4. Teeth Whitening
Professional whitening involves soaking your teeth in a ‘bleach’ solution. This can be done either by a dentist or yourself, through a take home “tray”.
A dentist performed treatment usually involves a light or laser to activate the bleach, resulting in more effective results. These usually cost around $800. In contrast, the “tray” option only costs $350 to $500. This involves a kit customised to your needs by your dentist and is self-applied. The kit contains a lower percentage of chemicals and results will take longer to become apparent but is much more gentle on your teeth and gums.
5. Professional Clean
The old “scale and clean”. Turns out there is a good reason why dentists advise we visit twice a year to get our teeth professionally cleaned!
Regular brushing and flossing only goes so far. A dentist is able to remove hardened plaque and tartar, as well as bacteria that is living in your gum line. Apart from improving the overall health of your teeth and gums, it helps maintain their colour and appearance.
While this option won’t dramatically change your teeth appearance, it will certainly prevent greater issues occurring down the line. Costing around $200 a visit, it’s not a large price to pay to maintain the long term health of your teeth and gums.
We’re lucky that modern dental procedures have evolved to give us a range of options to improve our smile. Of course, it’s always best to consult with your dentist as to which procedure is best for you. Worried about cost? Our payment plans make it easier to afford such treatments. Contact our team for more details 07 3720 1811
With cosmetic dentistry, even the smallest changes can give your smile a whole new look and increase your confidence. With cosmetic dentistry becoming increasingly popular, more and more patients are achieving the smile they always wanted thanks to a range of cosmetic dentistry treatment options.
Cosmetic dentists are helping patients improve their smile and their overall appearance. It’s important you choose a dentist with training and experience in cosmetic dentistry to perform any treatments. Dr Rachel Hall is a general dentist who is trained in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr Rachel has taken additional and advanced training in cosmetic dentistry including porcelain dental veneers, implant crowns, and smile makeovers.
She is currently studying a post-graduate mini-residency in prosthodontics to further enhance and upgrade her dentistry skills and services offered at Evolve Kenmore Cosmetic Dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry includes tooth whitening, bleaching, tooth coloured restorations, crowns and porcelain veneers and even orthodontics to improve the look, shape, colour and alignment of the teeth to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Each case needs to be carefully assessed to decide on the best course of action and treatment and to discuss what would be realistic and achievable expectations and outcomes.
Dr Rachel Hall, Brisbane Holistic Dentist, is a dental expert with 30 years experience. She has extensive experience in providing holistic dentistry, safe amalgam removal, and cosmetic dental services.
All surgery carries risk, and the patient must research their practitioner, the procedure, and the suitability for them, and consider the risks and any complication that may arise. Surgery is a serious matter and any risks and long-term effects should be considered carefully.