Our teeth are constantly being stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smokers / Coffee & Wine Drinkers are at most risk of having badly stained teeth. Over time, our teeth change to darker shades. This can be simply resolved by teeth whitening. The results vary between patients but always provides a lighter and brighter shade.
Home or Office whitening (ZOOM!) will improve the colour of your teeth and is conducted in our practice.
A veneer is a new front surface for a tooth, custom made from porcelain. Veneers are extremely versatile and can be used to align crowded or protruding teeth, close gaps or lighten tooth colour. Their strength and appearance rivals that of natural teeth and they are used to make long lasting changes to the smile.
In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics 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 such as Panavia. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.
No Preparation Veneers
One of the very latest techniques to emerge has been the no preparation veneer. Advances in porcelain technology allow dental technicians to make extremely thin porcelain veneers that can be bonded to teeth without any tooth removal being required.
Obviously it is a good thing not to have to remove tooth tissue, however as this is a very new technique there is not any longer term scientific evidence to show what the long term survival of these veneers is.
White Composite Fillings
Dental composite resins are types of synthetic resins which are used in dentistry as restorative material or adhesives. Synthetic resins evolved as restorative materials since they were insoluble, aesthetic, insensitive to dehydration, easy to manipulate and reasonably inexpensive. Composite resins are most commonly composed of Bis-GMA monomers or some Bis-GMA analog, a filler material such as silica and in most current applications, a photoinitiator. Dimethacrylates are also commonly added to achieve certain physical properties such as flowability.
Further tailoring of physical properties is achieved by formulating unique concentrations of each constituent. Unlike amalgam which essentially just fills a hole and requires retention features to hold the filling, composite cavity restorations when used with dentin and enamel bonding techniques restore the tooth back to near its original physical integrity. Nevertheless, time to failure is still longer for amalgam, and it has remained a superior restorative material over resin-base composites, but with poor aesthetic qualities.