Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of general and specialist dentistry that provides treatments and services to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Cosmetic dentistry provides a solution that improves the appearance, though not necessarily the function of an individual’s teeth. Many people report that they are unhappy with how their teeth look. This has been known to affect confidence, and can impact on quality of life. Cosmetic dentistry allows for people to not only be happy with their smile, but proud of it.
What dental treatments can I have done to make my smile better?
There are dental treatments that can be carried out to address practically every aspect of your smile and teeth, including but not limited to:
Whitening to remove staining or yellowness
Crowns and bridges to fill gaps or cover chipped teeth
Dental implants to fill gaps
Porcelain veneers to completely reshape your teeth
Teeth straightening to realign crooked teeth
Gum lifts to modify the look and shape of gums
Tooth reshaping to create uniformity of teeth
Cosmetic treatments vary in time, cost, durability and aim and the suitability of each varies from person to person, so we encourage you to speak to your dentist to see what solutions they can offer you.
Can my dentist do cosmetic dentistry?
In recent times, cosmetic dentistry has become much more accessible to the public, formerly something only available to the rich and famous. The majority of general dentists in Australia now offer at least some cosmetic dental treatments and take great pride and pleasure in transforming smiles and improving people’s self-confidence. While there are specialists in the field, called Prosthodontists, who have spent additional time at educational institutions to further their skills, a lot of the time your general dentist will be able to carry out cosmetic procedures.
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A dental emergency is an acute oral health disorder that requires dental attention, including broken, loose or removed teeth, toothaches and injuries to the lips, gums or cheeks through trauma, infections and post-surgery complications. If any of these issues should occur, it is essential that you contact your dentist immediately so you can make an appointment to prevent long term loss or complications. If you have experienced tooth and mouth pain at some point, you know it can be intrusive and sharp pain. Maven Dental Group practices are extremely well-equipped to handle dental emergencies and your local practice will treat yours with skill, care and efficiency.
I’ve knocked out a tooth, what do I do?
If you or a member of your family are unfortunate enough to have a tooth forcefully dislodged, there are a few simple steps you can follow for the best chance of recovery.
Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
If possible, gently place the clean tooth in the socket to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out.
If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk or saliva.
Once you arrive at your dental practice, your dentist and support staff will be able to support and do everything they can to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
Do I have to make an appointment for an emergency?
Many dentists are understanding towards the nature of emergency appointments and therefore know that emergencies are unpredictable. If you should find yourself needing emergency dental treatment it is advisable to call your local practice first so appropriate time can be made for you, however if you are at risk of losing a tooth or you are in extreme pain, they will generally fit you in as a priority.
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The Invisalign System is a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile without traditional braces. Invisalign treatment works through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Invisalign treatment straightens your teeth through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.
How old are people with Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic alternative to braces that can help you achieve a proper bite and a straight teeth comfortably. Everyone from teens to seniors can reap the benefits of Invisalign, but due to its discrete appearance, has been extremely popular among adults who might not feel confident wearing braces. Using advanced 3D software, Invisalign even allows you to see the end results of treatment before you even start. Invisalign won’t interfere with your lifestyle – and has even been proven to be as effective as traditional braces for treating a wide variety of orthodontic issues.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Having straight teeth isn’t just important for children, but for adults as well. The older generation did not have access to orthodontics in the same way the current generation does – the process has been hugely popularised and streamlined. This means even at an older age, adults can now straighten their teeth for both cosmetic and oral health reasons, quicker and more effectively than they ever could have imagined. In fact, it is getting increasingly common for adults to opt for Invisalign, with some orthodontists even focusing on the adult demographic.
Can my dentist provide Invisalign?
More and more dentists are staring to offer Invisalign, as the software and laboratory support does most of the required work, as opposed to the more technical process of fitting traditional braces. As mentioned, Invisalign entails a series of mouth moulds which dentists are more than accustomed to doing for similar procedures such as mouthguards and dentures. From here, the mould is sent to the lab so the retainers can be manufactured. So while orthodontists are obviously more qualified in the entire teeth straightening experience, many general dentists are able to provide you with Invisalign.
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