Why should I see a Cosmetic Dentist?
Cosmetic dentistry is a booming sector of the dental industry, and for good reason. Cosmetic dentists are the professionals that enhance a person’s smile or facial appearance as a way to improve their quality of life. In a world where a person’s appearance can have a huge impact on every aspect of their lives, it is not surprising that the emphasis on cosmetic dentistry has risen in tandem with increased demand for the practitioners’ highly sought after expertise.
You may be someone who looks after your teeth well but still desire to make your smile more appealing. Or you may be dissatisfied with certain dental flaws that curb your enthusiasm for smiling. Whatever the case may be, a cosmetic dentist is able to provide various treatment options to help increase your confidence and overall satisfaction with your smile.
Teeth-whitening is one of the most commonly performed procedure that a cosmetic dentist provides. Using advanced systems and whitening products, it is now possible to transform yellowed and stained teeth into healthy-looking pearly whites in just a single dental visit. Indeed, millions of patients – including Hollywood celebs and music stars – have undergone laser-whitening treatments with amazing results. In the skilled hands of a cosmetic dentist, your teeth can literally turn several shades brighter and whiter within an hour of treatment.
Beyond the beauty aspect, a cosmetic dentist can also help patients suffering from tooth loss problems. There are many teeth replacement techniques that a clinician can use to replace your missing teeth, such as dentures, implants and other prosthetics. The ability to restore a new set of teeth that looks more life-like and appealing – not to mention provide an aesthetic fit with your overall facial features and smile contours – remains the forte of a cosmetically trained practitioner.
Combining the clinical skills of dentistry with an artistic flair for smile aesthetics, Cosmetic Dentists wield finely tuned abilities to add both beauty and health to your smile. Indeed, Cosmetic Dentists are as interested in the wellbeing of your teeth and gums, as they are in how your smile looks in relation to your lips, cheeks and rest of your face.
In view of all the cosmetic services that can transform your smile, there is really no reason why you should be hiding your teeth or be embarrassed about your smile. Regardless of the appearance of your teeth, there is a cosmetic solution that will be right for you.
If you wish to find out how a dental procedure can beautify your smile, you can talk to one of our experienced cosmetic dentists based in Ballarat. Call Dentistry@Ballarat at +61(3) 53649555 or visit dentistryatballarat.com.au
FAQsWhy do you take an hour for the first exam, when other dentists don’t? There are many problems that a patient can present with on their first appointment. Sometimes the health of your teeth and all the structures that surround your teeth are perfect. But we don’t know what we will find when we’re seeing a patient for the first time. So before we can give you the “all clear” we feel that we have to set aside enough time to explore all your presenting issues (and not just the obvious ones that are quick to spot.) You can rest assured that our standard fee is charged for this comprehensive 1 hour appointment.
Comprehensive Exam Why do I need to see a hygienist? Can’t the dentist just clean my teeth? Will they cost more? Hygienists’ training is dedicated to caring for gums, whereas dentists cover a much wider field of diagnosis. A narrower, more detailed focus generally means that more problems can be diagnosed at an earlier stage when treatment is easier, cheaper and with a better prognosis
Hygienists usually spend more time with you, thoroughly cleaning your teeth. They also can provide you with advice on how to take really great care of your smile. And, it doesn’t cost any more to see a hygienist!
Gum health requires more regular checking than the teeth. The hygienist is an economic way for you to have your teeth cleaned regularly without having to see the dentist every time—similar to seeing your GP when you have the flu, rather than getting an appointment with a specialist surgeon.
Maintaining Healthy Gums I haven’t been to a dentist in years & I’m worried about what they might find. At Dentistry @ Ballarat our team understands that fixing dental problems that may have been brewing for years can see the bills mount. That is why we’ll make certain that you get a treatment plan that allows you to be aware upfront of indicative costs and time. We also offer GE credit to assist with payment plans so that you can rest assured that you can budget accordingly.
We always focus on preserving teeth as much as possible and practicable. Dental problems compound if left untreated and that generally means the optimal time to start is straightaway. While the prospect of getting a number of procedures to fix your dental problems can be worrying, the best place to start is with a roadmap that will let you know where we need to go.
Services What’s the difference between a porcelain filling
and a cheaper one? Porcelain fillings are incredibly strong. A porcelain filling gives the tooth back its strength. Research has shown that the strength of the tooth is restored by porcelain to between 80–100% of its original strength. A usual (composite) filling comes nowhere close to that. Amalgam (silver) fillings are even worse—actually sometime causing teeth to fracture.
Porcelain fillings are more compatible with natural teeth than any basic filling material. Composite wears much faster than enamel and can break down base of the tooth, allowing decay to get into the tooth. No filling carries a 100% guarantee, but porcelain fillings come closer than any other basic filling material.
Cosmetic Dentistry How do our dentists look
aftertheir own teeth? You can read about Dr Ian Harper’s personal experience here. Why do I need X-rays?
Do they do me any harm? The fear of X-rays is understandable. However, the dosage of dental X-rays is very low compared to medical X-rays. In fact, X-rays surround us constantly whether we are at the dentist or not, in the form of background radiation, something which is given off by every object. You would need to take nearly 100,000 dental X-rays to equal the dosage of background radiation you experience over an average lifetime. Our digital X-ray system makes them even safer, reducing dosage by 50%.
We cannot always see where decay has managed to enter the tooth. X-rays prevent unnecessary fillings and allow us to do only the fillings that need to be done. Early diagnosis of decay also prevents the need for root-fillings into the future. If it isn’t currently broken,
do I need to get it fixed? A “stitch in time saves nine” describes our approach perfectly.
Our teeth have to serve us from when we are 6 to 106, and while the rest of the body can repair itself after being damaged, our teeth depend on us to be fixed.
Sometimes a tooth can be fixed after it has fractured; then again, sometimes the fracture is catastrophic and the only alternative is to extract it. No matter how easily it can be fixed, the prognosis for the tooth is always better if there is more of the tooth left to fix. That implies that the dentist and any assisting team members should use their experience and knowledge to identify those teeth which are heading in the direction of catastrophic failure and advise the patient accordingly.
The same preventive principles also apply to the other two most common causes of tooth loss: decay causing abscess and gum disease.