Cosmetic Certifications – How does the South Melbourne Dental Landscape Stack Up?
So this is an interesting scenario, In Australia – there is no real certification that separates a skilled dentist from a cosmetic dentist. We all agree that a good cosmetic dentist will give you the most beautiful, and attractive smile possible.
Dentists in South Melbourne do not fall outside of this description though…
There is an aspect to cosmetic dentistry that lifts the ‘game’ of your smile – a skilled dentist will understand the features and supportive structure of you face and jaw, they will note things like the distance between your eyes, the distance from the centre of your pupil to the bridge of your nose and the distance from the corner of your smile to the corner of each eye.
These features act as waypoint markers and are used in a function to determine the best size, colour and spacing of your teeth.
A good dentist will also make use of the latest and most advanced techniques and cosmetic procedures. Using the tools at their disposal a dentist will be able to provide a range of solutions addressing broken discoloured and misplaced teeth.
Cosmetic dentists can now address many of these issues in a single sitting, and bring a confident and beautiful smile to their client.
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As with general dentistry, there are a series of services and procedures that a cosmetic dentist will bring to the table. Learn more about General Dentistry here.
These services include:
Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, Clear Orthodontics, Dental Bridges, Veneers and Lumineers – even though we will be covering these in this article, our recommendation is always to contact the individual dentist and request a consultation to further discuss any procedure.
As you all should know by now, teeth change in colour as you age, but if you have any false teeth, or ceramic teeth, or even have teeth that have been strengthened by something like Sensobond may appear whiter than their neighbours. Learn more about Sensobond here
The reason for this is that they have been treated and are more resilient to darkening – you should ask your selected dentist about Sensobond.
Whitening Treatments of offer at most dentists are the Zoom whitening system, and Phillips at home whitening. Learn more about Teeth Whitening Here.
What is this Zoom?
Popularized by the shows ‘celebrity makeover’ and ‘extreme makeover’ Zoom safely bleaches your teeth to lighten then by only a few shades. We recommend talking to your South Melbourne dentist about getting a thorough cleaning, and then to discuss a Sensobond session – he/she ma recommend doing a whitening followed by Sensobond, or if your teeth are relatively white prior to a Zoom session, to possibly do Sensobond first.
After the initial whitening session there may be a follow up bleaching, or Sensobond session.
Many professional dentists will also provide in home, or take home whitening solutions.
These are great for those that don’t have time to come in to a practice for a whitening session. At home whitening is great, but not nearly as good as whitening done in chair – a dentist has the ability to see all angles of the tooth – something that an at home kit just can’t do. Learn more about Home Whitening Kits here.
There is no doubt in the professional dental industry, that if a tooth is too far gone, so damaged that it must be removed, or diseased to the point where it is affecting the wellbeing of the client – then that tooth needs to go. Unfortunately, this in itself can leave the client looking wrong, or not happy with the shape of their face, when this supportive structure is gone.
A skilled cosmetic dentist will source, or create a natural looking tooth, usually made from ceramic – under mild sedation they are either drilled or cemented to the jaw, creating a whole new tooth. Once the implant has set they can act as a stable base
Uncertainty around the process is what stops those in need from heading down this road – so what are the steps in getting a dental implant.
These days the process is faster, and less painful, of course, first the tooth that is affected needs to be removed. Once the space is cleaned and ready to accept a pin, our process can begin.
The first step is the implantation of a pin into the jaw bone, it is in-set and a screw is placed over it to stop debris from clogging the implant channel.
Think of the implant as an inverted screw, with a thread on both the inside and the outside – this sealed implant is then covered with gum and allowed to settle and bond with the jaw bone for 3 to 6 months. In all honesty this isn’t the most comfortable part of the process, but once it is done, the foundation for a new tooth is concreted in place.
The second step begins when the dentist uncovers the implant and places a healing screw into the implant – the gum is permitted to heal and accept the implant into the client’s physiology.
At this point the dentist will create a ceramic implant and then it becomes a little bit of a waiting game – if the dentist has some time, the quality of the proposed replacement chewing surface can be hardened.
After the surface has been created, the ceramic top can be placed and the procedure is over.
So who is a good candidate for dental implants?
It really is, anyone that needs a new tooth and can afford it.
This is a procedure that cosmetic dentists love, as it can increase the beauty of a smile in real time – the clear orthodontic retainers are so thin that they act almost as false nails, for your teeth. If worn often they move the teeth over time and create a spectacular smile.
The process is both simple and technologically advanced.
Upon meeting with your dentist, they will most likely take an imprint of the current state of your mouth, this can be either with a mould, or with a digital image – a stereoscopic image taken of the inside of your mouth – this data file or mould is then sent to a 3d imaging company that will create a 3d model of your jaw.
Once the digital jaw is created, they will create a series of trays that slowly shift your teeth from their current state to the future state.
Treatment takes about a year but the time may be reduced depending on what is trying to be accomplished. Every 2 weeks the existing tray is replaced with the next in its line.
Most of these processes are pretty similar.