Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions

Due to the recent increase in the media focus on a person’s smile, such as TV shows like "Extreme Makeover", it has made people more aware of how their mouths should look. This has created more public awareness about cosmetic dentistry and its accessibility.

Cosmetic Dentistry is the application of dental procedures such as crowns, bridges, veneers or tooth coloured fillings with the aim of significantly improving the overall aesthetics of your smile. This is often referred to as a "Smile Makeover", "Hollywood Smile" or "Wedding Smile." Having a smile makeover helps to improve the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures and can have a positive impact on an individual’s self-confidence.

Some of our Dental Practitioners have a ‘special interest’ in cosmetic dentistry and have been on many courses to enhance their skills and experience in this growing field. For this purpose, your dentist can reshape your teeth, adjust the spaces between them, change the colour or alter the length of your teeth. Our Cosmetic dentist will work with you to develop an affordable treatment plan that will give you the results you will be amazed by.

Cosmetic dentistry may involve the following:

  • The addition of some dental materials to your teeth, for example, fillings and crowns.
  • Removal of tooth structure, for example, enameloplasty.
  • Straightening of the teeth for the purpose of a better smile with orthodontics.

Before we can carry out any treatment, there are certain core principles that we need to adhere to in order to meet the final objectives of any type of dentistry. These include:

  • Establishing natural tooth forms and surfaces that are invisible to see
  • Colour and texture to form natural-looking restorations
  • Correct occlusion patterns for the specific patient to remove interferences
  • Harmonious periodontal tissues
  • Protection of tooth structure

Veneers:

is a technique used to correct crowding in the mouth, covering badly broken teeth, badly stained teeth, reshape teeth or closing up gaps. They are also used to increase the dimension of the tooth, thicken them, make them squarer or longer.  Thin slices of porcelain called veneers are shaped and coloured to correspond to the existing teeth.  The veneer is bonded onto the front surface of the tooth using an adhesive bonding material. The advantage of this treatment is that only a minimal amount of drilling is needed.

Teeth whitening:

When you meet people for the first time, one of the first things that you will notice is their smile. Losing the colour of your teeth is all part of the ageing process. Teeth start to change colour from teenage years onward.  One of the most common cosmetic procedures to rectify this problem is teeth whitening or tooth bleaching. Whitening is ideal for people who suffer from stained teeth as a result of consuming curries, red wine, tea, coffee or tobacco. It is safe as long as the bleach does not touch your gums otherwise irritation or sensitivity will occur.

There are two types of teeth whitening techniques to choose from:

A: Laser whitening – also known as power whitening is a type of teeth whitening system that our Dental Practitioners can provide. A bleaching product is painted onto your teeth and then light (laser) is shone onto them to activate the whitening.

At Ghauri Dental Centre we use the renowned Zoom Advance Technology System which is a form of laser whitening.  The dentist will use a stronger bleach jelly than is used for home bleaching. This method is used to bleach all the teeth at the same time. The bleach will touch the teeth for less time than with home bleaching and your dentist might protect your gums. They will paint the bleach onto the teeth and shine a special light on them. The bleach is washed off with water. Your dentist will make a note of your tooth colour using model teeth in different shades before they treat you. Look at the colour match yourself before the treatment, so you can compare it to the colour after the treatment. Your teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold food and drink for a few days after bleaching.

B: Home Zome bleaching –For this type of treatment, your dentist will give you a weak bleach jelly to use at home in a tray that fits closely around your teeth. The tray makes sure that the jelly does not irritate your gums. You will need to place the tray in your mouth for a few hours on several occasions, as instructed by your dentist (probably over a period of a week). Your dentist will need to use a putty-like material to make moulds of your mouth (called “impressions”)  so a dental technician can make the tray to fit. At your next appointment, your dentist will check the tray fits and show you how to place the bleach in the tray at home.

Dental Crowns

dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth that covers the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and improve its appearance. A crown may be needed in the following situations:

  1. To protect a weak tooth from further damage.
  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  3. To help support a bridge in place
  4. To help protect a root treated tooth
  5. After placement of an implant
  6. To improve the aesthetics of a tooth

After the dentist has prepared your tooth for a crown, an impression of the tooth is taken and the crown is fabricated in a laboratory for your tooth. Once fabricated, you will be called back for a fit appointment where the crown will be cemented into place. Crowns can be made in various materials including metal, porcelain and ceramic crowns.

New technology in materials now means ceramic crowns which include Emax and zirconia crowns can perfectly blend strength with great aesthetics to restore your tooth's shape, function and aesthetics.

Dental Bridges:

As the name suggests, is a fixed dental restoration that literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on each side of the gap. These two or more anchoring teeth are called ‘abutment teeth.’ Dental Bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

Types of bridges:

There are a few different types of dental bridges, these are:

  • Fixed bridges:

The fixed bridge often offers the most retentive and natural appearance. Commonly,  crowns are cemented permanently on both sides of the gap and the false tooth joins these crowns over the gum.

  • Cantilever bridges:

This is a false tooth that is only anchored to 1 tooth. Cantilever bridges do not have the same strength as fixed bridges so usually, they are fixed in such areas where less strength is required, like front teeth.

As with any cosmetic treatment, at Ghauri Dental Centre we will have an initial consultation to determine whether having a dental bridge is the most suitable form of treatment to replace your missing tooth/teeth. Once the dentist has seen your teeth and determined that you should have dental bridges, it usually takes two visits to make and fit the bridge.

This first visit usually takes between 45 and 120 minutes and involves reshaping the two teeth that are on either side of the gap. Local anaesthetic is often given during the reshaping of the teeth. We also take impressions of your teeth and fit you with a temporary bridge during this first visit. This temporary bridge maintains the look and function of your teeth while the dental technician makes the bridge. . A shade for the bridge is chosen to blend in with existing teeth

The second visit involves the dentist fitting the permanent bridge. The bridge is then cemented to the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth are drilled down to attach the bridge to either side of the gap.

The middle crown is solid to mimic a tooth, the other two are hollow in order to fit over the teeth. Once treatment has taken place, then the patient must be careful to clean well under it and assuming that the patient is diligent about keeping their bridge clean, it should last for decades.