December 2nd, 2016
The festive season is just around the corner and for many of us, it’s a time of celebration and getting together with friends and family. If you’re eager to look and feel your best this Christmas, you may be looking for ways to address problems like chipped and stained teeth. If this sounds familiar, you’ve come to the right place. With dental bonding, we can give you a stunning new smile in perfect time for Christmas.
What is dental bonding and how does it work?
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that aims to improve the overall look of the smile. This is a very versatile procedure that can be used to address a broad spectrum of aesthetic flaws, including staining, chips, worn surfaces and gaps between the smile.
Bonding involves the use of a material called dental composite. This is a tooth-coloured, putty-like substance used to carry out minor repairs and adjustments. Your dentist will choose the shade closest to your natural teeth to achieve optimum aesthetics. They will then apply a small amount of composite to the affected teeth and shape it to fit gaps, cover staining, or repair chips. At this stage, the composite is soft and malleable. When your dentist is happy with the placement of the composite, they will shine a curing light onto it and this will set it firm. Composite is not quite as strong as natural tooth tissue, but it should last a long time. Once the composite has set, your dentist will carry out last minute adjustments.
Dental bonding is a very simple but effective treatment. We can carry out the procedure in a single session and you’ll be able to see the results immediately. For more information, call us now!
July 1st, 2016
More people are choosing to have their teeth whitened than ever before. Celebrities have made a bright white smile trendy, but white teeth have long been considered a sign of beauty, affluence and success. The good news is that you don’t have to have an A-list salary to enjoy a radiant smile and there are whitening options out there to suit everyone.
There are two main options available to those considering whitening treatment and these include in-chair professional whitening and home whitening treatment. In-chair treatments often produce longer-lasting, more impressive results, but they are more expensive. The treatment process generally involves applying bleaching agent to the teeth and activating it using a light source. In-chair treatments can usually lighten the shade of the teeth by several shades and some systems produce results in just an hour.
Home whitening is a convenient, affordable option, which also guarantees great results. This system is an excellent choice for those who struggle to make time for dental appointments, as treatment takes place at home and it can be fitted around your work or social schedule very easily. The process is simple and involves wearing a custom-made whitening tray, which sits over the teeth. Treatment duration is around 14 days with 6 hours of treatment per day. You can wear your trays at any time during the day or night, whichever is most convenient for you.
Is teeth whitening safe?
There has been a lot written in the news of late about the safety of tooth whitening. The advice from dentists is to see a dentist for professional, safe treatment if you want whiter, brighter teeth. It is now illegal for people who do not have formal dental qualifications and the relevant GDC registration to offer whitening treatment. When treatment is provided by an experienced dentist, it is considered very safe and effective. Some people experience very mild sensitivity, but this is usually short-lived.