Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of treatments which are selected to enhance and improve the appearance of your smile. This may involve improving the position, shape and colour of your teeth. Often these procedures are used in combination to achieve the most optimal outcome. Our dentist Dr Anna McLellan has a particular interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, having devoted significant time to postgraduate training in this discipline.
Tooth whitening is a safe and non-invasive way to improve the colour and appearance of your teeth. We use the ‘at-home whitening’ method. We take a mould of your teeth to produce custom-made whitening trays and instruct you regarding how to use specially formulated gel inside these trays at home. It will typically take approximately two weeks to achieve an optimal outcome. Your dentist will be able to advise you whether you are suitable for whitening treatment.
Composite bonding to reshape teeth
Using tooth-coloured resin material, teeth can be re-contoured to change their shape or close unsightly spaces, and defects can be masked. This is an affordable minimally invasive and reversible procedure that can rapidly improve your smile and confidence.
Composite ‘white’ fillings offer a more cosmetic alternative to traditional ‘silver’ amalgam fillings. You may choose to have a new filling placed in a tooth coloured composite. It is possible to replace existing amalgam fillings for tooth-coloured fillings, through careful removal of the old filling material.
A thin layer of porcelain (or composite) is placed onto the front of the teeth to improve their shape, colour, position and appearance. A minimum of 2-3 appointments will be needed. Your initial visit will be used to carefully plan your treatment. Your teeth will then be shaped and moulds taken. A skilled technician will produce your bespoke veneers which are then bonded to your teeth.
A crown may be bonded or cemented over your tooth to protect the tooth structure, or improve its shape, position and shade. Beautiful crowns can be made to enhance and alter your appearance, or to reproduce the appearance of your natural teeth. A minimum of 2-3 appointments will be needed. Your initial visit will be used to carefully plan your treatment. Your teeth will then be shaped and moulds taken, prior to fitting your custom-made crown. Your tooth will receive a temporary crown in between appointments.