Do You Want a Whiter Smile? – Teeth Whitening Treatments

Teeth Whitening Treatments at Dental Excel | Cosmetic DentistryTeeth whitening treatments are amongst the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available today all around the world. Having a healthy-looking, bright white smile is near the top of the wish list for many people, and the latest treatments can bring about a remarkable physical transformation – fast and it won’t cost the Earth.

A person’s smile is the first impression they give to people they meet for the first time. Staining or discolouration of the teeth often takes away the intention to smile, or will inhibit the production of a natural broad smile or laugh. People who are conscious of their poor smile will likely hide their mouth behind their hand, supress a smile or turn away.

Having a healthy, white smile can provide a great boost to your confidence, and can make an impression on those around you.

What causes discoloured teeth?

Even if you adopt a regular dental care routine, there are still many factors that can lead to discolouration or staining of the teeth, most commonly:

  • Drinking red wine
  • Drinking tea and coffee
  • Foods with excess artificial colouring
  • Smoking
  • Illness
  • Medication

Boosting confidence and more with a whiter smile

Just knowing that your teeth look healthy, without stains or yellowing, can make a difference to your confidence immediately.

A recent study was conducted by Oral-B with 2,000 people participating. Amongst the most interesting responses were:

  • Whiter teeth can reduce your age appearance by up to five years
  • A whiter smile can make you 20% more attractive
  • White teeth can increase your chances of success in a job interview
  • Whiter smiles in the office can lead to better opportunities and pay

Although having a whiter smile won’t guarantee that you will get that job that you went for, find the partner or get you a pay rise, the increased confidence you feel after teeth whitening treatments always projects to those around you.

What is involved in professional teeth whitening treatments?

The practice of professional teeth whitening treatments by dentists is growing in popularity all over the world, for all kinds of reasons.

Here at Dental Excel, our teeth whitening service is a firm client favourite, and is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures we offer. Our treatments have been tried and tested, and are safe for your teeth and soft tissues of the mouth.

Following your consultation at one of our five locations, Dental Excel will make sure you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening, and will advise you depending on your current dental health, and level of discolouration or staining.

Our experienced teeth whitening teams will make you comfortable in one of our dedicated patient lounges, and offer Zoom! teeth whitening system, which is our go-to solution, providing beautiful results within an hour. A UV light is applied during the treatment, and re-application of the gentle whitening gel can occur every 15 minutes or so, depending upon the level of treatment, as pre-determined by your Dental Excel dentist.

We can also help you to attain and maintain a whiter smile at home with our tray kits – ask us for more information.

Give us a call, or pop in to one of our Dental Excel locations in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast to find out more about our teeth whitening solutions.

All About Dental Veneers | Cosmetic Dentistry

All About Dental Veneers – Are They Right for Me?

All About Dental Veneers | Cosmetic DentistryDental veneers are prosthetic devices that are placed over or on the natural teeth by a professional dentist to enhance the appearance of the teeth, either for medical or cosmetic reasons, and often to repair a tooth that has been damaged or discoloured.

The history of dental veneers

Dental veneers were developed in the US by a dentist named Charles Pincus in 1928 originally for the Hollywood movie scene. The first veneers were designed to be worn temporarily by actors to improve the aesthetics of the teeth for the camera.

He later developed acrylic veneers in 1937 that could be attached to the teeth with denture adhesive, again for temporary, aesthetic value. It was not until 1959 that Dr Michael Buonocore began to investigate the effects of etching the teeth to allow a more permanent bond.

Today, modern technology and dental practice has (thankfully) moved on, and the modern dental veneers found in cosmetic and general dentistry around the world can typically last for many years if applied by a professional dentist and cared for properly by the patient according to the advice of the dental professional.

There are two main types of dental veneers – composite and porcelain:

Composite dental veneers

Direct composite dental veneers can give almost immediate results in one sitting and minimal discomfort at a professional dental surgery. The material used is similar to white composite tooth filling material, and is built up across the surface of the natural teeth, before being shaped and polished to suit the wearer. Little or no drilling is involved in this type of procedure, and a healthy smile can be enjoyed almost straightaway.

Using this technique is a popular, cost-effective way of achieving a great, straight smile, and can address small cosmetic or medical anomalies, such as chips, discolouration or cracks in the tooth enamel.

Porcelain dental veneers

Porcelain Dental Veneers | Manufactured Precisely with a MouldPorcelain veneers are custom-made, fine shells that fit exactly over the affected tooth or teeth. These types of lab-manufactured veneers typically have better longevity and stain-resistance than composite ones, but again, this will depend on the professional dentist you choose, the aftercare you give the veneers at home, and the lifestyle you live.

Porcelain veneers require two visits to the dentist – one for preparation and to have a precise mould made, and second to fit the veneers when they have been custom-made to fit the recipient. A small amount of tooth enamel is sometimes etched to ensure a perfect fit for this type of veneer, and to ensure that the new veneer works beautifully alongside the other teeth.

There are other, ‘no-prep’ methods of fitting dental veneers, and your dentist will discuss these with you according to the result you require, and the methods your own dentist applies.

Are dental veneers right for me?

There are many reasons why a dental patient may opt for veneers. Although dental veneers typically fall into the cosmetic dentistry category and have been made popular by celebrities for a Hollywood smile, some patients select veneers to correct certain issues such as poor or thin tooth enamel, uneven teeth or discolouration.

The best way to decide whether veneers are right for you, and which type to choose if they are, would be to visit your dentist for a consultation. A good dentist will be able to offer a professional opinion, and will tell you if you are a good candidate for dental veneers.

How Dental Excel can help you

Dental Excel dentists across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast provide both types of dental veneers, and are experienced enough to give you the best advice about your current dental issues. A thorough consultation for dental veneers is crucial, if a successful result is to be achieved, and Dental Excel dentists work closely with you to make sure that you are happy at every stage.

Find out more about our dental veneers on our dedicated cosmetic dentistry website page now.

Our dedicated teams work in friendly, relaxed environments, and are happy to talk you through both types of treatments, discuss the different types of dental veneer materials, and help you decide which is best for you.

Dental veneers are among the most popular type of cosmetic procedures at Dental Excel, and we know that correcting small imperfections in your smile can make a difference to your confidence. Make an appointment with Dental Excel today, and find out how dental veneers can help you keep a healthy smile for longer.