Cosmetic Dentistry

At Polished Dental, we love nothing more than providing quality dental care for the entire family, from the young to the young-at-heart. We focus particularly on building strong relationships with those in the community, and ensuring their dental health is in optimum condition over the years.

When it comes to the condition of your teeth, preventative dentistryis your biggest ally. Booking regular appointments with our clinic is the first line of defence against many dental hygiene problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

There are a range of dental issues that can be prevented through regular hygiene appointments and patient education. We believe it is important that everybody plays an active role in their oral health, which includes establishing good hygiene habits at home and making informed decisions on treatments.

We are always striving to ensure our patients are as informed as they can be, so they can make the decision that best suits their overall needs.

Dental Check Up and Clean

Dental check-ups and cleans are one of the best ways to maintain oral health, when combined with brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your dentist can prevent major dental issues from occurring; prevention is far more effective at saving you time and money in the long run.

We recommend you see your dentist twice yearly for a dental check-up and clean. These appointments take roughly 30 to 40 minutes for regular patients.

Dental Check-Up

A dental check-up involves a bit more than just looking at your teeth! During the check-up, your wonderful dentist will discuss whatever concerns you may have, perform a dietary and hygiene assessment, and do a thorough examination of your jaw, gums, tongue, throat, face and neck. Then they will examine your teeth for signs of cavities, infection, cracks or excess plaque build-up.

At Polished Dental, we know that education is power, so we want you to have an understanding of your oral health and control of your treatment. If dental work is required, your dentist will go over it in detail and explain why it’s necessary.

If areas need to be addressed, your dentist will create a dental treatment plan with your input, allowing it to be shaped to your timeframe and budget. If further work is required, another appointment will usually be needed for the treatment to be carried out.

New Patients

If you’re a new patient, we take the time to thoroughly address any concerns you may have and take an in-depth look at your mouth and oral health. If we feel there isn’t enough time to dedicate to your scale and clean, we’ll book you in for another appointment.

Dental X-Rays

X-Rays may be required to give us a thorough overview of the condition of your mouth. They give us a better look at your teeth and allow us to see any decay or infection between or around the teeth that isn’t otherwise visible.

X-Rays allow us to find areas of decay before they are big enough to see with our own eyes! Having x-rays on file also allows us to compare and track any changes in your mouth.

Dental Clean

Our terrific dentists will scale and polish your teeth to remove stains, plaque build-up and tartar. This is done with special ultrasonic tools and a gentle abrasive polishing paste; a lot more in-depth than when you brush your teeth at home!

After this, your teeth are smooth and shiny, and this slick surface makes it hard for new plaque to stick to your teeth. If you have a heavier build-up, or periodontal disease (gum disease), you may require multiple visits

Fluoride treatment

At the end of your appointment, fluoride is applied to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Please wait 20 minutes after the application of the fluoride before you eat or drink.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…

Dentures

Dentures, or plates, nowadays come in a vast array or forms. Dentures are composed of acrylic teeth on a metal or acrylic base with retainers, or clasps, to brace existing teeth.

Newer dentures can be much more discreet whilst still being retentive. This can be achieved by using different materials such as reinforced yet flexible acrylics, or through the use of magnets and implants.

If you have any ill-fitting or worn dentures please let us know and we are more than happy to adjust them or talk with you about alternatives. Options can be much easier and cheaper than you may think and we’re only too happy to help.

White fillings

White fillings, also known as Composite fillings, are an excellent cost-effective option for treating damaged teeth. They are more cosmetically pleasing than the previously the previously common metal (amalgam) fillings and have several other benefits.

What are white fillings?

Composite fillings are an effective and common treatment for many dental issues, such as:

Filling cavities

Repairing chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth

Improving the look of discoloured or oddly-shaped teeth

Replace defective or unsightly amalgam fillings

What are the benefits of white fillings?

White fillings are a common replacement for old amalgam fillings due to their many advantages, including:

Less sensitive to temperature

Ability to better restore the original strength of a tooth by bonding to the tooth, preventing long term fractures

Less tooth is removed during filling preparation compared to amalgam fillings

Aesthetic properties – mask permanent stains, close gaps and reshape teeth

White fillings are a great solution for small areas of decay, fractures or aesthetic issues, but they still have their limitations. For larger areas of breakdown, high-impact areas or for high aesthetic demand, porcelain crowns or veneers may be more appropriate. Your dentist will diagnose and determine with you the best treatment option for your particular case.

Should I replace my old amalgam fillings with new composite fillings?

If you had fillings put in years ago, they were most likely made from a metal amalgam containing mercury, silver, tin and copper. These fillings used to be common and were thought to be durable and strong.

Instead of being bonded to the tooth, metal fillings are ‘packed’ into the space. This means that, over time, the force of your bite and general use of your teeth have a high chance of forming cracks in the tooth and parts of the tooth splitting or fracturing.

The prevalence of amalgam fillings has reduced in recent times due to environmental concerns and composite fillings have since been developed in their place. Composite fillings are bonded, or stuck, to the tooth, which allows your dentist to be more conservative and remove less of the original tooth. It also means there is less chance of cracking and fracturing. White fillings also camouflage well within the tooth structure.

If you still have old metal fillings, we recommend you have one of our dentists check their condition. We’ll do a thorough examination to ensure decay hasn’t set in underneath the filling and that they’re still functioning as required. Even if there are cracks, pain or discomfort may not be felt until a portion of the tooth breaks off or the tooth splits. That’s why it’s important to have a dentist check your fillings regularly – an absence of pain does not necessarily mean all is well.

If we think replacement fillings are needed, we’ll discuss the options with you so you have all the knowledge needed to make the right call.

What’s involved in filling a tooth?

Firstly, we numb the area so no pain or discomfort is felt. Then we carefully remove any decay with specialised equipment. Once we’re satisfied that all decay has been removed, we clean the area of bacteria and debris.

Composite material is then placed in layers, with each layer cured by a special light. Once the layering process is completed, we shape and polish the filling so it that it’s camouflaged against the surrounding tooth.

By the time we’re finished, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the filling and your tooth.

Early detection is vital when it comes to fillings

It’s often the case that by the time you’re aware of an issue, it has already grown quite large. Regular check-ups with your dentist provide the opportunity to detect issues before they become too serious. Early detection is often the difference between a minor dental treatment and something more complex, like a root canal.

A tooth can deteriorate quite quickly once decay has set in. It’s important that you make an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as you feel there’s an issue. Teeth that have been significantly compromised may require additional support, such as a porcelain inlay or crown. While these treatments are stronger and more durable than fillings, they’re also a much larger financial investment.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…

Veneers

Do you want to improve the appearance of crooked, stained or chipped teeth? Veneers are the solution you’re looking for. These customised, wafer-thin shells cover the front surface of your teeth, resulting in a bright, straight and natural smile.

What are veneers?

Veneers are a brilliant, restorative dental treatment for covering stained or chipped teeth, and even hiding gaps. They are made of either porcelain or composite material, and address several dental issues, such as:

  • Worn down teeth

  • Chipped or broken teeth

  • Irregularly shaped or uneven teeth

  • Gaps between teeth

Composite veneers

If it’s only minor chips, cracks or discolouration that needs addressing, then the material we use for fillings (composite) may be all that’s required.

Porcelain veneers

A porcelain veneer treatment involves bonding a thin porcelain coating to the front surface of your tooth. This coating is strong, durable, looks natural and is resistant to staining. Two appointments are required for this treatment, as porcelain veneers are custom made in a lab.

If you’re unsure of which type of veneer is most appropriate for you, then fear not; we’ll give you all the expert guidance you need.

How are porcelain veneers applied?

Preparation

The first step involves shaping the surface of the tooth equal to the thickness of the veneer. An impression is then taken of the tooth and sent off to a lab where the custom porcelain veneer is made. We apply a temporary veneer to the tooth to last until the porcelain one is ready.

Bonding

Before the bond the veneer, we first check its fit and colour. Some trimming may be required so that it sits perfectly on the tooth. We then prepare the cement that will bond the veneer to the tooth, and shade the cement so it matches the natural colour of your teeth.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers usually last for around 10 years, but potentially longer. As we always say, it depends on your oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and rinsing need to be regular habits, and we also recommend twice yearly check-ups with your dentist.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening may be deemed a cosmetic treatment, but that should in no way imply that it is unnecessary or unimportant. At Polished Dental, we believe that a happy and confident smile means a happy and confident self-esteem. If the colour of your teeth makes you feel self-conscious and you’re constantly covering your mouth with your hand, then teeth whitening is definitely something you should consider.

Why do I need teeth whitening?

There are many reasons why our teeth may discolour over our life. The most common would be:

Eating and drinking richly coloured food and drink, such as coffee, tea and red wine, and chocolate and berries.
Smoking
Exposure to certain antibiotics at a young age
Staining and discolouration due to age and everyday use

What are the teeth whitening options?

First things first: if you’re unhappy with the look of your teeth, always make a consultation with one of our dentists to discuss your options. One of our awesome dentists will assess the health of your teeth and talk with you about what you want, and then draw up a treatment plan to suit you and your budget.

Tooth whitening products use particular medicants that destroy the bonds that cause stains on the surface and within the structure of your teeth. The chemicals that make up these medicants are either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, depending on the brand. The end result of either is a brighter and more confident smile.

Teeth whitening can be done at home with over-the-counter products that use a less concentrated version of what our dentists use in the clinic. They must be used daily for a certain time to have any effect and you must follow their instructions carefully. Pease, if you choose to use teeth whitening products at home, book in with one of our dentists first for a chat. Before you decide on a course of teeth whitening, we need to determine exactly why your teeth have discoloured and, if possible, address it. It may turn out that teeth whitening would not be appropriate in your case.

You can also have professional teeth whitening done by one of our dentists in the clinic. An in-chair teeth whitening treatment requires only one visit and produces results very quickly.

In order for teeth whitening to have the greatest effect, it needs to be applied to clean and healthy surfaces, another reason why you should make an appointment with one of our dentists prior to any treatment. It’s possible that you will experience some sensitivity before or after using these products, so if you’re worried about that make sure you discuss it during your appointment.

What if teeth whitening is deemed inappropriate for me?

Teeth whitening products aren’t always the answer to discoloured or stained teeth, which is why you should make an appointment with one of our dentists before you make any decisions. The underlying cause of your tooth discolouration needs to be uncovered and, if necessary, addressed.

Certain types of teeth staining don’t respond particularly well to these products. Generally, yellow stains respond the best, whereas greyish surface stains are harder to alter.

If, in your case, it’s determined that teeth whitening isn’t the best option for you, then don’t despair – there are other paths to consider, such as composite or porcelain veneers. Come in and see one of our amazing dentists to discover the options available to you.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…

Invisible and clear braces with Clear Correct

Invisible braces are the latest offering in orthodontic technology. They’re popular with patients due to their discrete nature – no metal brackets or wires are used in the process.

We use a series of clear aligners – much like a thin mouthguard – to correct the alignment of your teeth. They are virtually undetectable when you speak or smile.

What are invisible braces?

Invisible braces, otherwise known as clear aligners, are an orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth. These 3D-printed clear plastic aligners are worn constantly, except when eating and drinking (water is fine).

The advantages of clear aligners are they remove the bulk of traditional metal braces, they’re transparent and they’re contoured specifically to your teeth. They are subtle enough not to be noticed in normal conversation and photos.

Who can wear clear aligners?

Because they are designed to be worn all day and night for best results, they are most appropriate for adults, who are more likely to ensure they remain on. They won’t produce the desired results if not worn as prescribed.

The trade-off for being so discrete is that the force applied by invisible braces on teeth is different to that of traditional metal braces. They are most appropriate for correcting minor issues, such as mildly crooked, protruding or gappy teeth. They aren’t necessarily the best treatment option for bigger orthodontic issues such as a substantial overbite.

How are invisible braces fitted?

At your free initial consultation, we discuss your desires and expectations, as well as the cost and payment plan options available. We have a range of interest-free options for you to take advantage of.

During your second appointment, we take 3D digital scans of your mouth, which are used to create your custom clear aligners. These scans are also kept as a record to monitor the movement of your teeth throughout the course of the treatment.

Your dentist will then examine the scans and design a plan tailored specifically to your teeth.

Once your clear aligners are ready, we’ll get you back into the clinic and go over everything you need to know about using and maintaining your aligners at home. Then you’re good to go!

Should invisible braces ever be taken out?

While it is important that your clear aligners stay in day and night, there are a few occasions when it’s necessary to remove them.

We ask that you remove your invisible braces when you’re:

  • Brushing

  • Eating

  • Flossing

The general rule of thumb is to ensure you wear your invisible braces at least 22 hours a day.

What are the benefits of clear aligners?

Subtlety

We all want straight, beautiful teeth and a smile to be proud of, but we don’t want the metallic bulk of traditional braces. Not only are clear aligners transparent, they’re contoured to the unique shape of your teeth so that they’re barely noticed during conversation or when you smile.

Convenience

Oral hygiene is easy with clear aligners. Simply take them out and brush and floss as normal, then put them back in. You’ll achieve the desired results as long as they’re in place for at least 22 hours a day.

Simple treatment

The fitting process for clear aligners is simpler and less consuming than that of traditional metal braces. The price is often less, too, and you’re private health insurance may even provide some cover. If you’re interested, talk to our friendly team about interest-free payment plans.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…