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.

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 are routinely used not only to replace areas affected by tooth decay but also as a means to rebuild and reshape teeth.

Tooth decay can occur when oral bacteria feed on waste left around teeth and gums. Bacteria then leave waste material behind and this eats away at tooth structure eventuating in a hole or cavity.
In restorative dental treatment, this cavity is cleaned out and the space replaced with a filling material.

Tooth coloured filling materials are designed to bond to remaining healthy tooth structure and provide a durable, strong and aesthetically pleasing replacement for infected tooth structure.

Fillings can also be used to repair tooth structure lost from chipping and wear. For front teeth, we use a white filling material specifically designed for to look natural and blend with your neighbouring teeth. Our dentist have learned special techniques to layer filling material to best have your smile looking radiant and natural.

Veneers

Dental crowns, veneers and bridges all provide a means of strong, fixed and aesthetic dental work.

A dental crown is a strong custom-fit protective covering for a tooth – similar in function to a helmet. Dental crowns are often recommended when a tooth is weak due to cracks or large fillings. They can also be used to enhance aesthetics by masking unsightly discolouration, or improving the shape and size of teeth. Crowns can be made of many materials including gold, zirconia and porcelain.

Dental bridges, as the names suggests, bridge the gap where there are missing teeth. A bridge can consist of one or more abutments (crowns which cover the anchor teeth) and pontics (floating prosthetic teeth attached to the abutments to replace missing teeth).

While a crown encapsulates the entire tooth, a veneer covers only the front face of a tooth. Commonly used on front teeth, veneers are almost always made from porcelain as they can mask underlying imperfections and discolouration, and also be used to recontour a tooth.

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.

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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.

Invisible and clear braces with Clear Correct

What are invisible braces?

Invisible Braces (or clear aligners) are a relatively new technology within the realm of orthodontics.

Traditionally teeth were aligned with metal or porcelain brackets with a metal wire. This was always very efficient but not always sightly in photos and especially in older patients.

New 3D printing technology has allowed us to make clear plastic retainers which replaces the need for brackets and wires as they can replicate forces to correct teeth that are maligned or rotated.

ClearCorrect uses 3D scanning and printing technology to construct clear custom plastic aligners.

These clear aligners can be taken in and out as you please – most likely before a snack or meal and of course when brushing.

In addition to the clear aligner, some courses or prescriptions of invisible braces will have small tooth coloured ‘buttons’ or ‘attachments’ which enhance the grip of the aligner onto the teeth.

In most cases each retainer is worn for 22 hours a day every day for 2 weeks before changing to the next aligner. The total number of aligners is determined by how complex the case is but can vary between 6 months to 2 years.

Indications and contraindications

Clear aligners are definitely aimed more post adolescent patients. This is purely due to their nature of use.

Pros:

  • Clear aligners are as close to invisible as can be. They are completely see-through (when clean) and very thin. Because of this they are easily the most aesthetic way to correct crowded or rotated teeth.
  • The aligners and buttons do not show up in photos.
  • Without bulky brackets and wires that can come loose, clear aligners are more comfortable than conventional braces
  • Clear aligners can be removed (as much as we advised against it) before big events like speeches and wedding so there is a dimension of flexibility
  • As the trays can be removed, keeping your teeth and gums clean becomes much easier

Cons:

  • As retainers can be taken out they are prone to being lost, thrown out and not worn! Each of these is a setback that can prolong the treatment time.
  • It can be hard to find a discreet time to take the retainers out before meals when out in public – prior planning is recommended!
  • The attachments and aligners can stain with certain types of foods if not cleaned properly
  • New aligners can cause lisps and ulcers for the first few days before you become accustom to them
  • Clear braces cannot correct as many orthodontic issues than conventional braces (such as incorrect bite)

The process

The free consult

To ensure your case is right for invisible braces we complete an invisible braces consult.

This can be in conjunction with any check-up, routine appointment or as a standalone consult. In any of these cases, there is no cost – the aim is to leave you with as much information as possible without you feeling obligated or committed to start treated.

At this appointment we’ll be able to give you an indication of costs, length of treatment, give you summary of how invisible braces will work and answer any questions you may have.

Record taking

Timing: Can be done on the same day as the consult or whenever you are ready to commence treatment

In most adult cases, clear aligners are a viable option and when you’re ready to proceed we then take records to make sure the case is planned correctly. These records include

  • Moulds of your top and bottom teeth using a silicone past
  • Photos of you smile and teeth
  • X-rays

These records are sent to be scanned and we consult with invisilgn or clear correct to form a prescription and treatment plan.

Presentation of treatment options

Timing: Can be done 2 weeks after the record taking appointment

Using a computer program we are then able to download a 3D representation of your teeth and show you what the end result will look like. With this program we can make little tweaks and adjustments to your liking.

At this appointment we will be able to give you an exact quote for costs and length of time you will wearing the aligners for. When happy we approve the setup together and order the retainers right then and there.

Attaching buttons, review appointments and refinement

Timing: can be done 3 weeks after the presentation appointment

Once the appliance is received, we can get started! If buttons are required, we attach them from the start and then leave you with a certain number of retainers to wear and change every fortnight. After you’ve finished that particular set of retainers, we have your next review to check progress and again leave you with the next set of retainers.

As your treatment near its end, we have a check to see how your teeth movements are tracking compared to the computer generated model and make refinements to your future retainers as required to ensure you’re happy with your final smile.

Finishing

Timing: Can vary depending on your prescription

Hopefully by this stage, you’ve got a nice straight smile you’re ecstatic with! When so, any buttons put on at the start are removed and we cement retainers as well as leave you with removable retainers to ensure your new radiant straight smile stays like that for years to come!

FAQ’s

Is it painful?

Most of our patients go through a complete courses of invisible braces with no to minimal discomfort. Most of the discomfort, as well as any changes is speech, occurs in the first couple of days of each new retainer. There is a feeling of pressure with each change and for most patients this is not a problem whilst for other a dose of Panadol to ease the temporary symptoms

How often do I need to come in – what happens if I can’t come in when I’m next due?

For most prescriptions, we see patients every 4-6 weeks. A positive of clear aligners is that appointment timing is fairly flexible so if you have something approaching, such a holiday, we can structure appointments around this.

Are clear aligners covered under my private health insurance?

In many cases – yes. After the initial consult appointment, we will leave you will a preliminary treatment plan and will try to organise a quote together with your health fund so you know exactly how much your health fund will cover and how much you will be out of pocket.

Cost

Initial invisible braces consults are free.

We structure payments so that there is an initial deposit paid when records are taken are sent off, a deposit when the first aligners are issued and the remaining we split into monthly interest free payments. Payments can be made by direct debit or EFT.

The total cost of aligners can vary between $4500 and $7000. We will try to give you an accurate idea of cost in your free consult to ensure you can make a well informed decision.

Retainers are included in the cost of the complete treatment plan.