When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the smile you see?
Do you enjoy looking at photos of your smiling face or does it make you feel self-conscious? Gentle Dental Hawthorn is here to provide you with all options to give you a smile you’re proud of. Having a smile you’re proud of can not only improve your outlook on life, it can result in better whole-body health.
If you have any questions about how we can improve your smile, please call us on (03) 9818 2994 or book online.
“When you judge the quality and beauty of an object, you should always have an eye on its function” Plato
A beautiful smile involves the union and harmony of art and science. The art of creating the smile you dream of involves both macro-aesthetics; how teeth relate to your face, lips and gums, and also micro-aesthetics; the characterisations of the teeth themselves. The science involves the functional role teeth play in the way you bite together and the relationship of the muscles and your jaw joint.
The key to developing a beautiful smile is having clear and open communication between you, the patient, and us so that we can ensure we are designing a smile you love which will also last long term with your individual bite and the way your teeth fit together and function.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Here at Gentle Dental Hawthorn we use Philips Zoom teeth whitening products, a reputable brand certified by the Therapeutic Goods Act as safe to administer for whitening purposes. It takes longer to whiten your teeth at home as the level of hydrogen peroxide is regulated when used outside of a qualified dental practice.
In-Chair Zoom Teeth Whitening
This is the fastest way to achieve a whiter smile. The appointment comprises of polishing your teeth, protecting your gums and then four 15 minute cycles with the Philips Zoom whitening gel applied to your teeth and a special light designed to accelerate the whitening process. To maintain your new, brighter smile, we recommend using a take-home Zoom tooth whitening kit.
Take-Home Zoom Teeth Whitening Kit
We recommend the best way to whiten your teeth is to combine the in-chair whitening treatment with the take-home trays as after a few months of drinking and eating teeth staining products such as coffee and red wine your teeth will become stained again. So by taking impressions of your teeth and constructing trays that fit your teeth perfectly you can use the whitening gel at home to keep your teeth looking beautiful and white. Take-home whitening can also be used independently of in-chair whitening. The lower concentration means it takes longer to whiten your teeth, however, this can often be more comfortable for patients who experience sensitivity.
We offer complimentary consultations before whitening appointments to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening products and also to give you and idea of how effective the treatment will be for you.
Ready for a whiter smile? Contact us on (03) 9818 2994 to make an appointment or book online.
Veneers may be required for many reasons including closing gaps between teeth, covering discoloured areas on teeth, lengthening short teeth, aligning crooked teeth and improving the shape of mal-formed teeth. There are two types of veneers: composite resin veneers and porcelain veneers.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are a great conservative alternative to porcelain veneers as we usually do not need to remove more tooth structure; we can bond composite resin (the same type of material we use for white coloured fillings) straight to the tooth structure.
Composite resin is available in many shades and different degrees of translucency so we are able to match this to your natural tooth colour. Many patients appreciate composite resin veneers as after planning, it is possible to place these veneers in one appointment and as we do not need to take impressions of your teeth and have the laboratory manufacture these veneers, they are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
The disadvantage of composite veneers compared to porcelain veneers is that they are not as strong as porcelain veneers so do not tend to last as long and they also require more maintenance.
To help your veneers last as long as possible and look as flawless as the day they were placed it is important to maintain your regular preventative care appointments at Gentle Dental every 6 months.
If you would like more information about composite resin veneers please call us on (03) 9818 2994 or make an appointment online
Porcelain veneers are a very popular treatment option and are a great way to achieve a beautiful smile and a more conservative treatment option than a full crown. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth.
Depending on the reason we are placing porcelain veneers we may need to polish a small amount of tooth structure so the porcelain veneer, designed and created with our laboratory team, will be perfectly flush with the tooth structure. This is critically important so that your gums remain healthy around the veneers.
After we have completed planning for the porcelain veneers we will usually require two appointments. During the first appointment we will complete the preparation of the teeth and take impressions which we will send to the laboratory. You will leave your appointment with temporary veneers in place. During the second appointment we will fit and bond in your new veneers.
As with your natural teeth, veneers can fracture and require maintenance, which is why it is so important to maintain your regular 6 monthly preventative care appointments with us at Gentle Dental Hawthorn. If you would like any more information please call us on (03) 9818 2994 or book an appointment online.
Dental crowns, inlays and onlays
Dental crowns, inlays and onlays are required when teeth have not formed ideally, have required root canal treatment or have lost structure due to decay or trauma. Sometimes composite resin, our regular white filling material, is not strong enough to protect your tooth so to improve the long-term prognosis of your tooth the ideal option is to place a crown, inlay or onlay. Porcelain can be constructed using many different shades so we can match your crown, inlay or onlay to match your natural adjacent teeth.
Dental crowns can be constructed with high quality porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold. Dental crowns are fitted to completely cover the minimal remaining tooth structure. Crowns may also be placed to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Inlays and onlays are generally constructed with high quality porcelain, however, can also be constructed with gold. They are a great option as are much stronger than regular filling material but also a more conservative option than crowns as inlays are bonded within the cusps (the projecting areas on the chewing surface of your teeth) of the teeth and onlays may replace only one or more cusps of the teeth depending on the amount of tooth structure remaining.
After our thorough treatment planning crowns, inlays and onlays require two appointments. During the first appointment we will prepare your tooth, take impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to our laboratory where your crown, inlay or onlay will be constructed to fit perfectly to your tooth, and you will finish your appointment with a temporary crown, inlay or onlay in place. During the second appointment we remove your temporary, try the fit of your crown, inlay or onlay and bond it to the tooth structure with special tooth cement.
The long-term success of your new crown, inlay or onlay depends greatly on your oral care routine at home and also ensuring you attend your regular preventive care appointment with Gentle Dental. Similarly to your natural tooth structure, crowns, inlays and onlays may fracture and it is also possible to develop decay underneath so it is vitally important to continue your maintenance with us.
If you would like more information about crowns, inlays and onlays or would like to book an appointment please call us on (03) 9818 2994 or book an appointment online.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
When the majority of teeth have lost tooth structure from decay, trauma, issues with your bite or erosion, you may require full mouth rehabilitation where the majority of the teeth are restored.
As everyone’s bite position and jaw joint are different, full mouth rehabilitation involves comprehensive planning. We will take impressions of your teeth, records of how you bite together and study how these models fit together. The laboratory will then create an accurate diagnostic wax up which is then used to construct temporary restorations.
The goal of the wax up and temporary restorations is to recreate your new bite and smile so we can evaluate the aesthetics of your new smile, your bite and jaw position. We can then determine if changes need to be made before the final restorations are constructed.
Depending on what we find during a comprehensive examination of your teeth, soft tissues and bite we will formulate a treatment plan which will outline all of your options and how much it will cost. The treatment may involve thorough cleaning of the teeth, straightening the teeth to improve alignment and the way the teeth fit together, replacement of teeth and also adding either composite resin or porcelain to teeth to improve the function and appearance.
If you would like to book a consultation please call us here at Gentle Dental Hawthorn on (03) 9818 2994.