What do you get for the man or woman who has everything? If you're stuck for Christmas gift ideas, you could consider helping your loved ones get the smiles they're dreaming about by gifting dental treatments. These dental gifts are sure to make them smile!
If you or someone you know has teeth that are stained or discoloured, appear short, slightly crooked or have small gaps, veneers could be a suitable option. Your dentist will let you know what this treatment involves during your consultation, to help you decide whether veneers are right for you or if you'd prefer an alternative.
Veneers can be made from porcelain (ceramic) or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are more expensive, but also stronger and longer-lasting. These need to be custom-made at a dental laboratory, whereas composite veneers can be built up directly in your mouth. Both types of veneers have their pros and cons, which your dentist will explain.
Veneers aren't suitable for everyone, and you'll find out if you're eligible during your consultation. It may be the case that you could benefit more from a different treatment, such as teeth whitening or orthodontics to straighten a more crooked smile.
The most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment in Australia, many people routinely visit their dentists for laser teeth whitening treatments or take-home kits to help maintain whiter smiles.
Teeth whitening can whiten most people's teeth by several shades, although it's not suitable for everyone, as it can't cover up all types of discolouration and doesn't work on crowns or fillings. Your dentist will design a tailored treatment to help you get natural-looking results.
If your dentist uses the Philips Zoom whitening system, you could walk out of the dental clinic with whiter teeth after just 90 minutes. These treatments are designed to be safe and painless, and are carried out under professional supervision.
If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, your dentist may be able to provide a take-home whitening kit. These can offer more consistent and better-looking results than whitening kits bought from stores, as your dentist provides a custom-fitted tray that fits perfectly over your teeth. They'll make sure you have all the information about costs, risks and everything else you need to know before you agree to any treatment.
If your teeth are cracked, discoloured or have small cavities, your dentist may suggest dental bonding as a less intensive alternative to crowns and other restorative procedures. They can treat these areas by applying small amounts of a tooth-coloured composite resin that's sculpted into the desired shape, hardened and finally polished to fit in with your natural teeth.
Dental bonding is usually chosen for cosmetic reasons to change the appearance of a tooth, but it can also help to repair damaged and decayed teeth if this damage isn't so severe. These treatments are usually covered by dental insurance, and your dentist and clinic staff can answer any questions you have about the treatment and payment options during your appointment.
If you want to know more about any of these treatments and other services we offer at Face Value Dental, call our friendly team today.
Call us on (07 3221 0677 or contact us online to make an appointment at one of our Brisbane clinics.
Please note that we're closing for the holidays from Friday 22nd December 2017. We re-open on Monday 8th January 2018.