Cosmetic dentistry

The term ‘cosmetic dentistry’ covers a wide range of procedures, all of which are available at Power Dental.

Byline: Dr Ming Ong

Cosmetic dentistry covers a variety of procedures and treatments. Usually when a patient comes in for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, the first thing to establish is what they’re trying to achieve.

The majority of people I see would be happy to have whiter teeth. There are a few different types of whitening we do at Power Dental. The most popular choice for my patients is the take-home whitening kit, where we take moulds of your teeth and make special fitted mouth guards that fit over your teeth. Then we give you the gel to place in the moulds, and you wear it over 14 nights.

Another whitening treatment that we’re using is called KOR whitening, which is a slightly more expensive option. It works extremely well for older patients, and those with heavily stained teeth where traditional whitening systems don’t tend to work.

The other method is in-house whitening. This is the best option for those who find that take home whitening isn’t producing the required results or if they suffer from time constraints—for example, if you’re getting married on the weekend and you don’t have 14 nights to do take-home whitening. If you opt for this treatment, you’ll come into the dental clinic and spend approximately an hour and a half or two hours in the chair, and we do the whitening for you. In-house whitening is a little bit more sensitive than the take home whitening because we’re achieving a better result in a shorter amount of time.

If your teeth are very stained, you may consider veneers. There are two types of veneers: porcelain veneers and composite veneers. The difference between porcelain and composite is the material used: porcelain is made in the lab, it doesn’t stain, it’s as close to your natural enamel as possible. Porcelain veneers are a little bit more expensive and it takes two appointments to be done. They look fantastic though! Composite veneers are a little less expensive, they’re done in the chair and you can expect to get about three to five years out of them before they start staining up from tea, coffee, generally from living really.

Orthodontics may be beneficial for some patients whose teeth are a little bit crooked. In that case, orthodontics may be the easiest and most long-term option. There are two types of orthodontics; conventional braces, which is the metal brace with wires, or Invisalign, which is a system using plastic clear aligners that will move your teeth. These aligners work as braces, but are almost invisible.

It’s best to come into Power Dental for a consultation and we can talk to you about your individual cosmetic dentistry requirements and what results you would like to achieve.