The Aesthetic Qualities Of Natural Teeth
Natural teeth are beautiful, as you can see in the photo above. The outer coating of enamel is strong, smooth and translucent, and while we may refer to the colour of teeth as white, they are in fact a glorious visual banquet of hues that are more accurately described as shades of yellow with varying degrees of translucency. Many teeth contain several shades and numerous ‘characteristics’: flecks of colour, tiny crack lines, textures that range from flat and smooth to undulating….
We think that natural, healthy teeth are absolutely beautiful! But sometimes the natural beauty of teeth can be reduced through staining, chipping or decay. And of course, some people would prefer teeth that are whiter, shaped differently or arranged more evenly.
That’s why we offer cosmetic dental services to the people of Geelong and district.
Cosmetic Dentistry- Blending Fillings And Crowns To Match Natural Teeth
Much of what we do in our practice routinely has a cosmetic component, since many people now prefer their fillings and crowns to be matched to their natural tooth colour.
It is only with the advent of modern tooth-coloured dental materials that truly cosmetic (or aesthetic) dentistry is now possible. In the past, crowns and fillings were mainly available in ‘silver’ or ‘gold’ (referring to the colour; the metals themselves were usually mixtures of several metals).
Dental plastics (‘composite resin’) make it possible to mask minor defects on teeth, place small-to-medium sized tooth-coloured fillings or to give individual teeth a full ‘cosmetic makeover’ (see the page about veneers).
Dental ceramic (dental porcelain) are used on a larger scale; ceramics are generally used as full crowns (read about crown and bridges here) or veneers to restore missing, damaged, decayed, weakened or unsightly tooth structure.
Cosmetic Dentistry- Beautifying Your Smile
There are several ways we can change the appearance of your teeth:
- Teeth can be whitened via teeth whitening and/or the application of dental veneers.
- Chips and cracks can be repaired using fillings, veneers or crowns.
- Major cosmetic makeovers are also possible using a combination of cosmetic dental procedures and possibly orthodontics.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry we encourage you to learn about all of the options available to you, including the pros, cons, cost and time involved for each so that you can make your decision with all the information you require. Some cosmetic dental treatments cannot be undone, and some require a substantial investment of time and funds, so these decisions should only ever be made with all the facts at hand.
Our team is here to help you learn about the cosmetic dental options that are best suited to your teeth, health and budget- please feel free to contact us on (03) 5298 1020 to make an appointment to discuss your options.