Aesthetic Dentistry

Aesthetic dentistry (aka Cosmetic Dentistry) is the integration of three ideals – looking good, good health and a healthy, enduring smile. The bonus is that typically you will be looking younger as well.

There are a variety of aesthetic dentistry/cosmetic dentistry treatments which can improve your smile – from replacing old amalgam (silver) fillings with tooth-coloured bonding material, to dental veneers which restore shape and colour to the teeth, or crowns and implants to replace irreparable loss. The important thing is, you do have simple, cost effective aesthetic dentistry/cosmetic dentistry options.

Veneers for aesthetic dentistry / cosmetic dentistry

Veneers are a great solution for misshapen or broken teeth. Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells made from porcelain or resin, which are carefully crafted to bond to and cover the front of unsightly teeth. While porcelain veneers will have a more lustrous and durable finish, composite resin veneers also create an attractive finish.

Composite resin is not a new material. It has been around since the 1960s, however modern techniques have allowed us to use this material in unique ways. Composite resin is primarily made of a nano-sized (one thousandth of a millimeter) glass-like particle matrix. It is a paste material that once set by a blue light (UV or LED), will harden to the texture and hardness of enamel.

Advantages of porcelain veneers for aesthetic dentistry / cosmetic dentistry

• Porcelain veneers create a more life-like tooth effect. Porcelain has a translucency that is similar to your natural teeth, and while teeth lose this luster as you age, porcelain veneers retain their beautiful, natural and youthful look.
• Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, which is particularly important for those who smoke, or drink black coffee or red wine.
Advantages of resin veneers
• Resin veneers can be placed on the tooth directly, so a final result is achieved in a single visit. Porcelain veneers are constructed in a lab, so you need to make two visits.
• Resin veneers are molded by the dentist into the ideal shape directly onto the tooth. Porcelain veneers are fabricated in the lab based on the impression taken by the dentist.
• Resin veneers are very conservative, that is, only a very small amount of your original tooth needs to be pared back for the veneer. Porcelain veneers require a little more of the tooth to be pared.
• Resin veneers are easily re-shaped, repaired, polished and maintained.
• Resin veneers are cheaper as there are no dental lab costs are incurred.
Resin veneers are best done on teeth with minor to moderate size or shape defects on teeth. If your teeth have been untouched by any fillings, and you are not sure how much smile improvement (i.e. aesthetic dentistry/cosmetic dentistry) you want, resin dental veneers are best. They are strong, durable and cost effective, and there is always the option of ‘upgrading’ to porcelain later.