Good dental health means that sugary drinks should be avoided.Read More
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Best dental health involves home care with twice daily toothbrushing for 2 minutes morning and night, flossing once a day, and 6 monthly preventive dental care appointments with professional scaling and cleaning, to reset your gum health.Read More
Porcelain veneers are very fine tooth-coloured porcelain covers which are seamlessly bonded to the front of prepared teeth. They are a more conservative treatment than a crown and can be used if the tooth is strong and healthy.
They can be suitable for people who have very misaligned teeth, and for those who did not wish to have braces or Invisalign orthodontic treatment.
If teeth are discoloured, worn, or chipped away, porcelain veneers may be a treatment option where the tooth can be rebuilt exactly as it ought to for best aesthetics and durability, and allows the dentist to rebuild your smile with a greater capacity to change the shade and shape of the teeth.
1. Feels just like the tooth
2. Strong, durable and stable
3. The shape of the teeth and colour can be changed
4. Finishes like glass, so it is stain free
5. 5 year laboratory warranty
6. Takes 2 weeks to have made, and temporaries are made
7. They can be made to be extremely thin, down to 0.2 mm
8. Precision fit and made by master ceramist in Australia
1. Veneers mostly require some preparation of the tooth surface, which means these are irreversible
3. Time - temporaries are placed for 2 weeks while our ceramist makes the veneer
4. Very rarely they can chip
5. Eventually a veneer will likely need to be replaced, they are very strong and long lasting, but may not last a life time
6. Excellent home care is needed, as well as routine checkups and professional cleans each 6 months to monitor veneers
7. Rarely veneers can debond or pop off - wear and tear on a veneer can be minimised by wearing a protective night guard or splint
It's dental health week 2018, and the Australian Dental Association have released this fabulous video outlining the correct technique for toothbrushing.
How you brush your teeth matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use are all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing. To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums. It’s all in the technique. You should clean your teeth systematically, starting at the back of your mouth with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in a soft and circular motion. If you scrub too hard from side to side, you can run the risk of causing your gums to recede, as well as damaging the tooth enamel. You should take care to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, making sure you tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed. If limited dexterity is an issue, you might consider using a powered or electric toothbrush. They can be programmed to run for two minutes, making keeping to the correct length of brushing time easy, and the very good ones are rechargeable, with pressure sensors and they even rate your cleaning.
Be sure to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months, or as soon as the bristles bend.
Why not book a check up and clean to make sure all is in order with our $199 preventive care check, cleaning and bitewing x-ray package
Our eating and drinking habits affect our teeth and play a major role in tooth decay, because it is diet related disease. Sugars in the food and drinks we eat are taken up by bacteria, producing acid that attack the outer layer of tooth enamel to cause decay.
Our saliva helps our teeth recover from these attacks by neutralising the acids, but if we snack frequently between meals, there is no rest period for teeth to recover, and over time a cavity forms with the sustained acid attacks.
By making water your beverage of choice and sipping it regularly during the day, including with and immediately after meals, it will make a real difference to the health of your teeth.
It is not only obvious sweet foods and drinks like lollies and soft drinks that cause decay. Frequent snacking on foods with hidden sugars like biscuits, crackers, cereals, chips and dried fruit can cause acid attacks on your tooth enamel.
Tip to maintain healthy teeth:
- Limit sugary treats to meal time, rather than between meals.
- Drink water throughout the day and after meals.
- Have 3 regular meals times a day, rather than snacking and grazing.