Cosmetic Dentistry

We all know that having a beautiful smile makes us look and feel more attractive, and improves our self-esteem and general self confidence.
Dr Verteouris is  highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry, and can help you achieve your dream smile using the following techniques:

  • Tooth bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Resin Veneers
  • Tooth whitening

Tooth Bonding

Bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that enables the restoration of chipped, spotted, discoloured or gapped teeth. We use modern materials that match the shade, translucency, and texture of your tooth. Our goal is to have the end result appear as if no treatment was performed. This can do wonders for your self-confidence, since smiling will come naturally to you with the improved appearance of your tooth.

Bonding is the material of choice when it comes to small defects in your teeth. When the defect or end result requires covering the entire front of the tooth, a veneer or crown will probably provide superior aesthetic results.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are extremely thin, tooth-coloured shells or laminates of porcelain that are bonded to the outside surface of your teeth.
A fantastic analogy of the porcelain veneer concept is the idea of fake finger nails which are bonded to your own finger nails to hide imperfections or improve their appearance.

Porcelain veneers can be used to:

  • Change the shape and colour of teeth
  • Mask discolourations and stains
  • Restore chipped and worn teeth as an alternative to orthodontics to close spaces and straighten crooked teeth
  • Correct teeth that are rotated
  • Close gaps

As porcelain is a glass, it has optical properties that closely resemble your tooth’s enamel and therefore, this material provides the optimal aesthetic results. However, as a cost-effective alternative, veneers can also be fabricated in composite resin.

The fabrication of porcelain veneers requires two appointments. The first appointment involves the preparation and shaping of the teeth. An impression and photos for shade matching will also be taken.
Temporary veneers are made to last for the two to three weeks it takes a ceramist to make the porcelain veneers. At the second appointment, the porcelain veneers are bonded to the prepared teeth using state-of-the-art bonding materials.

TOOTH BONDING BEFORE TREATMENT

RESIN VENEERS BEFORE TREATMENT

TOOTH WHITENING BEFORE TREATMENT

TOOTH BONDING AFTER TREATMENT

RESIN VENEERS AFTER TREATMENT

TOOTH WHITENING AFTER TREATMENT

Resin Veneers

Resin Veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers and can be used for a wide variety of applications. The method of placement is very simple and requires little or no tooth preparation. The tooth surface is etched, then an adhesive is applied. Finally, layers of tooth coloured resin material  are placed to re-create the shape and colour of the natural tooth surface. An intense blue light is used throughout the process to cure the resin material. Finally, the resin is contoured and polished to a natural finish

Advantages of resin veneers:

  • Little or no removal of natural tooth structure
  • No requirement for impressions or laboratory manufacturing
  • Much cheaper than porcelain veneers
  • Procedure is almost completely reversible i.e. can revert back to original tooth structure if required
  • Easily repaired
  • Can last may years with adequate maintenance

Advantages of resin veneers:

  • Not as durable as porcelain veneers
  • Require more maintenance than porcelain veneers ( e.g. re- polishing every 3-5 years)

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the colour of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth.  The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically.  Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc.  Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.

Teeth whitening is not permanent.  A touch-up may be needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.

What does teeth whitening involve:

We normally recommend using a home teeth whitening system. This  requires two visits.

At the first appointment, we will examine your teeth and assess whether or not bleaching is suitable for you. Then impressions (moulds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear, plastic trays.

At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution  twice a day for 30 minutes  for about  two  weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to maintain  regular dental check ups to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

An in office whitening technique is also available. It is ideal for anyone looking for instant results and occasionally is necessary for the treatment of very stubborn stains. This procedure is carried out in only one visit. The whitening gel is applied to the tooth  for up to 15 minutes at a time. Several repeat processes may be necessary and the entire process may take up to one hour. To help you get the best, longest lasting results we also give you a take home whitening kit after your in office whitening.