• Tooth whitening

    Tooth whitening

    Whitening and brightening your smile is a lot easier than you may have thought. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money. There’s no discomfort. The procedures we use at Smile can’t damage your teeth. And the results are excellent and long-lasting. 

    Smile offers two options for whitening your smile.

    Home whitening
    Smile Dental’s home whitening program enables you to whiten your smile yourself, in your own time and place. Your Smile home whitening kit includes tooth whitening solution and custom-made plastic trays that perfectly fit your upper and lower teeth. 

    An impression is taken of your bite. From this, your whitening trays are fabricated. You simply place a small amount of the whitening solution in each of the trays and fit them to your upper and lower teeth. The solution gently whitens the enamel surface of your teeth.

    You can easily apply the trays and solution yourself for an hour daily over 12 to 14 days, or as advised by your dentist. You can then do a touch-up procedure, under the supervision of your dentist, every one to three years, as required.

    This whitening procedure is widely practised and does not harm your teeth. 

    Zoom chairside whitening
    The Zoom tooth whitening system offers all the benefits of conventional tooth whitening – but without the fuss and without the wait.

    The procedure is performed by your dentist, using a tooth whitening agent and a special activating light. It takes just a little of over an hour, and there’s no discomfort. The results are instantaneous, long-lasting and very impressive. 

    It’s a whiter smile, without the wait!

    Pre Zoom – five days before treatment – apply GC Tooth Mousse twice daily. Place the mousse directly onto the teeth, or use a mouth tray. This will help to reduce sensitivity.

    Stop using the GC Tooth Mousse 24 hours prior to the procedure. 

    After Zoom apply the mousse twice daily for three to five days, as required. 

    If you experience sensitivity, take two paracetamol tablets prior to going to bed. (We recommend paracetamol, rather than ibuprofen, as paracetamol is safer for the majority of patients and doesn’t produce photosensitivity reactions.)

    To maintain results
    Your teeth will be more susceptible to staining for 48 hours following treatment. To maintain results, avoid any potential staining agents for at least 48 hours.  

    For example:

    • any strong-coloured food or drink
    • tea & coffee
    • cola
    • red wine
    • dark fruit juice
    • licorice and other dark sweets
    • tobacco
    • dark sauces, such as soy, tomato, Worcestershire
    • berries, cherries, dark grapes
    • beetroot, spinach
    • curries
    • striped toothpaste – use a white toothpaste
    • mouthrinse
  • Tooth lightening

    When you want a smile that shines, but bleaching or whitening isn’t the solution.

    It’s not just the colour of your tooth enamel that makes the whiteness or brightness of your smile. The texture of tooth surface also plays a part. Tiny grooves and undulations in the surface of the teeth can take the shine off your smile. As can white spots or mottling – sometimes left behind after orthodontic treatment or conditions such as fluorosis.

    Tooth lightening is an effective alternative to bleaching or whitening – and it has been developed right here in Queensland! The technique can deliver excellent results in the many situations where bleaching isn’t suitable. It was developed by Brisbane’s Professor Lawrence Walsh – head of dentistry at UQ, and something of a guru in the world of tooth whitening.

    Rather than using a whitening agent to alter the colour of the tooth enamel, tooth lightening uses micro-abrasion to polish and smoothen the surface of the tooth. A smoother tooth surface reflects more light – thus making the teeth appear lighter. 

    But it doesn’t end there. Tooth lightening works in two stages – sort of like shampooing and conditioning do for your hair. 

    The procedure also involves the application of a special mineralised gel, which effectively “moisturises and conditions” the tooth enamel – strengthening the tooth surface and making it more resistant to acid erosion and discolouration. This also adds to the reflective effect of the polishing.

    The tooth lightening procedure is ideal for:
    • adolescents
    • pregnant women
    • after orthodontic treatment
    • teeth with irregular surfaces
    • teeth with white spots or mottling
    • teeth prone to acid erosion

    Altogether, tooth lightening creates a smoother, more consistent, more reflective and more stable tooth surface. In short, a smile that truly shines. The procedure is quick, comfortable, conservative and long-lasting. And it delivers both cosmetic and health benefits.

  • Cosmetic veneers

    Very few of us are born with the perfect smile. Cosmetic veneers, however, can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. It’s estimated that more than 50% of leading models and actors have cosmetic veneers.

    There are two types of cosmetic veneers.

    Porcelain veneers
    Porcelain veneers can dramatically improve how your teeth look and function. Indistinguishable from natural teeth, they provide the ideal solution for worn, shortened, discoloured or crooked teeth – in the front ten smiling teeth. You can improve the shape, size, angulation and orientation of your teeth. You can close the gaps, or make crooked, crowded teeth look straight. 

    • Porcelain veneer procedures are completed over two visits. The first involves the preparation of the teeth to be restored. An impression is taken of the prepared teeth, and their colour is recorded for matching. 
    • Next, the veneers – thin but highly resilient porcelain shells – are fabricated in the dental laboratory to your precise specifications. At your second visit, the perfectly shaped and colour-matched porcelain veneers are securely bonded to the prepared teeth – a quick and easy procedure. 

    Composite veneers
    Cosmetic veneers are typically fabricated from porcelain – for strength and presenation. However, in certain situations, they can alternatively be manufactured from composite resin – delivering excellent results and value for money. Your dentist can explain which technique is best for you.

  • Cerec

    The revolutionary Cerec is a chairside system for preparing permanent porcelain onlays, inlays, crowns and veneers. Smile was among the first dental practices in Australia to use Cerec technology.

    The Cerec system enables the most precise porcelain restorations to be prepared while you wait, eliminating the need for multiple appointments. Like traditional porcelain restorations, Cerec restorations are colour-matched and very strong.

    Your dentist prepares the tooth requiring restoration, then scans an image of the prepared tooth into the Cerec system. The Cerec then mills a perfectly proportioned and colour-matched porcelain restoration, ready for placement, in a matter of minutes. 

    Your Cerec cosmetic restoration is completed and fitted – and you’re smiling again – in one visit.

  • Care for your new smile

    Care for your new smile just as you always have – with daily brushing and flossing, and regular maintenance visits to your dentist and hygienist. Using an electric toothbrush, such as the Braun Oral B Plaque Remover, will help to maintain the lustre of your new smile, preventing improper brushing techniques.

    • Gel toothpaste is recommended to avoid taking the shine off porcelain veneers.
    • If you use a mouth rinse, choose an alcohol-free product, such as Periogard or Oral B Tooth and Gum Care.
    • Your dentist or hygienist may recommend using a home fluoride treatment. Use a pH neutral product, such as Colgate NeutraFluor gel or rinse.
    • Control your intake of sugary and acidic food and drink, and develop good oral hygiene habits to minimise the effects of these on your new smile. Avoid snacking between meals. Avoid sipping drinks all day (with the exception of water). Rinse your mouth well with plain water immediately after consuming acidic food or drink.
    • To protect the whiteness of your smile, minimise your intake of potentially staining food and drink, such as tea, coffee, red wine, curries, berries and the like. Rinse well with plain water immediately after. And don’t smoke!
    • Avoid very hot or cold food and drink, as these will cause your teeth to expand or contact dramatically, producing small crazes in the tooth surface.
    • Your dentist and hygienist will evaluate habits that may damage your new smile. For instance, avoid biting your nails, chewing on pens, and opening packets with your teeth. We’ll also suggest simple ways to avoid everyday hazards, such as cutting up stone fruit to prevent biting on the stone.
    • Saliva is an essential element in oral hygiene, so avoiding a dry mouth is crucial. Take frequent sips of water. Aim to drink about two litres – about eight glasses – every day. Chew sugar-free gum and hard, crunchy foods to stimulate saliva flow. Avoid hard mints and lollies. Avoid smoking and caffeine, which suppress saliva.
    • Create the perfect frame for your new smile by caring well for your lips. Choose the right lipstick to enhance the brightness of your teeth. 

     

  • Straightening

    Technology and techniques are continually being improved and refined – offering you advanced levels of care and comfort. In fact, state of the art dentistry can now give you straight teeth without a mouth full of metal braces. There's no need to look like a robot strapped to a medieval torture rack!

    A number of options are available:

    Damon Clear is a clear ceramic bracket system which combines tieless braces with high technology wires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results. Because they don't have ties they do not have to be tightened and as a result are gentle to the teeth and tissues. And without metal or elastic ties, nothing yellows during treatment – unlike other so called clear braces.

    Lingual Braces are another possibility – and truly invisible. These braces are placed on the inside surfaces of your teeth, so no-one will ever know. Each individual brace is fully customised in a laboratory to follow the exact contours and shapes of your teeth. Each wire is bent and shaped for optimal performance, efficiency and comfort.

    Clear Aligners might be the treatment for you if you still cannot bear the thought of permanently affixed braces. Invisalign or Truline aligners consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are specially manufactured for your teeth, and replaced every couple of weeks. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move, little by little, week by week until they reach their optimum position. This process offers you the flexibility to brush, floss and eat as normal…and the relief of being able to take the aligner out for special occasions.