Your smile is one of the most prominent features on your face. It is also one of the first things people notice about you.
How you feel about your smile can affect how you portray yourself to the world. A pleasing and well-maintained smile will reward you in many ways - personally, professionally and socially. A smile you are proud of will improve your self-esteem and give you smile confidence - intangible improvements to the quality of life many people often take for granted. Most significantly though, if you feel good about your teeth you will be more motivated to care for them. A smile that is healthy and well cared for will also look good.
At Melbourne Dentistry, we believe aesthetics, function, and oral health are equally important and interlinked. Our aim is to provide you with natural looking and well functioning results, and to inspire you to maintain them for the long term. Aesthetic Dentistry also referred to as Cosmetic Dentistry, is an important component of general dental care.
Orthodontics Is Also Aesthetic Dentistry
Straightening crooked teeth to enhance the look of the smile is the number one reason patients seek orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics may correct overlapping and protruding teeth, poorly aligned, uneven jaws and unusual facial profiles, for aesthetic reasons alone.
But along with the aesthetic benefits, orthodontic treatment may also improve oral and overall health. This may be through better jaw alignment for improved function, more efficient chewing, less teeth grinding, better speech, easier oral hygiene, and most significantly, fewer dental health problems throughout life. Early orthodontics can also improve airway development for easier breathing and reduce long term risks for sleep apnea.
Aesthetic Dentistry Includes Gum Health
Your gums, often referred to as "the curtains of your smile", whether excessive or deficient, may often make or break the aesthetics of a final restorative, or orthodontic result. Improved gum maintenance due to a greater emphasis on the aesthetic benefits of preventive care, has improved many smiles and saved many teeth.
For patients with gum related aesthetic issues, advances in periodontal surgery, recontouring of excessive and uneven gums, or solutions for some gum deficiencies using gum tissue grafting have enabled the reconstruction of more pleasing and symmetric looking smiles, which are also easier to maintain.
Ideal Aesthetics For Accurate Anatomy, Better Function And Oral Health
Fractured and broken down teeth may now be reconstructed from materials with tooth like properties, as close to what nature intended, with techniques to achieve better aesthetics and preserve more of a tooth’s natural structure.
Accurately restored tooth contours not only look great, but are also essential for your oral health. Ideal contacts between adjacent teeth prevent food packing between fillings and ensure flossing is readily achievable - to prevent further decay and gum problems. Correct contacts against opposing teeth properly support your bite and minimise teeth tipping, to prevent the complications associated with uneven tooth wear over the longer term.
Aesthetic Dental Reconstructions
A demand from both the dental profession and patients to reproduce natural looking smiles has driven most of the advances we have available in cosmetic dentistry today. Differences in tooth colour due to naturally formed variations and tooth enamel defects may be improved with a combination of microabrasion and teeth bleaching.
Damage from accidents or trauma, along with tooth darkening associated with root canal treatment, age and lifestyle habits may be corrected with a combination of teeth whitening, dental bonding, veneers or porcelain crowns. Visible dark margins and greying of gums around metal-ceramic crowns are becoming less apparent these days due to better gum maintenance and new aesthetic alternatives such as full porcelain crowns.
For patients with missing teeth, dental implants have created a whole new world of aesthetic possibilities, allowing stand-alone teeth to replace missing teeth. Denture aesthetics have never been better and denture stability has been improved beyond measure where dentures are supported by dental implants. Social confidence, better speech, nutrition and comfort, along with easier oral hygiene are but a few of the many benefits patients may experience with more natural like dental reconstructions.
Aesthetic Dentistry For Children
Natural looking white teeth are also important for children. We understand the significance of a confident smile, for self-esteem, social development and inclusion. A young child with discolored or broken down teeth, lots of silver fillings or early tooth loss, may unfortunately, have experienced dental pain or discomfort and disruption to school attendance in order to manage dental issues. They may not feel confident smiling. Children often want to look like their little friends and be included. Parents may also be concerned about these issues.
At our practice, Dr Maria focuses on preventive dental care and minimal intervention. We only place white fillings and have also introduced the latest NuSmile® ZR (Zirconia) Paediatric porcelain crowns to restore severely compromised baby teeth in a natural looking way. This means the use of metal coloured amalgam fillings and stainless steel crowns may be avoided. Your child's teeth may be restored to look naturally white and be supported structurally until scheduled to be lost.