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Is it Possible to Whiten Veneers?

Is it Possible to Whiten Veneers?

Veneers keep smiles bright and youthful for longer.

If you’ve had veneers installed and now sport a flawless smile, you’ve probably wondered how best to care for them? Veneers are impressively hardy and resistant to discolouration, but care and maintenance are essential and occasionally replacement.

Dentists are commonly asked “can you whiten veneers”? The short answer is no, but there are tips for dental planning and caring for your veneers that will keep your smile white, bright and beautiful for longer.

At Hawthorn Road Family Dental, we offer expert advice and treatment for cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers. Contact us today to book your next consultation.

What are veneers?

what are veneers

Veneers are used to repair discoloured, chipped, worn down or misaligned teeth and gaps. These wafer thin, custom-made shells are bonded to the existing teeth changing their colour, size, shape or length.

Whether your veneers are Porcelain (ceramic) or Composite Resin, they are designed to enhance your teeth and smile. The ability of veneers to transform your overall aesthetic to a fresher, more youthful look, is quite astounding.

Can I avoid discolouration?

Certain foods, beverages and activities can stain our natural teeth. Some of the common culprits are coffee, tea, red wine, coloured foods and smoking. Ageing and certain medications can also have an effect. Does this same discolouration occur with veneers?

If you have porcelain veneers they should not darken as they are incredibly dense and don’t absorb stains the way our natural teeth do. If you have non-porcelain veneers (which are more affordable) it is possible they become slightly stained over time, depending on how porous the material is.

Can I whiten veneers?

Unlike our natural teeth, we do not recommend using traditional whitening treatment on veneers. Teeth whitening products cannot change the colour of the veneers – but they can change your natural teeth, which will likely result in an uneven toned smile.

Just because you can’t whiten veneers doesn’t mean you can’t maintain and improve their look. If you’re concerned about discolouration of your veneers or natural teeth, it’s a good time to book an appointment with your dentist, as professional cleaning or replacement may be an option. 

Tips to care for veneers?

taking care of your veneers

Like with our natural teeth, maintaining a regular brushing and flossing regime is important to stave off gum disease and protect your veneers. Try to avoid overly strong brushing that could chip your veneers.

To help your veneers stay intact, you should also be conscious of:

  • not biting hard items like pens
  • considering a night-time mouthguard if you grind your teeth in your sleep
  • wearing a mouthguard for contact sports

It’s also important to keep up with regular dental check-ups and professional polish and cleans. Regular professional cleaning  with specialised dental equipment and products assists in preserving the lifespan of your veneers.

Should I replace my veneers?

Veneers are incredibly strong, long lasting and very resistant to changing colour. However, if your veneers are decades old, it’s possible they were made with a material that is porous and more susceptible to staining.

If your veneers are no longer the same colour as your natural teeth, or have become stained, it’s likely you will need to replace them. The techniques and materials used for veneers have continued to evolve since the 1980’s, so it’s likely there have been advances since your last ones were fitted.

You will need to discuss your options for veneer replacement with your dentist. In the same appointment you could ask about teeth whitening, before any veneer replacements are attached.

Book a consult today

Veneers are a wonderful way to enhance a patients smile in a minimally invasive way. At Hawthorn Road Family Dental our team is passionate about helping our patients achieve their desired look and gain confidence with their appearance.

For porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry in Melbourne, contact us today to arrange a consultation. We can assist with dental planning, treatment and maintenance that will keep you smiling for years to come.

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Am I suitable for Invisalign?

Am I suitable for Invisalign?

Perfect your smile with discreet Invisalign teeth straightening

If you have crooked, gapped or crowded teeth and are seeking options for a straighter smile, Invisalign is a popular solution. Invisalign is an ideal alternative to metal braces because it’s effective, discreet and comfortable.

At Hawthorn Road Family Dental Invisalign teeth straightening forms a significant part of our practice. Patient’s suitability depends on factors like age, whether you have a treatable case, your commitment to wearing Invisalign and the cost.

Explore your options for Invisalign treatment today and contact us at Hawthorn Road Family Dental clinic to book your next consultation.

What can be treated with Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative approach to straightening teeth and can be used in a range of cases from mild to complex. In many instances Invisalign can effectively correct:

  • Misalignment
  • Gaps
  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Overbite / Underbite / Open bite / some Cross bites

While Invisalign is offered in many cases, there are some orthodontic needs that are unlikely treatable with aligners including:

  • Dramatic overbite
  • Large underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Severe orthodontic issues

For more complex dental issues metal braces may be more efficient, or the only option. Ultimately it is up to your dentist to assess your teeth and determine whether Invisalign is a suitable option.

FAQ: Is Invisalign easier than metal braces for maintenance and hygiene?

Answer: Yes – because they are removable.

How does Invisalign work?

How does invisalign work

Invisalign looks similar to a mouthguard but is thinner and virtually invisible. After your dentist decides whether Invisalign is the best solution, they use photos, x-rays and scans to make a treatment plan for you.

The Invisalign aligners are custom made to match your teeth and are worn over the top and or bottom sets of teeth. You actually receive a series of aligners as they are replaced every few weeks. The removable aligners gradually help your teeth align to the desired position.

FAQ: Are Invisalign aligners painful to wear?

Answer: Invisalign are less painful than traditional braces, but still put pressure on your teeth which is necessary for them to realign.

Who is suitable for Invisalign?

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether Invisalign is an option. The patient’s age is relevant because from childhood to teenager years –  our teeth are constantly changing as the jaw grows. In general, teens over the age of 13 and adults are the best candidates for the Invisalign treatment.

Another factor will be your commitment to wearing the aligners at least 20 hours a day, so you can achieve the best results and a timely outcome. While the burden on the patient is considerably less than traditional braces – which cannot be temporarily removed, there is still a lifestyle impact to consider.

FAQ – During treatment when can I take my Invisalign aligners out?

Answer – The aligners should only be removed when brushing, flossing, or eating.

How long does Invisalign take to work?

how long does invisalign work

The total length of time you are required to wear Invisalign aligners differs for each individual. It depends on the severity of the correction and also on whether the aligners have been worn diligently.

While the average time is 12-24 months, for simple corrections it could be as quick as 6 months. For more complex cases like crowded teeth it could exceed 24 months. It largely comes down to how far the teeth need to move.

FAQ: After my Invisalign treatment finishes, is that the end?

Answer: Follow-up care is often recommended once your Invisalign treatment is complete, and you may be required to wear a retainer for a period.

What about the cost?

The cost will depend on the complexity and duration of your unique case. While Invisalign is not cheap, it’s best to think of it as a long-term investment where you are likely to save time, money and discomfort in the future.

In your initial consultation we will discuss with you the cost of Invisalign treatment from beginning to end. If you have private health insurance it’s possible part of your treatment will be covered. It’s important to check with your individual health fund – as policies vary.

FAQ: Is Invisalign a similar price to traditional braces?

Answer: Yes, sometimes slightly more.

Visit us for a consultation

At our dental clinic in Caulfield North, we offer expert teeth straightening advice and treatment. We enjoy seeing our patients smile after impressive results from Invisalign treatment.

For advice on whether you are suitable for Invisalign contact us today at our family friendly dental practice. Our helpful and professional staff are happy to assist with any questions and with booking your next appointment.

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Wisdom Teeth Surgery and Removal: What to Expect In Older Teens & Young Adults

Wisdom Teeth Surgery and Removal: What to Expect In Older Teens & Young Adults

Learn more about the before, during, and after process of wisdom teeth extraction

Wisdom teeth are a weird and wonderful milestone. When these additional teeth begin to protrude through the gums, it can be painful and uncomfortable, at which point you may need a wisdom teeth specialist.

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common dental procedures people undertake in young adulthood. While not a problem for all people, wisdom teeth can be troublemakers for many, especially if there’s not enough space for them.

If you have started to experience pain as your wisdom teeth emerge and need advice and extraction, we can help. Contact us today at Hawthorn Road Family Dental clinic to arrange a consultation or request your next appointment online.

When will wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that grow at the very back of your mouth behind your molars. Wisdom teeth are commonly expected around the ages of 18 to 24 years. At this age for some, they partially or fully break through the gum. For others, they will stay inside the gum and not be an issue.

As with any type of teething, the emergence of wisdom teeth can make it painful to chew or swallow. It may also involve swelling and perhaps gum inflammation. It’s important you check in with your dentist if this starts, so they can assess whether you need to have them removed.

Reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Not enough space in the mouth
  • Pressure on nearby teeth, bone and root structures
  • Growing sideways or trapped beneath the gum
  • Infection or inflammation

What can I expect during wisdom teeth removal?

If one or more wisdom teeth start causing problems or pain, they may need to be extracted. Depending on whether they have already come into the mouth or are still deeper inside the jaw, surgery may be necessary.

The procedure itself involves the widening of the tooth socket and the loosening of the tooth with dental forceps. The tooth is then extracted and the incision is closed with dissolving stitches.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed under local anaesthesia. This blocks the pain during the extraction and you remain awake. General anaesthesia may be used for more complex procedures which occurs in a hospital. In this case you will be asleep during the procedure.

What happens after I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Most people have swelling around their mouth or cheeks after surgery and can’t fully open their mouth for several hours, or perhaps a few days.

There can be some pain after the wisdom teeth are removed, and using painkillers is common while the mouth heals. Sometimes holding an ice pack against your cheek is advised to help reduce swelling.

The healing process can be affected by activities and diet, post-surgery. The dentist or surgeon may suggest things like avoiding hard foods, hot drinks, fruit juices, smoking, and strenuous activities, until the mouth has healed.

Sometimes the gums can become infected post surgery, so it’s important to follow post-removal instructions and properly take care of your mouth while it heals.

At Hawthorn Family Dental we offer exceptional care, consideration and support, at all stages of the wisdom teeth removal process. Our dentists are approachable and offer easy to understand advice, so you can make the best decisions for your dental health.

Contact us today

It is important to keep track of your wisdom teeth’s progress and have your teeth checked regularly. If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues in the mouth so it’s best to know your options as early as possible.

To make an appointment for wisdom teeth assessment and treatment contact Hawthorn Family Dental in Caulfield today. Our highly skilled dental practitioners will provide friendly and professional advice.

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How dental fillings help protect your teeth from further decay

Learn how restorative dentistry today, can protect your teeth tomorrow

Restorative dentistry is the repair of your teeth, so they stay in shape, function properly and continue to look great. Tooth decay and damage affects even the most diligent brushers. A tooth filling or implant can be daunting but delaying treatment can mean more problems down the track.

Our advice? Nip it in the bud. It’s often a quick fix and your smile will thank you. Whether you require a dental filling, implant or general check-up, Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic is here to assist. Contact us today and speak with our friendly staff to arrange your next consultation.

What is restorative dentistry?

Even though our teeth are astoundingly strong, they are not indestructible. Regardless of our age, tooth decay and damage is almost inevitable. Restorative dentistry refers to the procedures used to repair or replace your teeth. The aim is to protect your natural teeth as much as possible and promote all round oral health for years to come.

Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic offers a range of treatment options for restoring worn, decayed, damaged or missing teeth including:

At our state-of-the-art clinic in Caulfield, we offer the latest in technology, equipment and expertise to suit your individual needs.

Does restorative dental work benefit my teeth and oral health in the future?

tooth filling

Looking after our teeth and restoring them when necessary is a lifelong process. The beauty of restorative dentistry lies in the mitigation of long-term problems. Restoring a decayed, damaged or missing tooth can provide benefits such as:

  • Relief from pain or discomfort
  • Improving the appearance of your teeth
  • Protecting the structural integrity of your teeth
  • Protecting the function of your teeth

You can think of restoring your teeth like restoring a house. If you fix minor issues as they arise, they are less likely to snowball into larger, more costly problems. And, just like our house, we want our teeth to be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing, too.

What happens if I don’t seek treatment when my teeth are in a deteriorating state?

It’s worth considering the immediate and long-term implications of untreated tooth decay and damage. In the short term it might mean pain, discomfort, avoiding certain foods or sensitivity. But long-term it might mean infection, further deterioration and worse-case scenario losing a tooth altogether.

For example, if a cavity is left untreated it will almost certainly get worse. The decayed part of the tooth can spread and eventually effect the root of the tooth. This may lead to a blackened or dead tooth, which can then fall out.

When decay spreads to the supporting tissues of your teeth this is known as periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are unpleasant and may involve:

  • Gum recession
  • Inflammation around the tooth
  • Dental abscesses and infections
  • Deterioration of bone, gum and tissue

The good news is that regular dental check-ups will allow your dentist to detect cavities in their early stages. Early detection and early treatment will usually mean a tooth filling is all that is required. This way the more serious problems can be averted.

What are the costs of restorative dentistry?

When deciding on a course of action for restorative dentistry, an initial consult will enable us to consider whether and what type of treatment is necessary. We can also discuss the associated costs of the various options and your budget.

We understand each patient is unique and the individual services required may vary. At our Caulfield clinic we take the time and care to tailor our services to fit your personal aesthetic, functional and budgetary needs.

Contact us today

Hawthorn Road Family Dental is a family friendly clinic committed to affordable and accessible oral health care. Our highly qualified and technically experienced practitioners are dedicated to helping patients overcome their dental concerns.

Take control of your oral health today and call or email us to book your next appointment. Alternatively get in touch via our website to arrange a consultation.

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How To Care For Your Porcelain Veneers

You love your new natural-looking smile and investing in porcelain veneers was a worthy investment. Want to keep smiling for as long as possible without landing up back at the dentist? Make sure you give them the proper care to prevent wear and tear from damage.

  • Avoid biting on hard items

Biting on inedible items such as pens can wear down your porcelain veneers and cause irreparable damage over time. Take note of any unconscious biting habits you might have and actions that can crack your teeth.

  • Treat your veneers to a professional polish and clean

A professional polish every few months will preserve the lifespan of your veneers. Dentists use high-quality products and utilise specialised equipment and cleaning techniques to ensure a thorough clean.

  • Reduce drinking teeth-staining drinks and using tobacco products

Certain foods and drinks increase the chances of your teeth and veneers staining. These include red wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks. Cigarettes and tobacco products are also commonly found to stain veneers.

  • Opt for high-quality whitening toothpastes

A non-abrasive toothpaste that includes a natural whitener as a key ingredient (such as baking soda) is effective for protecting your porcelain veneers from discolouration.

  • Have a night-time mouth guard fitted to prevent you from grinding your teeth

Grinding your teeth during sleeping is a cause for concern as it wears down your veneers, leaving the underlying area at risk for contact with harmful bacteria. Protect your veneers from the effects of grinding by having your dentist provide you with a night-time mouth guard.

  • Wear a mouth guard when playing sports

Certain sports (rugby, basketball) and activities put your veneers at risk. Wearing a mouth guard protects your mouth and teeth from potential trauma and the expense from having repair any damage caused.

  • Maintain an effective brushing and flossing routine

Even with veneers, without proper brushing and flossing, your mouth is still at risk of developing gum disease. Take care not to be aggressive in brushing or flossing as this can chip the veneer. A dentist can advise on suitable products to use and techniques to apply.

A regular check-up at the dentist is necessary to ensure your porcelain veneers are in excellent condition. Our dentists at Hawthorn Road Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic will provide you with care tips so that you can enjoy your porcelain veneers for a long time. Contact us today!

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How Restorative Dentistry Procedures Can Bring Back Your Smile

Convinced you’ll never smile again? Modern restorative dentistry procedures give back hope to those who thought they’d never be able to once again show off a brilliant smile. A range of treatments can not only restore a confident smile but improve your oral health and the function and appearance of your teeth.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry, is the term used by dental professionals to define the practice of studying, diagnosing and assessing damaged or missing teeth and their supporting structures. With the help of the latest imaging technology, a dentist can determine the ideal restorative dental procedure to restore the functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual.

Here are some of the most commonly used and effective restorative dentistry procedures you could benefit from:

  • Dental fillings

If the damage to your teeth is mild, you may only require a filling or two. Dental fillings seal off your tooth cavity and protect it from further decay. They can be made with a range of materials, ensuring you find the exact colour match for your teeth.

  • Dental implants

Have you stopped smiling because you’re embarrassed about a few missing teeth? Dental implants are fast becoming the first go-to restorative procedure to fill in gaps left by lost teeth. This is mainly because the benefits are natural looking and long lasting. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw to act as a substitute for both the root and tooth.

  • Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used to cover teeth that are broken, damaged or heavily stained. These are made of tooth-coloured porcelain material so that they appear natural looking. Once your dentist has cleared away decay, a dental crown is placed over the top of the tooth.

  • Inlays and onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. They are durable, and prolong tooth life, preventing the need for more dental treatment in the future.

  • Full or partial dentures

Dentures are a cost-effective, non-permanent restorative method for those who need to replace numerous missing teeth or a full mouth of teeth. With the support of dentures, patients can eat their favourite foods once more without the worry and distress of them falling out as they are purposefully shaped to fit your mouth.

Let our experienced dentists at Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic give you your smile back. We provide high-quality oral care, from restorative dental implants to preventive dentistry. Schedule a consultation today and look forward to your renewed smile.

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