Aesthetic dentistry is a field of dentistry concerned especially with the appearance of a dental restoration as achieved through its form and color.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth bonding is a fairly simple and effective cosmetic treatment that can be done in a single visit. Our dentist can close gaps between front teeth (diastema) or change defective metal fillings with a more aesthetic material known as composite resin.

The composite resin is sculpted to the desired form, and "hardened" or "cured" with a blue light. The restoration is then polished and your new smile is now ready. Bonding is a fast and cost effective treatment for small gaps and cavities which do not require more extensive treatment like veneers or crowns.

Teeth Whitening
What Causes Staining Of Teeth?

Teeth are porous and made up of hollow tube-like structures known as dentin tubules. Staining occurs when the surface (‘enamel’) picks up stains from food and beverages through the dentine tubules. Acidic food and beverages such as carbonated drinks and red wine erode the enamel, thus increasing the pick-up rate of stains from other food substances. Some stains are actually caused by pigments embedded in plague that has become coloured.

Extrinsic stains caused by food and beverages are usually reversible and responds well to good oral care, professional cleaning and whitening treatment.

What Is The Simplest And Cheapest Way To Whiter Teeth?
The most basic step to cleaner and whiter teeth is to see a dentist for Scaling and Polishing. Cleaning the teeth will remove the yellowish-black tartar which will make the teeth appear whiter. Polishing will remove the surface stains, tea, smoking etc. However, Scaling and Polishing can only return your teeth to the "original" color. If you want the teeth even whiter, you have to go for Teeth Whitening.
What Are The Various Forms Of Teeth Whitening?
The 2 main forms are: Take Home Teeth Whitening:
  • Chair side/in-Office Teeth Whitening
  • Take Home Teeth Whitening
The Dentist will take an impression of your teeth and custom make a set of trays that will specially fit your teeth. This will ensure that the whitening gel used will be applied onto your teeth and not "spill over" to the gums and tongue. The Dentist will prescribe the concentration of bleaching gel to be used after assessment of your teeth condition. You will need to wear the tray with the gel for 6 hours a day for about 5 days to 2 weeks.
Non-Dentist Vs Dentist
Tooth whitening is a non-invasive solution for mild to moderately discoloured teeth. While tooth whitening is considered a relatively safe treatment, there is still some concerns in relation to tooth whitening services provided by non-dentist, for e.g. at beauty salons.

As dictated by the prevailing regulations from the relevant authorities, teeth whitening products containing more than 0.1% Hydrogen Peroxide are only available via dentists. Hydrogen Peroxide is the chemical ingredient that whitens the teeth.

Many beauty salons claim that they use non-Peroxide whitening gels. The majority of these non-Peroxide whitening agents use Sodium Perborate to ‘whiten’ teeth instead.
What Else You Need To Know Before You Go For Teeth Whitening?

It is important that you consult the dentist to have a thorough check up first before you proceed with teeth whitening. For e.g., cavities have to be filled up first, or else you may suffer from severe sensitivity or pain after teeth whitening.

As trained dental healthcare provider, the dentist can also advise you on if you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening procedures. Some stains are intrinsic and thus cannot be removed.

FAQs for Teeth Whitening
How long does the actual Chair side Teeth Whitening take?
Is it painful?
Any side effects?
What about those teeth whitening toothpaste, gels etc as advertised on TV?
How can I reduce staining caused by some food and drinks?

Dental veneer is a custom-designed, thin porcelain layer that covers the outer surface of a tooth, to modify the colour, size or shape of a tooth to more desirable appearance. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth.

The two most common materials used in the fabrication of dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain veneers. Composite veneers can be fitted in a single session, whereas porcelain veneers need a second visit for fitting. Of the two options, porcelain veneers are longer lasting.

Once veneers are bonded into place, they are relatively strong and durable. However, care must be taken because the thin porcelain shells can damage or break. Your dentist may advise you against certain uses or dietary tendencies. If you are a bruxer (you grind or clench your teeth unconsciously during sleep), your dentist may recommend that you wear a protective appliance at night.

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