Cosmetic Dentistry

Smiling is the universal language of happiness and showing off your pearly whites is good for your soul! If you’re looking for a more naturally attractive smile we can help.

At Anokhi Dental, we provide a wide range of cosmetic dental services with your well-being in mind, including:

  • Teeth Whitening

  • White Fillings

  • Veneers

  • Invisalign

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can be a simple yet very effective way of brightening your smile.  At Anokhi Dental, we offer in-chair whitening and home whitening options.

These can be used either individually or in conjunction with each other. The active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide (not bleach) and it is safe and gentle to use on the teeth

Options for teeth whitening:

  • In-Chair Whitening

This is conveniently carried out in the comfort of our beautiful clinic in a single 90 minute appointment. The dentist applies an activated whitening gel on the teeth for 7 minute cycles until the desired result is reached. This is the fastest way to achieve the best possible results.

  • Take Home Whitening

This involves using a milder whitening gel in custom made trays for 30 minute cycles at home. This is done over the course of a number of days for a slower outcome with the same impressive results.

Which treatment is suitable for you?

At Anokhi Dental, your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your best options for achieving a whiter smile. This will depend on many factors such as:

  • Age

  • Extent and cause of discolouration

  • How sensitive your teeth are

  • The condition of your teeth

  • Your dental history

  • What result you would like to achieve

For example, if you have sensitive teeth, we’ll use a lower concentration for a longer period to avoid triggering your sensitivity while also achieving the results you want.

However, if you don’t suffer from tooth sensitivity, you may be a candidate for a more robust in chair treatment. If you exhibit severe discoloration you may be advised an in chair treatment followed by a course of at home whitening.

Under the supervision of your dentist you can be rest assured that your teeth are being whitened safely using a high quality and safe product.

White Fillings

A filling replaces that part of a tooth which has chipped or broken down or where decay has created a cavity.

At Anokhi Dental, we follow mercury safe practice. Therefore, we use composite resins and ceramics as tooth filling materials as opposed to mercury amalgam.

Filling Materials:

  • Composite Resins

These are your standard “white filling” materials and consist of glass particles in a resin matrix and are bonded directly to the tooth. They are a durable and natural looking option for small to medium sized cavities.

At Anokhi Dental we use high quality, fluoride-free and BPA free composite resins in our practice. BPA is a known hormone disrupting chemical, so we choose to avoid it.

  • Ceramic Restorations

Ceramic restorations are made from zirconia and porcelain.

Zirconia is a strong crystal like structure which is bio-compatible with the body.  It is used in many other medical applications such as artificial joints and is known for its strength and durability. Porcelain has been used for many years in dentistry for its strength and natural appearance.

Combined together these ceramic materials offer a stronger alternative to a “white filling” (composite resin) to provide extra support for your tooth.

When is a ceramic restoration a better option than a composite resin?

  • If there is heavy loading on the tooth such as on a molar

  • If there is a large area of the tooth to restore

  • If you grind and/or clench your teeth

  • Natural aesthetics

In such cases, we may recommend a ceramic inlay, onlay, veneer or crown.

Veneers

What is a veneer?

Dental veneers are a thin layer (or laminate) of material placed over the face of a tooth. They can improve the appearance of a smile and also protect the surface of the tooth from damage.

The benefits of veneers:

  • Cover up stained or discoloured teeth giving them a whiter appearance

  • In some cases, they can straighten the appearance of crooked teeth

  • Improve the shape or size of teeth

  • Close small gaps between teeth

  • Cover up and protect worn down teeth

Types of Veneers:

  • Composite Resin Veneers

These can usually be done in one dental visit. The composite resin is applied one layer at a time until the desired shape and appearance is achieved. These are less costly than porcelain veneers and any chips or cracks can be repaired. The disadvantage of composite resin veneers is that this material is more likely to stain and may need “retouching” or redoing more frequently.

  • Porcelain Veneers

These are custom made and bonded onto the front of the tooth. As a material porcelain is very durable. It looks very “life-like” and is more resistant to staining than composite resin. Porcelain veneers generally require 2-3 dental visits, as the veneers are custom made in a laboratory by a technician.

Other things to know about veneers

  • Veneers will not correct the appearance of major misalignments in teeth or any bite issues.

  • To be a candidate for veneers your teeth and gums must be healthy. Any decay or gum disease must be treated prior to the attachment of veneers.

  • If you clench or grind your teeth, then a thorough assessment of the bite should be carried out and you may be advised to wear a protective mouthguard at night to protect your veneers.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a versatile type of orthodontic treatment that may be used to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues without the need to use metallic braces.

It works by using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks. Each aligner is individually made to exact calculations to gradually move your teeth into place and must be worn for at least 22 hours per day. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move little by little, week by week, until they have straightened to the final desired position.

What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

  • Bio Compatibility. At Anokhi Dental, we prefer to minimise the placement of different metals in the mouth. Invisalign aligners are made of medical grade, polyurethane resins. The aligners do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticisers.

  • Comfort. Invisalign is comfortable as there are no wires and brackets which can often irritate the inside of the mouth and soft tissues.

  • Convenience. Invisalign aligners are removable, unlike fixed metal braces. You have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would to maintain good oral hygiene and fresh breath.

  • Appearance. As the aligners are completely transparent, they are more difficult to detect than the traditional wire and bracket braces.

Other potential positive impacts on general health:

  • Healthier gums. Signs of periodontal disease such as swollen bleeding gums may arise due to teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. When teeth are properly aligned, it is much easier to brush and floss, hence maintaining optimal oral hygiene and preventing periodontal disease

  • Improved Chewing. The mouth is the beginning of the digestive tract. It is imperative that food is chewed thoroughly and mixed with saliva and its digestive enzymes. Mal-aligned teeth may make it difficult to chew properly.

  • Appearance. For many people, a nicely aligned and healthy smile relates to feelings of self confidence. So, put yourself in a healthy state of mind with a great looking smile!

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