Established 1999 in the heart of Samford at the Samford Central Shopping Centre

Call Us Enquire Online

 

 

"Cosmetic Dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person's teeth,gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improving dental aesthetics such as colour, position, shape, size, alignment and the overall smile appearance."

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

 

SMILE DESIGN

What makes a great smile?

There are many factors - both functional and cosmetic - that come into play when recognising the 'perfect' smile.

They are as follows;

 

 

Symmetry Horizontal Alignment

Symmetry

Symmetry around the centreline of our face is of great importance for an aesthetically pleasing smile. Even when this is not 100% possible, the illusion of symmetry should be created. The front two upper central incisors should be symmetrical in size, length and shape

Horizontal Alignment

Ideally the smile line should be aligned so it is parallel to the horizontal.

 

 

 

 
Smile Line Smile Width

Smile Line

The edges of your upper teeth should follow the curvature of the lower lip when you smile.

Smile Width

With a narrow smile, the side teeth are often in shadow. This leaves dark triangles at the corner s of the mouth. A wider smile allows one to see the ideal progression from the front to the back teeth, this is more attractive!

 

 

 

 
Gum Line Tooth axis

Gum Line

The gum line connects the highest points of the gum levels(zenith) of the upper teeth. This height must be symmetrical on both sides of the mouth. Ideally this line should follow the line of the upper lip, to ensure minimum gum exposure and optimum display of the teeth on smiling. The upper lip should touch where the teeth meet the gum, although a small amount of visible gum tissue above the teeth is acceptable (2mm).

Tooth axis

The main axis of the tooth inclines backward from tip to gum. This inclination increases from the incisors to the canines.

   
Contact point Relative tooth dimension and proportion

Contact point

It is lowest on central incisors and gradually move upwards towards the canines. The shape of the tooth will influence this contact point.

Relative tooth dimension and proportion

Due to individual variations, it is difficult to provide "magic numbers" like the golden proportion, to define adequate tooth dimension and relative proportion. Perception of symmetry , dominance and proportion are influenced by many factors, and should be adapted for every personal smile.

   
Incisal edge configuration Interincisal Angles

Incisal edge configuration

A young smile has a "gull" shape whereas a more mature smile exhibits a flatter appearance.

Interincisal Angles

Interincisal Angles are the small triangular spaces between the tips of the teeth. These are artistically created by the ceramist and dentist to ensure a natural look.

   
Lips Healthy gums

Lips

Lips are to teeth as a frame is to a picture! The shape, fullness and symmetry of your lips can be optimised for the ideal smile.

Healthy gums

Gum tissue should have a light pink colour and firm texture without any swelling or bleeding. The papillae must completely fill the gap between teeth to avoid any visible black triangles.

Reference:  

1. http://www.perfectsmile.co.za/analyse-your-smile.htm, "Perfect Smile Dental Studio"

 

 

 

 

 

 

FULL MOUTH REJUVENATION

Full mouth rejuvenation involves multiple restorative dentistry procedures to rebuild or restore all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. Full mouth reconstruction may involve dental implants, TMJ therapy, crowns, bridgework, fillings, or other dental procedures.


It is not uncommon for people to present to us with a multiple number of issues within their mouth at the same time. These may include:


✔ Missing teeth

✔ Worn teeth

✔ Uneven bite

✔ Decayed and broken teeth

✔ Clicking and discomfort in the jaw joints

✔ A crooked and unsightly smile

 

In order to successfully restore these teeth, and give back their appearance and functions as a whole, it is better to treat all the problematic teeth as part of an overall plan, to make sure the result can be long lasting and effective.

 

We are very proud to say here at Dental Distinction we have helped many of our patient's improve the function and appearance of their smiles by performing full mouth restorative treatments, and thrive off the confidence we help them regain. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Although our natural teeth are meant to last us our lifetime, accidents can and do happen to jeopardize that. Tooth decay, large fillings, cracks, weakened teeth or general wear and tear are reasons behind this occuring. In situations like this, a hard, protective cover known as 'Crowns' or 'Bridges' may be neccessary in saving your tooth.

 

Crowns

 

dental crown is strong, porcelain aesthetic cover that is used to restore a weakened tooth’s shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance overall. When cemented into place, the crown will fully encase the entire visible portion of the weakened tooth that lies at and above the gum line, protecting it from any further damage. 

 

Crown work require 2 appointments to see us. The first appointment is called the 'preparation' stage. At this time, we will shape your tooth using a drill with tiny drill heads. We take only a couple millimetres off your tooth structure to allow room fo your crown to sit securerely in place. Once the tooth is shaped how we need it, we take an impression of it and send it off the a very high tech labratory to make your crown look exactly like your natural teeth. Once the impression has been taken, we cover the tooth with a temporary cover until your crown is arrives. The second appointment with us is very straight forward, we simply take off the temporary crown and cement on your porcelain crown.

 

Crowns will generally last you anywhere from 10 years, to 40 years. However, with proper hygiene techniques and routine checkup and cleans with us, you really can't put an end date on their life span.


Our clinic uses exclusively full porcelain crowns which do not contain any metals. In very rare situations we may use gold crowns with high gold content. 

 

 

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

 Bridges

 

Dental bridges are exactly the same as crowns in regards to material and procedure. Bridges literally 'bridge' the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more porcelain crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap - these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth - and a false tooth/teeth in between. You can see the picture on the right explaining this. 

 

Dental Bridges:

✔ Help close gaps that were left from previous extractions

✔ In most cases they can be fabricated from full porcelain materials which contain no metals

✔ These appliances are fixed into place. You do not need to remove them for cleaning.

✔ They help improve chewing and eliminate unsightly spaces in visible areas.

 

The process for bridge work is exactly the same as a crown which is written above, however the only difference is bridge work will take a little more time in the chair as we are working with more than one tooth.

 

 

 

 

PORCELAIN VENEERS

 

  

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Individually crafted for each patient, these cosmetic enhancements are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural enamel. This is a two step procedure that requires two visits to us over a short couple weeks. 

 

Porcelain veneers are a quick way to create a visually stunning and lasting smile. We have performed hundreds of veneer procedures here at our clinic, giving people back their confidence with a brand new smile.

   

 

 

 

 

BONDING 

Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth.

 

 

Advantages:

    • Immediate result: Only one appointment required
    • Less cost

 

Disadvantage:

  • More likely to need touch ups and maintenance as the material can discolor with time.
  • Can eventually be required to transform to veneer/crown work