Restorative and cosmetic dentistry
An attractive smile is usually also a healthy smile, and certainly adds to your confidence. Dental beauty is typically not just ‘skin’ deep – regular teeth are less susceptible to wear, less likely to cause wear and fatigue of other structures around your mouth such as the jaw joint, and typically easier to keep clean. Whether you’re experiencing discolouration, problems resulting from injury, traits you’ve inherited, or the deterioration of previous repairs, we’re able to help.
Traditional restorative techniques such as crowns have been complemented more recently with practices such as bleaching, porcelain veneers and bonding. You can read a little about these techniques here, and we encourage you to discuss your options at your next visit.
These very thin ceramic shells are custom made for you, and are used to improve the appearance of discoloured, chipped, misshapen, or misaligned teeth, and can even be used to cover gaps between teeth.
Chipped teeth or other small irregularities are good candidates for bonding, a process similar to filling a hole in a furniture restoration project.
The tooth is ‘etched’ with a gel to prepare the surface so it will adhere to the bonding liquid, which is applied next. Finally, a tooth-coloured resin is applied and formed into the final shape.
White teeth certainly boost the attractiveness of your smile, and whitening can be worth considering, particularly if you work in an industry where personal presentation is very important. Dr Kropf is likely to be able to treat discolouration and stains with professional cleaning, but in some cases he may recommend an additional bleaching treatment.
Bleaching is a treatment you can perform yourself at home, under the advice of Dr Kropf. First he will custom-make a mouth tray to contain the bleaching gel and keep it perfectly in contact with your teeth for the duration of the process. He will advise on the length of treatment required to ensure it is safe and effective.