Cosmetic Dentistry

Safe Teeth Whitening

Smiling is the universal language of happiness, and showing off your pearly whites is good for your soul!

At Anokhi Dental, we use two reputable whitening systems - 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.

This concept was first discovered by an orthodontist in the 1980’s. He noticed that many of his patients had inflamed and swollen gums due to difficulty cleaning around the braces. He therefore advised them to brush with a hydrogen peroxide gel that would release oxygen, hence destroying the anaerobic bacteria causing the inflammation. After some time, he noticed that not only had his patients gum health improved, but their teeth were also visibly whiter!

Our practice offers:

  • In Chair whitening - this is a single 90-minute appointment where an activated whitening hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth in 7 minute cycles by the dentist.

  • Take Home Whitening - this involves using a less concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel in custom made trays for 30 minute cycles at home.

Which treatment is suitable for you will depend on many factors such as your age, extent and cause of discoloration, sensitivity levels etc. At Anokhi Dental, your dentist will assess the status of your teeth and your dental history to tailor your specific treatment.

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.

If you are interested in whitening your smile, please discuss this with one of our dentists to find out if this procedure is suitable for you.

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.

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 and therefore, can help to support the remaining tooth structure.

Many patients prefer this material as it can be shade matched and blended with the original tooth resulting in a natural appearance.

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. Composite resins are an ideal filling material for small parts of a tooth and where there isn’t too much pressure from the bite.

Ceramic Restorations

Ceramic restorations are made from zirconia and porcelain.

Zirconia is a type of crystal, a very strong material 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 restorations offer a stronger alternative to a “white filling” (composite resin) to provide extra support for your tooth.  

Situations where a ceramic restoration may be recommended include:

  • 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

  • Where superior aesthetics are required.

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

Invisalign

Invisalign is a newand 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.

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

As well as treating your specific dental issues, treatment with Invisalign may also positively impact on your general health in the following ways:

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!

How is the treatment carried out?

During the initial consultation, your dentist will discuss the issues that you have with your teeth and what kind of results you’re hoping to achieve. If Invisalign is suitable for you, a treatment plan will be formulated with your goals in mind.

We begin by taking dental impressions, x-rays and photographs of your teeth and sending them to Align Technology in the USA. The impressions are put through a CT scan, from which a computer creates a three dimensional model. Technicians then individualise the teeth in the computer model and move them to their final position. Custom software then simulates the movement of the teeth in stages.

Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your straight teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete. Once you have approved the treatment plan, an aligner is manufactured for each stage of the computer simulation and sent to us so that treatment may be started.

For more information please visit www.invisalign.com.au

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