Types of cosmetic dental treatments
Our experienced cosmetic dentists in Chatswood and Northbridge offer the following services, depending on your oral health needs and preferences for changing your smile.
Read more information about each of these services below to help you make an informed decision about your dental treatment. More than one treatment may be combined as part of a complete smile makeover.
Sailors Bay Dentistry uses CEREC technology to produce custom crowns, veneers and other restorations during a single visit to the dentist, to help save you time and make dental care more convenient.
Are your teeth yellow, stained or discoloured? Depending on the type of discolouration, you may be able to brighten your teeth by a number of shades with a teeth bleaching treatment. These are provided at our Northbridge dental clinic or in your own home.
Professional whitening can be done in a single visit. Our dentists apply a stronger concentration of bleaching agent and use a specialised bright light to whiten teeth.
Home teeth whitening takes 1 to 2 weeks to achieve your desired results. We'll provide you with custom mouth trays and bleaching gel that should be applied daily following your dentist's instructions.
When used correctly, teeth whitening treatments have minimal risks, which may include teeth feeling more sensitive temporarily. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) doesn't recommend the use of over-the-counter whitening products, as these increase the risk of chemical burns to the gums and can produce disappointing results compared to a personalised treatment.
Teeth bleaching can't cover up all types of discolouration. We can discuss other options to help you whiten your smile, such as veneers, crowns or replacing old fillings.
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Veneers are bonded to teeth to improve their appearance. This versatile treatment can cover up discoloured, damaged or misshapen teeth, straighten slightly crooked teeth and close gaps in your smile. We offer dental veneers made from porcelain (ceramic) and composite resin.
- Porcelain veneers cost more, but they look and feel more like natural tooth enamel and are more durable.
- Composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain, but they can stain and damage more easily.
To prepare your teeth for veneers, a small layer of the surface (around 0.5mm) first has to be removed. This can sometimes cause teeth to feel more sensitive to temperature. We'll make sure you understand the possible risks before you agree to any treatment.
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Crowns can strengthen, repair, resize or reshape teeth. Often used to rebuild teeth that have been chipped or worn down, crowns can also be placed over a weakened tooth to offer extra protection or they may be used to modify the appearance and function of one or more teeth.
Using CEREC technology, our Northbridge dentists can design and manufacture a custom crown during a single visit. We'll match the colour of your ceramic crown to the rest of your teeth to leave you with a natural-looking smile.
Porcelain crowns have similar strength to natural tooth enamel and can last for many years when you follow good oral health. Decay or cavities affecting the underlying tooth can cause a crown to come loose.
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A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. Gaps in your smile are more than just an aesthetic concern, as the gap can trap food and bacteria, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth on either side may also lean into the gap over time and become crooked.
Most bridges require crowns to be placed over the adjacent teeth for support, while others may be supported by metal clasps. This depends on the type of teeth that need to be replaced.
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An implant replaces a whole tooth, including the root. This means it supports the growth of new bone tissue in the jaw, which isn't the case for a bridge or dentures. This can prevent the jaw from shrinking.
Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw and covered by a natural-looking crown. You may not be a candidate for implant surgery if your jaw isn't large enough or you have certain health conditions. A dental bridge is sometimes a better option than an implant, depending on a number of factors. These will be discussed with you during your consultation to know what option is best for you.
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Do you want to replace old metal fillings? If you have 'silver' fillings, our cosmetic dentists in North Shore can remove the old filling and replace it with a new tooth-coloured 'white' filling, leaving you with a more natural-looking smile.
Metal amalgam fillings contain a small amount of mercury that can be toxic if ingested, so it's important that amalgam filling removal is provided by a qualified professional. At Sailors Bay Dentistry, our dentists are experienced in safe amalgam removal and responsible disposal.
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Braces and Invisalign® treatment
Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth? Orthodontic treatment can bring the teeth and jaws properly into alignment, to help straighten your smile and lower your oral health risks. We offer two orthodontic treatment options at our Northbridge dental clinic:
- Conventional braces are designed to be unobtrusive and may be the only option to correct a more severe orthodontic problem.
- Invisalign® aligners are made of clear plastic and fit over the teeth like a mouthguard, for a more discreet alternative to braces.
- Lingual braces that fit on the inner surface of the teeth and are not visible when smiling.
If you're considering orthodontics for yourself or your child, book a consultation with our Northbridge orthodontic specialists. Dr Ross Adams is available for brace consultations and fittings on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Dr Jeffrey Albert and Dr Alan Riley are available to discuss Invisalign® treatment.
We'll assess your suitability and explain the pros and cons of each treatment so you can decide whether orthodontics is the right choice for you.
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What does cosmetic dentistry cost in Sydney?
Cosmetic dentistry prices depend on the type of treatment, how many teeth are being treated and other factors. We can give you a quote during your consultation, so you'll have an idea of what to expect. We also offer flexible payment plans to help make the cost more affordable.
The cost of cosmetic dentistry is not usually covered by health insurance if its purpose is entirely aesthetic. However, you should be able to make a claim for treatments that also have oral health benefits, such as crowns or fillings. Orthodontics is also not covered by most health funds.
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Book a consultation with a Northbridge cosmetic dentist
Whatever change you want to make to your smile, get in touch with our experienced North Sydney cosmetic dentists to discuss your options today. Our cosmetic dentists also cover the following suburbs: Castlecrag, Naremburn, Chatswood, Artarmon, Crows Nest and Lane Cove.
Call (02) 9958 0400 or fill in our contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We'll make sure you have all the information about cosmetic dentistry costs and possible risks so you can make a fully informed decision about your treatment.