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The Safe Way to Whiten Your Teeth

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Everybody notices white teeth. It’s a great way to freshen your appearance and it even takes years off you your appearance and let’s face it,  who doesn’t want to look younger. With white teeth you’re more inclined to smile and a happy face makes for a younger face.

With the advent of hydrogen peroxide formulas, over the counter tooth whitening products became increasingly popular. Toothpastes, whitening kits, and stain removing agents are now widely available in pharmacies and grocery stores. Even though hydrogen peroxide is a highly effective whitening agent, when applied in the form of anti staining toothpastes they don’t do a lot to whiten your teeth and as cleaning agents, they do more damage than good. They often cause tissue burns, tooth sensitivity, and if they’re used with a firm hand or a hard bristled brush, they can affect the enamel on your teeth. And they don’t offer any additional cavity protection.

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Tips on Taking Care of Your Dental Implants

Sparkling smile with dental implants

  

Technically, dental implants are a form of cosmetic dentistry. If you have broken, chipped, permanently discoloured or loose teeth then dental implants will boost your confidence and have you smiling again in no time.

But to say that high quality dental implants are purely cosmetic is incorrect. Dental implants are functional as well as cosmetic. Dental implants are used to replace missing or loose teeth and poorly fitting dentures. They enable you to chew again; they prevent gum recession and bone loss and if you have had missing teeth or dentures that don’t fit then they can change the shape of your face. They will certainly have you smiling for plenty of reasons. (more…)

Is it Better to Get a Dental Crown or a Filling?

A dental crown procedure is often the best solution to preserve the life of a tooth. If you have a dentist that you’ve been seeing for a long time then no doubt you will trust their opinion and give then the go ahead. However, if you go to a dentist for the first time and he or she has a cursory look at your teeth and immediately recommends a crown, you should take a deep breath and have the conversation about alternatives.

If you are still not satisfied then leave, do your research and if necessary seek another opinion. Crowns may well be the best option but they are an investment and you should be sure you investigate other tooth restoration options before you spend your money. If you are looking for another opinion then come and see us at Cosmic Smile. We will provide you with honest and professional advice on whether a crown is required.

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A crown is most commonly used when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Generally speaking, crowns are good. They are a tooth-like covering placed over an existing tooth to protect it and to make sure you don’t compromise the health of your other teeth and the health of your gums. It strengthens, restores and improves the appearance of a tooth. People often choose a crown to cover a badly discoloured or broken tooth.

Dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. Their lifespan depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to and how much attention you pay to your oral hygiene and diet.

This occurs when you have a cracked tooth. Unlike a broken tooth, a cracked tooth cannot be repaired. In fact in the case of a cracked tooth you may use a crown as a temporary solution. Longer term you may need root canal and then a crown or an extraction. A misdiagnosis might occur if you have craze lines in your teeth. These won’t require action but they may appear like a crack. In some cases a long crazed line might be the precursor to a crown. You should double check the diagnosis before you spend the money.

Obviously a filling is suggested if it is not going to dominate the entire tooth. Modern dental fillings are made of much more durable material than old fillings. However, if an old filling is covering about two thirds of your tooth it could be that you will need a crown to keep the tooth. If a new filling is so large it compromises the structure of the tooth then maybe a crown is a better option. An old filling will eventually give up. Of course, with such little tooth remaining it might develop a crack and therefore you will require a crown anyway. It’s a decision only you can make but a crown may be the only way to preserve the tooth.

For a good dentist in Sydney call our office on 02 9904 2880 or email info@cosmicsmile.com.au to speak to our friendly staff for more information.

Have a Bright and Healthy Smile This Summer

healthy and sparkling teeth

In summer we just want to smile more. The weather, the parties and the festivities and time spent with family and friends are all reasons to feel happy. It’s also a time when cameras are constantly at the ready so there’s a very good chance that you’ll have to front up with a big smile and convince the world that you’re happy about it.

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What You Should Know Before Undergoing Teeth Whitening Treatment

Before and After Teeth Whitening treatment

Thanks to the skill, accessibility and techniques of modern dentistry and of course the advent of fluoride in our water, having your own healthy teeth is something that more people can look forward well into their old age.

It goes without saying that the usual conditions apply; regular check ups; cleaning; flossing; and healthy foods rather than lots of sweets. Keep all of those things going and you can look forward to good oral health and hygiene for a long time to come.

It’s a different issue when it comes to keeping your teeth looking white. You can have good teeth but not white teeth. Coffee and tea, wine, berries and some food types can cause discolouration which is less than ideal if you’ve spent lots of time and money looking after your teeth. The health benefits are obvious but what about the aesthetic benefits? Wouldn’t you like to enjoy those too?

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Some Tips and tricks for Invisalign Users

Cosmic Smile in Neutral Bay are specialists in Invisalign orthodontic therapy. Invisalign orthodontic therapy uses invisible plastic aligners to straighten and improve the appearance of your teeth. You can enjoy all the benefits of braces without having to sacrifice your smile and you can eat whatever you like subject to the normal recommendations applicable to good oral health. (more…)

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