Orthodontics

How Can Dental Treatments Make Me Look Younger?

ModelWhen it comes to rejuvenating one’s facial appearance, most people don’t think of going to their dentist. However, with the right dental treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, you can address common signs of aging and turn back the clock. At The Paddington Dental Surgery, our dental team offers a variety of solutions that can enhance the look of your smile. For patients wanting to achieve a younger-looking facial appearance, a dental facelift can reverse unwanted changes caused by aging. Using porcelain veneers, the dental facelift process can address concerns such as the following:

  • Thinning lips
  • Stained, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Overbite or underbite
  • Hollow-looking cheeks
  • Wrinkles

By enhancing tooth size and shape, veneers can help restore youthful facial contours that have been affected by lax facial muscles and worn-down teeth. To learn more about the dental facelift and how it can help you reverse the effects of aging with incredibly natural-looking results, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

What Is a Smile Facelift?

We use a number of different terms to refer to our customised procedures, including Smile Makeover, full mouth reconstruction, and Smile Facelift. Each treatment is designed to achieve a specific set of goals, and the right one for you will vary based on your unique characteristics and desired outcome. During your initial consultation, our team can help you determine if one of these procedures is right for you.

A Smile Facelift is a treatment that can rejuvenate a patient’s appearance without the need for cosmetic injectables. In addition to enhancing the look of the smile, a Smile Facelift can also revitalize the face by addressing underlying issues within the oral structures. The primary technique used in a Smile Facelift is the placement of porcelain dental veneers. This method can improve a wide range of dental concerns, including staining, gaps, chips, discolouration, asymmetry, and more. Veneers can also be used to add length and fullness to the teeth, helping to compensate for changes in facial volume that occur with the natural process of aging.

If this procedure sounds like something that could help you obtain your goals, talk to us today to schedule a consultation.

Do I Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

It can be hard to tell which dental treatment is right for you—not every concern is easily diagnosable by the average person (in fact, most are not). And sometimes you arrive at the dentist to discover one treatment is not enough to achieve your desired outcome. If you have two or more conditions you would like to address, full mouth reconstruction may be right for you. While the name can make the procedure sound like a major overhaul, in many cases it simply means combining two or more techniques to optimize the health, function, and beauty of an individual’s oral structures.

Full mouth reconstruction can be as uncomplicated as repairing cavities and treating minor gum disease. The treatment plan can also be more complex, involving dental implants, oral surgery, and orthodontics. Each procedure is customised to suit the needs and goals of the patient, and we will walk you through every stage of the plan so you can feel as comfortable and confident about the process as possible. Our extensively trained dentists are experienced in a wide array of advanced techniques, and we will never push you to accept a treatment you do not need. What we can do is help you identify which approaches will restore your smile and offer improved oral health.

Our team is friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to offer pressure-free advice about your smile. Let’s talk.

What to Expect During Full Mouth Reconstruction

If you have more than one dental concern you would like to address, full mouth reconstruction can be an excellent way to restore your smile to full health and beauty. At The Paddington Dental Surgery, we make every effort to ensure the restoration process is as comfortable as possible while providing exceptional results. To help you prepare for your treatment plan, our dentists would like you to know what to expect.

The first step of any procedure, especially a full mouth reconstruction, is the consultation. During this meeting, we will discuss your concerns, evaluate your oral structures, and assist you in deciding which treatments can optimise your results. In most cases, your program will require multiple visits, and we may be able to begin the same day as your consultation. At this initial meeting, we will go over how many visits you can expect as well as a general timeframe for completing treatment. If you have any questions at that time or between visits, we encourage you to voice them so we can help.

If you are nervous about dental treatment, we offer sedation dentistry techniques. We understand anxiety is very common, and we will work with you to put you at ease and complete the procedure as quickly and as safely as possible.

For more information, talk to our team. We are here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted in a welcoming and compassionate environment.

iTero® Element™ 3D Digital Dental Impressions Enhances Patient Results and Comfort

At The Paddington Dental Surgery, we are committed to providing exceptional care and comfort to our patients. With this objective in mind, we make it a priority to utilise the most advanced dental technology available, including the iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner system. Now available at our practice, this state-of-the-art platform makes it possible to eliminate messy, uncomfortable moulds that traditionally can take as long as 20 minutes to complete. With the iTero® Element™, scanning your oral structures is quick, precise, and often fun!

iTero® Element™ technology captures 3-dimensional digital impressions that can be used to accurately plan treatment for a wide range of concerns. In as little as two and-a-half minutes, our skilled dentists can scan your teeth using a small handheld applicator and show you the result on the screen in front of you. iTero® Element® also makes it possible to show you a simulated image of what your procedure can accomplish. If you’re receiving Invisalign®, for instance, you can see how gradually adjusting the position of your teeth will lead to a straighter smile.

We’re proud to offer this advanced technology to our patients, and we hope that the iTero® Element™ helps make your dental experience more enjoyable. We hope you’ll reach out to us if you would like to learn more or schedule a consultation.  

Teeth-Straightening Options for Adults

woman before and after braces

Picture in your mind a person wearing braces—how old are they? Whilst the traditional notion of braces typically conjures an image of a “metal-mouthed” teenager, more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth with the latest techniques. At The Paddington Dental Surgery, Natalie Dumer, BDS offers a wide range of orthodontic options for all ages. In addition to ceramic or metal braces, we also have Invisalign® clear teeth aligners. If you’ve been hesitant in the past, now is a great time to achieve your smile goals.

Many adults opt for Invisalign® clear aligners to help straighten their teeth and improve bite alignment. This innovative method offers a more discreet and often more comfortable experience than traditional braces. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate. If you find that Invisalign® is not right for you, ceramic braces can still be a great option. There have been many advancements made that make the process easier, faster, and more effective than ever before. Our experienced dental team can discuss your goals and evaluate your needs to develop a customized treatment plan. Many patients are able to complete the process in as little as 12-18 months.

You deserve to smile confidently, eat and speak comfortably, and love the way your teeth look. Don’t put off braces any longer, come talk to us about your options.

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Metal Braces

braces and chocolate

Ceramic braces can be a great way to straighten teeth and achieve a healthy, functional bite. Taking good care of your orthodontic equipment is very important to accomplishing your goals, and it can require a little know-how. Part of your responsibility will be identifying what you should and should not eat. Dr Natalie Dumer, our experienced dentist with a special interest in orthodontics, will provide all the instructions you need at your initial appointment. We’ve also provided the handy cheat sheet below to help you make the best decisions for your smile.

The most important thing to remember is that sticky, hard, or really chewy foods can be hard on your braces—and hard to clean off. To keep your orthodontic appliances and your teeth in good condition, try to avoid:

  • Liquorice, caramels, and chewing gum
  • Ice, popcorn, nuts, and hard candies
  • Corn on the cob, whole apples, and big carrots

Also be sure and brush your teeth after eating, as any foods stuck between the brackets can cause decay and cavities to form.

As you can see, there are lots of foods that are fine to eat with ceramic braces, including breads, pastas, meat, dairy, fruits, desserts, veggies, and more. By being aware of which treats can pose a problem, you can help ensure a quicker and more pleasant teeth-straightening experience.

Getting Braces for the First Time: What Do They Feel Like?

Getting ceramic braces is an exciting experience. Soon your teeth will be straighter and your smile more beautiful. But it’s also normal to feel some trepidation about the process. Many patients, young children and adults alike, wonder what to expect. Will it hurt to get the brackets placed? Will it be uncomfortable to have them adjusted? These are common concerns, and our skilled dentist, Dr Natalie Dumer, can help put your mind at ease during your initial consultation. While everyone’s experience is just a little bit different, we can provide an overview of what braces will feel like to help you prepare.

You shouldn’t feel any pain when the brackets are secured to your teeth. No pressure is applied at this point, and the equipment is attached using a special type of adhesive. You may feel some slight pressure when the wire, which slides through each bracket and is secured to the back teeth, is tightened, but this sensation will pass after a few days. The braces may at first feel rough against your cheeks, tongue, and other soft tissues of your mouth. We will provide some wax you can use to cover any metal parts that cause irritation until you are used to it.

Light pressure is used to help guide your teeth into the desired position, and this process may occasionally cause some brief discomfort. If needed, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication while you get used to the sensation. Be aware that children should only use medications designed for their use. If discomfort becomes pain, contact our practice right away—no one should have to suffer for a beautiful smile. Fortunately, these effects are typically mild and temporary. Most patients have a reasonably pleasant teeth-straightening experience and find the process well worth the result. Of course, if you want to know more, we always welcome your questions.

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