Porcelain Veneers

What Happens if I Stop Wearing My Retainers?

Man smiling outside and looking sideways while texting on his phoneWe understand that it is not always second-nature to remember to wear your retainer. However, too many people ignore or simply forget the specific rules regarding their retainer, and may even abandon their retainers altogether. Often, these patients believe their retainer is just a precaution, and that their teeth will stay in place without it—but these individuals may find out soon enough that their teeth have moved back to the position they were in before orthodontic treatment. This is a frustrating discovery that makes many patients feel they have wasted time and money on the entire process, but it can be avoided by following the guidelines of retainer wear and care. 

So how do you prioritise wearing and taking care of your retainer? Concentrating on the final outcome is a good place to start. Retainers are often considered the most important part of the orthodontic procedure because they are meant to finalise the work that has already been done. After you have worn your retainer for the directed amount of time, you should have a straighter, more beautiful smile to look forward to, making the process well worth it.

For those who have never worn one, a retainer is a custom-made appliance designed to keep your teeth in position after your braces, Invisalign® aligners, or other orthodontic appliances come out. After certain procedures, patients may be advised to wear the retainer for a minimum of four to six months. Other times, patients may be instructed to wear them for the rest of their lives, at least at night. The amount of time varies, but one thing is for certain: wearing your retainer as directed is essential if you want to maintain the new alignment of your teeth and bite.

Taking good care of your retainer is just as important as wearing it! When caring for your retainer, remember to always:

  • Brush it thoroughly with a toothbrush to keep it clean
  • Gently take it out when done wearing it each time
  • Hold it carefully to avoid cracks or breaks
  • Keep it in its case when not in use 

If you make a concerted effort to wear and preserve your retainer, it’s not as hard, or as tedious, as it may appear. Our team at The Paddington Dental Surgery is here to make the entire process as smooth as possible for you. If you have gone too long without wearing your retainer and have noticed your teeth shifting, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign. In addition, porcelain veneers can often be used for those with mild misalignment concerns. For more information, please feel free to contact us today!

How to Prevent Teeth Staining

Do you miss how white and vibrant your teeth used to be? Teeth naturally change colour as we age due to an accumulation of stains and overall usage. While there is no clear-cut solution for avoiding teeth stains, there are lifestyle habits that can help slow their development. If you suffer from teeth discolouration, here are a few suggestions from our dental team at The Paddington Dental Surgery:

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Make sure to brush and floss regularly, use mouthwash, and schedule dental cleanings every six months.
  • Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco. Tobacco is made up of tar and nicotine, which can absorb into the pores of your teeth causing them to turn yellow or brown.
  • Avoid certain foods and sauces. Berries, beets, tomato sauce, and soy sauce can contribute to discolouration. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and vinegar, can erode the enamel and cause teeth staining.
  • Use a straw when you drink beverages that tend to stain. Using a straw when drinking coffee, tea, and cola can help preserve the whiteness of your teeth. You can also refrain from drinking these beverages entirely.
  • Stop potential tooth damage. Use a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. Micro-cracks from teeth grinding can cause a darker appearance on biting surfaces. Other cracks caused by a fall or injury can be susceptible to staining. Cracked or broken teeth must be treated by a dental professional to prevent damage from worsening.
  • Talk to your doctor about medications. Medication, such as tetracycline antibiotics, can cause teeth staining. Consult a physician about alternative options if you want to avoid this side effect, but do not stop taking prescribed medicine without their approval.

Some degree of teeth staining is to be expected over time, but with proper maintenance and lifestyle changes, it can be minimised. If you are looking for treatment options to address discolouration, you may be a good candidate for teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. We offer in-office and at-home bleaching solutions to lighten the natural colour of your teeth. Individuals with severe cases of discolouration, such as tetracycline stains, may be recommended a strong bleaching treatment called KöR® Whitening or porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain placed over each tooth to help brighten and improve its appearance. Patients should still stick to the general rules (no smoking, minimise staining drinks, etc.) to prolong the benefits of any teeth staining treatment. It is best to consult a dentist to discuss which procedure can deliver optimal results for you.

Follow our tips to help you achieve a whiter and brighter smile. If you would like more information about our teeth staining treatments, please contact us today to schedule a consultation

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 to Expect in a Smile Makeover

A Smile Makeover is designed to help each patient achieve their cosmetic goals when they have more than one dental concern they would like to address. At The Paddington Dental Surgery, we tailor this procedure to suit the needs and desired outcome of each person. With so much versatility, many patients wonder what the “typical” Smile Makeover is like. The truth is, it can vary. That said, there are a few common experiences for most patients.

All Smile Makeovers begin with a consultation. During that appointment, our experienced dentist will evaluate your dental needs, discuss your concerns, and develop a customised plan that includes the treatments that can help you obtain a beautiful and healthy smile.

In most cases, patients will need at least two office visits to complete their Smile Makeover, with several more often necessary depending on which procedures they select. For instance, teeth whitening can be completed in a single visit, and porcelain veneers usually can be completed in two. Invisalign®, however, generally takes several months to see the final result. The number of techniques used and the complexity of your program will inform the projected treatment length.

As with any treatment, we want you to feel confident and informed from day one. Therefore, we will review the expected timeframe of your plan with you during your initial consultation. Any changes to that estimate will be discussed with you as well, should the need arise. After all, when it comes to a Smile Makeover, you’re the boss.

Want to learn more about this procedure? Contact us today to schedule an in-person consultation.

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.

What Are the Benefits and Limitations of Porcelain Veneers?

If you’re bothered by cosmetic dental issues, you have many options at your disposal to enhance the appearance of your smile. One of the most popular treatments is porcelain dental veneers. These innovative “shells” can be used to cover up imperfections and achieve a gorgeous smile. Even with a multitude of benefits, it’s important to understand the limitations of porcelain veneers to best determine if they are right for you. Porcelain veneers can address:

  • Chips, cracks, and minor gaps
  • Stains and discolouration
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Uneven or asymmetrical teeth
  • Mild misalignment

Porcelain veneers, however, typically cannot:

  • Correct significant misalignment or large gaps – Invisalign® may be a better choice
  • Provide additional structural support for damaged teeth – dental crowns can help restore a significantly damaged tooth
  • Protect from tooth decay – fluoride treatments and fillings are potential options

You should also know that porcelain veneers are usually not reversible. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental care can help keep your veneers and natural teeth looking and functioning their best. During your initial consultation, our team will go over the pros and cons of this treatment so you can decide if it’s appropriate for you. We also offer a broad range of cosmetic and restorative procedures should you choose another approach. We are here to help you obtain the smile you’ve always wanted.

How Can Porcelain Veneers Help My Smile?

A popular way to address dental concerns, porcelain veneers are an innovative solution to addressing multiple cosmetic issues in one treatment plan. If you’re dissatisfied with your smile, porcelain veneers may be able to help you restore the brilliance and symmetry you feel you’re lacking. Some of the many advantages of porcelain veneers are:

  • Long-lasting improvement in the appearance of your teeth
  • Natural-looking results
  • Customised look to suit your individual needs and goals
  • Little to no discomfort
  • Quick turnaround for chair-side porcelain veneers (a second appointment may be necessary for some patients)

Porcelain veneers are commonly used to mask imperfections such as chips, gaps, wear and tear, asymmetry, cracks, stains, discolouration, and some kinds of misalignment. If you’re bothered by one or more of these issues, we can help. Talk to us today to find out if porcelain veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Sydney Dentists Contrast Porcelain Dental Veneers and Teeth Whitening

The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists compare teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Dentists at The Paddington Dental Surgery explain the benefits of teeth whitening and porcelain dental veneers, contrasting the procedures to serve as a helpful resource to patients.

Sydney, AU — Two of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments are teeth whitening and porcelain dental veneers. While these two procedures have overlapping benefits, the Sydney dentists at The Paddington Dental Surgery explain that, typically, one or the other will better suit a patient’s needs and goals. To help individuals considering a treatment to improve the appearance of their smile, the Sydney dentists explained the differences between these common aesthetic enhancements.

The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists say that the differences between teeth whitening and dental veneers often comes down to whether patients want to address one cosmetic concern or several. Porcelain dental veneers, they explain, are designed to address a multitude of issues, including chips, gaps, cracks, worn down teeth, stains, and minor misalignment.

On the other hand, the Sydney dentists say that teeth whitening is singularly focused on lifting stains and brightening teeth. Drinking coffee, tea, or wine, using tobacco products, and engaging in certain other habits can cause staining, which The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists say often can be addressed with professional whitening techniques. However, some types of discolouration could resist bleaching. In this case, they say patients may want to consider porcelain veneers instead.

The Sydney dentists also note that other factors can play a role in which treatment is the optimal choice, including tooth sensitivity and budget. The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists recommend that individuals speak with an experienced cosmetic dentist to determine which technique is right for them.

About The Paddington Dental Surgery
The Paddington Dental Surgery offers a comprehensive selection of family, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments to patients in the Sydney area. Led by Dr Duncan Copp and a team of experienced dental professionals, the office emphasises holistic techniques, eco-friendly practices, and customised treatment plans. The well-equipped facility boasts state-of-the-art technology and sedation dentistry options, which are designed to give each patient the best care possible.

For more information about The Paddington Dental Surgery, please visit thepaddingtondentalsurgery.com.au and plus.google.com/+ThepaddingtondentalsurgeryAu.


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263 Glenmore Road
Paddington NSW 2021
Sydney, Australia
(02) 9331-2555

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Teeth Whitening and Porcelain Dental Veneers: A Comparison


Many patients who want to enhance the appearance of their smile wonder which technique will provide the best results. Both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are popular procedures at our practice, and they have many overlapping benefits. That said, they have a number of effects that are unique as well, and one or the other may be a better match for your needs and desired outcome. During your initial consultation, our experienced dentists can provide information specific to your smile goals. In the meantime, here are some of the ways these two treatments are similar and different:

Teeth whitening has a singular purpose: to brighten teeth and to remove unwanted stains. If your teeth have yellowed or become discoloured over time, teeth whitening can help bring your smile back to a whiter, more radiant appearance.

Porcelain dental veneers are designed to achieve several goals. They can improve the shape and proportion of teeth, cover stains, chips, gaps, and cracks, correct misalignment, and address worn down teeth. If you have multiple cosmetic concerns, or if you have stains too deep to lift with teeth whitening, porcelain veneers may be able to improve them all with one dental treatment.

The right approach for you will depend on a multitude of factors, including your dental health, anatomic needs, cosmetic goals, and budget. We will help you develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual concerns.

Does the Porcelain Dental Veneers Procedure Hurt?


One of the first questions we get from patients regarding virtually any dental procedure is whether the experience will hurt. At The Paddington Dental Surgery, our primary goal is to provide the best care with the greatest comfort possible. Porcelain dental veneers, one of the most popular cosmetic treatments we offer, can enhance the beauty of your smile with natural-looking results. Some reshaping of your natural teeth typically will be necessary to complete this procedure; however, we strive to make this process as pleasant as possible.

Prior to reshaping, a numbing agent will be administered to minimise your discomfort. Most patients report little to no pain as a result. We also understand that timeliness is a factor, and we will endeavour to keep your treatment as quick as possible while maintaining our exacting standards for care. If you feel anxious when visiting the dentist and would like the option, we offer sedation dentistry techniques to help you relax during your visit.

We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your treatment plan, and we welcome any questions you have. Contact our team for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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