Based in Queensland, Mackay is known for its choice of over 30 beaches and range of beautiful beach houses. A peaceful and tranquil environment, it is a great place for beach fishing, sunbathing and general relaxation. Mackay is also home to an active and buzzing city centre, home to many boutiques, restaurants and services. So if you are considering dental treatment, booking a consultation with a dentist in Mackay can provide you with insight into what is the most appropriate treatment for your needs.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry refers to professional oral care which aims to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth. Although most treatments are considered to be purely for aesthetic purposes, some of the cosmetic procedures available are also considered to provide restorative benefits. Dental practices in Mackay provide a wide range of cosmetic treatments, most of them common and simple procedures carried out by highly trained professionals.
If you currently have a chipped or discoloured tooth, a procedure that may be beneficial for you is cosmetic bonding. This is a procedure where your dentist applies resin to your tooth in order to repair any damage or fix any imperfection. Tooth bonding is also performed to increase the size of your tooth. If for example, you currently have a tooth which is shorter than the rest of your teeth, bonding can aid in ensuring all your teeth are the same length.
When getting bonding, a shade guide is used by your dentist in order to choose a resin colour which closely matches the natural colour of your tooth. Your dentist will then roughen the surface of the tooth before applying a liquid which will allow a bonding agent to stick to it. Once the agent is stuck, the resin is applied and your dentist will mould the resin to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light is also used to harden the material. Your dentist may also shape the tooth further once the resin has hardened.
This is a fast procedure which is carried out in a single appointment. After the procedure (if you have not received a local anesthetic), you can resume your normal daily routine.
Another cosmetic procedure popular with patients are dental veneers. Made typically from ceramic, porcelain or composite bonding material, veneers are custom made for each patient to resemble their natural teeth. This allows the patient to clearly direct on how they want the veneers to look and advise on the desired shape and size. As well as looking realistic, veneers help to resolve cosmetic issues including covering damaged enamel, closing small gaps in teeth, improving worn teeth and changing the colour of a tooth.
Veneers can be made quickly and are very easy to adjust as your dentist will have the necessary materials if you would like them to make any additions or changes. Out of all of the materials, porcelain veneers have the most natural look and feel, they can last from 10 to 20 years without staining.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.