Smile Inn offers a selection of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help improve the appearance of your teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Our treatments include:
• Teeth whitening
• Crowns and bridges
• Inlays and onlays
• Crown lengthening
We use the highest quality materials and the latest techniques to provide you with an optimal treatment outcome. Our dentists take the time to ensure you receive treatments that complement your facial features and skin tone, enhancing your appearance.
Some treatments can improve the appearance of your teeth while protecting your dental health, such as inlays and onlays, and crowns and bridges. Others are purely cosmetically oriented, such as teeth whitening.
Sometimes we may recommend combining several treatments to create the desired effects, a process that is often called a smile makeover. Using several treatments can also be a more conservative solution, achieving the best outcome using the least invasive techniques and procedures.
Teeth whitening is one of our most popular treatments, and we can ensure you brighten your teeth easily, safely and effectively in the privacy of your own home or in our clinic.
Most people can whiten their teeth, but it is important to see a dentist first. Our dentist at Smile Inn can check your teeth and gums to ensure you are suitable for treatment and can whiten your teeth safely. We can also assess the cause of tooth staining and discolouration, as certain stains may not brighten with a teeth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening cannot change the colour of existing dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, veneers and fillings.
Our dental clinic provides high quality customised teeth whitening kits. This will include trays made to fit precisely over your teeth so the whitening gel is in maximum contact with your teeth and minimal contact with gums. The trays are filled with professional-strength whitening gel that is safe for home use. You simply wear the trays for a short while each day, to achieve the desired results.
In-chair whitening requires a single visit to the dentist to achieve whiter teeth. It is the most convenient way to achieve a brighter smile while protecting your teeth and gums. Prior to whitening, a barrier is applied to protect your gums. Then a thin layer of professional grade whitening gel is applied to your teeth which is immediately activated to initiate the whitening process. Following, the whitening gel is cleared away and the result is brighter and whiter teeth.
Our beautiful crowns and bridges will restore the appearance of your smile while helping to protect your dental health. Real teeth contain many different colours. Our dentist works closely with our dental laboratory to create custom-designed restorations that can be entirely made from porcelain and do not contain any metal.
The advantage of a metal-free restoration is that light can pass through it in a way very similar to a real tooth. We use the highest quality ceramic materials that closely replicate the appearance of real teeth, often blending and layering multiple shades and translucencies to get precisely the right result.
When a tooth is significantly damaged, a filling is not strong enough to repair it. Covering the tooth with a crown protects it and restores its strength and appearance. The crown fits over the entire tooth tightly, preventing further damage and infection.
A bridge is an easy way to replace a missing tooth. The teeth either side of the gap are covered with crowns, and these are attached to the replacement tooth, called a pontic, that sits on the gum. The bridge is cemented in place. Both the crowns and the replacement tooth are carefully shaped and coloured to look exactly like real teeth.
Veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth cosmetically. A veneer consists of a thin shell of custom-made material that fits tightly over the front surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections and discolouration.
Veneers can be ideal if you have generally strong and healthy teeth but which may be stained or have slight cracks or chips that mar their appearance. A veneer can cover a tooth that is extensively worn or misshapen, or slightly out of alignment. We can also use veneers to close or minimise spaces between teeth.
Smile Inn Dentistry can provide veneers made from porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are made outside of the mouth. First, our dentist will need to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of material before taking a dental impression. Our dental lab creates a model from the impression which is used to hand-make your veneer. Once it is ready, we try it in the mouth, making sure it fits perfectly, before bonding it onto the tooth.
Composite resin veneers are fabricated differently, as we can apply this material directly to the tooth surface while you are in the dental chair. Once the material is applied, we harden it with light before shaping and polishing it to create a natural lustre.
If you have significant tooth decay affecting a back tooth, a composite resin filling may not be strong enough to repair it, as the pressure created during chewing could break the filling. Our porcelain inlays and onlays are perfect for restoring larger cavities in back teeth. They are strong and stain-resistant and blend in beautifully with your natural tooth.
When you have a cavity right in the centre of a molar’s chewing surface, we can repair it with an inlay. Our dental laboratory will make the inlay so that it fits precisely in the cavity, and it is bonded firmly onto the tooth.
A larger cavity in a back tooth affecting one or more tooth cusps will need an onlay to restore it. The cusps of a tooth are the slightly raised points on the tooth’s inner and outer edges and can easily become damaged or decayed. We can design and fabricate an onlay to repair the cavity in the central part of the chewing surfaces and one or more damaged tooth cusps. The onlay is made in our dental laboratory to our exact design and is bonded onto the tooth.
Ideally, when you smile a small amount of gum frames your teeth, but this isn’t always the case. Some people show too much gum tissue and have what’s called a gummy smile. Crown lengthening is a procedure that can correct this issue.
Often, with a gummy smile, the teeth underneath are the correct shape and size, and crown lengthening is a dental procedure that precisely removes the excess gum, carefully contouring the gums to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Sometimes we recommend crown lengthening in preparation for fitting a crown or veneer. It can be very useful if a tooth has broken off near the gum line and there isn’t enough structure to place a crown. Uncovering more of the tooth allows us to place a crown more successfully.
We plan crown lengthening treatments very carefully, ensuring we only remove the excess tissue. Laser dentistry is often used for crown lengthening because it removes the excess tissue precisely and quickly and more smoothly and comfortably for our patients. Afterwards, healing is faster, with fewer side-effects like swelling.