Gaps & Spaces

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Your smile can change your entire appearance, gaps in our teeth can make us feel self-conscious and may affect our personal and professional life.

Some of the treatment options at Dental Loving Care for gaps and spaces are.

Porcelain veneers

Lab made laminates bonded to teeth to change the appearance, shape and colour of your teeth

Composite Veneers

Laminates made of white composite resin that change the appearance, shape and colour of your teeth.

Bridges

A series of crowns that use the tooth either side to anchor a fake tooth.

Orthodontic treatment

Latest technology offered including conventional braces and Invisalign.

See below for more infomation

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers have successfully improved smiles by making dark teeth look lighter and healthier looking. They can make yellow teeth permanently whiter and gray tetracycline stained teeth look much more natural. Porcelain veneers can make crooked teeth look straight in just a few days. Patient’s can look and feel more confident, more professional and have a wonderfully natural looking smile.

You do not have to have your natural teeth ground down, as porcelain veneers can be totally non invasive without requiring shots.

Porcelain veneers can improve your entire personality by enhancing and adding a spark to your smile and appearance.

Veneers can correct:

  • uneven or crooked teeth
  • teeth that have shapes that are out of proportion
  • tetracycline stained teeth that have gray color spaces between teeth
  • too much gum when you smile
  • yellow teeth that are dark and cannot be whitened or bleached
  • teeth that are sensitive can be made much less sensitive
  • worn down teeth that make you look old

Composite veneers

Just like porcelain veneers, Composite veneers can be used to disguise dark or crooked teeth. They can be made in one appointment but unlike porcelain veneers they only last 4 to 8 years and do require regular maintenance as they don’t have the strength of porcelain veneers and stain very easily.

Orthodontic treatment

Orthodontics has become more comfortable and economical allowing you to more easily address your dental concerns. There are a few options for adults to consider.

Braces

Braces are smaller than ever with traditional braces have more discreet brackets. The other option are Lingual braces that are hidden braces that can be fitted to the back of your teeth.

Crowns

A crown is a laboratory made restoration that covers all or the majority of an exposed tooth. Crowns provide additional strength to teeth and are often the best way to save teeth. In addition they can also be used to alter the shape, or colour or orientation of teeth.

Structure of crowns and bridges

A crown can be made of metal [usually gold], porcelain or porcelain veneered to the metal. Today there also new cutting edge technologies allowing us to fabricate crowns in “white gold” made from materials such as Alumina and Zirconium. These materials are similar to porcelain in appearance but are significantly stronger. Gold alloys are used for their strength, hardness and durability and are still very often recommended for use on especially 2nd molar teeth which generally have little aesthetic value but need to withstand the most extreme grinding an crushing forces.

All porcelain restorations are strong and can be made to match the shade of the surrounding natural teeth. The smooth surface of the porcelain makes it resistant to staining. The superior aesthetics and improved strength of the modern day ceramics make all porcelain crowns the natural choice for front teeth crowns in most circumstances.

Techniques for crowns and bridges

Once the tooth is appropriately shaped an impression is made. This impression is sent to the dental laboratory where the technician will make a model that is an exact replica of the tooth in the mouth. It is on this model that the technician will fabricate the new crown. During the period of manufacture you will have a temporary crown fitted to the tooth. At the fitting appointment the temporary crown is removed and the after checking for accuracy of fit, colour and relationship to the adjacent and opposing teeth, the permanent crown is glued or bonded into place.

Invisalign

Unlike traditional orthodontic treatment that involves the use of unsightly metal braces, Invisalign uses a series of virtually invisible aligners that are custom designed to shape your smile. Each aligner is pre-programmed to exert a certain amount of pressure on teeth to straighten your smile.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign has revolutionised the way we straighten smiles

  • Invisalign is the treatment of choice when it comes to orthodontic care that won’t obstruct your smile or your way of life. Many of our patients have benefited from achieving beautifully straight teeth without needing to sacrifice their appearance. This is because Invisalign:
  • Uses virtually invisible transparent aligner trays that are custom-made to your smile. They are barely noticeable when worn!
  • Is completely removable so you can enjoy that special occasion without worrying about your smile and maintain your oral hygiene as you normally would!
  • Is much more comfortable than traditional orthodontics as it does not use brackets or wires that are known to cause discomfort and pain.
  • Is very lifestyle-friendly as there are no lengthy or uncomfortable tightening visits required – just visit our office for a check-up and to receive your new set of aligners every few weeks!
  • Is suitable for patients of all ages.
  • Generally requires a shorter treatment time (around 9-12 months).
  • Is a conservative option to veneers or crowns on the front teeth for minimally invasive dentistry
  • Provides a great way to conduct pre-restorative orthodontics so we can align the teeth then place other treatments such as veneers.