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Are Dental Veneers For Me?



Types of Dental Veneers

Hollywood stars are often noticed for their gleaming white smiles. Most of them have cosmetic veneers placed on their teeth in order to get that flawless gleaming look. Dental veneers help to enhance discoloured teeth caused by old age, habits, and stains caused by consuming food and drinks. They are crafted from thin pieces of porcelain or composite and are bonded to the front surface of the teeth.

You might be asking, “Are dental veneers for me?”  If you are unhappy with how your teeth looks, then veneers may be a dental option that you may want to consider.

Dental veneers are used to address dental conditions such as:

  • Chipped teeth – Individuals with broken, chipped or severely worn off teeth are ideal candidates for dental veneers.
  • Crooked teeth – Teeth that are crooked and improperly positioned can be masked with the help of veneers. This results in an even set of teeth that look perfectly shaped and aligned with the rest of the teeth.
  • Discoloured teeth – Veneers can be constructed in a way to completely hide the discolouration of teeth. Dentists will assess the stains and recommend tooth bleaching or veneers depending on the amount of stains.
  • Unsightly teeth gaps – Some patients have irregular gaps between teeth which makes their smiles unsightly. Veneers can be used to fill those gaps to make the smile beautiful.

Dental veneers can also be used as an alternative to crowns as they are more conservative of tooth structure and are less likely to show discolouration where the restoration meets the gum line.

There are two types of veneers that are used by our dentists: porcelain and composite.

Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers are a popular choice with patients because of their strength and durability. Another advantage of having porcelain veneers is its ability to reflect light and match surrounding natural teeth.

Composite Veneers

  • Composite veneers can be built up directly in your mouth and can be built in a single visit.
  • This type of veneer can offer an equal standard of improvement to appear like porcelain.
  • Veneers of composite material tend to be cheaper than porcelain veneers as they are less durable than composite veneers and need to be replaced more often.

Dental veneers can cost from $350 to $890. People who are not happy with their smiles can get an instant smile makeover with the veneers.

Organise an appointment with our friendly dentists at Dream Smiles Dental to discuss your veneer treatment options.

Happy smiles,
From The Team at Dream Smiles Dental


What’s The Best Toothbrush – Electric or Manual?

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A common question that the dentists at Dream Smiles Dental gets asked regularly is: “What’s the best toothbrush?”

With so many different options and varieties of toothbrushes on the market, it can be difficult to know which is the best for you. There are electric and manual toothbrushes, different variations in brush heads as well as handle designs. Daily brushing routines are essential to maintaining healthy and strong teeth, but having the proper toothbrush will make it a lot more efficient.

In this blog, we discuss some of the frequently asked questions regarding toothbrush etiquette.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

Both manual and electric toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth if you follow dentist recommended techniques.

Studies show that there are minor differences between electric and manual toothbrushes when it comes to plaque prevention as long as you follow a good technique and you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

Behaviour pattern studies suggest that brushing is habitual. For those who tend to brush vigorously and find it hard to change the habit, electric toothbrushes are the better choice. Another advantage of electric toothbrushes is the built in timer which lets you know how long to brush your teeth.

People who have difficulty using manual toothbrushes due to limited mobility of the fingers may find electric toothbrushes more comfortable. An electric toothbrush uses electric power rather than the the patient’s fingers to move the brush head. This makes tooth brushing easier, especially for kids.

There are a lot of toothbrushes on the market. Which one should I choose?

The size of the toothbrush should fit your mouth comfortably, allowing you to reach all areas of the mouth. Patients with small mouths may find it hard to manoeuvre toothbrushes with large heads, hence decreasing efficiency of cleaning, especially at the back and on the sides of the molars.

The handle design should be appropriate to user age and dexterity so that the brush can be easily manipulated. At supermarkets, you can select soft, medium or hard toothbrushes.

  • Hard toothbrushes can damage gums and protective surface of enamel.
  • Soft toothbrushes with rounded tips are better for cleaning.

How long should I brush my teeth for?

The dentists at Dream Smiles Dental recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2-3 minutes.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Toothbrush bristles wear out over time and become frayed with use. This decreases the efficiency of tooth brushing.

We hope that these answered your questions regarding toothbrush etiquette! Finding the best toothbrush for you is essential for your dental health care. Remember, it’s important to schedule a visit with your dentist every six months to ensure that your teeth are strong and healthy.

You can book an appointment with one of our friendly dentists at Dream Smiles Dental here. We’re located in Carlingford, Sydney– within driving distance from North Rocks, Oatlands and surrounding suburbs.

Happy brushing!
The Team at Dream Smiles Dental