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Cosmetic Dentistry

Increasingly our clients seek to improve their smile, to correct deficiencies, to close gaps and whiten their teeth. At Ice White we have a wealth of experience in cosmetic dentistry. This experience has been gained through frequent attendance of many courses, ongoing postgraduate education, honing our skills over the years, watching the shifting trends and fashions and listening to patients requirements.

The most common forms of cosmetic dentistry include :

  • Tooth Whitening.

Many people have come to us having tried and failed with 'quick fix' options bought cheaply on the internet or High Street salons. Invariably if it is too good to be true then it usually fails.The only reliable and safe way to permanently whiten teeth is through a competently trained dentist experienced at tooth whitening who understands the chemistry and safety aspects of this procedure.

At Ice White we use the popular Wy10 system (for further details see www.wy10.com)

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Actual Ice White client before Whitening     and the same Ice White client after Whitening

tooth whitening before                   tooth whitening after

               Just see the difference Professional Tooth Whitening can make!

Relax in the chair and watch a DVD through our personal cinema glasses. A gel is placed on your teeth and gently warmed up with a thermal diffuser (lasers are not used!) and your teeth are slowly whitened over the space of one hour. We will take before and after photos and provide you with take home kits  ( all included in the price ) so that you may continue the process at home if you wish. Full instructions on every aspect of the procedure are given and we are proud to be associated with Wy10.

facts about whitening

1. WHITENING IS SAFE

If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.

You'll get to see on a chart what shade your teeth are before the treatment and what shade you're likely to achieve. At the end of the treatment the dentist will show you the actual result so you can understand how effective it was. You will also see when you look in the mirror!

2. ONLY TRAINED DENTAL PROFESSIONALS CAN WHITEN TEETH

It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.

3. THE PREFERRED OPTION

Whitening won't remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after.

4. SELECTING THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR YOU

Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.

5. HOW IT WORKS

A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you’re after.

Like hair and skin, teeth vary in colour. Some are yellower or darker than others, even when they are quite healthy. Teeth tend to get darker as people get older. Teeth sometimes become darker if their roots have been damaged or diseased and the 'nerve' has died.

6. WHAT TO EXPECT

You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion. 

7. OVER THE COUNTER KITS MAY NOT BE SAFE

The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.

Tooth colour can be lightened with Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach) and how strong the dose needs to be will be decided by your dentist.

Ask your dentist for more information.

  • White Fillings.

Modern materials, and the ability to bond to teeth, have evolved enormously. We can now use this technology to match white composite fillings to chipped, cracked and discoloured teeth. We can extend or enlarge teeth to fill spaces between teeth and, of course, they can now effectively replace all traditional silver amalgam fillings, blending seamlessly with your natural teeth.

                            Before                                              After

              amalgam             white fill

  • Crowns, Bridges and Veneers.

Ice White can provide these in a range of materials to suit the situation

Dental Crowns........also known as a cap. This is a tooth shaped covering that is placed over a tooth that has been damaged or badly decayed. Once repaired the placement of a crown offers greater strength and brings back natural appearance once again. When a tooth has been root treated, we will usually advise that a tooth be crowned for strength and better appearance.

 Veneers..........are thin coverings of porcelain usually placed on the front surface of the teeth to cover stained and discoloured teeth or to change the appearance of a mishapen tooth.

Dental Bridges...........can fill a gap created by a missing tooth (or teeth). Usually the bridge will have a crown on each of the teeth adjacent to the gap (the abutments) and the false tooth (or teeth) attached between them ( the pontics). Of course variations on this theme exist and we would discuss the merits of each type with you. Under certain circumstances it is possible to use an adhesive bridge to replace a single tooth. usually in the front of the mouth. The false tooth is attached to a small connector which is literally bonded to the back of an adjacent tooth requiring less preparation, time and cost.

  • Implants.

An implant can replace a missing tooth without using any adjacent teeth. A small screw or post is embedded surgically into the jawbone and a false tooth is subsequently attached to this screw in time.

We are very fortunate to have locally, the services of Miss Usha Vohra in Orsett, an Implantologist, Oral Surgeon and Honorary University Lecturer to whom we would refer you for this most demanding of specialities. We have worked in tandem with Miss Vohra for many years and we can guide you through the implant process.

 

It is important to note that large scale changes can sometimes involve different specialities to achieve the result that you are looking for. We may, for example, advise orthodontics  (moving teeth with braces) if the teeth are misaligned. Ice White will be at the centre of the process and will be happy to make the right referral to the best specialists at the right time.

When dealing with a large restorative, cosmetic case it is common to take study casts and photos at the start and at subsequent stages to monitor the process. We can use models to provide diagnostic wax ups so that you can see up close  what sort of results can be achieved and with our new cosmetic imaging software we can show you on the screen before you commit. When providing or replacing multi crowns and bridges it is usual to fit provisional crowns for a period of up to 3 months. This will show you what they will look like and you can then offer guidance and preferences as you wish and they will show us how you will get on with the new work before it is fitted and enable us to make any changes accordingly. You are therefore involved every step of the way

                      Remember     We Inform - You Choose - We Treat