Your most beautiful jewels
Cleaning, shaping, bleaching, adjusting, covering and retouching...there are many different ways to give nature a helping hand. Beautiful teeth increase your sense of wellbeing, professional success and social recognition while they also improve the masticatory (chewing) function with a natural design of the tooth’s shape. At our practice, we can achieve a beneficial and successful cosmetic and functional design for your ‘business card’ with our extensive know-how and the vast experience of our staff, which includes a few well-known individuals in the media. It is very practical and especially useful that our dental technicians work in-house so they can make adjustments to tooth shape and colour according to aesthetic principles and your individual wishes.
Your most beautiful jewels
Bleaching or lightening teeth can improve your wellbeing and is thought to lead to professional and private success according to sociology studies in the USA. Today dental bleaching is a proven method and when in the right hands, it can be a particularly gentle procedure for giving your teeth a cosmetic makeover. After all, your most beautiful jewels are pearly white and healthy teeth!
There is a difference between teeth that are lightened by a prophylaxis assistant and ‘deed’ teeth that are bleached by a dentist. When applied correctly, both methods are harmless and non-hazardous. Unfortunately ceramic crowns cannot be lightened with dental bleach, but fillings can be treated to have a matching colour.
We bleach teeth with the help of special light, which has had very successful results and has received positive feedback from our patients. Good results can already be seen after the very first treatment and many patients see it as a blessing.
Sometimes intensive teeth cleaning can lead to temporary sensitivity to temperatures. Bleached teeth will become darker as a result of consuming certain foods and drinks if it is not bleached again from time to time. You can do this yourself at home with customized trays (home bleaching).
Correcting gaps in teeth and jaw anomalies normally belongs in the hands of a specialist in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment is normally carried out in adolescents. But what types of options are available for correcting misalignments in the front teeth without having to use costly and obtrusive equipment like brackets?
Transparent plastic dental aligners that are made with the aid of a computer have been used for correcting misalignments for the past several years.
Before an aligner is made, we make a target model which shows the potential treatment results. With the help of a concrete model, it is a lot easier for you to decide to do the treatment and you can propose your own ideas early in the process. The aligner is worn for about two months during the harmonisation phase, which is followed by a stabilisation phase. The aligner is one way that you can shape your front teeth using an aesthetically attractive and hygienic method.
Applying very thin porcelain shells (veneers or luminates) is a very natural looking and long-lasting cosmetic dental treatment. We have been achieving excellent results with this treatment since the 1990s
Very thin shells
Veneers or luminates are thin porcelain shells that are attached to a tooth; they are used to make cosmetic dental corrections or to hide small defects on the incisal edges of the front teeth. We have had very good experience using veneers and mini-veneers (no prep veneers) for the past two decades. Our dental technicians use high-performance porcelain (lithium disilicate), which is much more resistant to breakage than normal bulk casting processes for ceramics.
Veneers are a tried and tested method, which is very popular among actors (e.g. Jodie Foster) because long-lasting white teeth that look natural and are harmoniously shaped make a smile even more beautiful. All porcelain partial crowns are important not only for cosmetic reasons. These slightly bigger variations of veneers are very important for health reasons, too: they can restore the incisal edges and replace the leading function of the front teeth and eye tooth so that the posterior teeth are not overly used and worn down.
The on-site adjustments made to the veneers by our dental technicians are particularly important for getting the desired treatment results because the subtle nuances are responsible for making the results look natural.
Precious material with a big effect
Glass ionomer fillings are finely-ground glass mixtures embedded in a plastic matrix, which is made in a very elaborate process.
In professional circles, this material is often referred to as ‘white gold’ because one gram of this material is more expensive than a gram of precious dental gold alloy.
The filling material, which is also called a composite, is very suitable for correcting small defects in the front area of the teeth (anterior) or for certain types of cosmetic tooth reshaping procedures. Its high colour stability is another major benefit of using this material.
It is possible to achieve long-lasting stability around the edges and durability by using special, time-consuming bonding techniques involving dentin adhesives. Due to the abrasion and chewing forces that occurs in the posterior teeth, composite materials can only be used in this area to a limited extent.
The better gold
Ceramic inlays are made out of high-strength pressed ceramic (lithium-disilicate) at our practice. They are not only the nicest looking restoration, but they are also a gentler treatment for the posterior teeth than gold inlays.
Ceramic inlays are glued to the entire surface of the teeth with dentin adhesive cement and for this reason, they are a safer form of protection compared to conventionally cemented gold inlays. The salinization of the ceramic surface, which is carried out by our dental technicians shortly before it is set in place, enables a chemical-physical bond with the tooth. Ceramic inlays are the optimum replacement method for amalgam, gold or plastic fillings.
Removal of amalgam fillings can be carried out quite well using a dental rubber dam because they prevent the removed amalgam from being swallowed.
Help from up above
Defects in the neck of the tooth develop for different reasons. From our standpoint, one significant aspect is that teeth bend out of shape under strong functional strain, which has been confirmed by photoelastic stress studies. At the same time, the tooth enamel around the neck becomes thinner and has an amorphous structure: therefore it is no longer uniformly crystalized. As a result, parts of the enamel break off under the bending stress and are lost. This exposes the sensitive and soft dentine layer under the enamel. One of the symptoms is sensitivity around the neck of the tooth and wedge-shaped defects above the gum line.
Inlays around the tooth neck can cover the sensitive area, can seal a flaw on the tooth neck and can cover dark tooth necks so that the tooth does not have to have a crown placed over it. Our experience has shown us that the progression of flaws on the tooth neck, which are often mistakenly labelled ‘brushing flaws’, and the associated gum loss can be stopped by placing inlays on the visible outer surfaces of the teeth.
Preservation of the attached gingiva ensures that the gum adheres to the tooth in the neck area of the tooth and that the bone structure underneath is preserved. It prevents recession of the bone and gum and the development of localised gum pockets without surgical intervention.