Cosmetic Dentistry

We take great pride and pleasure in transforming smiles and improving people’s self-confidence.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry allows people to be not only happy with their smile, but proud of it.

Many people are unhappy with how their teeth look. This affects confidence, and can impact their quality of life. Wanting to look your best at every age is undeniably human, and cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions that can enhance your unique beauty.


What cosmetic dental treatments are available to make my smile better?

Available dental treatments, which can address practically every aspect of your smile and teeth, include:

whitening to remove staining or yellowness

crowns and bridges to fill gaps or cover chipped or broken teeth

dental implants to fill gaps

porcelain veneers to completely reshape your teeth

teeth straightening to realign crooked teeth

gum lifts to modify the look and shape of gums

tooth reshaping to create uniformity of teeth

Cosmetic treatments vary in time, cost, durability and aim. The suitability of each varies from person to person, so we encourage you to speak to us about the available solutions.

Let us discuss which cosmetic dental treatments will suit you best. Contact us today!

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look and is safe to use. Whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discolouration without removing any of the tooth surface.

Stellenbosch Dental Studio offers professional teeth whitening options to suit every timeframe and budget. We consult with each patient to identify their specific needs so that you can safely rely on a whiter, brighter smile.

Ask our opinion about your teeth whitening options before you start treatment. Contact us now.

What are the benefits of teeth whitening?

safe, short and simple procedure

immediate significant results with improvement by an average of eight shades

with regular maintenance, results are long-lasting

low sensitivity

How long does teeth whitening last and/or repeated?

The effects of teeth whitening may last between 18 months and three years, depending on your lifestyle and diet and will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth.

Whitening needs to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter colour.

Which teeth whitening treatment is best for me?

Stellenbosch Dental Studio offers two types of tooth whitening procedures, which are in-clinic teeth bleaching and take-home bleaching. A combination of in-clinic and take home whitening generally achieves the best and longest-lasting results.

4 Easy Steps to Whiter Teeth

Zoom! Whitening is an in-office bleaching process that is widely known for its ability to brighten teeth from the effects of discolouration quickly.
Prior to treatment, your dentist will:

examine your teeth to determine if you have gum disease, exposed roots, cavities, crooked teeth, gum recession, or other untreated issues as whitening most likely won’t take on damaged teeth

clean your teeth to remove the film of bacteria, food and other substances that build up on your teeth and contribute to the staining

This safe, effective bleaching treatment takes about one hour and involves four repetitions of the following steps:

1. Zoom! Whitening gel is applied to your teeth.

2. a slightly heated lamp is shone into your mouth for 15 minutes, during which time you can relax.

3. the light activates the ingredients in the gel, penetrating the teeth and bleaching away the discolouration, without harming your teeth’s structure.

4. after 15 minutes, rinse!

Zoom! takes much less time than at-home kits and toothpastes, and makes your teeth an average of 2-4 shades lighter. You'll see immediate results that last longer.
Book an appointment to have your teeth Zoom!ed today!

What causes teeth to stain?

Teeth whitening is most effective on surface (extrinsic) stains. The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:

not everyone has brilliant white teeth

discolouration as you age

food and dark-coloured liquids drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant

use of tobacco

not taking good care of your teeth

It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth, called intrinsic stains. The most common causes of intrinsic stains are:

exposure to too much fluoride as a child while teeth are developing

tetracycline antibiotics taken by a mother during the second half of pregnancy, or by a child who is 8 years or younger, can stain the child's teeth permanently

trauma

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

The process is normally painless. A very small percentage may experience a minor, dull ache following the procedure and sensitivity in the 24 hours after your teeth have been exposed to whitening gel. It is best to avoid very hot or cold drinks for the first 24 hours tooth sensitivity is experienced.

When might teeth whitening not work?

Teeth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour and only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of ‘false' teeth such as dentures, crowns or veneers. If your dentures are stained or discoloured, visit your dental team and ask for them to be cleaned.

If you would like to get the sparkle back in your smile, or want to know what is the best teeth whitening solution for you, call us now and our friendly professionals at Stellenbosch Dental Studio will book an appointment to help you get started right away.

Get the sparkle back in your smile? Contact us now to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

Crowns

Dental crowns are used for the restoration of damaged, cracked or broken down teeth using quality materials which are cemented into place. A crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth.

Why use crowns?

If your teeth are weakened or damaged by decay or fillings, crowns add strength and improve the look of your smile.

What is a crown?

Crowns are permanent ‘caps’ shaped like natural teeth. Usually ceramic for front teeth and porcelain or gold for molars, crowns are custom-made to perfectly fit your tooth.
Newer ceramic crowns look like porcelain crowns and are strong enough to be used in all areas of the mouth. These blend seamlessly with your teeth and avoid unsightly black lines forming around the margin of the crown.

What happens when you get a Crown?

an X-ray is taken to check the condition of the entire tooth;

local anaesthetic is administered;

a mould of your tooth is taken using a putty-like material, so the crown can be made to fit your tooth perfectly;

a temporary crown is fitted;

duration: ± 2 weeks for the crown to be ready;

at the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown in place.

Bridges

A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

Why use a bridge?

If you have missing teeth, a bridge can be used to fill the space with natural-looking replacement teeth. Dentures or implants may also be recommended by your dentist.
As well as improving the appearance of your smile, bridges help prevent common problems arising from missing teeth, such as bite misalignment, tilting teeth and sagging facial muscles. On average, bridges may last for ten years and even longer.

How are bridges fitted?

The replacement teeth in bridges are designed to match the colour of your natural teeth and made of porcelain and/or metal.
There are many bridge designs. In most bridges, false teeth are attached to your natural teeth on either side of the space.

How do I take care of my bridge?

Bridges are cemented in place, so they can’t be removed for cleaning. To keep your natural teeth healthy, you should clean the gap under the bridge with special dental floss. Ask your dentist to show you how to floss under your bridge.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today on +27 (0)21 887 6787.

Veneers and Bonding

Veneers

Porcelain veneers can give you a bright, white smile if your teeth are discoloured, damaged, small or slightly crooked. Resistant to staining from age, tea, coffee and smoking, veneers can be used on a single tooth, or several for a total smile makeover.

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite that is bonded to your tooth. The benefits and suitability of veneers includes:

more affordable than crowns

used when the underlying tooth is strong and healthy

can last for 10-30 years

What happens when you get a veneer?

A veneer procedure generally requires two visits with the duration of an appointment usually lasting 1 – 2 hours, depending on the number of veneers.

At your first appointment,

your dentist prepares your tooth by removing a thin layer from the tooth surface to allow room for the veneer,

a local anaesthetic may be required,

an impression is taken of your teeth and sent to a dental ceramist, who makes the veneers especially for your teeth.

At your follow-up appointment,

your dentist will evaluate the colour and fit,

the veneer will be bonded to your tooth permanently, using a light-activated cement,

the veneer is trimmed and polished for a smooth and natural finish.

Bonding

Bonding is an easy and affordable way to fix small irregularities, chips and blemishes in just one visit. Most often, bonding is used to improve the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape or colour. Bonding lasts for several years, however it is important to take care of your bonded tooth with proper dental hygiene and by avoiding chewing hard objects.

How does bonding work?

The bonding procedure requires the following steps:

selection of a resin to perfectly match the colour of your natural teeth;

slightly roughen the tooth and coat it with a conditioning liquid, to help the bonding material adhere;

apply the resin, mould it into shape and harden it with a blue light;

trim, shape and polish the bonding material to match the rest of the tooth surface.

To improve the appearance of your teeth, contact us today!

White vs Silver Fillings

White Fillings (also called composite fillings) are superior to silver amalgam fillings. Amalgam has been around for over 180 years but dentistry has moved on and replaced silver amalgam fillings with natural-looking white. Composite fillings are an excellent cosmetic dentistry option, one that’s part of many smile makeovers.
White composite fillings are by far the most popular fillings because of their natural appearance and strength. A composite filling is selected to match the colour of your teeth as closely as possible. They are almost impossible to detect, and are an excellent replacement for stained, chipped or leaking fillings.
At Stellenbosch Dental Studio we only use white composite fillings.

What are the problems with silver fillings?

They are unaesthetic (not tooth-coloured)

They contain mercury

More of the tooth structure must be removed to accommodate the filling

The filling is stronger than composite, but it weakens the tooth

They creep (expand pitch and grow bigger) as they get older, and cause cracking both internally and externally which leads to leakage and secondary decay

What are the advantages of white fillings and what do composite fillings contain?

Composite resins are used to make tooth-coloured fillings. They are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient.

There are many advantages to using white fillings, such as:

they bond to the tooth and make the tooth stronger;

they require less removal of the tooth structure;

your teeth are less sensitive to hot and cold foods than they are with amalgam fillings;

they don’t contain mercury, which is important to people who are concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings;

they look natural, so people can’t tell that you have fillings in your teeth.

Should I change my silver filling?

Some patients choose to have all their silver amalgam fillings removed at once, while others prefer to stagger the dental work. In general, it’s best to replace the largest silver amalgam fillings first, because they’re the ones that are the most likely to crack or fracture, to get recurring decay beneath them, and/or to cause other dental problems.
Whether you would like your amalgam filling replaced for health, functional or cosmetic reasons, you will love the look and feel of your teeth once you have it replaced with a white material.
We invite you to come in for a dental consultation, to talk about your options and how we can assist with changing your silver fillings.

How will I know if I need a filling?

Often there are no symptoms of tooth decay. Symptoms that can indicate that you may need a filling (also known as restorations) can include, but are not limited to:

sensitivity of the tooth to pressure or sugary foods

toothache or pain (can be a sharp or throbbing pain)

a hole in the tooth that you can see or feel

floss that keeps tearing in a particular spot

Our dentists will check if you need fillings as part of a full examination, which would include x-rays if necessary. If a filling is required, your dentist will remove decay from inside the tooth, and fill the cavity with one of a wide range of white filling materials.

Prevention is key!

It is important that you regularly see a dentist because not all decay and problems give rise to any symptoms or pain. In fact, most start silently in the early stages. If picked up early enough it can mean a simple, cost effective and less invasive treatment instead of a more expensive and complex procedure if left untreated.

When last did you have a full dental check-up? Call us now for an appointment if it has been longer than 12 months, on +27 (0)21 887 6787.