Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistryThe tooth whitening procedure will make your teeth significantly whiter in less than an hour.

Almost anyone can benefit from this treatment, including individuals with severe food, coffee, tobacco or even tetracycline stains. The procedure will not soften or damage protective enamel.

Our dentist will first conduct a thorough dental examination to ensure both your teeth and gum tissues are healthy enough for tooth whitening treatment.

The process is normally painless. A very small percentage may experience a minor, dull ache following the procedure and temporary sensitivity towards hot and cold drinks.

Taking an analgesic that you normally use for a headache will almost always resolve the feeling. It is best to avoid very hot or cold drinks for the first 24 hours tooth sensitivity is experienced.

Advantages of tooth whitening:

  • A safe, short and simple procedure!
  • Immediate significant results with improvement by an average of eight shades
  • With regular maintenance, results are long-lasting
  • Safe and comfortable
  • Low sensitivity
Raffles Dental offers two types of tooth whitening procedures, which are in-office whitening and take home tooth whitening.

Bonding is a process where resin material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished.

It is often performed in order to fill in gaps or change the colour of your teeth. Typically only one visit is needed, and the results normally last for several years.

Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration such as veneers. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-coloured filling for small cavities and broken or chipped surfaces.

For larger restorations, bonding may not be suitable and veneers or crowns may be needed.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cemented over the front of your teeth to change their colour or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discoloured, unevenly spaced or crooked. They have a longer life expectancy and colour stability than bonding, and highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking. They are almost always used in “Smile Makeover” cases.

Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discoloured fillings on front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or have teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.

At least three appointments are needed: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and cementation.

During the tooth preparation visit, a local anaesthetic may be given to ensure the treatment is painless. The shape of the teeth is modified and a mould is taken and sent to the laboratory for fabrication of the veneers. At the final "bonding" visit, the veneers are checked for fit and colour before being permanently bonded to the teeth using special light activated adhesives.

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