Thursday, May 8, 2014

Common Cosmetic Dental Treatments

From your skin to the last hair on your head, all the way to your manicured fingertips, you want to look flawless on one of the most important days of your life. You’ve made sure your dress fits perfectly and that every detail is coordinated to take your groom’s breath away.

But what about the most important white accessory you’ll be wearing – your smile?

You’ll be grinning from ear to ear from morning to night on your wedding day and your smile will be captured in hundreds of formal and informal photographs over many blissful hours, inspiring memories for years to come.

Every bride deserves a beautiful smile to compete with her stunning gown and also to feel confident enough to wear it all day long.  Are there aspects of your smile you would like to improve before your big day? Depending on how much time you have to prepare, there are several cosmetic dental treatments available to have you wearing a ‘Hollywood Smile’ on your big day.

One-hour whitening

In just one visit, your dentist can whiten your teeth by up to several shades. Removing these deep-set stains makes your smile look younger and healthier in just an hour. Heavy stain from coffee, tobacco, tea or red wine is naturally lifted from the pores of the teeth thanks to professional grade whitening gels and amplifying lights.

Dental veneers

Veneers have the most potential when it comes to dramatic smile makeovers. Each porcelain veneer is created to make your smile look straighter, whiter and is shaped the way you want it to be. Results are instant. Typically, two appointments are needed; the first for preparation and the second visit is made two weeks later for bonding the veneers in place over your natural teeth.

Clear braces

Do you have beautiful teeth but they’re just out of alignment? Clear braces are a great way to reposition your teeth into the perfect smile. They’re comfortable to wear, easy to care for and you can take them out anytime (such as during meals.) Most treatments last six to 12 months, so you have plenty of time to complete your braces before your wedding day without having to worry about wearing metal braces during any portraits. Unlike traditional braces, invisible braces typically require fewer appointments, making them perfect for busy brides (or grooms) to-be.

Professional home whitening

Take home whitening kits made by your dentist can provide dramatic whitening results you can achieve on your own time without having to visit the dentist’s office. These kits use custom-fitted trays for even whitening without tissue irritation. Their high-grade gel removes more stain than over-the-counter alternatives. Having a set tailored to your teeth takes just a quick appointment for an impression, ready in around a week for pick-up. Allow one to two weeks of home-use to achieve your completed whitening results.


If a few minor tooth discrepancies bother you, like a chipped tooth or a small gap between your teeth, then composite bonding is a great option. Bonding uses tooth-coloured filling material to reconstruct the tooth or fill in gaps between the teeth so the teeth look healthy. Be sure to whiten your teeth first, as bonding is permanently matched to the natural colour your enamel at the time of the treatment.

Smile with confidence on your wedding day

If you’re still not sure which option or combination of treatments is right for you in the available planning time, schedule a consultation with your dentist today to discuss what aspects of your smile you would like to improve. There may even be a couple of different options that can be customised to meet your expectations and budget, with plenty left over for your big day.

About Smile by Design

Smile by Design is run by Sydney’s leading cosmetic dentist, Dr Michael Tam.
Dr Michael Tam’s over 20 years’ experience in cosmetic, implant and rehabilitative dental procedures have made him the leader in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants he is today.
Dr Tam’s special interest in cosmetic and implant dentistry especially in regard to dental implants, tooth whitening and porcelain veneers, led him to obtain a Distinction Award from the NZDA in Continuing Dental Education. A graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Dr Tam is also one of the founders of the Sydney Institute of Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry.
Visit to book an appointment with Dr Tam and have the perfect smile on your wedding day.

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