Cosmetic dentistry or aesthetic dentistry in Singapore comprises various forms of cosmetic dentistry procedures that will beautify your smile.
A veneer is a custom-designed, thin layer of material placed over a tooth. Dental veneers are commonly used to either to improve the colour and shape of a tooth or to protect the tooth's surface from damage. In cosmetic dentistry, there are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. Porcelain veneers are more durable and less likely to stain than veneers made of composite.
Dental veneers are an important tool for the cosmetic dentist. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple veneers to create a “smile makeover” as part of the treatment plan. Apart from aesthetic purposes, veneers also serve as a great functional option for closing gaps or masking discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. Thus, apart from being a cosmetic dentistry procedure, veneers also serve great functional purposes. Once put into place, veneers are durable and strong. However, they must be taken care of the same way as normal teeth.
Composite bonding is a fast and cost effective way to close small gaps between teeth, alter the shape of a tooth, or mend chipped teeth. Most patients opt for bonding if they require small cosmetic dentistry changes. First, composite resin is sculpted to the desired form. Your dentist will pick a colour that matches the colour of your teeth most closely. Then, it is hardened and set in place with a curing light and finally shaped and polished till it matches your other teeth. Teeth bonding is a conservative procedure that does not involve removing any of your own tooth structure. Thus, bonding is a great choice for patients who want to achieve a more aesthetic smile while preserving as much as their own tooth structure as possible.
Some patients are embarrassed to smile because they show a lot of their gums when they smile. This is commonly known as a ‘gummy smile’, a condition in which the gums cover too much of the teeth, usually the front teeth, and this can leave the length of the teeth looking too short, which can affect a person’s general desire to smile. One way to treat this and remove excess gum tissue is by gum contouring. Apart from being a cosmetic dentistry procedure, gum contouring also helps prevent tooth decay and reduce teeth sensitivity. At our clinic, we achieve this easily with the Waterlase iPlus (a soft and hard tissue laser), which minimizes post-operative discomfort and downtime.
At our clinic, we offer two types of whitening treatments:
This is a procedure done in the clinic that uses light-activated whitening gels and specially filtered lights. This “in office bleaching” or lunchtime procedure requires only one cosmetic dental appointment (which takes about 2 hours). Most people greatly prefer the immediate result that comes with in office teeth whitening and don’t have to deal with the repeated applications of the bleaching process required by the take home kit. Additionally, we also provide you with the custom bleaching trays (at no extra charge) for future touch up applications if desired. It is recommended that you have a thorough checkup with your dentist before doing teeth whitening or any cosmetic dentistry procedure in general. This is to ensure that you are suitable for the relevant cosmetic dentistry procedures and if you need additional treatments as part of your treatment plan i.e. filling up cavities.
A set of custom made bleaching trays and teeth whitening gel is given to be used at home. The gel is dispensed into the bleaching tray, which is then worn for 30 minutes to an hour each time. Our dentists will advise you on the frequency and duration of use.
Icon resin infiltration is a non-invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure that eliminates or reduces the appearance of white spot lesions on the teeth. Examples of white spot lesions include hypomineralized teeth, teeth with fluorosis, demineralized lesions due to early decay, and white spots left behind after removing braces. During this procedure, a layer of etchant is placed on your tooth to create porosities which are then filled with a dental flowable resin on your enamel. No drilling is required and no tooth structure is removed, thus making it a very gentle and conservative cosmetic dentistry process.