What are Victoria’s popular cosmetic dental procedures?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a set of dental procedures performed to improve your teeth's appearance. For example, teeth whitening in melbourne is a cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, by Australian rules, dentists cannot call themselves "cosmetic dentists". They can only register as 'general' or 'specialist' dentists. 

While you can consult general dentists for cosmetic dentistry, a specialist handles specific needs. You may visit a prosthodontist for veneers, a periodontist for implants, or an orthodontist for realignment.

The following are some of the most popular procedures that citizens of Melbourne underwent in the past few years.

Filling with Resin Composite:

Resin composite is a strong material that closely resembles tooth enamel in colour. Dentists use it to replace or repair damaged teeth. It is also used to replace old fillings and hide defects on the tooth surface. The dentist prepares your tooth by removing decayed parts. She then directly applies the resin onto the affected area. She immediately cures it with UV light. She finishes the process by shaping and buffing it to perfection. The process does not take long and is generally done in one appointment.  

The main risk of resin fillings is that they may fall out and require replacement in a decade.

Teeth Whitening:

An interesting study by the University of Melbourne found that the demand for cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening in melbourne and other areas shot up (77.8% increase) after airing television reality shows on image makeovers!

Teeth whitening can be achieved via different procedures depending on the tooth's nature and the desired result. However, the dentist essentially applies a bleaching gel to the tooth to lighten its enamel. While over the counter strips and toothpaste are available, their strength is greatly reduced to make them safe for unsupervised use. Hence, many disappointed people turn to professional teeth whitening, where a higher grade bleaching agent is used to produce better results.   

The risks involved in whitening are not many. The results are temporary and do not whiten decayed teeth, fillings, veneers, or crowns. It can cause a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity, and the gel may irritate the gums if not applied carefully.

Post whitening care is necessary for keeping your teeth in good condition. Dentists discourage smoking and drinking coffee and wine. Follow good brushing and flossing habits. Additionally, you must get your teeth cleaned by your dentist every six months for best results.

Veneers:

Dental veneer placement is the second most popular procedure after teeth whitening, accounting for nearly 36% of cosmetic dental procedures in Victoria.  

A layer of your tooth is filed down to prepare it for applying a veneer. Dentists choose either composite or porcelain veneers, depending on your needs. Composites require minimal preparation but may need to be replaced in 12-15 years. On the other hand, dentists file your teeth substantially for porcelain veneers, but the veneers last a long time without discolouration.

In Conclusion

While the Australian government does not cover most dental procedures under Medicare, regional governments allow Health Care Card holders and Centrelink Pensioners to access public orthodontic services. Consult your dentist regarding your available treatment and payment options, expected results and post-treatment care to ensure the best dental management for your pearly whites.

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