What do porcelain veneers cost?

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Dr Peter Henderson

General and Cosmetic Dental Care
BDSc (Melb), LDS (Vic)

The cost of porcelain veneers in Melbourne varies according to individual cases and particular circumstances. Here’s a guide to how this treatment is approached and costed at Smile Solutions. First, we must ascertain that any teeth to be restored are healthy inside and have healthy roots. One or more X-rays will be taken, which for Read more...

Does chewing sugar-free gum really help prevent cavities?

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Julie Kelcey

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
Diploma of Dental Therapy (Adel)

Research generally suggests the answer to this question is “yes” – it does help. When you chew sugar-free gum after meals and snacks, it can help neutralise and rinse off the acids released by the bacteria present in plaque. Even after good brushing and flossing, plaque quickly begins to colonise the mouth again. Some of Read more...

Do I need to use a tongue scraper?

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Julie Kelcey

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
Diploma of Dental Therapy (Adel)

Brushing and flossing are the mainstays of good oral hygiene, but you can take your dental care one step further with a tongue scraper (also known as a tongue cleaner or brush). Bacteria, food debris, toxins and dead cells all coat the surface of the tongue, and while most of this is removed when you Read more...

Your Smile Solutions hygienist visit: What to expect

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Sarah Natano

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
ADOH (Adel)

Sometimes a trip to the dental hygienist can cause anxiety in even the most relaxed people, especially if you have never been to one before. The anxiety often comes from a fear of the unknown. I would like to give you an insight into what a typical appointment with a Smile Solutions hygienist will involve Read more...

How healthy are your gums?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

How healthy are your gums? The reason we ask you this question is that gum disease may be something that has never crossed your mind. Why should it? If your gums have never caused you any pain, you would assume this must mean they are healthy. In my work as one of the dental hygienists at Read more...

What is bruxism and how is it managed?

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Dr Yasmin Coulthard

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

Bruxism – or grinding and clenching of the teeth, as it is usually known – is a common condition that often goes undiagnosed until there is substantial evidence that is occurring. In some cases it is self-diagnosed but in many cases it is diagnosed by others (such as a partner who hears the grinding during Read more...

What is laser dentistry?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t at least a little nervous when it comes time to visit the dentist, particularly if they require any procedure more complex than a simple check-up. After all, the thought of needles and drills certainly doesn’t encourage a feeling of relaxation. At Smile Solutions we offer our Read more...

I want to whiten my teeth but one of my front teeth has a porcelain crown. What are my options?

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Dr Madeleine Hoopmann

General Dental Care
BDSc (Adel)

The main concern in this situation is that porcelain will not bleach. Once a porcelain crown is cemented in the mouth, there is no way to change the colour of the crown. Several solutions are available, depending on the colour of the surrounding teeth and the patient’s expectations. Scenario 1:  Natural teeth surrounding the porcelain crown Read more...

Implant dentures: Smile Solutions’ Teeth in 3 Days procedure

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

Smile Solutions has paved the way for a revolutionary alternative to missing teeth and dentures. Thanks to the close collaboration of our registered oral & maxillofacial surgeons Dr Patrishia Bordbar and Dr Ricky Kumar, our specialist periodontists Dr Rory Nolan and Dr James van den Berg and our specialist prosthodontist Dr Jamie Foong, we can offer patients teeth Read more...

The role of fissure sealants in children’s teeth

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Chatelle Wehi

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (LaTrobe)

As the saying goes, prevention is better than the cure. And if you have ever been faced with tooth ache or the prospect of dental fillings, root canal treatment or even tooth extraction, I’m sure you would agree – even with the help of a caring and experienced dental professional. Fissure sealants are hard protective Read more...