What happens to my teeth after dental veneers, and will I ever get cavities?

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Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

What are dental veneers? Most people have dental veneers to improve the appearance of their teeth and smiles. The cosmetic effect can be dramatic, with changes in shape, form, size and colour all contributing to a beautiful makeover. Dental veneers are thin, hollow shells of porcelain or composite (filling material) that are placed over your natural Read more...

When should I take my child to see an orthodontist?

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Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn)

When should we take our children to see an orthodontist? Why do some kids at school already have braces or appliances in their mouths? Surely they still have baby teeth. Is it not too early? Am I missing the boat? Perhaps you are asking yourself questions like these. As parents we try to do what Read more...

Everything you need to know about chalky teeth

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Specialist Paediatric Dentist
Paediatric Care
BDSc (Melb), DClinDent (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Paed)

What are chalky teeth? Chalkiness can occur in baby teeth and in adult teeth. A chalky tooth is one where the outer surface of the tooth (called enamel) is whiter than normal or shows discoloured patches or spots. Sometimes the discoloured areas are off-white, yellow or brown. The yellow or brown enamel is usually soft Read more...

Orthodontic treatment: general dentist vs specialist orthodontist?

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Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (WA), MDSc. Orth. (WA), F.R.A.C.D.S.

Should I seek orthodontic treatment from a general dentist or a specialist orthodontist? As a patient, you want to receive the best orthodontic treatment from the person most skilled to do it. Therefore, if you are thinking about straightening your teeth you should understand the differences between an orthodontist and a general dentist. General dentists can clean your Read more...

What does restorative dentistry involve?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis and management of the oral environment to rehabilitate health, function and aesthetics. Restorative dentistry encompasses all different avenues of dentistry – including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery. A candidate for restorative dentistry will visit their general dental practitioner who will formulate a treatment plan to Read more...

What is the difference between porcelain crowns and veneers?

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General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

Porcelain crowns and veneers are types of tooth restoration frequently performed by dentists to help restore the teeth and mouth back to function. In cosmetic dentistry, stained, discoloured and mildly crooked teeth can be corrected using porcelain veneers or composite white fillings (or composite veneers), especially if patients do not want to have orthodontic treatment with braces. These treatments Read more...

Options and trends in teeth straightening

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Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn)

Teeth straightening options Most people would like to have straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Traditionally, the only way to reach this goal was using fixed braces. Whether made of metal, clear material or something hidden behind the teeth, braces are a tried and tested approach to teeth straightening and they achieve beautiful results for Read more...

How can I improve my smile with porcelain veneers and crowns?

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

Interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers and crowns? Dr Peter Henderson, who has extensive experience in the field of cosmetic dentistry, answers your questions. What are porcelain veneers exactly?  Porcelain veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that’s very powerfully bonded to the underlying tooth structure. I like to say it’s a bit Read more...

Treatment of malocclusion

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

What is malocclusion and how do I treat it? Occlusion simply means the area of contact between teeth. More technically, it is the relationship or alignment between the maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth when they come into proximity either during chewing or at rest. Ideally, your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or spacing. Read more...