How can we help you?
We welcome your questions, whether you are a brand new patient looking for a new dentist in Fairfield or you are one of our valued regular patients.
Feeling confident in the dentistry we provide and the choices you make for your smile is important. You will find some common questions listed here. If your specific enquiry is not on the list, we welcome you to call us for the answers you need.
If you are seeking cosmetic dentistry advice in the Fairfield area, different dentists will likely make very different recommendations. It is important to Dr Peter Etcell to learn about your goals so that he can make accurate suggestions.
Here are some aspects to consider when you are making a decision about dental veneers:
Veneers are a permanent choice. Because we need to alter the enamel on the teeth to create space and a solid bond for your veneers, opting for cosmetic veneers is a lifelong commitment. If you are ready to make smile improvements, this should be good news. Our patients often say they wish they had their veneers sooner.
Veneers can be dramatic or natural looking. If you want a bright, white celebrity smile, Dr Etcell can make your dreams come true. If you prefer a more natural look, veneers are versatile for subtle improvements too.
Veneers require some specific care. While porcelain is strong and comparable to your enamel, porcelain veneers will require some common sense adjustments. As with your teeth, never use veneers as tools to open parcels or bottles. It is also a good idea to avoid anything too hard – like chewing ice or biting into olives with stones.
For our patients who grind their teeth, we may advise that you wear a nightguard to prevent chips to your veneers or to prevent dislodging them altogether.
Teeth whitening is safe for most healthy patients, and studies have shown that teeth whitening has no weakening effect on enamel. Teeth whitening works by using a peroxide agent – either carbamide or hydrogen peroxide – to gently bleach away stains caused by tobacco, colourful foods, and beverages such as coffee and tea.
A clean and polish will provide a great start by removing surface stains and tartar. Enamel has microscopic pores that peroxide penetrates during the teeth whitening process.
Our Fairfield dental practice offers both in-office and take-home whitening options. Many patients combine these smile-brightening procedures to maintain their whiter smiles for years.
In-house teeth whitening – We protect the gums with a barrier paste and apply professional-strength whitening gel to the teeth for approximately 20 minutes. We repeat the procedure up to three times in one visit for impressive results.
Take-home teeth whitening – Impressions and moulds of teeth will form the custom whitening trays patients can use at home with professional whitening gel. Patients can continue the whitening process at home and retain their whitening trays for future touch-ups when new stains collect.
The most common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity. Dr Etcell can help you manage any temporary discomfort with desensitising toothpaste, gels and fluoride application.