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Veneers are tooth- coloured shells that are placed over the tooth surfaces in order to correct the shape, colour, or position of the teeth, tooth fructures or gaps between the teeth. There are two types: the direct and indirect veneers. The direct veneers are done in one visit and are less expensive while they last 1-2 years. The indirect veneers require two visits and are more expensive but they are stronger and last 5- 10 years.
 
What are the veneers?
The veneers are shells of tooth- colored material that is placed over the tooth surface.
 
What are the indications of veneers?
  1. heavily discoloration- when bleaching has failed to achieve the desirable results
  2. tooth fractures- in this case veneers conserve tooth structure while the full coverage crowns result to significant tooth reduction
  3. gaps between teeth- they can be closed giving a more uniform looking smile
  4. malpositioned teeth- in mild to moderate cases they align the teeth creating a Hollywood type of makeover. However they are not indicated in severe cases where invisalign or traditional orthodontics offer the desirable results
  5. short teeth due to wear of the edges- they lengthen the teeth offering excellent aesthetic results
 
What are the types of veneers?
  1. direct veneers: they are done in one visit as the dentist builds the teeth up with composite. They are cheaper than the indirect veneers but they are more prone to stains so they need to be replaced more often
  2. indirect veneers: they are made by the laboratory technician so they require two appointments. In the first appointment the dentist prepares the teeth and takes impressions which are sent to the laboratory. Then temporary veneers are prepared. The permanent veneers are cemented by the dentist at the second appointment. The most popular material is porcelain as it offers superior aesthetic results. Additionally porcelain veneers are more durable and strong.
 
How long do veneers last?
The direct veneers last 1- 2 years but the indirect are expected to last 5- 10 years.
 
How are tooth veneers attached to your tooth?

In your first appointment, it is advisable to initially try in your veneers, to ensure your veneers look right in natural light and office light. Teeth are then lightly buffed to allow for added thickness of the veneer.

An impression is taken of the teeth, from which the veneers are created. As with crowns permanent veneers often take time to produce so in the mean time temporary veneers are worn.

The tooth is then cleansed, and glue and the veneer are applied, a light beam is then used to harden the glue.

 
BLEACHING
Our teeth are discoloured as we age or due to the use of bacterial pigments, food, drinks, tobacco or tetracycline. The bleaching formula that we offer is called Dental White Artiste. It is non- invasive, fast, very effective and pain- free for both teeth and gums. It involves the use of pre- loaded mouth trays with 44 % Carbamide Peroxide that is activated with a new advanced light in only 20 minutes. The after- care is achieved with the Quick Sticks. They are applied on the surfaces of the teeth for 10 minutes per day for a couple of days. The results last up to a couple of years depending on the lifestyle of the patient. In order to maintain the desirable shade of the teeth the in- office and after- care treatment can be repeated with excellent results.
 
Why are our teeth discoloured?
As we age the mineral structure of our teeth changes so our teeth become darker. Discolouration can also be caused by bacterial pigments, food, drinks and tobacco. Additionally antibiotics like tetracycline can cause stains on the teeth.
 
Which are the bleaching methods?
We offer the Dental White Artiste which is a relatively new bleaching formula. The effectiveness of this method has been established by longitudinal clinical studies. The procedure involves the use of pre- loaded mouth trays that contain 44 % Carbamide Peroxide. The material is activated with a new advanced light that accelerates the whitening process in only 20 minutes. The after- care is achieved with the Quick Sticks. They are applied on the surfaces of the teeth for 10 minutes per day for a couple of days.
 
What are the advantages of this method?
This method offers several advantages over the literally hundreds of dental whitening formulas available today. These are the following:
  1. it is non- invasive and most effective than traditional systems
  2. it does not cause tooth sensitivity: traditional whitening formulas penetrate the outer surface of the tooth causing problems to the nerves which are expressed as sensitivity or even pain
  3. it does not cause burning sensation of the soft tissues: most whitening formulas burn the gums when they come into contact with them. With this method gum retraction is not required
  4. it is a quick and simple procedure: the preparation time is minimal reducing the chair time to ONLY 20 MINUTES in contrast to other methods which require even 2 hours
  5. it is affordable: due to reduced clinical time is costs 5 times less than traditional procedures
 
How long does bleaching last?
The effects can last for a couple of years depending on the lifestyle of the patient. Smoking and ingestion of dark coloured liquids like coffee, tea and red wine decrease whitening. In order to maintain the desirable shade of the teeth the in- office treatment and the after- care can be repeated with excellent results.
 
Implants
Implants are screws that are placed in the jaws in order to replace the roots of the teeth. They support a number of dental prosthesis like crowns, implant- supported bridges or over dentures and their success rate is 95%. The drilling of adjacent teeth involved in conventional bridges is avoided and they conserve the gums and the bone. The pre- surgical evaluation consists of the clinical and radiographival examination of the area of implant placement. During the surgical procedure the gums are elevated, holes are prepared in the bone with special drills, the implants are inserted and the gums are sutured to allow osteointegration. This is completed in 4- 6 months and the permanent prosthesis is placed over the implants.
 
What is an implant?
The dental implant is a screw made of titanium. It is placed in the jaws in order to replace the roots of teeth. It can be used to support a number of dental prosthesis like crowns, implant- supported bridges or over dentures.
 
What are the benefits of the implants?
The implants are regarded as the most efficient tools to replace missing teeth. Conventional bridges involve drilling of adjacent teeth which leads to excessive tooth loss. Implants conserve the gums and the bone which is usually worn with bridges or dentures. Furthermore the implants blend naturally with the natural dentition offering excellent aesthetic results.
 
Pre-surgical evaluation
The pre-surgical evaluation includes the clinical and radio graphical examination of the area. Orthopantomographs, periapical x-rays and CT scans are taken in order to estimate the dimensions and the shape of the bone and to locate vital structures such as the sinus and alveolar nerve.
 
Surgical procedure
It involves the lift of the gums followed by the preparation of holes in the bones with special drills. Then the implant is inserted and the gums are put back with sutures to allow osteointegration.
 
Restorative phase
The osteointegration varies between 4- 6 months depending on the case. When it is completed the second stage is done. The gums are elevated and a healing abutment is placed over the implant. The permanent prosthesis can be made after the complete healing of the tissues which takes approximately one month.
 
Success
Nowadays the success rate of the implants is around 95%. It depends on the patient` s general health and compliance with post- surgical care.
 
Invisalign
Invisalign or "invisible braces" is a series of clear aligners that adjust to a patient’s teeth. They are used to correct misaligned teeth, teeth with gaps or teeth that have moved after the removal of braces. They are invisible, easily removed and require half treatment time compared to conventional braces. They aligners are replaced every 2 weeks and the dentists should monitor the progress of the treatment every 6- 8 weeks.
 
What is the invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that adjust to the patient` s teeth in order to align them. In other words they are called the "invisible braces".
 
When is the invisalign indicated?
If your teeth are misaligned, have gaps or have moved since you have removed the braces invisalign can give you the confidence of a nice smile.
 
What are the benefits of invisalign?
  1. they are almost like wearing no braces at all. The unpleasant appearance of metal wires and brackets is avoided so hardly anyone will notice that you are wearing braces
  2. they are removable so you can take them out when you eat, brush or floss. So no longer wearing braces will make you feeling self- conscious about smiling
  3. the time needed for treatment is half as long as treatment with traditional braces
 
What is the procedure?
The invisalign aligners are replaced every two weeks and regular visits to your dentist every 6- 8 weeks are needed to monitor the progress of your treatment.