Cosmetic Dentistry in Coffs Harbour

It’s true that a beautiful smile can brighten the room. You know exactly how true this is if you have had a crush or been in love or had children.

Man Smiling | Coffs Harbour DentistA beautiful smile helps people feel more confident and can make a great first impression in both social and professional settings.

The term ‘cosmetic dentistry’ can sound a little intimidating. Many people believe that cosmetic teeth treatments are expensive, complex or out of reach financially for the average person. Others think that cosmetically improving the smile is just plain frivolous.

Not so. Actually, all of the dentistry that Dr Justin Ward creates is cosmetic because it is designed to complement your natural smile.

Cosmetic dentistry at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic can mean repairing the smallest imperfection that annoys you when you look in the mirror or a complete makeover—and everything in between. It all depends on you and what will make you happy about the way you look.

Many of our patients have questions about our cosmetic dentistry procedures, and we’ve included some of them below. We also welcome your call to our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic. We would love to help you improve your smile.

We offer a full range of cosmetic services using the finest materials and products available today.

Orthodontics

Professional Teeth Whitening

Bonding

Tooth-Coloured Fillings and Crowns

Veneers

Full Smile Makeovers

Orthodontics

Smiling Woman | Coffs Harbour DentistStarting with a properly aligned smile is a good way to protect your oral health. You might be surprised to learn how easy and convenient orthodontic treatment can be with invisible braces. At our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic, we use both Invisalign and ClearCorrect for discreet treatment with great results. Both brands are clear braces that work with plastic aligner trays that gently nudge the teeth into the proper position.

Am I too old for orthodontics?

No. We provide clear braces for patients of all ages. Because of their discreet nature, clear braces fit in well with the professional and social lives of adults.

How do clear braces work?

Rather than using metal wires and brackets to straighten misaligned teeth, clear braces uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move teeth into the desired position. Every couple of weeks, patients will swap out their aligners for a new set until they have reached their smile goals.

How long does treatment last?

Treatment with clear braces is usually quicker than with traditional orthodontics. Although each patient is different, in most cases, treatment lasts from six to 18 months.

Am I a good candidate for clear braces?

Clear braces can fix a number of dental issues, including teeth that are crooked and gapped, as well as underbite, overbite, and crossbite. But the best way to find out for sure if clear braces is right for you is to contact Dr Ward at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic.

Professional Teeth Whitening

One of the most affordable and easiest ways to improve the appearance of your teeth is to remove years of stains with professional teeth whitening. We offer both in-house and at-home teeth whitening options with Zoom! at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

You can decide on professional teeth whitening treatment either here at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental surgery, which takes about an hour in the dental chair. Or you can opt for a takeaway kit that you can use at home to whiten your teeth over a period of about two weeks by wearing the custom trays for a period of time each day. Both methods are effective at brightening and whitening the smile.

How long will my professional teeth whitening results last?

If you eliminate the lifestyle habits that may have contributed to your stained teeth, you can help your teeth stay whiter longer. Touch-ups will eventually be needed.

Bonding

Bonding adds to existing tooth structure using composite – the same material we use for fillings. It comes in a variety of shades and can fill in small chips and gaps and even reshape teeth.

Since it preserves most of your natural tooth structure, it is a conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry.

What dental issues does bonding address?

If you have minor damage to your teeth, including chips, cracks and gaps, bonding can be a great way to seamlessly repair those issues.

How long does bonding take?

In just one dental appointment at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic, we can often fix many minor cosmetic flaws with your smile.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings and Crowns

When possible, we recommend tooth-coloured restorations to match the appearance of your teeth. Because tooth-coloured fillings and crowns look natural, you can avoid a dark metal appearance.

When might I need a dental crown?

Dental crowns are used to repair a tooth that has been damaged or cracked—often by an old, large filling. Crowns are also frequently used to strengthen a tooth after a root canal. At our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic, we can also use dental crowns cosmetically to restore a tooth that is misshapen or stained.

Can I have my old metal fillings replaced with a tooth-coloured filling?

Many patients opt to replace their old metal fillings and crowns with modern materials so no one can see your dentistry when you laugh and smile.

Veneers

Many of the picture-perfect celebrity smiles you see are the result of cosmetic dentistry, especially veneers. Veneers are a great way to cover up a multitude of dental issues, resulting in a straight, white, even smile.

How does the veneers process work?

Veneers work by covering the fronts of the teeth and are one of the most versatile cosmetic treatments available. Designed to look natural, veneers can repair worn, damaged and stained teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening products.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care, including diligent brushing and flossing and regular visits to our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic, you can expect your veneers to last a good number of years.

How do I take care of my veneers?

Take care of your veneers just as you would your natural teeth by twice daily brushing and once

daily flossing. Be sure to visit the dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleans. Although they are strong and durable, veneers can be damaged if you use your teeth as a tool and bite into anything that is not food.

Full Smile Makeovers

For patients who have a severe teeth grinding habit or have suffered from a traumatic accident, we offer full smile reconstruction to improve comfort and restore the appearance of teeth. By combining dental crowns, bonding and veneers, you can achieve natural and beautiful results all while eating your favourite foods comfortably.

How do I know if I need a full smile makeover?

Patients who have a number of dental issues can often benefit from a full smile makeover. It’s best to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr Ward at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic to develop a plan. A full smile makeover generally takes place in a series of bookings over several months or even longer.

What is involved in a full smile makeover?

A full smile makeover can involve several different dental procedures, including:

  • Orthodontics
  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canals
  • Bonding
  • Tooth-coloured fillings
  • Veneers