How to choose the correct cosmetic dentist?

Finding the correct dentist to complete your cosmetic work is crucial to getting the desired results.

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on helping you improve the appearance of your teeth. Examples of cosmetic dentistry are teeth whitening, dental veneers (help with chipped, broken, misshapen and gaps between the teeth) dental implants (replace missing teeth permanently and mimic your natural teeth)

Every dentist learns to do cosmetic procedures at dentistry school, but it takes years to practice and become an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry. A huge financial commitment in offering the latest digital equipment is also required. If the dentist has practiced in high end practices in the USA and UK under world renowned mentors, then that is the perfect place to go as they have usually learnt from the best and worked on perfecting celebrity smiles. These dentists focus on cosmetic dentistry rather than general dentistry and so their skills are finer tuned toward improving the appearance of your teeth. Whereas the general dentist focuses on fillings, extractions, and root canals as well.

There are 5 areas that you should consider before choosing a cosmetic dentist.

Ask for proof of accreditation, licensing, and continuing education – like technology, cosmetic dentistry is a constantly evolving field. The dentist you choose needs to be up to date with new methods and trends. This means going for cosmetic dental courses constantly. Being a part of a national and international cosmetic dentistry association.

The cosmetic dentist must show you their portfolio of work and experience – look at their social media pages and you can also ask them to show you all the examples of their before and after photos of patients that have undergone treatment with them. A cosmetic dentist with several years of experience should be able to show you a substantial portfolio.

Get referrals - look at their reviews online via Google as it is a more objective way to find out if patients are happy or from a friend who had cosmetic work done.

Latest technology – a cosmetic dentist with an in-house lab and the latest technology is an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry and has usually done thousands of procedures.

Show your cosmetic dentist what you would like done. Make a wish list and show him previous examples of other people or celebrities and how you would like your teeth to look. Communicate with him via Digital Smile Design and approve the simulations of what your teeth could potentially look like through his digital technology.

Below is a recent patient that visited us for a cosmetic dental procedure at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic.

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When we originally saw Craig, he had a badly fitting, worn out denture which did not suite his face structure, age, and colour of his skin. Craig could not bite and chew his food. He hid his smile and his confidence was at an all-time low. Brushing his teeth was also a huge problem as he had to remove the denture to clean it.

Craig's jawbone was shrinking due to the loss of teeth over the years and the wearing of dentures. He was very worried that his denture would fall out when he spoke. He was always upset about having to get new dentures every 5 years proving to be costly for him in the long term. 

He was worried about how many implants he would need - however in his case all he needed were two. Sometimes we can get away with only a few implants to correct your bite. Craig wanted a low maintenance, stable, long term, aesthetically pleasing option. And this is what he got. 

Dr Huson's solution for Craig was implant supported dentures. Craig had two dental implants placed in his jaw which attaches to a denture. The removable denture clips onto the two dental implants. This makes the denture much more stable and he is now able to chew any food properly.

 Dental implants replace missing or badly decayed teeth. This allowed Craig to bite and chew his food again. The implants provided him with more advantages than he had imagined.

Firstly, the biggest advantage with this option is that it has a more secure and comfortable fit compared to removable dentures. Craig is now not afraid of his dentures falling out while talking.

Secondly, Implant-supported dentures can be cleaned with regular brushing. There is also no need to use any adhesives or special cleaning products.

Thirdly, Craig got a bonus - a free 'facelift' as implants improved his jawbone, position thus decreasing the wrinkles around his lip area.  Most of all it improved his confidence and quality of life. 

Dr Huson's procedure was as follows: 

Dr Huson did a thorough examination as to the amount of healthy bone Craig had in his jaw. Bone is needed to place the implants as bone holds the implant in place. Dental implants mimic your natural tooth's root. If you do not have bone you will need to get bone graft first.  We had to also assess risk factors and make use of a CBCT scan to evaluate the situation ensuring precise planning and optimal success.

Craig is ecstatic about his new look. Our job at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic is extremely rewarding when we see how happy our patients are and how life changing a procedure like this is. 

Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 dental implants and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality.

Prices for dental implants start from R10 000 per tooth.

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Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Will A Dental Implant Procedure Be Painful?

Having a decayed tooth and toothache is far more painful than any implant procedure. Although inserting dental implants is an operation and the procedure seems rather frightening by inserting titanium screws into the bone. It is surprisingly a painfree procedure and people are back at work the next day. During the procedure there is no pain at all and after the procedure you just need to take your pain killers for a few days and you should be fine. Going to work the next day shows you that it is one of the least painful procedures.

The improved quality of life after the procedure outweighs the thought of any temporary pain. You will be able to chew and bite your food and brush your teeth as normal. You can brush and floss like you would your natural teeth.  No need to remove messy dentures and clean them day and night. No need to go to the dentist every few years to get new dentures as the other ones have become loose and most importantly you will be able to look years younger as the bone loss is minimal so it is like a free face lift. The improved quality of life outweighs any cons and considering that The American Academy Of Dentists encourages dental implants over dentures a dental implant procedure is a must.

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Sandra came all the way from the USA to get her dental implant treatment done at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic. The cost of the treatment was half the price as compared to the USA and quality was not compromised. She had previously worn out dentures that did not look aesthetically pleasing. She was so fed up of changing them every 5 years due to the loss of bone i.e gum size.

Sandra had researched for several months on the internet before choosing Silver Oaks Dental Clinic. Our good reviews and portfolio of work convinced her that Silver Oaks would be her final choice. Sandra walked out very happy with her new smile and regained confidence. According to her 'Dr Huson went above the call of duty' and his emotional intelligence made him accurately predict exactly what she wanted at every step of the process. According to Sandra, 'Dr Huson's meticulous attention to detail is what sets him apart.

Dr Huson's solution for her teeth included bone grafting and dental implants. Dr Huson first gave Sandra a thorough evaluation during the first consultation, including a:
• Comprehensive dental exam: A 3D scan was taken.
• Treatment plan: Dr Huson had a look at her teeth and jawbone and gave Sandra a treatment plan based on how many teeth needed to be replaced and the condition of her jawbone. It is often a better option to have your teeth replaced with dental implants rather than with dentures. Dental implants keep the height of your jawbone because it keeps the bone stimulated.
A quote was then given to Sandra and explained in detail what it entails. Sandra's second appointment was the dental implant procedure. 
To control pain, anesthesia options during surgery include local anesthesia, Intra-Venous sedation or general anesthesia (GA). Talk to Dr Huson about which option is best for you. Your dental care team will instruct you about eating and drinking before surgery, depending on what type of anesthesia you have. If you're having general anesthesia or IV Sedation, plan to have someone take you home after surgery and expect to rest for the remainder of the day. Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages:
•Sandra's damaged tooth was removed and when there was not one present the implant was placed immediately
•The titanium implant was then placed in the bone and left to heal. The final crown (tooth) can sometimes be placed at this stage but it would depend on the quality and quantity of your bone at the placement.

For more examples of our dental implant procedures click here:

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How to look younger?

Smiling not only reduces stress but also has a positive effect on your life. Researchers have found that people who smile often tend to be perceived as being younger and people who always frown tend to be perceived as being much older. Fixing your teeth can improve your self confidence and make you feel and look much younger.

Stained, badly aligned and missing teeth can make you look much older. Straighter, brighter teeth can make you look 10 years younger! A new study reveals that missing or stained teeth can make you look much older compared to the wrinkles and lines on your face. Cosmetic dental work can help you look more youthful and give you a free facelift. Allowing you to smile more often.

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The following 5 methods can help improve your smile in a short period of time:

Teeth whitening

As you age your teeth become more discoloured. A professional teeth whitening procedure can improve the appearance of your teeth making you look more youthful. Over the counter products are not as effective. It is important to note that teeth whitening should only be conducted by a dentist who can safely complete this procedure and provide lasting results. Click here to learn more about a teeth whitening procedure:

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Dental veneers

If you have stained, short, misaligned teeth and/or gaps between your teeth then dental veneers might be the answer to making you look more youthful. Dental veneers are thin shells (porcelain the best veneer) that are placed on the front of your teeth. Dental veneers can remove the wrinkles around your mouth. With dental veneers you can get your smile re-aligned thereby reducing the wrinkles around your mouth. Click here to learn more about dental veneers:

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Straighten your teeth

With age your teeth tend to shift as aging changes the shape of your mouth. You can chat to your dentist about traditional orthodontics or if you hate the thought of getting metal braces then you could straighten your teeth without braces using the clear aligner system. It usually takes 12-14 weeks to get them straightened using this system. Each case is individual.

Click here to learn more about the clear aligner:


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Replace missing teeth

Your dentist will try and restore any decayed teeth with dental crowns or dental veneers. If your teeth are badly decayed and your root of your tooth cannot be saved, your dentist will then turn to extracting the badly decayed tooth/teeth. You then have the option of adding a denture, bridge, or dental implants. The most modern technique that will make you look more youthful is dental implants. Dental implants imitate natural teeth. A dental implant has a root and a crown is then added just like your natural teeth. The root keeps your jawbone stimulated, preventing your jawbone from shrinking, keeping your face youthful. Dental implants allow you to chew and bite your food again just like your natural teeth. They also last a lifetime. Click here to learn more about dental implants:

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Get rid of metal fillings

Having a mouth full of metal coloured fillings can make you look older. You can now replace those fillings with clear white ones (the same colour as your natural teeth).

Receding gums

Receding gums is also an indication of age. You will need gum grafts if you have badly receding teeth. The grafts will also help preserve the root of your tooth preventing it from decaying.

Disease proof your teeth.

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Visit your dentist every 6 months to get professional cleanings.

Night Guard

If you have worn tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity or torn cheek tissue, then you might be grinding your teeth at night. Ask your dentist to make a night guard for you.

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Dr Richard Huson has spent over two decades in cosmetic dentistry. He worked in the famous Harley Street region in London, United Kingdom where he trained under famous cosmetic dentist Dr Joe Oliver. Dr Huson has fixed celebrity smiles for a number of years and offers the latest in Digital Dentistry. 

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When Should I Consider Dental Implants?

What is a dental implant?

If you have missing or badly decayed teeth, then you should consider getting dental implants. You should also consider getting dental implants if you are currently wearing dentures or a dental bridge.

A dental implant is a surgical fixture placed in the jawbone. Your real tooth has a root. A dental implant is an artificial root that integrates in your jawbone and acts just like your real tooth’s root. A dental crown is then placed on top of the implant. Dental implants act just like your real teeth in form and function. You can bite and chew your food the same way you do with your natural teeth. The self-confidence that comes with getting dental implants will significantly improve your quality of life. They can last a lifetime if you brush and floss regularly just like you would your natural teeth.

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It is especially important to replace the missing tooth with dental implants rather than dentures. Dental implants stimulate the bone in your jaw. If your jawbone is not stimulated by a ‘root’ your jawbone will disintegrate gradually. Making you look years older and affecting your health.

Also, if your tooth is not replaced by a new tooth your surrounding teeth will shift altering the alignment of your bite thereby causing tooth decay and gum disease.

People consider dental implants for the following reasons:

  • When tooth decay is so severe it cannot be repaired by a dental crown/dental veneer/dental filling.
  • After a dental trauma such as a car accident or falling.
  • Those using a dental bridge that is affecting the health of the surrounding teeth causing them discomfort and jawbone deterioration.
  • A patient who no longer wants to wear dentures
  • Denture wearers usually switch to dental implants due to the long-term cost savings associated with dental implants and the improved quality of life that dental implants provide. Being able to bite and chew your food again, improved speech, laughing without worrying about your denture falling out, never having to clean the dentures by removal and jawbone restoration are one of the main reasons for the switch. Your new appearance and your self-worth are another added advantage.

Basically, anyone who is considering or has a dental bridge or denture is a candidate for dental implants.

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Dental implant prices start from R10 000 per tooth.


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Chipped, broken, stained and misaligned teeth? Dental veneers might be the answer...

Most of us suffer from imperfections on our teeth such as chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth. At one-point dental veneers were only for movie stars. Now it is available to all.

Dental veneers are the same as natural teeth in form and function. Porcelain veneers try to replicate the look and feel of our natural teeth. You can bite and chew your food as normal and they wont ever fall out. Porcelain veneers can last a lifetime if you brush and floss regularly (2x a day).

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What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of composite or porcelain that are placed over the tooth’s surface. Porcelain veneers is the best option of the two as they look natural like your real teeth.

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What can dental Veneers fix?

If your natural tooth or teeth are not severely decayed or missing, then dental veneers or crowns can be a good long-term option. Dental veneers are the only treatment available that can physically change  the shape, size and colour of your teeth.

The following are common conditions that can benefit from dental veneers:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Undesirably large or small teeth for example, correcting a gummy smile

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The veneer process takes just 2-3 visits and can be completed in about 2 weeks or less. This is a much shorter time frame than some other dental treatments like orthodontics which could take up to 2 years.

Charmaine visited Silver Oaks Dental Clinic for a full smile makeover. She had previously decayed teeth, tooth loss, teeth protrusion and some of her teeth had the old amalgam fillings. Her heart health was at risk due to the state of her teeth. 

Dr Huson's solution for Charmaine's teeth included dental crowns and dental veneers. Dr Huson first gave Charmaine a thorough evaluation during the first consultation, including a:

• comprehensive dental exam, and a 3D scan was taken.
• treatment plan: Dr Huson had a look at her teeth and jawbone and gave Charmaine a treatment plan based on how many teeth needed to be repaired and the condition of her jawbone. 

A quote was then given to Charmaine and explained in detail what the treatment entailed. Digital Smile Design and the latest technology was used to craft Charmaine's smile and simulations offered to her to show her what her potential teeth could look like. Click here to learn more about Digital Smile Design :

Charmaine's second appointment was the crown preparations. Ten days later the final crowns were fitted.

It was such a pleasure to work with Charmaine - she was a delightful lady who enjoyed telling us a new joke at every visit ! This kept us in stitches as we tried to concentrate on our work..

At the end of all the work was a very happy patient who could not stop smiling from ear to ear!


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The pic above is of Charmaine who had a smile makeover done by Dr Roy Richard Huson @silveroaksdentalclinic

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