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.

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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.

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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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Dental Veneers Before and After in Durban

Dental Veneers Procedure in Durban 

Our Case-Of-The-Month for July is Gemmah. Gemmah re-did her top four front teeth. She wanted to improve her confidence as she worked with international clientele on a luxury yacht.

Due to her work schedule she had limited time in South Africa. We carried out her smile makeover over a week.

Dr Huson's solution for her top four front teeth were dental veneers.

This first step involved Gemmah's active participation. After Dr Huson analysed her teeth he went over possible options with regards to her desired look. She explained to Dr Huson the result that she wanted. Photos and models of her teeth were then taken.

Teeth cleaning and teeth whitening were carried out. Dr Huson then prepared her teeth for dental veneers. Guided templates and stents were used to ensure that the absolute minimal enamel was removed from Gemmah's tooth surface. (Often as little as 0.1 millimeters or often none at all). Dr Huson then removed any evidence of decay and carefully shaped the teeth to correct any chips or gaps. Before trimming of the enamel Dr Huson discussed the various pain free options with her he then made a model or impression of her teeth.

The model was then sent to our onsite lab technicians, who custom made the dental veneers. After a few days Gemmah came back to get the veneers fitted. In the meantime, Dr Huson gave her temporary veneers. These temporary dental veneers match the planned final dental veneers. The reason why we do this is so you can see if you like the fit and feel and ask family and friends for their opinions on the aesthetics of your teeth.

Gemmah came in again to our clinic where bonding was carried out before the dental veneers was permanently cemented to her teeth, Dr Huson temporarily placed the veneers so that Gemmah could examine the fit and color. Slight adjustments were made at this stage because we have an onsite lab. Next, Dr Huson prepared the teeth to receive the veneers, the teeth were cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the teeth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement was applied to the veneer and the veneer was then placed on her tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, Dr Huson applied a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involved removing any excess cement, evaluating Gemmah's bite and making any final adjustments in the Veneer as necessary. Gemmah came in for a checkup to see if the veneers have taken to the teeth.

Many of our clients come from as far afield as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the UAE, the Netherlands, France, and Italy, to name but a few. It is often imperative that their treatment is completed in as short a time as possible. This can often mean that their dental work is completed in a single day or maximum a week if the case is more complicated.

Now you can get quick turnaround dental care. We offer a variety of effective cosmetic dentistry and general dental care solutions from our clinic in Musgrave, Durban, South Africa.

We have an excellent dental laboratory on-site with specialist technicians who work closely with us to make sure that your smile is perfect. Dr Huson has over 20 years of experience and worked in the Harley Street Region of London under world renowned celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver.

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Teeth Whitening Durban

Teeth Whitening Durban Debunked 

I cannot tell you how much of misinformation there is on the web especially on Youtube with tutorials teaching you on how to whiten your teeth ‘naturally’ or at home recipes using baking soda, coconut oil or strawberries. These are strongly discouraged by a dentist as this will erode your teeth in the long term and damage your gum tissue. Alot of patients have come running to our offices with eroded teeth and gums that are damaged due to these so called 'natural procedures'.

Many people are looking to whiten their teeth as white teeth is associated with good oral hygiene and research has shown that straight, white teeth can make you look 10 years younger. Bright, white teeth are no longer only for Hollywood celebrities. It is now affordable for the average population. They say first impressions last and whitening your teeth increases your confidence and can make you look amazing on your wedding day, increase your business sales and can even get you your dream job.
Professional Teeth whitening is a process to lighten the colour of your teeth from yellow or grey to a whiter and brighter shade. There are two types of teeth whitening procedures in Durban. Tray based teeth whitening and LED/Laser teeth whitening. We use a combination of tray and laser based in order to safely and effectively whiten your teeth.
You can lighten your teeth up to 9 shades whiter with our teeth whitening system called Polar Night. We use lower doses of carbamide to decrease sensitivity so that you don’t experience any pain. Teeth Whitening in Durban should be done under the supervision of a dentist. Our teeth whitening procedure is also much more effective than any home teeth whitening system and is more cost effective than any professional or home teeth whitening system in the long term. We offer the highest quality in dentistry and all our products and services meet European Standards.

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Some quick Facts about Teeth Whitening in Durban

• It is reccomended that you whiten your teeth if you are 20 years or older. We don’t recommend teeth whitening for younger individuals as their enamel is still forming.
The most effective teeth whitening procedure in Durban is getting it professionally done by a dentist. It is also the safest procedure. At home teeth whitening kits or alternatives such as baking soda, swishing your mouth in coconut oil, brushing with crushed strawberries are all highly dangerous for your teeth and leads to erosion of your enamel in the long term. These methods can also damage your gums.
• Whilst teeth whitening toothpaste and whitening gum has some whitening chemicals in them they are far too weak to have an effect.
Do NOT mouth rinse with hydrogen peroxide. This is extremely dangerous and can cause free radicals. The same radicals that age tissue.
The strongest whitening gel is NOT the most effective method. If you whiten your teeth in one session you will increase the sensitivity and experience severe pain in your teeth. That is why we use lower doses of carbamide over a longer period of time. It is the most effective in the long term as it keeps your teeth white.
To main a healthy, brighter, clean smile in the long term it is important to get your teeth cleaned by an oral hygienist every 6 months.
•Even after whitening your teeth it is best to avoid foods that discolour your teeth such as curry, red wine and coffee. The best method is to drink cool drinks and other stain enhancing foods via a straw.
Fillings, crowns and veneers cannot be whitened. Only your natural teeth can.
•Once whitened, teeth will not stay white forever. The colour change is permanent but the aging process still continues that is why touch up’s are needed in order to maintain white teeth. That is another reason we use the custom tray method. It is the most effective method in the long term and the most affordable method. You will not need to repeat the entire procedure again which will cost you more money in the long term. You just need the top up gels that cost R135 each.

Medical aid will not pay for any teeth whitening procedure. It is seen as a cosmetic procedure. 

Our teeth whitening procedure costs R4600 and a once of treatment is only needed unlike other treatments on the market.

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