Hidden Sugar in Food

Dental Health Week 2020 is now upon us and this year we have decided to highlight everyday products which contain hidden sugar. There are some products you may not be aware of and some you may choose to turn a blind eye to as you cannot live without them!

About Dental Health Week 2020

Dental health week is one of our favourite times of the year as we get the chance to bring awareness to the importance of oral health.

In addition, the campaign is run by the Australian Dental Association to bring awareness to all Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.

This year, the campaign will run from Monday August 3 until Sunday August 9.

Foods with hidden sugar

For your convenience, we have outlined 4 common consumable products that may contain a bit more sugar than you may think.

These foods include:

Honey

Honey is a natural and relatively healthy syrup we consume in our coffee, cereal, and other everyday products. However, it does possess a fair bit of sugar which makes up 75% of its contents per 100 grams.

The percentage is made up of ingredients such glucose and fructose which together forms sucrose. Essentially, sucrose is naturally found within fruit and vegetables.

Muesli Bars

Muesli bars are a great snack for lunch, breakfast or as desired. However, research suggests most muesli bars are highly processed which may be refined enough to contain added levels of sugar.

Furthermore, whole grain muesli bars contained the lowest amount of sugar levels.

Cereal

The amount of sugar you consume with cereal is generally based on how much your serving size is. According to healthy food guide there are a few surprises in some of our popular cereal choice. These include:

  • Weet-Bix (1 gram per 2 bricks)
  • Nutri-Grain (12.8 grams per cup)
  • Uncle Toby’s oats quick cup (12.5 grams per cup)
  • Coco pops (16.4 grams per cup)

Furthermore, sugar can be found in added ingredients such as:

  • Dried fruit
  • Syrups such as honey
  • Table sugar

For this reason, you should check the nutrition label if you are watching how much sugar you consume. You should consult with your doctor or health professional if you are unsure about how much you should be having. Generally, the average daily sugar intake is around 24 grams.

‘No added sugar’ products

One of the unusual claims about products is that some claim to have no added sugar. Some products may replace sugar with natural sugar ingredients such as fruit juices or purees which are used to sweeten smoothies.

In the end, you are still consuming sugar so you may be better off sourcing your own natural ingredients and making a smoothie from scratch at home.

A tip from us is to source unsweetened products so you can easily add a natural sweetener afterwards if it does not sit right with your taste buds!

Sugar related oral issues

There are several issues that may be related to the over consumption of sugar. These include:

How to maintain your oral health

Brush and floss

If you frequently consume sugary food or drinks, you need to make sure you are cleaning your teeth daily to avoid an oral issue.

From a dentist’s perspective, you should brush and floss your teeth twice a day or after a meal. By doing this, you will be able to maintain your oral hygiene and prevent bacteria and plaque build up within your mouth.

Regular dental check-up

By visiting your dentist for a regular check-up, he or she can spot any issues that may arise. At The White Bite, we offer check-up and cleans which should be conducted every six months to maintain your oral health.

Our check-up and cleans include:

  • X-ray
  • Scale
  • Fluoride

Book an appointment

For more information about Dental Week 2020, head over to the Australian Dental Association’s website. Here you will be able to find more information and tips on how to maintain your oral health.

If you would like to see one of our friendly dentists to assess your oral health contact our practice today. Alternatively, you can complete a free online assessment, 24/7.

How much does a dental crown cost?

The cost of any dental crown treatment will vary from practice to practice and the influencing factors tend to be the:

  • Material of choice
  • Manufacturing costs from a dental lab
  • Shipping costs between a practice and lab

We are often asked why our crown fees are significantly lower than most practices. This is a fair question and we can assure you that this reduced cost does not come at a compromise to quality. Fortunately, our practice has its own lab which allows us to source and manufacture our crowns at a lower cost and we happily pass this onto our patients.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns (or ‘caps’ as they are commonly called) are a well-known and routine dental treatment. They are generally recommended for teeth that have been structurally compromised due to large fillings, decay, wear or fracture.

In addition, they are also routinely recommended on teeth that have undergone root canal treatment to protect and seal it off. They may also improve the aesthetics of the teeth involved.

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are primarily categorised by their material type which includes full ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal (or PFM) and full gold.

Full Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns

With advances in modern technology, ceramic crowns are by far the most popular choice as they look the closest in appearance to our natural teeth without large compromises in strength.

The two main ceramic materials are zirconia or lithium disilicate. Zirconia is used where strength is the most important factor whilst lithium disilicate is the material of choice where aesthetics is important. The price for crowns varies depending on the material chosen and the number of crowns to be done.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM)

For a long time, PFM crowns have been the gold standard in dentistry. This is because ceramics were not strong enough to withstand our bite force, but aesthetics were still desired. A PFM crown involves having a metal base for strength and durability with porcelain layered over the top for an aesthetics look. As a result, there may be a weak point between the ceramic and metal so chipping may occur. For this reason, full ceramic crowns are normally favoured within modern ceramics.

Full Gold Crowns

Gold crowns are by far the strongest and most durable among the crowns; the obvious drawback being the colour. As a result, gold crowns are generally recommended for compromised back teeth where your aesthetics is not a concern.

How much do Crowns cost?

As explained earlier,  the cost of your dental crown depends on the material and the amount of crowns you require. At The White Bite, our dental crown prices are as follows:

Full porcelain crowns:

  • Single: $950 to $1,050 each
  • Two: $850 to $925 each
  • Three: $800 to $900 each
  • Four or more: $700 to $850 each

PFM crowns:

  • Cost starts at $1,000 each

Gold crowns:

  • Prices vary based on gold prices, contact our practice for more information

We also offer payment plans such as AfterPay, Zip Money, Zip Pay and our customised pre-pay option with interest free periods. Ask our friendly staff about our payment plans when you book your next appointment.

Dental Crown procedure

Our treatment length typically requires three appointments. During your initial consultation (if you have not done so already) we will evaluate and assess the merits of doing crown(s) for you.

The second appointment involves the preparation of your teeth where your impressions are taken and sent to the lab. Finally, you will have your crown fitted and cemented in place.

The average time between appointments two and three is generally one week.

How often should Dental Crowns be replaced?

On average, crowns may last around 15 years. The several factors which may influence this include:

Material choice

The choice of material you use for your restoration may influence how long your implant lasts. You should consult with your dentist first before deciding which material is best for you.

The standard of your oral hygiene

It is a common misconception that crowns cannot get decay underneath them. In reality, may still develop tooth decay if you do not maintain good oral hygiene. Therefore, it is essential to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day or after a meal.

How often you get your check-ups

Conducting a regular check-up and clean with your dentist is essential to your oral health. This enables your dentist to monitor your teeth so they can identify any problems that may arise. by doing this, they can detect them at an early stage and provide you with an accurate solution or treatment plan. Usually, you should book in for a check-up an clean every six months.

Excessive force

Like your teeth, crowns may still fracture when they are exposed to excessive force. These forces are created by bad oral habits such as:

  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Regularly chewing on hard food

Dental Crowns on the Gold Coast

At the White Bite, our experienced dentists are more than happy to discuss strategies to help you get the most out of your treatment. We can develop a plan to maximise the longevity of your implants and other general treatments.

Take the first step in restoring your smile and contact our friendly team today for more information on dental crowns. Alternatively, you can complete our free online consultation form.

Is it possible to whiten your teeth in one day?

If you undergo a teeth whitening treatment with your dentist, you can expect to whiten your teeth in one day. However, it will usually take a week or two for your best results to show.

There are also alternative ways to whiten your teeth through products such as DIY whitening kits and whitening toothpastes. Ideally, professional teeth whitening from your dentist will produce the most efficient and effective results. But is it possible to whiten your teeth in one day?

Are you looking to brighten your smile? Our team has outlined everything you need to know about our professional teeth whitening treatment.

How Does Teeth Whitening at the Dentist Work?

Teeth whitening at the dentist is a simple and effective procedure which involves the use of a whitening gel (bleaching agent) and an LED heat lamp. For this treatment, you can expect to be in the clinic for around 1 to 2 hours until the dental procedure is complete.

At The White Bite, we offer Philips Zoom In-Chair Whitening which can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades. This treatment is available within our friendly dental clinic here on the Gold Coast.

For this whitening procedure, you will be seated in the dental chair while your dentist applies a whitening gel to the front of your teeth. The whitening gel used for our in-chair procedure is a high concentration hydrogen peroxide agent which is able to safely remove surface stains as well as improve the overall shade of your teeth.

Once the whitening gel has been applied to your teeth, your dentist will use the LED lamp to activate the gel. This process of teeth whitening breaks down and oxidises stains from the surface of your teeth and is much safer than using harsh abrasives.

Take-home Whitening from the Dentist

Following your whitening procedure, you will receive a Philips Zoom take-home teeth whitening kit. Our teeth whitening kit consists of a whitening gel, relief gel and custom-made trays to suit your mouth. The trays are custom-made to ensure they are comfortable, non-irritating and safe for the gums during use. Also, if they fit in your mouth perfectly, you will be able to achieve better results.

The whitening gel in the take-home kit is not as strong as the bleaching agent used by your dentist. However, it will enable you to perform touch ups and brighten your teeth up whenever it suits you. This will help you to maintain your white smile longer and reduce the amount of time you spend at the dentist.

Check out our before and after results of Philips Zoom in-chair whitening in our cases section.

zoom in-chair teeth whitening

Is ZOOM Teeth Whitening Safe for your Enamel?

Zoom whitening chemically oxidises the stains from your teeth rather than the use of abrasives which can wear away your enamel. After the Zoom teeth whitening treatment, we apply Relief gel to your teeth which is a remineralising agent containing Amourphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP). ACP ensures your teeth remain strong and mineralised after your treatment. The Relief gel assists in reducing post-operative sensitivity and protecting your enamel.

Will I Experience Sensitivity?

It is not uncommon for you to experience temporary sensitivity during your treatment. This is mainly caused during the bleaching process which can make your teeth dehydrated. Therefore, your teeth may experience some sensitivity on the day of treatment, and it is best to avoid cold foods. We will supply you with sensitive toothpaste to reduce your discomfort after the in-chair whitening procedure.

Protection methods dentists use during your treatment

There are several protection methods dentists use to ensure you are safe during your whitening treatment, these include:

Should any issues occur during your procedure, your dentist will be on hand to provide you with the appropriate medical care. If you have any type of side effects after leaving the practice, you should contact your dentist or GP for advice as soon as possible.

Furthermore, you should not undergo a tooth whitening procedure if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have tooth decay or
  • Have gum disease (periodontitis)

Pre-existing veneers and crowns will also not respond to the teeth whitening bleaching agent. Therefore, you should consult with your dentist or come in to see us beforehand to discuss your whitening options.

At The White Bite, we offer Phillips Zoom! Our Zoom in-chair teeth whitening costs $450 and you will also receive a take-home whitening kit.

The whitening kit includes custom-fitted whitening trays to ensure they fit perfectly in your mouth. As a result, you will be able to continue to whiten your teeth comfortably within your home or while relaxing outside.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Depending on your lifestyle, your results can last between 1 to 3 years providing you maintain good oral hygiene practices every day. A healthy diet can also enhance your results to last long term.

If you are considering a tooth whitening treatment with your dentist, then you may want to consider your food and beverage choices. We have outlined several types of food and drinks to avoid or moderate within your diet following your treatment.

Foods that may stain your teeth

Foods are a part of our everyday life as we need to eat to fuel our bodies to conduct daily tasks. Therefore, everything we consume is going to play a part in staining the surface of our teeth. However, there are some foods which are more likely to cause more damage over time. These include:

Drinks that can stain your teeth

Just like food, there are several drink products that can lead to the discoloration of your teeth. Some drinks to avoid or limit the consumption of are:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Red Wine

If you lessen your consumption of these foods and drinks, and only have them within moderation, you can prolong and lengthen your whitening results.

However, if you drink products like coffee or tea regularly to give you a lift in the morning you should visit your dentist every couple of months for a touch up. This is not required but if you would like to keep your teeth shining bright, a general maintenance treatment will help your teeth staying white.

On the other hand, if you undergo a whitening treatment at The White Bite you will receive a take-home whitening kit to use at home. This will allow you to brighten your smile whenever you like, you will not need to see your dentist for touch ups.

In addition, our whitening kits are also available for purchase at our practice which is located in Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast. If you are not comfortable undergoing dental procedures, our take-home whitening kit could be your alternative solution.

Whiten Your Teeth in One Day at the White Bite

Before undergoing whitening treatment, you will require a dental check-up and clean. This ensures that your teeth are assessed and are suitable to undergo whitening treatment.

If you are looking to brighten your smile on the Gold Coast you can contact one of our practices today to see your friendly dentists. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7.

5 Ways to Replace a Missing Tooth

Your smile can influence the way you perceive yourself. A missing tooth can make you feel uncomfortable and affect the way you chew your food.

You may lose a tooth if you have tooth decay, disease or through trauma. If this has happened to you, what is the best way to replace missing teeth?

We have outlined 5 treatments to replace a missing tooth that may help you in this situation.

5 Ways to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a long-lasting treatment option to replace a single (or multiple) missing teeth. Depending on your case, the cost for a single dental implant treatment starts from $3,450.

For this treatment, your dentist will inject local anaesthesia to numb the affected area. This ensures you are comfortable during the process.

Your dentist will then make an incision into your gum where your missing tooth is, to expose your bone. As a result, your dentist will be able to drill a hole into the bone, ready for the titanium base of the implant to be placed.

Once the implant has been placed, it may take several months for your jawbone to integrate with the implant. During this time, your dentist may give you a temporary restoration until your implant is strong enough to hold the final restoration in place.

Once your implant has successfully fused with the bone your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to fabricate a dental crown restoration. The crown will match the shape and size of the surrounding teeth and will blend in naturally.

Traditional Dental Bridge

Traditional dental bridges are used when you have natural teeth either side of the gap created by your missing tooth. Your dentist will use your natural teeth as support pillars to ensure the bridge is strong and stable throughout its lifespan.

At The White Bite, we offer traditional dental bridges from $2,200, depending on your case. It can take up to 2 appointments to complete your treatment.

For this treatment, your dentist will cement the bridge which includes crowns on the support teeth as well as a bonded ‘false’ tooth to replace the missing tooth.

Cantilever Bridge

A Cantilever Bridge is used when there is only one adjacent tooth present or if it better to only use one adjacent tooth as a pillar.

Our Cantilever bridges range from $1,450 and can be completed in 2 appointments.

For this procedure, your dentist will prepare the adjacent tooth to support the bridge.

As a result, the bridge is only supported by one tooth but restores both gaps, granting you a fresh new smile.

Maryland Bridge

A Maryland Bridge is often a temporary (can be permanent) solution for replacing a missing tooth. It involves the use of a false tooth and dental resin (can be in ceramic as well). Depending on your case, a Maryland Bridge can cost you around $1,100 and can be completed in 2 appointments.

For this treatment, your dentist will first take an impression of your remaining teeth. This is done so that an accurate crown can be made to match your surrounding teeth.

Once complete, your dentist will bond porcelain wings (or metal wings) to either side of the false tooth. Then, he or she will place the fake tooth into the gap and fuse the wings to the adjacent teeth using dental resin.

Implant bridge

If you are missing multiple missing teeth in your jawline, an implant bridge may be a possible treatment option for you.

The procedure is very similar to a traditional dental bridge. The only difference is that your bridge is supported by dental implants rather than your adjacent, natural teeth.

For this treatment, your dentist will connect a series of crowns together to form a bridge. The bridge will be then cemented on top of an implant or multiple implants, previously inserted into your jawbone.

Depending on how many teeth that need replacing the number of implants required may vary.

At the White Bite, we offer two types of implant bridge treatment options:

All-on-4

An All-on-4 treatment involves the use of four implants and a bridge to replace all the teeth in one jaw. The cost for this procedure starts at $14,200 and can take 2-6 months to complete.

All-on-6

Like an All-on-4 treatment, the All-on-6 procedure involves the use of six dental implants and a bridge to replace the missing teeth in your jawline. The cost for this procedure starts at $18,000 and can take 2-6 months to complete.

Start your smile journey today

For more information about our treatments contact our friendly staff today. We offer a variety of cosmetic and general dental treatments for your convenience.

You can fill out our free online consultation form so we can customise a treatment plan catered towards your needs.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7.

Shade selection for veneers

If you are considering the treatment options of veneers, shade selection could be more challenging than deciding whether to get veneers in the first place.

Picking a shade which blends in well with your teeth, skin and facial features will require you to work with your dentist to ascertain an accurate contrast that suits you best.

Therefore, your shade selection is crucial to achieve your desired results. Because of this, we have outlined what is involved in getting veneers and provided you with tips on how to carefully select the right shade for you.

What are veneers?

Veneers are a popular way to enhance the look of your smile. Veneers are a thin layer of dental material which are placed over your teeth. As a result, they improve the aesthetic look of your teeth and help protect your teeth from further damage. Depending on the material, veneers can last over 10 years if you regularly maintain your oral hygiene.

Generally, veneers can be made from two different types of materials: porcelain and composite resin. Composite veneers consist of composite resin, a white filling material which are shaped directly inside your mouth.  Porcelain veneers are made from porcelain which is stronger and more durable than composite resin and is made through a laboratory.

Furthermore, veneers are custom-made to ascertain an accurate shape and colour to match your surrounding teeth. Depending on your case, you can expect to visit your dentist around three times throughout the treatment process.

At The White Bite, we offer several veneer treatments options including our Veneer Smile Makeover packages starting from $2,575. Fill out our free online consultation form so that we can recommend the best treatment option suitable for you.

When should you get veneers?

If you are looking to restore or enhance your natural smile veneers are the perfect option for you. There are several underlying reasons why patients undergo this type of treatment. You should get veneers when your teeth are:

  • Stained or discoloured
  • Chipped or cracked
  • Widely spread apart

Why do veneers come in different shades?

If you decide to get veneers, one of the first choices you will have to make is the shade selection of your veneers.  When selecting the shade, there are several things you must consider such as the colour of your surrounding teeth. In the end, you do not want you veneers to stand out or out of place as this can make your teeth look unnatural. However, if you do wish for a lighter result, you may require more veneers to cover more teeth.

girl with dentist veneers shade selection

How do pick a veneer colour?

To ensure you choose the suitable colour for your veneers, your dentist will use a shade card and compare it with your teeth.

Shade cards help your dentist to colour match your teeth with your new veneers as accurately as possible. A shade card comes in four different colours:

  • Reddish brown (A)
  • Reddish yellow (B)
  • Grey (C)
  • Reddish grey (D)
  • Bleach Shades (BL)

Tips for shade selection

For the shade matching process, your dentist will place the shade card adjacent to your teeth and select an accurate match. As a result, your veneers will be made to match this colour.

Don’t rush the shade selection

Take your time when you and your dentist are selecting your veneers’ shade selection. Make sure you choose the right option for you. Discuss your wishes and desired outcome with your dentist. It is important to select the shade of your veneers carefully as they will last a long time.

Use your eyes for guidance

In general, your veneers should not be any whiter than the whites in your eyes. The whites in your eyes can be used a guideline when deciding on the brightness of your veneers.

Consider your surrounding teeth

In most cases, you will not receive veneers on all your surrounding teeth. You may choose to get them whitened before you undergo your veneer treatment.

To enhance your aesthetic look, it is recommended that you choose a shade selection to match your natural teeth. However, you should further consult with your dentist to obtain your desired outcome.

Do some research

Before you undergo or even consider getting veneers you should do some research on similar veneer cases on our website. By doing this, you will begin to understand how well different shades interact and look on people.

Furthermore, you can understand how well your veneers will match your surrounding facial features such as skin undertones and eye colour. Therefore, you will be able to select the right shade for your treatment.

Book an appointment

Are you looking to get veneers? The White Bite offers a variety of veneer smile makeover packages catered towards your needs.

Additionally, you can start your smile journey today with our free online consultation form.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7 or contact our friendly staff to consult with one of our dentists.

 

Christmas oral health tips

Over the silly season, many of us love to indulge in festive sweets and treats that unfortunately, aren’t the best for our pearly whites. With a few simple Christmas oral health tips from The White Bite, you can keep your smile in tip-top shape for the Christmas holidays.

The White Bite encourages you to book an appointment for your regular check-up and clean ahead of the Christmas and New Year period with our friendly dentists.

Also, if you want to look your best this Christmas, The White Bite offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to make your smile the hero of this holiday season.

Whether it be one of our smile makeover packages, a new set of veneers, or a sparkling teeth whitening treatment, The White Bite has you covered!

Check out some of our amazing before and after transformations here!

1: Keep the grazing at bay

During a regular day, meal-times are generally broken into separate windows. The White Bite recommends coupling this with an effective brushing and flossing routine after each meal, which ensures your teeth are well taken care of. However, snacking and grazing is much more frequent during the Christmas period, meaning your teeth aren’t getting a chance to recover. Also, an effective oral hygiene routine may be swept to the side.

It may be awfully tempting to reach for the candy in the bowl or sneak a slice of Christmas cake from the tin, but it’s important to remember to brush and floss after every meal. This ensures your teeth are kept free of food and debris, that can ultimately lead to bacterial build-up – causing dental decay, cavities or gingivitis.

By keeping your Christmas meal sittings at regular intervals, you can look after your smile while also keeping your waistline happy too! This ensures you can maintain your oral hygiene routine with flawless form throughout the season! To keep Christmas snacking to a minimum, chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to keep cravings at bay between meals.

2: Keep the bubbles to a minimum

It seems obvious to raise a glass and make a toast over the festive season, but prosecco and champagne is highly acidic, with excess amounts wreaking havoc on your teeth. By cutting back on the bubbles and only consuming in moderation, your teeth will stay protected.

The same goes for other alcoholic beverages, with excess sugar content spelling disaster for your smile! The White Bite recommends using a straw where possible to minimise risk and take care of your teeth this season.

3: Healthy snack alternatives

Vegetable crudités, anyone? There is a whole range of healthy snack alternatives you can prepare over Christmas time – that are better for you and better for your smile!

Veggie platters with dip or hummus are a great alternative to sugary treats. We also recommend breaking out the nutcracker and some nuts for a delicious and healthy Christmas snack. Treats don’t have to be laden with sugar to be delicious. If you still like it sweet, using artificial sweeteners such as Stevia will keep the oral nasties at bay.

4: Christmas activities come first!

It may seem logical to sit down and eat whatever you see in sight over the holiday period. After all, you worked hard this year and deserve to relax! You most certainly earned the candy canes, mince pies and a drink or two.

However, meaningful Christmas activities should take pride of place over simply snacking. With a whole range of things to do at Christmas time, you can avoid the brownie or gingerbread by keeping busy!

The White Bite recommends a few of these to stay busy and keep your oral health in check:

  • Christmas craft activities
  • Decorating the tree
  • Writing Christmas letters and cards
  • Making home-made stockings
  • Creating a Christmas light display in the yard
  • Cooking some healthy Christmas treats
  • Playing a game of Christmas cricket
  • Starting an all-star Christmas Carol group

5: Finish with some cheese

After gorging on a delicious Christmas meal and maybe a few red wines, try some cheese for dessert! Cheese is heralded for its myriad of dental benefits. Cheese is highly effective at reducing the acid levels in your mouth after eating, therefore protecting your precious enamel.

6: Be careful when eating

At The White Bite, we have seen first-hand the damage some foods can do to your teeth. We recommend using caution when biting into hard foods, such as pork crackling or Christmas candy. The last thing we want to see is a cracked or chipped tooth from getting a little too festive with your food.

With mindful eating habits and a few small tweaks, you can ensure your teeth are kept in optimal health during the Christmas holidays. If something bad does happen (touch wood), please get in touch with us immediately.

The White Bite wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to assisting you with all your dental care needs in 2020!

Our Christmas hours are below for your reference:

Monday 23rd Dec 8.00am – 5.00pm

Tuesday 24th Dec Closed

Wednesday 25th Dec Closed

Thursday  26th Dec Closed

Friday 27th Dec 8.00am – 5.00pm

Sat 28th Dec 8.00am – 12.00pm

Monday  30th Dec 8.00am – 5.00pm

Tuesday 31st Dec Closed

Wednesday 1st Jan Closed

Thursday 2nd Jan 8.00 – 7.00pm

Start your smile journey today

For more information, please contact the friendly team at The White Bite today.

We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services and our practice is conveniently located in Emerald Lakes. Best of all, we offer a free online consultation and a personalised approach to best help you. Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

Professional whitening vs DIY whitening

It is no secret that people want a brighter, whiter smile. With an abundance of whitening products and treatments on the market, you may be wondering where to look first. At The White Bite, we have compared professional whitening vs DIY whitening for you.

Unfortunately, there are several documented risks to using some DIY whitening products, with side effects including:

  • Irritated gums, lips or mouth
  • Loss of tooth enamel
  • Gum recession
  • Uneven discolouration of gums or teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

For those that want a quick fix and a whiter smile, it can be tempting to try DIY treatments, many of which aren’t approved – or in fact safe. We advise caution with many of these products, as these cheaper alternatives could end up costing you a lot more in the end.

Regular bleaching of your teeth can have counter-productive effects, stripping away lighter enamel and causing a blotchy appearance on your teeth. This is because behind our enamel, darker dentin is underneath the surface. Worn enamel also makes teeth more brittle, leaving them susceptible to cracking or chipping. It should also be noted that worn enamel highly increases tooth sensitivity.

At The White Bite, we want to give you the safest and best treatment possible. We recommend getting in touch if you are considering teeth whitening – to avoid the dangers of DIY treatments and steer clear of any unwanted side effects.

Why do our teeth become discoloured?

There are two types of tooth discolouration – extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic discolouration results in stains on your teeth caused by beverages, foods and smoking products. Coffee, tea and red wine cause some of the more stubborn stains on teeth and can often be removed with an effective whitening treatment.

Intrinsic discolouration is essentially from within the tooth. Medication use, childhood illness, tooth trauma, infection or general ageing can lead to it. We can remove this type of discolouration through professional bleaching, which uses the strongest whitening methods available.

Teeth Whitening at The White Bite

At The White Bite, we have all your teeth whitening needs covered. We use Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening for maximum results! Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening can be performed in a single 60-75 minute session at our practice at Emerald Lakes. Check out our patients’ whitening before and afters in our cases.

Zoom whitening involves painting high-concentrate bleach on the teeth, followed by a blue UV light procedure to further whiten your smile – delivering maximum results. The bleaching process occurs through the release of oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide to bleach the discoloured or stained surfaces. Your dentist will protect your gums, lips, cheeks and tongue with specialised rubber and gauze seals to prevent burning.

The advantage of professional laser whitening may outweighs the risks of some DIY treatments. The White Bite’s Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening is beneficial because it works almost immediately. This treatment is also popular for those who don’t want to maintain a whitening treatment daily and prefer instant results.

Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening is also recommended if you suffer from receding gums or abfraction lesions. In-chair whitening is separated by 15 minutes cycles. Depending on the sensitivity of your teeth and the result that you would like to achieve, the number of cycles can vary between two-to-four cycles. three cycles are considered the most effective and most-used option.

While the gel and light are working their magic, you can listen to music or watch TV.

If your tooth has darkened due to a trauma or after a root canal, teeth whitening of the enamel won’t change the colour of the tooth as the problem is deeper down in the dentin. You may need to consider internal (inside the tooth) bleaching or covering the tooth with a crown or veneer.

Take-home whitening

The White Bite also offers professional at-home bleaching kits or internal bleaching treatments, which are safe to use as directed by our friendly team. One of our dentists can make a custom-fit tray specifically designed for your mouth. In addition, we will supply you with a bleaching gel for your trays that you can wear during the day or at night for a minimum of two weeks to whiten your teeth.

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For more information, our friendly team can answer any questions you may have. We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services and our practice is conveniently located in Carrara. Best of all, we offer a free online consultation and a personalised approach to best help you.

Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

Crowns vs veneers

In recent times, crowns vs veneers has become a popular topic of discussion within the dental industry. Crowns and veneers are two types of dental treatment aimed at improving the appearance and stability of your teeth to varying degrees. While a veneer only covers the front side of the tooth and is done for improvements in aesthetics, crowns cover the entirety of the tooth.

As with all dental procedures, it is important to understand why procedure may be preferred over another for your oral health. Our team will discuss the different treatment options with you and why certain treatments will be preferred.

To give you an idea about the differences between crowns vs veneers, we have outlined both treatment options for you.

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What is a veneer?

A veneer is a popular treatment option for enhancing the appearance of your smile in multiple ways. They are possible treatment options for:

– Mask discolorations, chips or cracks
– Correct misalignment
– Close gaps

However, your dentist will only be able to place veneers if your teeth and gums are healthy and in a good condition. If you grind your teeth frequently, a veneer restoration might not be the right solution for you as you may fracture your veneers.

There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Key differences between composite resin and porcelain veneers are price, process, longevity, and appearance.

Porcelain veneers are stronger, last longer and look better than composites. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers ranges from 10 – 15 years but you can extend this timeframe with good hygiene and maintenance. However, porcelain veneers do involve some preparation of your teeth which is an irreversible process. The treatment requires roughly 3 visits.

Composite veneers involve layering of composite resin (white filling material) over the fronts of your teeth. By definition, this will increase the thickness of your teeth but with the advantage that teeth are not prepared unless absolutely necessary. Composite veneers will dull over time and require regular polishing. The average lifespan of composite veneers is 5 – 7 years. The treatment itself usually only requires a single visit.

Why dental veneers?

Dental veneers allow your dentist to enhance the appearance of your smile with as little damage to your natural teeth as possible. They are easy to maintain in that the hygiene regimen is no different to your natural teeth (i.e. brushing and flossing). In addition, you should schedule 6-monthly dental appointments to monitor your oral health and veneers.

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What is a crown?

Dental crowns (also referred to as caps) are recommended in cases where teeth have been structurally compromised. This can occur due to decay, large fillings or root canal treatments. In order to try and protect a weakened tooth, your dentist prepares your tooth to a smaller version of itself to create space for the final tooth-like crown. Its ultimate goal is to restore size, shape, strength and appearance of a previously damaged tooth.

When will you need a dental crown?

Your dentist will likely perform a dental crown procedure to cover:

• Teeth with dental implants
• A tooth with a large filling
• Discoloured teeth
• Weak teeth

What are the advantages of dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a solution for many dental issues. They are durable and last between 10 – 15 years. As a result, the restoration procedure has a high success rate which enhances customer satisfaction.

How do you choose the right treatment?

Ultimately when discussing treatments for crowns vs veneers, it it is better to understand what the issue with your tooth is before choosing the right treatment.

If your tooth has a larger filling, is heavily decayed, worn, or is cracked, a crown is more likely to be the right treatment for you. As a result, the crown will cover the damaged tooth, restoring its strength and stability.

If your tooth is intact and you would like to bring out your smile, then a veneer is your best option. Our team can use a veneer for minor shape corrections and to whiten your smile.

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What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a permanent dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. This is done by using adjacent teeth or implants (called abutments) to support an artificial replacement tooth (called pontics).

By replacing your missing teeth, dental bridges aid in restoring the overall function of your mouth. They can also restore the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

Depending on the severity of the case and the condition of your teeth, your dentist can also choose from various types of bridges. Every restoration is tailored to your individual needs to ensure your smile is kept in tip-top shape.

Do I need a dental bridge?

Firstly, your dentist will assess your complete dental history. This will ensure that you have no signs of disease or any other oral issues that may negatively affect treatment outcomes. In restorative dentistry, dental bridges are a common treatment to replace missing teeth. We recommend discussing these options to find out what works best for you.

There are many benefits of dental bridges, these include:

  • A non-surgical alternative to implants
  • A relatively quick and painless procedure with optimal results
  • Restores the aesthetic appearance of your smile
  • Fixed in place, meaning less time removing or cleaning
  • A long-term solution with lasting results

Types of dental bridges

There are an array of dental bridges we use here at The White Bite which vary in material, design and cost.

The White Bite primarily uses bridges made from zirconia or lithium di-silicate due to their high quality performance, longevity and aesthetic appearance.

The right bridge for you will be dependent on your functional and aesthetic goals as well as the current status of your teeth.

Procedure

At The White Bite, we endeavour to make your visit as simple and efficient as possible. As a result, restorations with dental bridges are performed over two appointments.

On the first visit, we will prepare your neighbouring teeth to make them suitable as supporting teeth for your bridge.

This process is identical to the preparations done for single crowns. Once prepared, an impression is taken for the lab to create a replica of your mouth upon which your custom-made bridge is fabricated.

While the lab is crafting your bridge, your dentist will fit a temporary bridge to protect your teeth between appointments.

On the second visit, your White Bite Clinician will  assess the fit of your bridge. Once accessed, they will make any adjustments as deemed necessary before cementing the bridge in permanently. Once completed, you should have a fixed bridge that is comfortable in the bite and to the tongue. This can be easily maintained with hygiene.

Aftercare

As with any restorative dental treatment, it is crucial to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

It is important that you brush your teeth after every meal, as bridges can attract a build-up of food leftovers and plaque.

A handy tip is to take a toothbrush with you wherever you go. This way, you are keeping your mouth and bridge spotless after every snack or meal throughout the day.

Our team at The White Bite recommends using a soft bristled electric toothbrush, which is gentle on your gums and is also great for cleaning your bridge.

Most importantly, dental bridges change the way you floss. Due to the teeth being connected, you will not be able to pass floss between the teeth within the bridge. Above all, Inter-dental brushes (such as Pixsters) are recommended to clean the bridge and under the connections where flossing and brushing won’t reach.

Fortunately, having a dental bridge fitted is a painless procedure and offers a long-lasting solution for your smile. In most cases, you can resume eating regular foods on the same day as procedure.

Most patients have no trouble adapting to the bridge, but if you do encounter any issues, please get in touch.

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For more information, please contact the friendly team at The White Bite today. We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services and our practice is conveniently located in Carrara. Best of all, we offer a free online consultation and a personalised approach to best help you.

Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

Treatments to replace a missing tooth

Your smile can have a major influence on how you perceive yourself. A missing tooth, likewise, can affect the way you feel. When you have a gap in your smile, it can hinder you from talking and smiling naturally with others.

A single missing tooth may also have effects outside of how things look. Your surrounding teeth may move, your bite may change and your jawbone structure may alter.

Whether you are missing part of a tooth, a whole tooth or multiple teeth, our team offer a variety of treatment options to restore your smile.

Fractured/Broken Teeth

Our teeth are strong, however, under impact, they can chip or break. Damaged teeth are often the result of sporting incidents, biting into hard foods or materials, or accidents.

At The White Bite, we offer several treatment options to repair and save a damaged tooth. The first question to consider is if the pulp of your tooth has been affected by the fracture. The pulp is the living, vital part of your tooth, sometimes referred to as ‘the nerve’. If you experience sensitivity or pain, it may be because your pulp has been affected.

Composite resin bonding

If your tooth only has a minor fracture such as a chipped edge, your dentist may be able to rebuild it using composite resin. This process is also called bonding. It is a quick and cost-effective treatment which can be completed within a single appointment.

Your dentist will apply the composite resin material to the tooth which adheres to the dentin and enamel. This allows your tooth to be rebuilt to its original shape and colour.

The procedure may have to be repeated every 5 to 8 years as the composite resin material can stain and wear.

Porcelain crowns

If your natural tooth structure has been severely damaged, your dentist may decide to recommend a porcelain crown instead. For this treatment, your dentist will remove small portions of the front, back and side of your tooth to create room for your new porcelain crown.

The crown is then cemented over the top of your remaining tooth structure. It can be designed to closely replicate your surrounding teeth in shape, size and colour.

Porcelain crowns can last 15 years or longer if well looked after. This makes the treatment a long-term solution.

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Single missing tooth

If you have lost a tooth in its entirety, dental implants are a great option to replace the gap.

Dental implants consist of three parts: the implant, the fixture and the restoration.

The implant is placed into your jawbone and acts as the root of your tooth. A fixture connects the implant with the restoration. If only a single tooth is missing, the restoration may be a porcelain crown or a porcelain-metal crown.

Dental implant treatment is complex and requires healing time after the implant placement. This means, the procedure will require several dentist visits over a timeframe of 3 to 6 months.

The restoration will match your existing teeth in shape, size and colour. For this reason, dental implants can be considered a treatment option for missing front and back teeth.

Even though your dental implant restoration is not a ‘real’ tooth, looking after it is as important as looking after your natural teeth. The crown can last up to 15 years or longer if you follow a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth for at least twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes and floss every day.

Multiple missing teeth

For patients who are missing multiple teeth, several treatment options can be discussed with your dentist. These include placement of several dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures.

The right treatment option for you depends on several factors such as the location of the missing teeth and your jawbone structure. It is also influenced by your budget and your overall oral health condition. Our team will help you to identify the best suitable treatment option for you.

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