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.

Start your smile transformation today

Would you like to get started on fixing your fractured or missing teeth? Start our free online consultation today. Alternatively, you can book an in-person cosmetic consultation with one of our dentists online 24/7.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are an increasingly popular treatment to replace missing teeth. Due to the integration into the jawbone, it offers patients a long-lasting and permanent solution. In addition, the attached restoration, such as an implant crown, can blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

dental implant components

Dental implant components

A dental implant consists of three parts; the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthesis.

The fixture, also known as dental implant, is a titanium device. It replaces the root of your natural tooth. Your dentist will place an abutment on the fixture which will build the connection base for your prosthesis.

Your prosthesis is the part that will be visible in your mouth. Depending on your case, it may be a dental crown or a dental bridge. Your dentist will design the restoration to match your surrounding teeth in colour, shape, and size. This will ensure that the false tooth blends in seamlessly with the adjoined teeth.

Dental implant treatment steps

If you have lost a single or several teeth or your teeth are badly damaged, you may be a suitable candidate for dental implants.

In the first step, your dentist will inform you about all necessary requirements for the implant procedure. The team will also answer any questions you may have.

To improve the success rate of your implant, it is important that your jawbone is dense enough to support the implant fixture. If the bone tissue is too weak, you may also require a bone graft. Your dentist will also discuss and explain this procedure to you.

The implant surgery will take place on a single day. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb up the relevant area of your mouth. A small incision will be made to place the implant fixture into your jawbone. In the last step, your dentist will stitch the area closed.

The time for the healing process can then vary from patient to patient. Generally, it takes two to six months for the fixture to integrate into the jawbone (osseointegration). Once the area is healed, your dentist will take impressions to design your prosthesis. He will also place the abutment which will serve as anchor between the fixture and the restoration.

In the last step, your dentist will permanently attach your new crown or bridge to the implant.

Dental implant aftercare

After treatment, we recommend maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine to facilitate the healing process. This includes brushing your teeth after every meal as your implant will increase the amount of food and plaque trapped in your mouth. Take a toothbrush wherever you go so that you can quickly brush after eating or having a snack.

Our team furthermore recommends using a soft bristled toothbrush. In addition, you can use interdental brushes to clean the area around your implant, especially in between your tooth and the implant. Make sure that you don’t put excess pressure on the implant and brush the area very gently.

Start your smile journey today

Get started with your White Bite Style Smile today and fill in our free online consultation. Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.

What is a cosmetic dentist?

A cosmetic dentist is a doctor who focuses on improving the visual appearance, health and function of a patients smile. They practice cosmetic dentistry which involves several dental treatments designed to enhance a smile aesthetically.

Treatments conducted by a cosmetic dentist are usually aimed at improving a patient’s self-esteem and boosting confidence.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

If you are concerned about the look of your smile, a cosmetic dentist can help you by using one or more of the following treatments:

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers cover the front part of your tooth that is visible when you smile. They are tooth shaped and are very thin, usually no thicker than 1mm.

Veneers help to improve a variety of concerns such as discoloured, chipped, crooked, widely spaced or worn-down teeth. By covering the front surface of your tooth, a veneer can provide the ideal colour and shape.

If looked after properly, porcelain veneers should last for longer than 10 years.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers have the same function as porcelain veneers; however, they are made from a tooth coloured resin. While this means they require less preparation, they are more likely to stain, and chip compared to porcelain veneers.

Composite veneers are a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. However, they also have a shorter lifespan, lasting 3 to 5 years.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a quick and affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile. Many cosmetic dentists offer this treatment to help whiten your smile.

In-chair teeth whitening involves applying a bleach solution to the teeth for up to 75 minutes. When undertaking in-chair whitening, the dentist will apply a special rubber gauze to protect your gums, lips and cheeks.

Once applied to the teeth, the whitening solution is activated through a blue UV light. By heating the solution, it helps to penetrate deeper into the tooth enamel.

At the White Bite, we use Philips Zoom! In-chair teeth whitening. This is a high-quality product which has been proven by Philips to whiten teeth by up to 8 shades.

To help maintain your whitening treatment for longer, we also offer take home whitening kits. They include custom-made trays, whitening tubes and instructions.

Smile Makeovers

A cosmetic dentist may also provide smile makeovers. A smile makeover involves one or more treatments to improve the appearance of a smile.

For example, a patient may receive porcelain veneer treatment to the top 8 teeth and undergo whitening treatment to the bottom teeth. By combining treatments, the outlook of the entire smile is improved.

Treatments used in a smile makeover are determined on a case by case basis. This is due to the patient’s individual situation, needs and budget.

Dental Implants

A cosmetic dentist may recommend dental implants for patients with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are highly revered due to their long-lasting nature and ability to feel and function as a normal tooth would.

They may also be used to secure a dental bridge or to provide extra stability for a full or partial denture.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge comprises of two or more connected teeth which is anchored in place by one or two dental crowns. A bridge may also hold a fake tooth to cover a gap where there are no teeth.

In cases where there are many missing teeth a dental implant may be used to help secure a dental bridge in place.

Tooth Coloured Fillings

Tooth coloured filings are used to seal off the biting surface of a tooth from bacteria and therefore prevent further decay. However, in cosmetic dentistry, tooth coloured fillings may also be used to replace amalgam fillings.

Amalgam fillings are an outdated metal material previously used for fillings. To improve the appearance of your smile, you may choose to replace these fillings with healthier tooth coloured fillings.

This way, when you smile the metal won’t show and it will be practically impossible to tell you have had fillings.

Orthodontics

To straighten teeth, there are several orthodontic treatment options available. They are:

  • Invisalign,
  • Orthopaedic appliances and;
  • Braces.

Invisalign is a clear aligner system which straightens teeth discreetly. Every 2 weeks you will receive a new set of aligners to correct the positioning of the teeth. Invisalign must be worn for at least 21 hours a day but can be taken out for meals or to clean the teeth. As Invisalign can be easily removed, it is not a recommended treatment option for children.

Orthopaedic appliances are designed for children, they help to correct cross bites and widen the upper jaw. The appliance is tailor-made for each patient.

Braces are bonded to the teeth and are connected via a wire. Overtime this wire is replaced (usually with a stronger wire) to straighten teeth. Braces are suitable for patients of any age.

Why Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?

A cosmetic dentist is highly trained and has ample experience in the treatments outlined above. As they focus on cosmetic dentistry, they would have a substantial portfolio of their previous work.

Further, a cosmetic dentist focuses on the appearance of a smile rather than just the health of your smile. This means, if you are feeling insecure about your smile, they can help you by designing a smile you can be proud of.

If you are looking to improve the outlook of your smile, give our friendly team a call to discuss your options today. Want to get started right away? Fill in our free online consultation.

What does a smile makeover involve?

A smile makeover can involve one or more treatments to completely transform the look and health of your smile. Depending on your case and budget, your treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Composite Veneers
  • Orthodontics
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Implants
  • Amalgam Filling Replacement
  • Check-up and Clean

What can smile makeovers treat?

Smile makeovers use a combination of treatments and for this reason, they can treat a variety of smile concerns. Whether your teeth are crooked, widely spaced, discoloured or worn down, a smile makeover can be a suitable solution.

Below we have put together several oral concerns and listed the corresponding treatment that may be used. Keep in mind this is a guide and treatment is determined on a case by case basis.

Discoloured teeth: Teeth whitening, veneers

Crooked teeth: Veneers, crowns, orthodontics

Widely spaced teeth: Veneers

Worn-down teeth: Dental crowns, veneers

Missing tooth or teeth: Dental bridge, dental implants, dentures

Crossbite: Orthodontics

Crowded teeth: Orthodontics

Before we begin treatment, we ensure all oral health concerns are addressed first. This means, once treatment is completed your smile will be healthy as well as aesthetically pleasing.

What is the treatment process?

To begin, you will be booked in for a consultation appointment with one of our dentists. They will get an understanding of your situation and learn more about your smile goals.

From here, the dentist will provide you with a treatment plan that addresses your smile concerns, budget and goals. If you have dental extras, you will be able to provide your health fund with the item numbers from your treatment plan. These item numbers will allow your health fund to give you an accurate quote of how much you will be able to claim back.

At The White Bite, we also offer payment plans through Zip and Afterpay.

If you are happy to go ahead with your treatment plan, you will be booked in for treatment. Procedures such as veneers, porcelain crowns or dental bridges normally take between 1 to 5 business days to complete. However, if multiple treatments are needed, it may take longer.

How much does a smile makeover cost?

The cost of a smile makeover is determined by the type of treatment/s required and the oral health of the patient. For this reason, the complete cost is ascertained at an initial consultation.

However, you can gain an idea of the cost of treatment via our dental packages page.

What are some of your smile makeover cases?

At The White Bite we have a number of patients approach us who are looking to enhance their smiles. In some instances, these patients require several treatments to complete their smile.

The patient below was missing several front teeth and wanted to improve the overall appearance of his smile. Our dentist Dr Dinos Kountouras placed a 5-unit dental bridge to replace his missing front teeth. To further improve the colour and position of the patient’s teeth, Dr Dinos placed 6 porcelain veneers.

crown bridge before and after

Our lovely patient below was unhappy with the colour and shape of her teeth. To help improve the patients smile aesthetics, Dr Dinos Kountouras placed our 10 Veneer Smile Makeover Package and undertook additional gum re-contouring.

Veneer Before After

How do I get started?

If you would like to get started on your smile makeover journey now, you can fill in our free online consultation anytime – 24/7. Once we have reviewed the form, we can give you an accurate assessment and treatment recommendation.

We are also able to price compare a treatment quote you have previously received. Simply, contact us and attach your original plan.

Alternatively, you can contact our friendly team and they would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cost of Dental Holidays on the Gold Coast

The total cost of your dental holiday will depend on the type of treatment you require and choose as part of your package. At The White Bite, we offer a 7-night dental holiday package including our 8 composite veneer package starting from $5,180.

The reasoning behind our decision to offer dental holiday packages is the growing trend of Australians jetting off overseas for dental treatments. The outcome, however, can be a hit or miss and often results in disappointment. In Australia, dental care is a highly regulated health service with strict follow-up procedures.

We want our patients to enjoy an affordable holiday on the beautiful Gold Coast whilst getting the smile they have dreamt of without risking a failing procedure overseas.

What does a dental holiday include?

Prior to your arrival on the Gold Coast, we will ask you to complete our free online consultation. This way, our team can get an idea of your case and make treatment recommendations.

After your online consult, it is time for you to book your flights. The cost of your flight is not included in our holiday packages. Once you land on the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) or Brisbane, our private driver will pick you up and drive you to your accommodation at the Q1. Check in, explore the luxurious facilities of your holiday home or go to the beach at Surfers Paradise.

After enjoying your buffet breakfast on Monday, our driver will pick you up and drive you to our practice in Carrara for your first appointment. After seeing one of our dentists, you can enjoy a complimentary spa treatment (infrared sauna or floatation session) at our holistic practice located a few steps away from our clinic.

From Tuesday to Thursday, you will have time to enjoy and explore the beautiful Gold Coast at your leisure. Depending on your dental treatment type, you might be required to come to the practice for additional visits.

On Friday, your private driver will take you to and from The White Bite for your final dental visit. You also have the option on Saturday to show off your new smile during a 2-hour photo shoot at Surfers Paradise beach.

After enjoying the Gold Coast life for a week, it is time to check out on Sunday. Our driver will take you to the airport for your departure.

Not included in the package are flights, meals (other than breakfast), leisure activities, and dental treatments other than the booked package.

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Where will I stay during my dental holidays?

During your stay, you will be accommodated in one of the Q1 Resort & Spa’s® spacious One Bedroom suite. Centrally based in Surfers Paradise, your Q1 apartment is self-contained and offers 85 square metres of modern living, with separate bedroom, living room and kitchen.

The package also includes buffet breakfast throughout your stay (Monday – Saturday) at Q1’s SkyPoint bistro + bar.

What packages can I choose from for my dental holiday?

For patients looking to improve the entire appearance of their smiles during their dental holidays, we offer a variety of veneer packages:

8-Veneers Composite Resin Holiday Package

  • 8 Composite Resin Veneers
  • 7-Night stay at the Q1
  • Airport Transfers
  • Private Driver from and to practice
  • Professional Photo Shoot
  • Infrared Sauna or Float Session
  • From $5,180

6-Veneers Smile Makeover Holiday Package

  • 6 Porcelain Veneers
  • 7-Night stay at the Q1
  • Airport Transfers
  • Private Driver from and to practice
  • Professional Photo Shoot
  • Infrared Sauna or Float Session
  • From $7,480

8- Veneers Smile Makeover Holiday Package

  • 8 Porcelain Veneers
  • 7-Night stay at the Q1
  • Airport Transfers
  • Private Driver from and to practice
  • Professional Photo Shoot
  • Infrared Sauna or Float Session
  • From $8,480

10- Veneers Smile Makeover Holiday Package

  • 10 Porcelain Veneers
  • 7-Night stay at the Q1
  • Airport Transfers
  • Private Driver from and to practice
  • Professional Photo Shoot
  • Infrared Sauna or Float Session
  • From $9,480

Dental Implants (All-on-4 or All-on-6) – 2 Trips

  • Dental Implants (All-on-4 or All-on-6)
  • 14-Night stay at the Q1
  • Airport Transfers
  • Private Driver from and to practice
  • Professional Photo Shoot
  • 2x Infrared Sauna or Float Session
  • From $18,180/$21,680

Please be aware that dental implant treatment will require you to plan two 7-night trips to the Gold Coast. The price for dental implants packages includes allowances for bone grafts, gum

grafts, sinus lifts, and extensive temporary prosthesis.

Who will complete the treatment on my dental holiday?

Our practitioners at the White Bite will be your treating dentists during your dental holiday. Our team is highly motivated and well-trained and is committed to maintaining your health and safety. Find out more about our team and team members Dr Dinos Kountouras, Dr David Li and Dr Bianca Bregenhoj-Large.

Your laboratory work will be fabricated in our partner dental lab that mirrors our high standards and delivers 100% made Australian restorations.

Does my private health fund cover a dental holiday?

Your private health fund won’t cover the costs of the holiday itself. However, composite and porcelain veneers as well as dental implants are covered in the major dental category of most health funds. If you have private health insurance with major dental extras cover, you may be able to claim part of the treatment costs.

After your consultation, you will receive an itemised treatment plan from our dentists. You can then check with your health fund to see how much of the costs you can claim.

Does The White Bite offer payment plans?

The White Bite offers Zip Money payment plans for dental holidays. This type of payment plan is interest-free for up to 6 months.

Dental Holidays at The White Bite

Ready for a dental holiday? Download our dental holiday guide or start your free online consultation today! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to message or call our friendly team.

Is whitening toothpaste effective?

The answer to this question really depends on your expectations of ‘whitening’. Whitening toothpaste works by removing surface stains from your teeth, helping the natural colour come through.

Whitening toothpaste does not change the natural colour of your teeth. They also cannot lighten a stain that goes deeper than the tooth’s surface.

How does whitening toothpaste work?

In contrast to whitening treatments, whitening toothpaste contains low concentrations of peroxide (bleach). It largely lightens teeth through abrasives which polish stains from teeth. As well, it may contain chemicals which aid in the breakdown of stains on teeth.

Some whitening toothpaste contain a chemical called blue covarine. This chemical sticks to the tooth surface to create the impression of whiter teeth. Once the product is no longer used, the whitening effects may reduce or disappear altogether.

Toothpaste is designed to clean teeth with minimal wear, not to abrasively remove stains. If you have decided to use a whitening toothpaste, ensure you follow the product guidelines. Further, you might want to check the brand you are using is supported by The Australian Dental Association.

Is whitening toothpaste harmful?

As whitening toothpaste is more abrasive than regular toothpaste it has a greater potential to wear down tooth enamel. Some whitening toothpaste packaging may recommend using the product in 2-3 week intervals.

If you are looking for a solution to whiten your teeth safely, you may want to consider teeth whitening.

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What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening uses peroxide to breakdown colour pigments in the tooth’s enamel layer (not just the surface). The stronger the solution, the more pigment can be broken down. This is why in-chair teeth whitening is so effective.

At The White Bite, we use Philips Zoom in-chair teeth whitening which can be completed in a 60-90 minute session. During the whitening session, the bleach is heated with a blue UV light which allows the solution to enter deeper into the enamel.

Results of teeth whitening

Philips Zoom! have proven their product can whiten teeth up to 8 shades.

In terms of our patients, roughly 70 percent experience a significant to noticeable change, 20 percent a minor change and 10 percent almost no change. In general, yellow teeth see the most dramatic change, whereas grey, white or brown teeth see less.

You can expect treatment results to last between 1 to 3 years. The variance is due to an individual’s oral hygiene, eating and drinking habits and whether or not they smoke.

Teeth Whitening Results Before After

Is teeth whitening safe?

Whitening your teeth is considered safe as long as you stick to dentist-approved methods.

You may, however, experience side effects such as teeth sensitivity or irritated gums. These side effects should subside a few days after treatment. Your dentist may also give you tooth moose which helps to reduce tooth sensitivity.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

Our in-chair teeth whitening treatments cost $495. This includes a take-home whitening kit with custom-made whitening trays. The take-home kit allows you to keep your whitening results for as long as possible.

Book an appointment

If you would like to book in for our in-chair whitening treatments, please contact us today. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7.

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Veneers can be a great, reasonably quick treatment solution for discoloured, crooked, widely spaced or worn-down teeth. Below we will go through each case and discuss the advantages, suitability and results of veneer treatments.

If you are not sure veneers are the right solution for you, take our free online consultation. Here, we can assess your case and create a detailed treatment plan for you.

Discoloured / Stained Teeth

To give the impression of a healthy, youthful smile, veneers are an ideal solution. If your teeth are discoloured or stained but otherwise healthy, you may be a good candidate for veneers.

Discoloured teeth can be a tell-tale sign of ageing. To combat this, veneers can be designed in a lighter shade as well as a more desirable shape to bring back youthfulness.

In some cases, light staining on the teeth may be better corrected with whitening treatments. Ask us today if you are a suitable candidate for veneers.

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Crooked Teeth

In cases where a patient is looking for a reasonable compromise to avoid a lengthy orthodontic treatment, veneers can be a great solution. Porcelain veneers cover the visible surface of teeth, creating a full, natural looking smile.

To enable the placement of veneers, the teeth will need to be prepared and may require slight reshaping. Once placed, veneers can create a straight, polished smile.

Porcelain veneer treatment is also a relatively quick process. Our veneer packages can be completed within 5 business days. While orthodontic treatments can take several months or years to complete.

Severe cases of crooked teeth may not be suitable for veneer treatments. As well, any oral concerns or decay will need to be addressed before veneers can be applied to teeth. To find out if you are a candidate for veneers, please contact us today.

Gaps Between Teeth

If you are looking to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible, veneers may be a good solution for teeth with gaps. Veneers are very thin and require minimal preparation (filing) in order to be cemented to the teeth.

Veneers can be designed to fit seamlessly together so the smile sits perfectly. Below you can see our patient had gaps between their teeth which she was unhappy with. Our dentist Dr Dinos Kountouras placed 8 porcelain veneers as part of our 8 Veneer Smile Makeover Package and closed in the gaps.

Severe cases of widely spaced teeth may not be suitable for veneer treatment. Get a free assessment to see if you are a candidate for veneers today.

Dr Dinos Kountouras 8 Veneer Package

Narrow Arch

Porcelain veneers can be a good solution for patients with a narrow smile. By building the teeth out with veneers, it can create the appearance of a wider smile.

Veneers can also be created in a whiter shade of porcelain than a patient’s natural teeth. This helps to add to the impression of fuller teeth.

If your natural teeth are in a healthy condition and the narrowing of the arch is not severe, you may be a suitable veneer candidate.

Worn Down Teeth

Over time our teeth can wear down naturally. Habits such as biting on pens and teeth grinding can fasten this process. To restore the shape of teeth and make a smile appear full again, veneers may be a good solution.

However, severe teeth grinding will have to be addressed prior to any dental treatment. Instead of veneers, you may be more suited for restorative dental crown treatments. As well, you may consider wearing a nightguard to bed to protect your teeth from further wear.

Free Online Consult

Get started on your smile journey by submitting a free online consultation today! Once submitted, we will look over your case and provide you with a treatment plan. Alternatively, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our treatments.

10 Tips to Look After Your Smile

At The White Bite, we love to help our patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Good oral habits are important in maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. Our team have put together their top 10 oral health tips to keep your smile in the best possible condition

Tip 1: Brush twice a day

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? Many people assume brushing in the evening is sufficient. However, brushing in the morning is just as important.

During the night, microbes grow in your mouth and create plaque on your teeth. Since your saliva production is reduced while you sleep, your body can’t naturally inhibit their growth. By brushing your teeth in the morning, you can get rid of the plaque and microbe build-up, as well as removing halitosis or “morning breath”.

Brushing in the evening is equally important as it helps to remove food particles (particularly sugar) and plaque that forms during the day. Removing food from teeth helps cut off microbial food supply.

Tip 2: Floss or use inter-dental brushes once a day

Your toothbrush removes most food particles and plaque on your teeth. However, it is hard to clean the small gaps in between your teeth and between your teeth and the gums. Therefore, dentists recommend flossing or using inter-dental brushes once a day.

This method helps remove food particles and bacteria between your teeth and along the gum line, which is the highest risk area for dental disease like dental caries and gingivitis.

Tip 3: Visit the dentist regularly

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends seeing the dentist every 6 months for a preventative dental visit. These regular dental visits assist your dentist in detecting problems in their early stages, when they’re generally easier to fix. It also allows your dentist to remove calculus build-up, which is plaque that has sat in your mouth for so long that it has actually calcified. This calcified plaque harbours bacteria that cause gum disease and needs to be scrapped away.

Tip 4: Wash out your mouth after eating and drinking

Make sure you wash out your mouth with water after you eat and drink. This helps to neutralise acids and reduces staining on your teeth from drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine.

Foods rich in colour such as berries, soy sauce, or beetroot can stain your teeth as well. A helpful tip to keep in mind is – if the food or drink would leave a stain on a white shirt, it will also stain your teeth.

Tip 5: Avoid lip and tongue piercings

Lip and tongue piercings can chip or crack your teeth. If your piercing constantly rubs on your teeth, it can reduce the thickness of the enamel, the protective layer covering the surface of your teeth. Weak enamel makes the teeth more prone to cracking, dental decay and discolouration.

Your piercings can also irritate your gums and may cause them to recede. This will expose the roots of your teeth, which can lead to increased sensitivity and dental decay.

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Tip 6: Make good food choices

A diet low in sugar and processed foods and rich in fibrous foods such as carrots, apples, celery, fresh vegetables will help to keep your teeth healthy. Hard foods help to prevent biofilm (plaque) build-up and maturation.

Tip 7: Don’t smoke

Smoking weakens your immune system, reduces your saliva production, and influences your oral health enormously. Smokers usually have a weakened bone structure and show signs of gum recession. This can result in tooth loss.

Tip 8: Wear a mouthguard

Protect your teeth during contact sports and wear a custom-made mouthguard. This will help to protect your teeth and jaw in case of a direct impact to the area.

At The White Bite, we offer No Gap mouthguards for all members of private health funds with available dental extras cover. This means you won’t have any out of pocket costs for your mouthguard. If you don’t have private health cover, it’s $125.

Tip 9: Don’t bite on things that aren’t food

A common habit of people is to hold/bite pens, hair clips or even open beer bottles with their teeth. Biting onto hard things can cause your teeth to fracture, chip, or break. Try to avoid such habits whenever possible.

Top 10: Wear a nightguard

Everyone grinds and clenches their teeth at night to some degree. If someone you sleep with notices you are teeth grinding or clenching severely, you should consider wearing a nightguard. It helps to protect your teeth from para-functional wear.

Healthy Teeth at The White Bite

If you have any further questions about how to look after your smile, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.

 

How much do veneers cost?

The total cost of your veneer treatment will depend on the type of veneer material and the number required for treatment. At The White Bite, the price of a single composite veneer starts at $250.

The reason a composite veneer is so affordable is due to the material quality. This means, a composite veneer will last 5 years on average, whereas a porcelain veneer can last anywhere from 10 to 17 years.

We offer single high-quality porcelain veneers for $950 each. However, our local partner laboratory can reduce the price if you need several veneers. For example:

  • 4 or more veneers cost $700 each;
  • 6 or more costs $680 each;
  • 8 or more costs $650 each and;
  • 10 or more costs $620 each.

Porcelain Veneers Treatment

Do you have veneer packages?

For individuals looking to improve the entire appearance of their smiles, we offer a variety of veneer packages.

8 Composite Veneers Package

The most affordable veneer package is our 8 Composite Veneers Package which includes 8 composite veneers, Zoom Whitening to the lower teeth, scale and clean, and a consultation for $2,650. This treatment can be completed in 1 to 5 business days, and in as little as 1 or 2 visits.

6 Veneer Smile Makeover Package

Our 6 Veneer Smile Makeover Package includes 6 porcelain veneers, Zoom Whitening to the lower teeth, scale and clean, night-guard and consultation.

This package is $4,990, and you can have the treatment completed in 3 to 5 business days. As well, the treatment usually takes up to 3 dental visits to be completed.

8 Veneer Smile Makeover Package

Including all items outlined in our 6 Veneer Smile Makeover Package, with 2 additional custom-made porcelain veneers. This package is our most popular high-quality porcelain veneer option and costs $5,990.

10 Veneer Smile Makeover Package

For a full upper-arch smile makeover, we offer a 10 Porcelain Veneer Package for $6,990. This package includes 10 porcelain veneers, Zoom! Whitening to the lower teeth, night-guard, scale and clean and a consultation.

As well, this treatment can be completed within 3 to 5 business days and in as little as 1 to 3 visits.

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Does my private health fund cover veneer treatment?

Yes, porcelain and composite veneers are covered by most health funds. Veneers fall under the major dental category in your dental extras cover. Check with your health fund to see if you are appropriately covered before treatment.

How much can I claim back from my health fund?

The amount you can claim back will be determined by your chosen health fund. To get an exact amount, you will need to give your health fund your treatment item numbers.

At The White Bite, you will be given an itemised treatment plan during your first consultation. Simply send these numbers off to your health fund for an accurate quote.

Does The White Bite offer payment plans?

Yes, we offer a range of payment plans for any type of dental treatment. Such as Afterpay, Zip Pay and Zip Money.

Afterpay

Afterpay allows you to break the treatment cost into 4 more manageable fortnightly payments. For example, if your treatment is $1,000, you would pay 4 instalments of $250 over 8 weeks.

zip

Zip Pay is for payments below $1,000. It is effectively a virtual wallet where you can choose how much you want to repay each month. However, the minimum repayment per month is $40.

Zip Money is for payments above $1,000 and below $10,000. This type of payment plan is interest free for 3 months.

Veneer Treatments at The White Bite

Contact our friendly team members today to learn more about our veneer treatment options. Alternatively, you can get your treatment started now with a free online consultation.

What cosmetic dental treatments are covered by private health insurance?

Understanding private health fund coverage is a complex process and often not easy. At the White Bite, our patients often want to know what part of our services can be claimed through private health cover. For this reason, we answered some of the commonly asked questions about private health funds and cosmetic dental treatments.

In general, The White Bite has HICAPS for on the spot health fund claims. We are preferred provider for HCF, medibank private and the nib first choice network. It also includes policy holders of Apia health insurance, Qantas Assure health insurance, and other health insurance brands underwritten by nib.

This means, patients with cover from these health funds get a fixed discount to help lower their out of pocket costs.

Does my private health fund cover cosmetic dental treatments?

Most cosmetic dental treatment fall under the “major dental” category for private health funds. This covers complex procedures like crowns, veneers, dental implants, and root canal treatments.

Procedures such as teeth whitening vary from fund to fund.

Are porcelain veneers covered?

Yes, porcelain veneers are covered by most private health funds. In general, they fall under the “major dental” category.

How much does my health fund pay of the White Bite smile makeover packages?

Each health fund pays a different rebate amount, depending on their rules for each level of cover. For an approximate rebate amount, ask your health fund what the maximum rebate amount for your “major dental” category is.

At the practice, once you have been assessed, you will be provided with an itemised treatment plan. You can give this plan and the item numbers to your health fund. They will then be able to provide you with a precise, detailed quote.

Are composite veneers covered?

Yes, like porcelain veneers, composite veneers are covered by private health insurance. They fall under the “major dental” category of your dental extras cover.

Does my health fund pay for dental crowns?

Dental crowns also fall under the “major dental” category on your private health fund insurance. Please ask your health fund or check your policy to find out what the maximum rebate amount for your major dental category is.

Are dental implants and dental implant crowns covered?

Yes, dental implants and dental implant crowns fall under the “major dental” category on your private health fund insurance.

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Does my health fund cover teeth whitening?

Each health fund has their own rules regarding teeth whitening. It is best to check with your health fund to check your level of cover. At the White Bite, we offer Philips Zoom In-Chair whitening for $495.

Is Invisalign and SmileStyler covered by my private health fund cover?

Please check if orthodontics is included in your private health fund extras cover. If so, Invisalign and SmileStyler fall under the “orthodontic” category of your private health fund insurance.

The rules around orthodontic coverage are different to other dental categories. For this reason, it is important to check with your health fund prior to starting treatment.

Do you offer payment plans to help with the gap payment?

The White Bite offers zip payment plans for all patients. Zip offers two plans – one for payments below $1,000 (Zip Pay) and one for above $1,000 (Zip Money). Patients can conveniently apply online and will then be notified within a short timeframe if they were accepted.

If you have any further questions about private health fund coverage, please don’t hesitate to contact us or call our friendly team on 07 5579 9333.