I want to have a celebrity smile. What are my options?

Your teeth are important for an attractive and attention-grabbing smile. If your teeth have problems, it will significantly impact your appearance and smile – which may lead to lower self-esteem and confidence.

The good news is that cosmetic dentistry has many options available to correct your smile. If your teeth are severely misshapen, the best way to straighten them is through braces (orthodontic treatment). Alternatively, dental crowns, dental bridges, dental implants, composite bonding or porcelain veneers can be applied.

Every patient deserves to have his or her unique smile. Here at Sunshine Dental, we want to create the perfect smile for you using the treatment best suited to your needs.

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If I have one or more missing teeth, what are my options?

Patients today have an array of options for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges, dentures and dental implants all have their advantages and disadvantages.

However modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry has come to favour dental implants because they look and function just like real teeth and require no special care.

If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, we urge you to seek treatment. Adjacent teeth will start falling into the space left by a lost tooth; in addition, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss, hygiene problems, difficulties with eating, and others.

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My teeth look grey or yellow and this greatly affects my confidence. What are my options?

While some individuals have very light or whiter shades on their teeth, others have a naturally occurring yellowish or greyish tint to their teeth.

But if your teeth are not naturally tinted, there are various reasons why they begin to change colour. Lifestyle issues like consumption of enamel-tinting liquids such as coffee or tea, poor dental hygiene, and aging are contributing factors.

Using methods like porcelain veneers, composite veneers, laser whitening and in-office and bring-home whitening kits, you can have the smile of your dreams… and renewed confidence in yourself!

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I experience bleeding while brushing. What could be the cause and what can I do about it?

Bleeding gums are mainly due to inadequate plaque removal from the teeth at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis or inflamed gums.
If plaque is not removed through regular brushing and professional cleaning, it will harden into what is known as tartar. Ultimately, this will lead to periodontitis, a chronic and serious infection that causes severe destruction to the gums and bones supporting the teeth.
Depending on the severity, gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis can be treated and prevented by going for routine scaling & polishing and where necessary, gum treatment (Curettage).

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I notice that my teeth look longer than before and I am starting to see spaces in between them which I didn’t previously have.

The bacteria in plaque produce toxins (poisons) that cause the gums to become red and swollen (inflammation). As the disease progresses, the toxins proceed to destroy the underlying bone that supports the tooth. The gum will start to recede, thus the teeth look longer and spaces begin to appear in between teeth. Eventually the tooth will become loose and shaky.

Apart from 4-6 monthly scaling & polishing, treatment will also involve gum treatment (Curettage) or even surgery.

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There are spaces between my two front teeth. What are my options?

A space between anterior teeth is most commonly referred to as diastema.

Gaps between teeth can be closed with braces. Alternatively, composite or porcelain veneers and dental crowns are other options to close up such spaces.

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How important are my baby's milk teeth?

Your baby’s milk teeth are important for maintaining the space needed for the permanent (adult) teeth to emerge. Permanent teeth may erupt as late as 12 years of age. At Sunshine Dental, we do our best to preserve milk teeth because healthy milk teeth can potentially function for 6-12 years.

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When should my child have his first dental visit?

We advise parents to bring their children for dental visits from 24 months onwards. Parents are encouraged to bring children for their first visit to a child-friendly dentist before they encounter any dental problems such as persistent stains or any signs of pain and swelling.

A child’s first dental visit should be short, happy and stress-free. The chief objective is a pleasant orientation. The child should be well-rested and contented when he arrives at the clinic. Our friendly dental professionals will help the child (and parents) feel at home on the dental chair. Children will have a fun time on the chair getting acquainted with the equipment and will also be entertained by movies or cartoons of their choice. Our child friendly décor will no doubt also help them settle in. Little surprises await children at the end of their treatment.

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How do I help my child overcome his fear of visiting the dentist?

Always speak positively about your own dental experiences. Never use threats such as “I’ll get the dentist to pull out your teeth if you don’t behave!”

Before your child’s first few dental visits, read storybooks about their favourite characters visiting the dentist. Such books can be found in children’s bookshops, the National Library and in our playroom.

Ensure that your child is well-rested and neither hungry nor overfed when he comes for his dental visit. Do your best to come at least 10-15 minutes earlier so your little child is not flustered. Give your child some time to play and relax in our playroom so that he will be relaxed and cheerful when his turn comes.

Most importantly, time his first visit well before any dental problems emerge. If his first dental visit is a positive and happy one, you are likely to have a child who looks forward to dental visits!

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