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What is Zoom Whitening?

What is Zoom Whitening?

Your guide to brighter, healthier teeth

Philips Zoom is an innovative tooth whitening treatment resulting in lighter, healthier teeth in a single 45-60 minute session.

Unlike over-the-counter treatments, Philips Zoom teeth whitening is safe and effective. But how does it work? And is it worth the money compared to cheap chemist alternatives?

Here at Pitt Street Dental Centre, we’re on-hand to answer all your teeth whitening questions with a smile.

How Philips Zoom teeth whitening works

Every tooth has tiny pores which collect stains over time. Philips Zoom teeth whitening treatment uses a special lightening agent that gets into these pores, whitening teeth without harsh chemicals.

A special light activates the whitening agent, making teeth 8-15 shades whiter in under an hour. At the same time, ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) strengthens tooth enamel and improves lustre.

Do I need to visit my Sydney dentist for Philips Zoom whitening?

Zoom teeth whitening in our Sydney CBD clinic takes approximately one hour. There is a take-home option, although you will only notice results after two weeks of regular treatment.

In-clinic vs take-home Philips Zoom whitening from Pitt Street Dental

AdvantagesIn-clinicTake-home
Treatment time1 visit14-21 days
ResultsInstantGradual
Whitening results8-15 shades6 shades
Lifestyle impactNo coloured food for 1 daysNo coloured food for 14-21 days
Cost$595$450

Zoom whitening is a tailored treatment involving specialised equipment and prescription only whitening gel. Your first step is always a consultation with your dentist. We can discuss your needs and treatment preferences, then recommend the best course for you.

Philips Zoom Whitening vs DIY teeth whitening

If you’re considering teeth whitening, you probably already know there are dozens of over-the-counter options available from the chemist. You might have even tried one or two.

At best, DIY teeth whitening can brighten your teeth by a couple of shades. But these kits contain bleaching agents and other harsh chemicals that can do serious damage to your dentistry:

  • Chemical burns to gums and lips
  • Tooth enamel damage
  • Brittle teeth
  • Mouth infections
  • Gum trauma

The cost savings simply aren’t worth the risk. Visiting Pitt Street Dental for Philips Zoom whitening treatment is the only way to get reliable, safe and fast treatment for discoloured or stained teeth.

Benefits of Zoom teeth whitening

Philips Zoom is the #1 whitening treatment requested by our Sydney patients. And for many good reasons:

  • Instant results
  • Improved appearance
  • Low-risk whitening
  • Safe and effective
  • Administered by a Sydney dental professional
  • Personalised treatment
  • Affordable
  • Dental clinic located conveniently in Sydney CBD
  • Minimal sensitivity after treatment
  • Thousands of happy clients

Who is a good candidate for Philips Zoom whitening?

Zoom whitening can brighten the smile of most people over age 18 with good dental health. During your pre-treatment consultation, your dentist will decide whether Zoom whitening is right for you.

There might be some cases where we recommend an alternative treatment plan:

  • Highly sensitive teeth
  • Multiple fillings/crowns/veneers/implants
  • Certain discolouration causes
  • gum diseases

Our dental care team will help you find a safe alternative during the consultation.

Where to get tooth whitening treatment in Sydney

Pitt Street Dental is Sydney’s leading Philips Zoom whitening expert. Our team has helped thousands of people regain confidence in their smiles with tailored treatments in a comfortable, professional, conveniently located clinic.

Book your Philips Zoom consultation today for a brighter, whiter smile in just 60 minutes.

Mouthguards for Sport, Sleeping and Snoring

Mouthguards for Sport, Sleeping and Snoring

Everything you need to know about custom mouthguards, including where to find Sydney’s best mouthguards

Sports-related injuries account for 40% of all dental injuries in New South Wales. And yet, only 36% of people wear a mouthguard during contact sports.

These statistics from the Australian Dental Association highlight a pretty alarming issue. Too often, our Sydney dental clinic sees injuries that a mouthguard could have prevented.

Dental accidents can lead to expensive, prolonged issues, including:

  • Damaged nerves
  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Gum trauma
  • Tongue and lip damage
  • Broken or missing teeth
  • Ongoing jaw pain and headaches

But before you head to the chemist for a boil-and-bite mouthguard, it’s worth considering the benefits of a custom mouthguard fitted by one of the Sydney’s leading dentists.

Unlike an over-the-counter mouthguard, a custom mouthguard provides protection and comfort for you to play, train, or even sleep better. That’s right – there are different types of  mouthguards for teeth grinding, sleep apnoea and snoring during the night.

Types of mouthguards

Sports mouthguard

Custom sports mouthguards protect teeth, gums and jaw bone from impact injuries. They are specially designed to fit the wearer’s mouth, accounting for the size, shape and individual bite characteristics.

Anti-snoring mouth guard

Custom anti-snoring mouth guard (mandibular advancedment splint)

A custom anti-snoring mouth guard is a type of nightguard. It is used for people to alleviate snoring by repositioning the jaw in order to open the airway. A custom anti-snoring mouth guard is a hinged device that covers both the upper teeth, and the lower teeth. It functions by repositioning how the upper and lower jaws fit together. In most cases, it moves the lower jaw forward, in order to open up the airway. An unobstructed airway then alleviates snoring.

How is an anti-snoring mouth guard fabricated?

Like a custom night guard, a custom anti-snoring mouth guard is fabricated in a dental laboratory from a mold that is taken of the teeth. Our dentists will then prescribe the adjustments and instruct the lab on how to fabricate the anti-snoring mouth guard. It is then fitted, adjusted and dispensed to the patient.

Night Guards

Custom fabricated night guards

Custom night guards are mouth guards that are worn at night, that are made in a dental laboratory. They are fabricated based on a mold that we take of the mouth, and a prescription with specific instructions that we send to the laboratory.

What are custom night guards used for?

There are two main reasons to wear a custom nightguard. They are to prevent damage to the teeth and jaw joint when clenching grinding, and to treat a TMJ disorder. 

The most common reason is to prevent trauma to the teeth and jaw joints, due to clenching or grinding at night. A person that clenches or grinds their teeth at night can cause trauma to the teeth and jaw joints. Clenching and grinding of the teeth can put more load on the teeth and jaw joint than they are able to handle. This can cause wearing away of the tooth enamel, and can also result in chips, fractures and cracks of the teeth. This load can also cause damage to existing tooth restorations, such as dental fillings and dental crowns. The excessive load can also cause pain to the jaw joint due causing a TMJ disorder. A night guard is able to able to protect the teeth and jaw joints from this kind of damage.

The other main reason to wear a custom night guard is to treat an existing TMJ disorder. A custom fitted a night guard may be able to relieve some of the pain and other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder.

What causes a patient to clench or grind their teeth?

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Unbalanced bite
  • Mal-aligned teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Sleep apnea
  • Airway obstruction

Is a custom night guard worn on the upper teeth or on the lower teeth?

A custom night guard may be worn on the upper teeth or the lower teeth, but not both. Our dentists at Pitt St Dental Centre will advised you the appropriate one to use.

How long should my custom night guard last?

The duration of time that a custom night guard remains functional, in order to achieve the goal of protecting the teeth and jaw, depends on how much a patient clenches and grinds. We have had patients that need to replace their night guard once per year, and some patients where their night guard have lasted for many years without replacement.

We instruct our patients to bring their night guard into our office whenever they come in for their usual checkups and teeth cleanings. We evaluate the night guard to make sure that it is still functional. When a night guard shows wear such as pitting or indentations, we advise patients to have it replaced. These indentations allow the teeth to lock into one place, reducing the effectiveness of the night guard.

Over-the-counter vs custom mouthguards

Over-the-counter night guard from a chemist

Mouth guards that can be bought in a drug store are severely inferior to a custom night guard. Because they are not custom made, they can be big and bulky, and feel uncomfortable.

Additionally, over-the-counter night guards, including heat moldable devices, are made out of soft materials. Our custom night guards are made out of a hard bite plate that cannot be clenched into. Over-the-counter night guards can cause an increased urge to clench and grind, as is a natural response to have any chewy material in the mouth. This is especially exasperated in times of stress. Although it may work minimally to protect the teeth, it can cause more damage to the TMJ joint, as one clenches and grinds more.

Over-the-counter mouthguards don’t offer the same level of protection as customised sports mouth guards and we often see detrimental injuries with those mouthguards.

Additionally, a majority of the over-the-counter nightguards contain BPA, which is a known carcinogenic. Over time, these materials release toxins into your body, as you teeth grind them into small fragments.

For all of the above reasons, we always suggest getting a custom night guard versus an over-the-counter night guard.

Can I use a custom mouthguard with braces?

You might be surprised to hear the answer is yes; you can get a custom mouthguard for braces.

Custom mouthguards prevent injuries to your teeth, gums, tongue, lips and cheek, as well as your braces. This is true for contact sports and sleeping alike.

Do I need to visit a Sydney dental clinic for a mouthguard?

Yes, only a professional dentist can make a custom mouthguard or splint.

What is involved in making a custom night guard?

Each custom night guard is different and fabricated to specifications unique to each patient specific needs. The first step is to have a thorough examination to identiy your needs. We then take a digital scan of the patient’s teeth and gum. This scan is then sent to our local Sydney dental laboratory with a prescription with specific instructions on how to make the night guard.

The mouthguard or the splint is then fabricated out of a BPA-free material. This produces a mouth guard that fits to the exact shape of our patients’ teeth. We then have our patients return to fit and adjust the night guard. During our evaluation of the night guard, we ensure that there is even load on both jaw joints, and that the bite is even everywhere.  We then adjust the nightguard accordingly. Once the nightguard is fitted and adjusted, you will get instructions for the care and use of your night guard.

You will be instructed to wear your night guard every night. You will also be instructed to bring your night guard with you to our office during your normal dental checkup and teeth cleaning appointments for re-evaluation.

Whether you need a custom-made mouthguard for contact sport, training, grinding or sleeping, Pitt Street Dental Centre is on your side. Schedule an appointment to get professional, high-quality advice on Sydney’s custom mouthguard and splints.

Recover Your Smile with a Full Mouth Restoration

Recover Your Smile with a Full Mouth Restoration

Full Mouth Reconstruction commonly refers to the restoration or rebuilding of all one’s teeth in the upper and lower jaw. Full mouth reconstruction does not only apply with one who is completely edentulous (missing all teeth) and in need of full dentures. Full mouth reconstruction will allow the dentist to repair multiple problems in the mouth at one time.

Patients do not need to worry since we will sit down with each patient and go over all of the details with that specific patient’s procedure. With full mouth reconstruction, each patient will need a treatment that is slightly different than another. By customizing the treatment to each individual, the dentists at Pitt St Dental Centre can help ensure that the patient is completely satisfied with the result. There are multiple reasons as to why a patient may need full mouth reconstruction, including trauma, infection and long-term wear.

What is a Full Mouth Restoration?

A full mouth restoration, also known as full mouth rehabilitation, bundles multiple dental treatments into one tailored package.

The goal of a restoration plan is to rebuild your confidence, brighten your smile and treat any underlying oral health concerns.

Depending on your personal needs, your dentist may combine cosmetic dentistry treatments with orthodontic procedures to address underlying issues and aesthetics together.

Reconstruction Methods

At Pitt St Dental Centre in Sydney,  we will ensure that each patient receives the best full mouth reconstruction for his or her needs. We can reconstruct a mouth with a variety of dental tools and options at our disposal. The tools, options and restorations for a full mouth reconstruction include:

The look of the teeth, in relation to the face, lips, and mouth, their size, color and proportion, are one of the fundamentals factors in the success of full mouth rehabilitation cases.

These dental procedures may be involved, dependent on the condition:

  • Teeth professional cleaning and periodontal maintenance.
  • Crown lengthening to uncover healthy tooth for crowns and bridges construction.
  • Orthodontic repositioning of teeth and or maybe in severe cases orthognathic surgeries.
  • Gum contouring for pink aesthetics.
  • Porcelain Veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays, and bridges.
  • Restoration of any cavities.
  • Restoration of endodntically treated teeth.
  • Implant placement as a way to replace missing teeth and preserve the remaining bone structure and better aesthetics.
  • Temporary restorations for new occlusal bite accommodation and relief of temporary mandibular joint.
  • Soft tissue and bone graft could be needed for support in some cases that needs reconstruction and massive defects.

These are only a few of the possible treatment options. The difference between a full mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dental care is that a full mouth reconstruction is a necessity and not a choice. Our team is skilled in full mouth reconstructions and will make sure the final product is to the patient’s liking.

Some patients may have concerns over the price of full mouth reconstructions and avoid the necessary treatment. The longer one goes without the necessary treatment, the great the pain and risk. For instance, an adult who loses a tooth and does not seek treatment will allow the jaw to weaken over time. If the jaw weakens enough, then there will not be a way to install a dental implant in the gap.

In other cases, a gap can become infected just as a tooth can; especially if the individual does not keep it clean. The full mouth reconstruction process will take multiple appointments to customize the restoration and then install it. However, it will be worth it since the restoration will give back complete functionality of the teeth. We will be careful and precise during the installation process, making sure that each restoration is complete to perfection.

Who is a good candidate for a full mouth restoration?

Your dentist might recommend a full mouth rehabilitation plan for many different reasons. In general, if you have overlapping cosmetic and general dentistry needs, you could be a candidate for a comprehensive restoration plan:

  • Missing teeth due to gum disease or trauma
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Decay or enamel breakdown
  • Misaligned and miscoloured teeth
  • Chronic jaw pain or headaches
  • Damage to multiple teeth
  • Gum health concerns

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to restoring your smile. Instead, we prioritise your needs to tailor a suitable treatment plan.

How to Choose a Dentist for Full Mouth Reconstruction in Sydney

Full mouth reconstruction is an extensive treatment, you must select a dentist or dental practice with the experience and technology needed to carry out your treatment plan successfully.

Here are a few questions to consider when narrowing down your options and identifying the best dental care team:

  • Does the dental practice have extensive knowledge and experience in periodontics, implantology, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry? Your choice must have the capabilities to coordinate and integrate these disciplines for successful full mouth dental reconstruction.
  • Is it a reputable practice?
  • Does the dental office have proper diagnostic equipment and modern technology? The right tools ensure your dental team can accurately assess your oral health and diagnose dental issues.

What are the Steps Involved in a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

While the exact steps of each full mouth reconstruction plan vary by patient, treatment can usually be broken down into this simplified outline:

Consultation & Assessment

The full mouth restoration process begins with a thorough assessment of your needs and goals. During this initial stage, your prosthodontist will complete a comprehensive examination and any necessary diagnostic imaging to detect all oral health concerns. Our facility is equipped with conventional and 3D digital imaging technology for optimal diagnostic analysis.

The consultation will also concentrate on reviewing your medical and dental records, discussing your desired outcome, and identifying treatment objectives. Once all relevant information has been collected, the treatment planning process can begin.

Improving Oral & Dental Health

The first treatment objective is always to address disease, decay, and damage that may be affecting the health of your gums, teeth, bone tissue, and body. Establishing good overall periodontal and dental health is the foundation for successful reconstructive, restorative, and/or cosmetic procedures performed later in your treatment plan.

Reconstruction & Restoration

When disease is no longer present in your bone tissue, gums, and/or teeth, the reconstructive and restorative dental work included in your treatment plan can begin. Depending upon the specific procedures you are undergoing, this phase of treatment can require just a few visits or a series of appointments. At Pitt St Dental Centre, our focus is always on performing the highest quality work possible, from bone grafting and implant surgery to the precise design and fabrication of restorations.

For the majority of patients, all procedures can be performed in-house by our highly trained and experienced dentists. Furthermore, world renowned dental technicians and ceramists help make this phase of treatment incredibly convenient and efficient. Our lab offers a wide range of options and materials—from traditional to state-of-the-art—which helps us custom-tailor your restorations to suit your dental needs, budget, and aesthetic goals.

Completing your New Smile

When your final restorations are ready, your dentists will check the fit and appearance before completing the final steps of your treatment. If there are last minute adjustments that need to be made, your prosthodontist can walk over to the lab and consult with one of the ceramists to discuss any changes. It is not uncommon for these revisions to be made quickly while you are still in the chair.

Whether you are having your final restorations cemented in place, fixed to your healed dental implants, or snapped into position—your health, comfort, satisfaction, and appearance are our top priorities.

How Much Does Full Mouth Reconstruction Cost?

The overall price for full mouth reconstruction depends on the specific details of each individual’s custom treatment plan and the expense of all restorations. These factors can cause the cost of full mouth rehabilitation to vary widely from patient to patient, making it important to schedule a personal consultation with one of our Sydney’s leading dentists to receive an accurate price estimate.

When you are choosing a dentist to perform a full mouth restoration, we urge you not to decide based on who offers the lowest price. Rather, we encourage you to choose based on qualifications, experience, results, reputation, and, most importantly, trust. We welcome complex cases and take pride in our facility, which houses everything we need to deliver premium care from start to finish.

If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover a portion of your full mouth restoration treatment. The members of our friendly office team are happy with your payment options. Many of our patients opt to set up a payment plan agreement. Our hope is that we can help make the quality dental care you need more accessible, convenient, and affordable.

Ready to Restore your Smile?

Here at Pitt Street Dental Centre, we focus on our patients’ comfort. If you believe you might need a full mouth restoration or simply want more information, book a consultation with our wonderful Sydney dentist.

We’ll give you the confidence to crack a smile every single day.

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