Dental Trends – What is new?

Looking for what is the latest and greatest dental treatments can be difficult. Here we have some tips by Giulia to help set you up! We take a look at whitening and some other smile booster treatments

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As we come up to spring, everyone is working on whitening their teeth at the moment. There are two systems – take home or in-office.

Dentist led take home whitening has many different permutations and concentrations. At our practice, we offer two main take-home systems which are very popular because of the lower price point.

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The first option is a system of pre-loaded gel in over-the-counter trays. This system comes with 10 upper and lower trays ready to use. Before we will supply this system to any of our clients, we ensure that their teeth are healthy to avoid any unwanted results. This system is called Opalescence Go, and the system uses Hydrogen peroxide gel. Patients love this as there is no need to have impressions or load the trays with gel yourself. You simply insert the whitening guards and wear them for 15-20 minutes. These are single use, so great for people who want a bright freshen up. This system is professional grade whitening, but without the cost of trays. Prices are around $140-180.

Another option is the traditional take-home whitening with custom trays. This has changed a little though from the old days. Back when I first graduated, you needed to wear the trays all night. We have refined the gel we use, and the length of wear has dramatically decreased. Wear time is usually between 30 minutes to 2 hours a day. Prices by a dentist are around $300-450.

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In our office, lots of people take us up on having their teeth cleaned, and then getting their skin looked after with a hydrating peel or mask. – fascinating! Would love to hear more. How frequently do clients opt for this? How is this carried out – ie. on the same treatment bed and with the same practitioner or moved to a different room/practitioner? Is this charged as an add-on-style treatment?

I am not your traditional dentist, and my practice has evolved so much over the years! After graduating from dental school twenty-something years ago, I have since been back to university a couple of times. The last time I studied Cosmetic Dermal science. I feel it so important that I do not just focus on the teeth, but also the tissues connected to them, and the patient as a whole. This means that when I assess a patient, I look at their teeth, their gums, their lips, their muscles, and also their face and skin condition. Although I do not perform the facial dermal treatments, we refer patients wanting that extra touch to our sister clinic Dermal Distinction, located just over the corridor to finish their time with us.

Treatment room at Dermal Distinction

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People are so time poor, that offering multiple linked services makes total sense and our clients agree. Very often our clients move from a dental check and clean visit, straight into another room to have a chemical peel or LED treatment. This does a couple of things. It saves the client time, but we are also able to provide services for the client that go beyond what is normally expected. This is a real value-add bonus to our dental treatment. 

A good portion of our clients will combine their dental treatment with cosmetic injectables too. Often when we are doing a general exam of their mouth, they have also booked in lip augmentation too, or treatment of their frown and crows feet. You know what they say? Two birds, one stone.

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The dental examination is still super important. If the teeth are in good condition and gums are in good condition, this will usually mean that the rest of the body is in better condition too. Poor tooth and gum health has been linked with diabetes, heart disease and other conditions. So this is really important as a first step.

We check the skin condition. We check for signs of disease in the skin or abnormalities. We try and improve the overall skin health and luminence.

Thanks for reading!

Written by Giulia D’Anna

BDSc (Melb), MRACDS, Honorary FIADFE (NY), Graduate Diploma Dermal Therapies (AACDS), Cert. Practice Man (UNE), Editor APJ (APAN) + | + 3 Belmore Road, Balwyn North, Victoria, Australia 3104 + | + Founder of iDental and Dermal Distinction

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