What are the basics of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the process of improving one’s smile through a series of treatments. Dentistry is not completely about oral health, but also making sure the teeth look their best, as well as perform at their best. Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay has a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to choose from, all of which will help you achieve a winning smile.

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At Northern Beaches Dental we don’t expect you to know which cosmetic options you might need. We are perfectly happy for you to select single treatments if you know what you want but understand that some patients may be uncertain what they are after. Come in for a consultation, we will be able to assess your smile, and determine what will be best to achieve the smile that you want. We will provide a projection of your desired smile, and then use a variety of treatments in order to achieve it.

Teeth whitening

One of the most common forms of cosmetic treatment is teeth whitening. If you are looking for a dentist in Mackay who can administer the treatment for you in a professional manner, then Northern Beaches Dental has the staff available. Teeth whitening is a safe enough procedure to be performed at home, however a dentist will know how to administer the treatment exactly and will be able to whiten your teeth to a specific shade.


If you need a dentist in Mackay to fix your crooked teeth, then this is part of cosmetic dentistry. Often, teeth that are not in danger of erosion or other orthodontic problems, may not need fixed braces, but may still be noticeably crooked. Many adults may not want to commit to a set of braces, but will want to improve their teeth cosmetically, which is where Invisalign fits in. Invisalign is an efficient, low maintenance brace that will appear completely invisible on the teeth. This means that you will be able to undergo treatment without people being able to tell. Invisalign also works to fix extremely acute differences, so no matter how crooked your teeth are, Invisalign will be able to make the necessary adjustments.

Gum reshaping

In some cases, it is not the teeth that are the issue, but the gums. Often the gums can cover up perfectly healthy teeth, and contribute to a ‘gummy smile’, which many people may find undesirable. This can be resolved by a simple reshaping of the gums, which works to reduce some of the gum tissue around your teeth. This treatment is extremely safe, but does require a significant amount of experience in order to produce natural looking gums. If you require a dentist in Mackay to reshape your gums, then do not hesitate to contact Northern Beaches Dental for a consultation. We like to think that cosmetic dentistry requires a certain level of artistry, so we like to carefully assess each treatment and approach it with consideration and care.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

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If you are looking for a dentist in Mackay who can advise you on some cosmetic dental treatment, then we will be able to advise you on the best course of action. Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay have some fantastic treatments available and will be happy to book you in for a consultation.

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What is the best treatment available for my teeth?

There are many treatments available, all of which have a different function and outcome. The main thing that you need to think about is the result that you want from your treatment. Any aspect of the teeth can be adjusted with a specific treatment, for example, if you are concerned about the colour of your teeth, then teeth whitening is a treatment available. If you are concerned about cracks or damage, then cosmetic bonding or veneers are an option.

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

Many general dentistry treatments coincide with cosmetic dentistry. Any good dentist in Mackay will advise you what is best for your teeth, both for their health and appearance. Treatments such as cosmetic bonding not only work to fix and protect cracks in the teeth, it will also provide a smooth finish to the enamel. Dentistry is not just about maintaining oral health, but providing a service that will have your teeth looking their best too.

Cosmetic dentistry can also improve self-confidence and give you a smile that you are proud of. If you are also concerned about the quality of previous treatment, such as veneers, and need a dentist in Mackay to help you out, we can also work to replace that with more aesthetically pleasing versions, giving you an entirely new smile.

Cosmetic Consultation

At Northern Beaches Dental, we don’t expect you to know exactly what it is you want or need. That’s why we offer a cosmetic consultation, in which we will be able to determine the best course of action for your cosmetic care. Our practice will offer a high level of experience and professionalism, with genuine care and compassion for each patient.

If your goal is to fix an issue with your teeth, then we will be able to offer several treatments as a solution. If you aim is to look younger, then there are several options available. Having whiter and straighter teeth can contribute to looking younger. Gum reshaping may also be a factor, which can reduce the appearance of a ‘gummy smile’.

Crowns and Veneers

Crowns and veneers are fantastic ways to replace broken, lost, or unsightly teeth, while also providing a great deal of protection. Both are made from porcelain or resin, which will not only provide the strength needed from a replacement tooth, but a pleasing finish, which will allow your new tooth to appear completely natural. If you are looking to replace any old crowns or veneers, then we will be able to provide such a service, and fit you with some new and improved cosmetic dentistry.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

An emergency visit to your dentist

Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay will do their best to see you as soon as possible following an emergency. Time is of the essence in dental emergency situations and not only that, we understand that tooth pain can be immensely debilitating.

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This is why you should never hesitate in contacting us following an injury or when you have experienced some kind of trauma. We are able to give you instructions over the phone to assist you with dealing with your situation whilst you make your way in to see us.

Rest assured that if we are busy, we may be able to fit you in to our other practice. It is extremely important to us that you receive the emergency care that you need in order to reduce your discomfort and any long-term effects that your injury may have.

What can I expect from an emergency appointment?

Your dentist in Mackay will get to work immediately on finding out what the issue is and to what extent any damage has been done. This will include a thorough inspection of your mouth both inside and out and it may include the need for some X-rays and scans.

Should you be in any discomfort, then pain relief will be administered for your comfort. The injured area will also be sterilised so that we are able to reduce the risk of infection. Infection can lead to a whole host of complications and this is better to be avoided.

The tooth in question will then be dealt with either temporarily or permanently, depending on the situation. It is not very common for a dentist in Mackay to pull a tooth that is causing a person grief, as it is much more preferable to restore the tooth and keep it. However in severe circumstances it may have to be done and in that case we will discuss your options for replacing it.

If a tooth has been knocked out, the sooner you are seen by us, the greater the likelihood is that we are able to reimplant it. You can also do a range of things to maintain the integrity of the tooth before bringing it in to us to ensure that it is of sound health to be reimplanted.

Such as?

By washing the tooth in milk and not water, you are less likely to cause the cell walls to expand and break. Handle the tooth gently by the crown, not the root, and do not vigorously rub it clean.

Store the tooth in a small jar of milk if you are not able to reinsert it into your own mouth. Be careful not to swallow the tooth as this happens more than you think.

We can help with emergencies ranging from toothache to tooth loss, abscesses and facial swelling to broken crowns and chipped teeth. We take every emergency seriously and provide you with the information and care needed quickly so that you can get on with healing and we can limit any complications that may arise in the future.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

A dentist’s opinion on veneers

At Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, we believe in providing you, our patients, with the right information and the care that you need in order to obtain a healthy smile that is with you for life.

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We manage this in several ways. We make sure that the practice is a warm and inviting place to come where those who have any degree of dental anxiety can deal with it in their own way and in their own time.

By not putting threatening images of dental disease on our waiting room walls and employing passionate dentists in Mackay who love what they do, and care about their patients, we go the extra mile to make sure you feel relaxed, comfortable and well attended to throughout your appointment and beyond.

We sit down and talk to you during your appointments and make sure that we book enough time for each consultation in order to allow us to do so. Your time with us is important and we have no intention of rushing through an examination in order to fit in more patients every day.

We like to take our patients through a combination of preventive care education and discussion, so that you have a firm understanding of what your at home oral hygiene routine should be. We also provide restorative care to rejuvenate your teeth and gums that are succumbing to disease or decay and cosmetic procedures to allow you the smile of your dreams, we have a treatment plan to suit all your needs.

A dentist in Mackay can offer you a range of different treatment options and design a bespoke combination of procedures that can have your smile more beautiful and healthy than ever before.

What are some of our top recommendations?

Having a smile makeover with porcelain veneers achieves great looking results.

Whether you have discoloured teeth with stubborn stains that are hard to remove or have had a root canal that has discoloured your teeth, we can help. If you have chips and cracks in your visible teeth or even have a slight misalignment, then a veneer can rectify these concerns and others like it.

By applying a thin porcelain shell over the visible edge of your teeth, we are able to strengthen and protect your teeth in a more beautifying way. Each veneer can be created to be the colour, size and shape that you want. So you can have Hollywood perfect teeth in an instant.

We love veneers because they are a long lasting treatment that can give you a confidence boost and peace of mind for many years. We love that they not only give you the smile of your dreams but also conserve your teeth and help to protect them from harm.

As technology and research increases in this field due to popularity, we are also finding that we do not have to remove so much of the top layer of enamel on the teeth in order to adhere the veneers. We recommend that you watch this space for great advancements to come.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

What services can your dentist provide?

We here at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, provide you with a vast range of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services that are suitable for the whole family. From specialised child dentistry, with a major focus on entertaining information, through to denture stabilisation support for the elderly.

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Our range of services provided by our friendly and professional dentists in Mackay can have you smiling from ear to ear. We take the time to listen to your individual needs and dental goals and will work together with you to create a bespoke treatment plan that works for you.

We believe that the body is a holistic unit, that is to say that every part of the body works in unison with each of its elements. We are only scratching the surface in our understanding of the intimate links within the body and respect that we need to take the whole body into account when caring for our patients’ teeth.

This way of thinking enables us to look beyond a symptom to finding the root cause of an issue. We can also advise you on preventive care techniques that can greatly reduce your risk of heart condition and strokes.

By coming in to speak with us about your dental hygiene routine and having a check-up with one of our dentists in Mackay, you can garner a deeper understanding of how you can improve your oral health and your general well-being. This is as well as finding ways to cosmetically restore and repair your teeth and gums to enable you to have the smile of your dreams.

How often should I come to visit you?

We recommend that you visit a dentist every 6 months for a check-up and for a hygienist to scale and polish the teeth to ensure that there are no underlying issues that are presenting themselves and so that all traces of plaque and tartar are removed.

By catching small issues early, we are able to prevent the need for major restorative work and help to maintain a great level of oral health that will allow your teeth to support you right through your life.

Many patients turn to us for cosmetic work on their teeth such as whitening, veneers or straightening. We are excited to work with our patients to enable them to create a healthy and beautiful smile that they are happy to share with the world.

By improving the appearance of teeth, we are also improving their health. Straighter teeth are easier to clean and veneers are a great way to hide stains, cracks or slight misalignments whilst covering the tooth and protecting it from any damage.

Other services, such as providing you with tailor made devices for the prevention of snoring or grinding teeth, can change a person’s life for the better and we always offer solutions for people who are anxious about having a treatment done.

With such a vast range of services available, what are you waiting for? We are looking forward to welcoming you to our friendly practice soon, so contact your dentist in Mackay.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Your dentist can bring back your old smile

At Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, we make it our priority to provide you with a service that is both bespoke and professional. Our friendly team enjoy listening to your dental goals and wishes and do their utmost to get you achieving those dreams.

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A lot of us lose teeth over the course of our lives and it becomes more common as we age. It can be due to sporting accidents, illness or disease amongst a great many other number of reasons.

Once we have lost a tooth, a lot of us feel like we cannot get it back as it was and will have to opt for a removable device that can be uncomfortable and cumbersome.

However, your  dentist in Mackay can offer you a treatment plan that can bring back your old smile permanently. With the use of dental implants, we are able to not only retrieve the original and beautiful appearance of your smile, but we can also allow you to maintain a standard of oral health that is appropriate.

Why is having a full set of teeth a good thing?

It is really important for your oral health and overall well-being to maintain a full set of healthy teeth. We do everything we can to restore damaged or unhealthy teeth by placing crowns on them or filling cavities caused by decay.

In the event that you have lost a tooth, replacing it as quickly as you can will limit any chance of injury to surrounding teeth and the exposed gums. You will have a higher risk of infection at the site of the missing tooth as hard food particles can damage the sensitive tissue.

Surrounding teeth can destabilise over time which can lead to further tooth loss. As more of these surrounding teeth are exposed to bad bacteria, the likelihood of plaque build-up and tartar is a very real situation that needs to be considered as well.

What can we do to help?

A dentist in Mackay will thoroughly examine your mouth and determine whether you are suitable for a dental implant. By using modern digital scanning technology, we are able to precisely pinpoint the exact location of the implant so that it perfectly resembles the original tooth root.

This minimises healing time, maximises comfort and greatly reduces the chance of rejection. Your implant will then have a bespoke ceramic crown fitted onto it either at the same time of the surgery or after a period of healing time, depending on the individual circumstances.

This crown is uniquely created to fit in perfectly with your surrounding teeth and will match them in shape, colour and size. You should be able to bite and chew with ease and not tell the difference between it and your original tooth.

By seeking advice  with a dentist in Mackay you can get on track to getting back your old smile again.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Getting your dentist to help you out

We enjoy listening and understanding what your oral goals and dreams are here at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay. Most of the time, it goes beyond having a healthy smile free of disease and pain.

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Many of us wish to have picture perfect teeth to boost our confidence and allow us to feel more able to project our best smiles to the world. There are many different procedures that we can offer you in order to allow you to do this. It really depends on what it is you’re looking for.

By coming in to see a dentist in Mackay, we can examine your teeth and gums and discuss with you which procedures will fulfill the look you are aiming for. We are able to provide you with a range of suitable options as well as recommend what we believe will provide you with the best results.

We will explain to you the advantages and any potential risks that may present themselves with any given treatment and it may work out that you will opt for a combination of a few treatments that can bring about the best results for you.

A lot of us have slightly misaligned teeth that did not warrant us having traditional braces whilst we were younger as the bite was not misaligned. Teeth gradually cross further as we age, so the issue does not go away until we do something about it.

We have several options available that can straighten your teeth quickly with different aligners designed to treat different issues. By speaking with your dentist in Mackay, we are able to give you a visual representation with our new technology that shows you how your teeth will look once a treatment has been completed.

That’s great! How long will it take?

Each treatment plan will vary as every mouth comes with their own set of complications that need to be expertly dealt with and overcome. We have a variety of different brand clear aligners that generally take our patients around a year to see results with.

Issues with teeth are individual and to get the best possible results means that time scales can range from shorter to longer than a year. Again, we will ensure to provide you with all the information that you need so that you can come to an informed decision about what option will best suit you and your lifestyle.

We work closely with our alinger providers to make sure that we are kept up to date with the new digital changes and technology that is constantly being researched and put into place to improve the products that we use. We also have excellent referral and follow-up systems put in place so that we can make sure your smile is with you for the long term.

It is normal for teeth to gradually shift back into their original position slowly over time after an alignment procedure is completed. We offer a retainer so that your investment in time and money is protected and you can be confident about saving your smile for the future.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you, so contact your dentist in Mackay today.

What general care does a dentist provide?

Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay offer a whole range of general dentistry services in order to provide total care for not only a patient’s mouth, but their body as a whole.

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We firmly believe that the body is a holistic organism and as a result, the body reacts to how we treat our teeth and gums. New research is constantly emerging regarding the intimate links that seem to connect our entire body and the way it reacts organically to different pressures. We can say that heart disease in some instances has been seen to be linked with gum disease, but can only offer theories as to why.

We can understand that through poor oral health, poor nutrition can eventuate which can lead to a number of degenerative effects upon the body. As we age, we need to be more aware of the health of teeth and gums so that we are able to support our bodies nutritionally.

Children in their first few years of life grow at an amazing speed. By taking care of their milk teeth in a friendly and entertaining way, we hope to establish a strong foundation to build on, so that they can enjoy a healthy relationship with their dentist in Mackay in the future.

There is so much that we can do for you that you might not have even been aware of. We go beyond filling and drilling. We create new smiles, we restore former ones and we aim to have you keep your teeth for life.

What alternative treatments do we provide?

As professionals trained in the anatomy and physiology of the face, neck and mouth areas, problems relating to these areas can be dealt with by us, not only your doctor. In fact, doctors may refer you to see us regarding some issues that you may have thought best to visit them about.

A lot of us snore. It actually can become a serious health hazard to the snorers and their loved ones as extreme exhaustion, memory loss, headaches and other symptoms can often interfere with day to day life.

By installing a device in your mouth that you can wear comfortably when you go to sleep, we can shift forward the lower jaw slightly to allow the over relaxed muscles in the back of the throat to no longer vibrate against one another. This can greatly reduce the instances of snoring and sleep apnea.

We can also provide people who grind their teeth in their sleep a chance to relieve the pressure in their jaws by providing them with a similar device. Serious jaw pain, headaches and worn down teeth are a sign of this condition which is often related to stress and often the slumberer doesn’t even know they are doing it.

More than a simple dentist in Mackay, we are a modern day practice that has all the mod cons but still hold true to tried and tested traditions of integrity, honesty and compassion. Your health and well-being is of the utmost importance to us and we welcome you with open arms into our family.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

What sedative solutions can a dentist provide you with?

Whether you are undergoing surgery or are a nervous patient, there are a number of options available for you when you have your dental procedure performed by your dentist in Mackay.

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Feel free to discuss your options with us here at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, especially if you have a fear or anxiety of coming to see us.  This is so that we can go over all the options available to you to make sure that the procedure can go as smoothly as possible.

Nitrous Oxide, or ‘happy gas’ or ‘laughing gas’, is available for both children and adults who are anxious about their dental visit or cannot cope with a procedure well enough for their dentist to complete it. We are committed to providing you with quality care and want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment.

Nitrous Oxide is colourless and odourless, it works quickly and is reversible using pure oxygen. It is considered a good treatment for anxious patients by providing them with a comforting and relaxing feeling.

Nitrous Oxide can be used on children, and is the preferred sedation method for those children who are nervous or anxious about a pending dental treatment. We will inform you of any associated risks before treatment, so that you can make an informed decision about the use of sedation on either yourself or your child.

Some side effects include nausea, headaches, shivering or sweating. This is usually because the amount that is taken in was too high in taken in too short amount of time. We slowly administer the gas in order to minimise these side effects from occurring.

After the gas is turned off, you will receive oxygen for several minutes to avoid any potential headaches that can occur.

Longer or more complex surgical procedures may require you to go under general anaesthesia in order for your dentist in Mackay to work uninterrupted.  This allows them to focus and get the procedure done. Examples where this may be required include multiple extractions or certain, complex wisdom tooth removals.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Advanced services provided by a dentist

We are a modern-day dental practice which has range of advanced treatments available. We are a progressive and innovative team who look for the best solution for our patients so that they can be amazed at the appearance and health of their smile.

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There is also much more than your dentist in Mackay can provide for you beyond the health of teeth and gums. There are several other conditions that, with our extensive knowledge of the face, mouth and neck, we are able to assist our patients with.

We encourage you to get in touch with us regarding any questions or concerns that you may have regarding any dental or oral health issues.   We are more than happy to talk to you about the range of options and treatments that may be suitable for you.

It is important to feel comfortable during your dental visit to Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay. We have gone to great lengths to ensure our practice reflects who we are: warm, welcoming, professional and friendly.

What are some of these additional services that Northern Beaches Dental provide?

Snoring or sleep apnea can be an exhausting condition for both the person who has the issue and for their loved ones. It can result in disrupted sleep, headaches, fatigue, memory loss, lack of concentration and even waking up from sleep gasping for breath. There are some serious health implications associated with sleep apnea such as an increased likelihood of heart problems, stroke, obesity and depression.

Many sufferers of snoring and sleep apnea are resigned to having to live with their condition, but there are solutions available that can make a huge difference.

Snoring is essentially the relaxation of the tissues located at the back of the throat. This can be caused by the position that you sleep in and the position that your lower jaw falls into when asleep.

With the use of a sleeping device, which positions the lower jaw in a correct way, soft tissues cannot fall into the position required to create vibrations and noise that result in snoring. Speak to your dentist in Mackay about treating your sleep apnea and snoring.

Clenching and grinding, also known as Bruxism, can cause severe headaches and migraines.  Quite often you don’t even know you are doing it, and people often do this whilst they sleep.

Frequent grinding can wear down your teeth, causing considerable damage to not only your teeth but your gums and joints and any crowns or veneers that you may have. By using a specially designed splint or night guard, you can limit the effects that bruxism has on your body and relieve the symptoms that are associated with it.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.