Cosmetic Treatments in a Safe & Secure Environment During COVID-19
If you’re in need of a cosmetic dental treatment such as veneers, dental bonding, or whitening, you can rest easy knowing that Georgian Dental is keeping you safe from the risks of viral transmission.
As we all experience the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to know whether or not certain types of services are still available under the current circumstances and restrictions. When it comes to your dental care, you need to know that Georgian Dental has taken every precaution and instituted a comprehensive set of safety protocols to ensure that everyone who enters our clinics is kept protected at all times.
If you’re in need of any type of dental care, don’t delay in getting the treatments you need to keep your mouth healthy. After all, a strong set of teeth and a beautiful smile are a big part of your overall health and well-being. At Georgian Dental, you can obtain a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments to keep your smile in style and your mouth in tip top shape. Here’s what you need to know about obtaining cosmetic dentistry treatments during COVID-19.
Types of Cosmetic Dental Treatments
First off, if you’re not familiar with the variety of restorative dental treatments that are available, we’re going to review the different types of cosmetic tooth procedures which are designed to address a wide range of issues.
For teeth that have gradually lost their bright white hue, whitening and bleaching treatments can help reverse the clock and enhance the appearance of your smile. Teeth can become yellow or discolored over time due to many reasons. Several types of foods and drink, such as coffee, tea, and wine can have a staining effect on the enamel.
In addition, yellowing or discoloring of the teeth could be due to negative health factors such as tobacco use or improper oral hygiene habits. In these cases, the root cause must be addressed as well in order to prevent other more severe problems developing further down the road. Your dentist will work with you to determine a treatment plan that best suits your specific circumstances.
Tooth whitening works by using a chemical compound applied to the teeth that usually contains an active ingredient such as peroxide. This compound bleaches the tooth enamel and lightens the shade of the tooth to varying degrees depending on the depth of the staining and the health of the teeth. The whitening process can also be boosted through the use of specialized lighting technology. As the light is applied to the teeth, the effects of the whitening compound is accelerated and better results are usually obtained.
It should be noted that whitening compounds only affect natural tooth enamel, and do not work on artificial teeth or dental materials such as fillings, crowns, or bonding. In these cases, an alternative method of whitening the teeth may be recommended.
For a more dramatic transformation your dentist may recommend dental veneers. This process applies a set of thin, custom-made coverings to each of the outside surfaces of your teeth, completely restoring the visible part of your smile with uniform colour and a consistent natural appearance.
Dental veneers are most often made from a super-durable dental-grade porcelain material for optimum longevity and a natural hue. They are applied with a permanent dental cement to ensure a secure and solid bond to the teeth. As dental veneers are a non-invasive procedure that produce a very dramatic final result, they hold a great deal of appeal for many patients looking to totally rejuvenate their smiles.
For teeth that have become chipped or cracked, or are misshapen due to decay, dental bonding may be used to restore the shape and structure of the tooth and repair the missing portion of tooth material. In this process, dental bonding material is applied to the damaged area and then shaped to match the natural shape and curvature of the tooth.
The material used in dental bonding is customized in hue and colour to match the patient’s natural tooth appearance. Once completed, the repaired tooth is virtually indistinguishable from the other natural teeth. Bonding is a quick, permanent solution for visibly damaged teeth when the other teeth in the mouth are still in good condition and do not require any other restoration.
COVID-19 Safety Measures & Protocols
Whether you’re looking to obtain a simple tooth whitening treatment, or are in need of a more extensive restoration with bonding or veneers, it’s important to know how the dental clinic experience has changed since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When you first arrive at the clinic, you’ll be asked to undergo a COVID-19 symptom screening. This process includes a temperature and pulse check, as well as a series of questions regarding your recent health and travel activity. This procedure is also performed on all staff members prior to the start of work each day. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entering the clinic, and again before you depart. In addition, all patients are required to wear a protective face mask at all times while in the clinic, with the exception of the time during your treatment when instructed by your dentist or hygienist.
Other aspects of the clinic that have changed in response to COVID-19 are clear plastic safety shields inside the reception areas, as well as zippered clear plastic barriers to isolate each of the treatment areas and exam spaces. Frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-contact surfaces, such as door handles, chairs, and debit machine touchpads, is standard procedure throughout the clinic. Georgian Dental staff members are also equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and face shields, as well as P100 respirators and other protective gear as required.
Some aspects of the clinic that you won’t necessarily see, but are always operating, are specialized air control systems, ozone sanitization equipment, and in-room HEPA filtration units. These systems work in tandem to continually clean and scrub the air in the clinic, sanitizing it and safely containing any airborne particles. Furthermore, Georgian Dental also utilizes a flexible ‘vapor vac’ air extraction hose to provide additional control over the air in your treatment space during certain types of procedures.
Even after the clinic closes each day, extensive cleaning and sanitization protocols are in place. Instruments and tools are cataloged and tracked after each use, and sanitized using advanced dental autoclave machines. These autoclaves are calibrated each day using a specialized bio-indicator testing device to ensure 100% of all organic material is successfully destroyed with each cleaning cycle.
You can be confident in the protective measures and protocols that Georgian Dental follows in order to provide a safe environment for you and your family to obtain the essential dental care that you need. We take every step and make every effort to create the most secure dental clinic possible for all our patients and our staff.
Take Good Care of the Beautiful Smile Behind Your Mask
No matter what type of procedure or treatment you may need, from a simple cleaning to a full-mouth restoration with a new set of porcelain veneers, Georgian Dental is ready to help you achieve your dental health goals. Our team is equipped with all the best gear and trained in extensive safety protocols, and is here to help address any concerns or questions you may have. If you’d like to learn more about obtaining dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to contact us at any time, or read more on our COVID-19 dental safety page.
Don’t wait to get the cosmetic dental treatments you’ve been hoping for. Contact us today and book your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!