What is the difference between porcelain veneers, composite veneers and composite bonding?

“My role as a dentist is to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. The best way to do that is with a treatment plant that is personally tailored to you, and works within your budget.”

Dr James Bartalotta

What are dental veneers?

Veneers cover the front surface of your natural teeth to correct imperfections in tooth shape, colour, size or alignment.

What is the difference between porcelain veneers, composite veneers and composite bonding?

Porcelain veneers are made of ultra-thin ceramic porcelain that are placed over your existing teeth. Porcelain veneers provide the ultimate aesthetic approach for enhancing your smile. They are a highly durable and stain resistant replacement of your natural tooth enamel.

Composite veneers is a treatment of a strong composite resin material added directly to your teeth and sculpted free-hand. Composite can be applied to the entire tooth and there is greater flexibility in the decision of your tooth shade and shape. Composite veneers can achieve a great aesthetic result, however are less durable and long lasting than porcelain veneers.

Composite bonding is applied to the edges of the teeth to fix chips, cracks and correct tooth shape for a more aesthetic look. The composite material is bonded to your natural tooth therefore the shade needs to be matched to your natural tooth shade. Once the composite material is applied, it cannot be whitened or changed. It’s recommended for patients to have their teeth whitened in chair and have bonding done afterwards. A take home whitening kit will help maintain your white smile. 

Porcelain veneer results

Porcelain veneers will roughly last 10-15 years. This also depends on the way you look after your veneers. It’s important to understand that any prosthetic work you have done to your teeth should be be maintained even more closely than your natural teeth, therefore regular dental checkup’s are recommended.

Porcelain veneer results with Dr James Bartalotta

Composite veneer results

Every individual and case is unique and results may vary. All dental treatments carry risks and benefits. Please seek a second opinion from a professional healthcare provider.

Can I get a rebate for cosmetic dentistry?

To claim for cosmetic dental treatment you need to have an Extras policy. Depending on your health fund you may need both cover for both General Dental and Major Dental.

Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.

The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.

Is there a waiting period?

A waiting period may apply if you have recently upgraded to a higher level of cover or if you are new to private health insurance. In this case a waiting period of 12 months is likely to apply.

Are there limits on rebates for orthodontic treatment?

Annual limits apply and health funds may offer different benefits and limits depending on your level of cover.

Contact your health insurer or the Care To Compare team to learn more.

Ready to make your smile healthy?Dr James Bartalotta can be contacted directly for a free virtual aesthetic consult or teeth whitening assessment.

Clear aligners for straighter teeth

“Straightening your teeth for aesthetic purposes is not the only beneficial outcome of orthodontics. Having straight teeth gives you healthier gums, makes teeth easier to clean and can improve self-esteem and happiness.”

Dr James Bartalotta

The clear aligner difference

Clear aligners use an innovative approach to effectively straighten your teeth with a series of clear aligners that are custom-designed and fitted to suit your orthodontic requirements. With no traditional metal brackets or wires, the course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, sequentially moving your teeth into a straighter position, until you have achieved a beautiful straight smile.

The benefit of having straight teeth

Straightening your teeth for aesthetic purposes is not the only beneficial outcome of orthodontics. Having straight teeth has additional benefits: 

• Gives you healthier gums / reduces periodontal disease.

• Makes teeth easier to clean.

• Prevents abnormal tooth wear.

• Decreases your risk of tooth injury.

• Improves self-esteem and happiness.

What is malocclusion?

Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that aren’t in their ideal position between the two dental arches. Put simply it means “bad bite.” Different malocclusions can cause various issues with your oral health. Malocclusions can also impact your facial aesthetics. In cosmetic dentistry fixing malocclusions can play a big role, not only by making teeth straighter but by also providing a solid foundation for any additional aesthetic work such as crowns or veneers. Invisalign is one way to fix a malocclusion.

What to expect at each appointment

APPOINTMENT #1

You will receive x-rays, scans and photos to accurately create your individual treatment plan to move your teeth into the desired position. Your dentist will:

  • assess and examine your teeth to determine your suitability for Invisalign treatment. This will be a great opportunity for you to explore your desired outcome and raise your concerns and expectations.
  • assess your facial features and aesthetics and give his professional opinion on how to achieve the aesthetic outcome you desire.

The assessment of suitability  for orthodontic treatment also includes your oral and periodontal health.

Your dentist should never recommend treatment unless they are confident that the desired result can be safely and effectively achieved. 

APPOINTMENT #2 – Smile Simulation

Based on the results from your initial consultation, you will be given a rough outline of the duration of your treatment and which Invisalign case you fall under (Lite, Full or Complex). 

This will be shown to you through the ClinCheck Software which will be made available to you to help you visualise the projected end goal of your treatment.

Your dentist may use small tooth coloured attachments to aid in the movement of your teeth. Any alterations to the position of your teeth can be discussed with your dentist before you begin treatment.

APPOINTMENT #3+ 

Once your clear aligner treatment is ready to commence, your first series of aligners will be fitted.

Straightening your teeth is a medical procedure and needs to be monitored closely. Your dentist may recommend for you to be set up on Dental Monitoring as part of your treatment. This allows them to virtually monitor your treatment on a week to week basis to ensure your treatment runs as smoothly as possible. This allows less in-office visits for your convenience.

Clear aligner Results

Every individual and case is unique and results may vary. All dental treatments carry risks and benefits. Please seek a second opinion from a professional healthcare provider.

Invisalign Pricing

The cost and duration of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the complexity of your case. This can be determined by booking a complimentary Invisalign consultation to determine which case you fall under. Treatment will vary for each individual person.

Lite Case
$5,000  when paid upfront 

$5,500 when paid in instalments

Duration: 3-9 months
Full Case
$7,000 when paid upfront 

$ 7,500 when paid in instalments

Duration: 9-24 months
Complex Case
$8,000 when paid upfront 

$8,500 when paid in instalments

Duration: 24+ months
Treatment fees are estimates only.

Clear Aligners FAQs

How often do I have to wear my aligners?

You need to wear your aligners for 22 hours per day to get the best result from your treatment. You should only take your aligners out to eat and clean your teeth.

Do clear aligners work as well as braces?

Clear aligners are just as effective as braces for moving teeth. Like traditional braces, clear aligners move teeth with precise controlled forces. They allow a more precise delivery system of orthodontic force through their unique ability to control tooth movements individually.

Can I eat & drink with my aligners in?

No you should not eat or drink anything apart from water with your aligners in.

What are clear aligners made from?

Clear aligners are made of a strong, biocompatible medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

Will the Government Help Cover the Cost of Orthodontics?  

Some people can save a small amount of the cost of orthodontics through the government.  

Child Dental Benefits Scheme  

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme covers dental expenses for children aged 2-17 years if their parent receives an eligible Centrelink payment. Orthodontic treatment isn’t covered by the scheme however you may claim for x-rays or extractions.  

Can I Claim on Medicare?

Medicare will only cover the cost of braces under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme.

Can I get a rebate for orthodontic treatment?

To claim for orthodontics you need to have an Extras policy with Major Dental.

Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.

The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.

Is there a waiting period?

A waiting period may apply if you have recently upgraded to a higher level of cover or if you are new to private health insurance. In this case a waiting period of 12 months is likely to apply.

Are there limits on rebates for orthodontic treatment?

Lifetime limits apply to orthodontics for each person. This means that each person covered by your policy can only claim for orthodontic treatment once in their lifetime.

Contact your health insurer or the Care To Compare team to learn more.

Ready to make your smile healthy?Dr James Bartalotta can be contacted directly for a free virtual aesthetic consult or teeth whitening assessment.

What are my options for straighter teeth?

“Straightening your teeth for aesthetic purposes is not the only beneficial outcome of orthodontics. Having straight teeth gives you healthier gums, makes teeth easier to clean and can improve self-esteem and happiness.”

Dr James Bartalotta

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a type of dental treatment that helps correct overcrowded teeth, diastema (gaps), alignment of teeth and jaws. Treatment can include braces, plates and retainers.

What are the different types of braces?

Metal braces – traditional metal braces are one of the most common types of treatment recommended by orthodontic specialists and the preferred solution when clear braces or aligners can’t achieve the significant movement required. 

Ceramic braces – the difference between metal and ceramic braces is the clear or tooth coloured brackets instead of traditional metal brackets to give them a more subtle appearance.

Clear aligners –  there are a number of different brands to choose from including Invisalign®, Clear Correct and OrthoCaps. A series of clear aligners apply a small amount of pressure to help move your teeth into the desired location over time. 

Lingual braces – these braces are placed inside the teeth instead of on the outside. Because of where they are placed this makes them one of the most invisible types of braces. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to tell you if lingual braces will work for you.

Do I need to see an orthodontic specialist?

Your regular dentist may provide orthodontic solutions that help correct minor orthodontic issues however for more complex cases you can see an orthodontic specialist with or without a referral from your regular dentist.

Will the Government Help Cover the Cost of Orthodontics?  

Some people can save a small amount of the cost of orthodontics through the government.  

Child Dental Benefits Scheme  

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme covers dental expenses for children aged 2-17 years if their parent receives an eligible Centrelink payment. Orthodontic treatment isn’t covered by the scheme however you may claim for x-rays or extractions.  

Can I Claim on Medicare?

Medicare will only cover the cost of braces under the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme.

Can I get a rebate for orthodontic treatment?

To claim for orthodontics you need to have an Extras policy with Major Dental.

Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.

The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.

Is there a waiting period?

A waiting period may apply if you have recently upgraded to a higher level of cover or if you are new to private health insurance. In this case a waiting period of 12 months is likely to apply.

Are there limits on rebates for orthodontic treatment?

Lifetime limits apply to orthodontics for each person. This means that each person covered by your policy can only claim for orthodontic treatment once in their lifetime.

Contact your health insurer or the Care To Compare team to learn more.

Ready to make your smile healthy?

Dr James Bartalotta can be contacted directly for a free virtual aesthetic consult or teeth whitening assessment.

Teeth whitening options

“My role as a dentist is to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. The best way to do that is with a treatment plant that is personally tailored to you, and works within your budget.”

Dr James Bartalotta

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments requested by patients. Many patients don’t consult with their dentist before whitening their teeth and that can lead to less than optimal results.

What are my options for whiter teeth?

When it comes to whitening your natural teeth there are different options available.

  • In-chair whitening where your dentist will fast track the tooth whitening. This process usually takes about an hour in a single visit. Your dentist can provide you with a take-home kit to help maintain your glowing smile.
  • At-home whitening where your dentist will fit you for a kit that is custom to your teeth. This process usually takes around 7-14 days to reach.

What should I do before whitening my teeth?

Visit your dentist for an oral-health check up and discuss your teeth whitening options.

During your oral-health check up your dentist will be able to highlight any issues you may encounter during teeth whitening. Issues like untreated gum disease, untreated tooth decay and plaque build up may impact the results you want to achieve from teeth whitening.

How long will whitening last?

Great oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist can help maintain the whitening for years. The colour of your teeth can change depending on what you put in your mouth.

When discolouration occurs a simple touch-up of your whitening can help you regain a brighter smile. Ask your dentist what solution is best for you.

What causes discoloured teeth?

Did you know that some people are born with yellowish teeth or that your teeth can yellow as they age?

The main reason your teeth change colour is the result of what you put in your mouth. Tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can all change the colour of your teeth. Even dark coloured foods like beetroot, mulberries, blackberries and cherries can also stain your teeth. Unfortunately the more you eat of these types of foods the more impact in can have on the colour of your teeth.

There are some medications that also make your teeth look yellow or stained.

Your dentist can help you identify what options to whiten your teeth will work best for you.

Is teeth whitening the right for me?

A dental examination with your dentist will help confirm what teeth whitening options are best for you.

Your dentist will let you know if there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed before you begin teeth whitening.

Some people may have gum or tooth sensitivity which can mean that some products used in teeth whitening should be avoided.

If you have any crowns or veneers your dentist will know what options are best for you.

Some health funds may cover up teeth whitening as a dental procedure as part of your Extras Cover. Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.

Can I get a health insurance rebate for teeth whitening?

The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.

What happens at a dental check-up?

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

Dr James Bartalotta

Regular check up and cleans can save you time, stress and money in the long run. It helps to diagnose and treat dental problems before they become more serious. A visit to your favourite dentist every 6 months is recommended for a detailed examination and thorough clean of your teeth. 

What happens at a check-up and clean or preventive maintenance visit?

A regular visit to your dentist should include:

  • An oral exam to check the your teeth, gums and tongue
  • Scale and polish
  • Fluoride rinse 
  • X-rays if necessary

How often will I need an x-ray or diagnostic test?

An examination may also include dental X-rays (bitewing radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. X-rays are recommended to be taken every 2 years, depending on your risk status for potential oral health problems.

During the examination your dentist will check for oral cancer and soft tissue damage.

How to avoid tooth decay.

Prevention is always better than a cure. 

3 in 10 Australians aged 25-44 have untreated tooth decay and the same number either delay or avoid a visit to the dentist due to cost. (AIHW-2017)

Did you know that you can prevent tooth decay with good oral hygiene and regular check up appointments at the dentist?

When you visit the dentist routinely we can spot tooth decay in the early stages and offer treatment to prevent decay from getting worse. It’s not ideal finding yourself in a situation where you may need a root canal or extraction.

Can I get a rebate for seeing a dentist?

A great dentist should accept all private health funds. A co-payment or gap payment may be required. Private health insurance may not cover your entire dental treatment.

Some health funds may cover up to two preventive dental visits per year. Your dentist can provide you with itemised codes of your treatment. Your health fund can use these codes to let you know your level of cover and rebate that will apply.

The team at Care To Compare can help you compare your current health insurance policy against any health fund available in Australia. You can speak with a member of the Care To Compare team on 1300 76 76 00 to find out more.