Our Treatment Guarantee
Smile Artistry provides the best possible care to its patients, and as such long-term results are what we want you to experience.
Any Dental Care you have performed is subjected to extreme environments inside your mouth, and as such any type of Dental Care has its risks. It is by managing these risks, using appropriate technology and materials, and taking the best care possible, your Dental Work will last as best possible.
Sometimes un-planned things happen, our car tyre may get a nail through it, or our car wind-screen may get hit by a rock. For our mouth, traumatic experiences like these cannot be protected against, however through proper planning and applying proper science and mechanical principles to our teeth, a long-lasting result can be expected. We wouldnt expect your car tyres to wear prematurely because of uneven wear.
All Smile Artistry Dental Plans
Where a sub-optimal Smile Artistry Dental Plan is performed due to patient preference, your Smile Artistry Guarantee may be invalid. It is our philosophy of care to provide early intervention dental care which results in early treatment of smaller problems in an aim to prevent more major treatments in the future.
Through long-term literature reviews and through our experiences, life expectancy of crownwork, dental implants, and dental implant dentures or bridges are largely dependent upon patient hygiene, short and long-term hygiene/cleaning and checkups and grinding damage. Dental Implant Fixtures have a greater than 90% survival rate at 20 years in non-smokers. Non-smokers will be guaranteed for a period of five (5) years from the Dental Implant Surgery date to withstand normal chewing and bite forces.
Smokers have an increased risk of Dental Implant Disease which could result in the loss of a Dental Implant. Due to the increased risk of failure of Dental Implants in Smokers no guarantee is given where a patient is smoking during the first six months following the Dental Implant Surgery, or where we diagnose bone loss or gum disease around an implant.
Bone Grafting Procedures, depending on severity can be predictable but may require more than one stage. The further the bone is being grown, the more likely that more than one procedure will be required. Smoking is a contra-indication to Bone Grafting Procedures during the initial healing phase.
Fixed Dental Implant Bridges in Resin Teeth will require a reset of new teeth every three-eight years. The patients is responsible for the reset cost as this is normal wear.
Removable Dental Implant Dentures require a reline on an annual basis due to the extra forces generated..
Major Dental - Life Expectancy
International research suggests that the average life expectancy of cosmetic reconstructive procedures should be 8 to 15 years. This can only occur if regular maintenance and review of the foundation health is carried out on a 3 to 6 monthly basis.
Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, Bridges
Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, Bridges will be guaranteed for a period of five (5) years from the seat or insertion date to withstand normal chewing and bite forces. Should a restoration break during this five (5) year time period, Smile Artistry will replace it for the ‘fabrication costs’ only. After the five (5) year period, the patient will assume the full and most current costs for any restorations that need to be replaced.
To prevent the risk of Porcelain Fracture, in un-cosmetic areas of your mouth, gold surfaces are recommended in patients who grind or exhibit wear patterns and lack a protective bite scheme.
It is a condition of this warranty that it is essential that (at least) six monthly maintenance appointments are carried out and a protective splint is worn nightly (where recommended).
Invisalign Treatment Results depend highly on Patient Compliance and wearing the aligners for 22+ hours per day. In the instance the aligners are not worn sufficiently, treatment will fall behind and may need to be started again. New Impressions have an additional cost of $600 if treatment needs to start again. One set of retainers is included in the treatment cost for Invisalign. This includes a fixed upper and lower wire and a clear aligner to be worn at least in the evenings when sleeping. Where aligners and retainers are not worn, there is no guarantee that tooth movement and relapse may occur.
Dentures and Dental Implant Bridges will be guaranteed for a period of three (3) years from the seat or insertion date to withstand normal chewing and bite forces. Should a breakage occur during this three (3) year time period, Smile Artistry will replace it for the ‘fabrication costs’ only.
Normal wear of Denture Teeth can increase due to the extra force generation with dental implants. This normal wear is not covered in this warranty. After the three (3) year period, the patient will assume the full and most current costs for any damages that need to be replaced.
Dental Implant Dentures will require relines on a six-twelve monthly basis due to the increased comfort and biting forces. The cost of relines will be the responsibility of the patient.
Our practice uses exclusively White resin Based Fillings. Our fillings are guaranteed for one year. This excludes breakage of the filing when the filling is moderate to large in size. In these instances it is often recommended to have Porcelain Crown/Porcelain Onlays/Porcelain Inlays which are both stronger and longer lasting.
Your bite and occlusion is continually changing. We need to see you routinely every six months to ensure that as your bite and teeth move, individual teeth do not become unevenly loaded, leading to a higher risk of damage to your dentistry. In the event of regular 4 or 6 monthly maintenance visits not being attended and a protective night time splint is not worn consistently when recommended, this guarantee will be null and void.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Individual results will vary.
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