Tooth Restoration Treatment

In keeping with the Snö philosophy of minimally invasive and pain-free dentistry, we also help restore functionality and health of your teeth. All our restorative work comes with at least a 2-year warranty. If you follow our protection plan you could be entitled to a 5-year, and sometimes, even a 10-year warranty. If any of our work fails in this period for whatever reason, we will redo it. On the house. We believe in the quality of our workmanship and always endeavour to preserve your natural, healthy teeth, which is why we provide this warranty. All our recommendations are built on our thorough Snö exam and additional tests, as needed.

We have our own in-house dental laboratory and are fully digitised in our making of inlays/onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges. Our dental laboratory works with the latest ceramic materials and we invite all our patients to see and experience our high-tech environment.

Teeth restorations:
Composite fillings
Inlays and Onlays
Crowns
Veneers
Bridges

Pediatric Dentistry (Paedodontics)

The Snö team is always excited to welcome our youngest guests to our kid-friendly facilities. Our largest facility in Abu Dhabi features a special kids’ section to make the Snö experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible for our youngest patients.

Paediatric and orthodontic services at Snö are provided by a team of specialists with extensive paediatric experience – Western trained and Arabic/English bilinguals to ensure any concerns of kids (and parents) are understood right away and can be addressed immediately.

Teeth Whitening & Bleaching Treatment

Teeth whitening has been a part of dentistry for more than a century. There are many reasons for dark or discoloured teeth, but sometimes, people simply like to have whiter teeth. Modern whitening methods are completely safe and painless meaning almost everybody can have a whiter smile. These are some simple whitening techniques.

At Snö we offer individualised, in-office power bleaching with Zoom and/or home bleaching with Opalescens.

Power bleaching is a quick fix. Home bleaching achieves the same results, and sometimes even provides better results. Often, we recommend a combination.

Before Teeth Bleaching After Teeth Bleaching
In this case of normal home bleaching, only the upper teeth have been treated. Home bleaching 12 times (while sleeping) with customised individual bleaching trays (can also be used in the future for touch-ups) can have favourable results.

Before Home Bleaching After Home Bleaching
Home bleaching upper teeth over five days for two hours during the day.

 
We often recommend a combination of bleaching, composites or veneers. The patient in this case has had their teeth bleached and then had four veneers placed on the upper front teeth.

The procedure 
Using our modern scanning equipment, your Snö dentist will take an impression of both your upper and lower jaws to make plaster models. Based on the models, individual bleach guards are made. Your dentist will instruct you on how to place the bleach gel in the guards before placing them over your teeth. Depending on the severity of discolouration, the number of times to repeat the treatment will vary. Each treatment lasts 1-2 hours and will ideally be repeated 10-15 times.

Before Teeth Bleaching After Teeth Bleaching
A more complicated case with innate discolourations. After 15 treatments (right) on both upper and lower jaws.

How does it work?
The colour of the tooth is determined by the light reflecting through the many layers of the tooth, including the underlying dentine. The colour of the layers determines the colour of the tooth. The outer layers are normally lighter than the deeper layers of dentine, which are more colourful (yellow). The enamel has microscopic cracks where colour from food and beverages accumulate over years. When you bleach teeth, the bleaching agent will penetrate the microscopic cracks and dissolve the colourants.

The enamel protects the teeth. Under the enamel is the dentine, which is usually darker and more yellow. In the centre is the nerve and blood supply.

Is it dangerous?
Mild to moderate dosages of the bleaching agent is not harmful. Nowadays, many dentists recommend using milder solutions for longer. It is gentler on the teeth and has even less side effects.

How long does it last?
In most cases, the effects of bleaching will last about a year. With a home bleach kit you can easily top up the bleach when needed, and continue to use your bleach guards.

Can all teeth be bleached?
Almost all teeth can be bleached. However, it is important to ensure there is no decay or leaky fillings. Old fillings or crowns will not bleach, but patients can change their fillings or crowns.

Yellow- or brown-stained teeth are easier to bleach than greyish teeth. Teeth with multiple discolourations are also difficult to bleach. It usually takes longer and does not produce a uniform result. Multi-discoloured teeth are also more difficult to bleach. It can take longer and the result is not always harmonious. Your dentist might recommend bleaching the teeth individually to ensure a better result.

Studies show that 85 percent of home bleaching cases are successful. If you need expert help, our dentists at Snö are always ready to help.

Power bleaching
Onsite bleaching can be done with a stronger solution in order to get a faster result. When power bleaching is performed, we generally provide our patients with a bleaching tray for home bleaching in order to continue the treatment or to be able to do touch-ups in the future. A power bleaching treatment normally takes approximately 60-120 minutes. We will gently add protection for your gums and then administer the bleaching solution in several sessions, while using a light to speed up the process. The results from Zoom are similar to home bleaching.

The Zoom power bleaching lamp by Philips.

Aesthetic dentistry
Aesthetic consultation
Veneers
Whitening/Bleaching

Dental Veneers

Teeth can become discoloured for different reasons. This means that bleaching is not always the best solution. Some teeth cannot be bleached. Old fillings have visible borders that become more pronounced when bleached, making it unsightly. To avoid these problems, your dentist might recommend using a crown made from ceramic. This is particularly helpful if most of the tooth is either filled or damaged, where bleaching would be unsuitable. However, if the tooth is healthy, crowns are not recommended, as much of the healthy tooth would have to be destroyed to make way for the crown.

A modern alternative is a veneer. A veneer is a very thin shell made of porcelain and customised to fit individual patients’ teeth. It will be glued to the outer surface of the tooth, forming a strong bond. The appearance is natural because the veneer mimics the layers of enamel.

 
This patient was unhappy with the colour of her teeth and the old fillings (yellow). First, all her teeth were bleached. Then, veneers were placed on the front four teeth. Veneers allow you to alter the shape of the teeth. So this patient requested an increase in the length of her front teeth.


Enamel is a relatively thin and transparent layer on the surface of the tooth. Under the enamel is the dentine, which is darker and coloured. The veneer is glued to the enamel and masks the darker underlying dentine. The porcelain used for veneers is very similar to enamel, making the appearance natural – almost like a new layer of enamel.

 
A tooth gets its natural colour from reflections of light through the different layers of the tooth. In order to create a natural appearance, the dentist will try to mimic the natural construction of the tooth. Veneers are highly precise, very thin shells of porcelain. They are customised to fit each individual patient and tooth. The veneer is glued to the outer surface. It mimics the natural appearance of the tooth, almost like a new layer of enamel.


This patient’s front tooth was broken in an accident and repaired with composite (above). Over time, it turned slightly yellow. This was fixed using a porcelain veneer (below).


It is not necessary to remove any tooth substance if you choose to increase the size of a tooth with the veneer treatment. However, your dentist might need to remove a thin layer of enamel – usually 0.5mm – to accommodate the veneer. Next, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth and create a cast. Our dental laboratory will then make your customised veneer and your dentist will schedule a fitting. If the fit and appearance are to your liking, the veneer will be “cemented” (glued) in place, and you can enjoy your new smile.


This patient had veneers made for six front teeth.

At Snö, our dental technician works like an artist to craft veneers in-house. During an inlay, onlay or crown procedure, we can usually fabricate it on the same day or the next. To make aesthetic veneers usually takes a few more days due to the customisations. 

Thanks to our advanced digital scanners, we also save you from the discomfort of taking tooth impressions. A two-minute scan is all we need to get all the information of your teeth in full detail and the highest resolution. The crown is cemented to the tooth – aesthetic, durable and strong.

The quality and lifespan of the veneer has a direct relation to the technique and time spent on the treatment and oral hygiene going forward.

A treatment can look and feel good, but can still have quality concerns. At Snö, we always document everything during treatment in order to ensure our high-quality standard. This applies to veneers too. The veneer treatment also carries a two-year warranty. If you follow our protection plan you can get up to five years of warranty.

Aestethic dentistry
Aesthetic consultation
Veneers
Whitening/Bleaching

Our equipment

You can do basic dentistry with old equipment but modern, cost effective, gentle and minimal invasive techniques has developed so much only during the last 5-10 years so you need to invest in the good stuff in order to give your patients the best. And we do that! The list below is for the tech interested and its not all we have but the most important investement that in many cases makes us “not you ordinary dentist”.

Our facility
First of all. We build our clinic from the very core inside out. We do not just place the equipment in an office area and start working. Or do superficial constructions in an old clinic/old building. We shape the building to address our level of quality all the way from clean water and air to being a clutter free clean and gentle space for our patients (and us).  Not only to meet the latest regulatory demands but to do it with the highest quality and best, clean design.

Air
The air-condition are of course important for individual cooling but it can also spread bacteria. The ducting in our clinics are antibacterial and made for hospital environment, at the Hub clinic we just build in air sterilization system with UV lights within the ducts that kills airborne bacteria and viruses. We also added HEPA filter for filtration of particles in sensitive areas. This effort is very uncommon in a dental clinic.

Water
The water in UAE is clean. But in a dental environment its common that bacteria find there way into the system.


Hopefully all dental clinics clean there dental chairs (called unit) between patients, and every day, where bacteria can grow. At Snö we take this one step further and closely monitoring and controlling the process. This is possible since our dental equipment from our supplier Planmeca provide us with a local administrative system that is connected to the equipment. Above screenshots from the software that monitors and records all cleaning cycles. No clinic in UAE has something similar today.

 

Change photo… Part of the machinery that cleans the water at the Hub. This is a modern non chemical cleaning system from Envirolyte (supplier to Planmeca) that makes the water even cleaner and also helps cleaning the pipes. No dental clinic in UAE does this.

Dental chairs (units)
Our dental units comes from international renowned company Planmeca (Finnish). Its not the cheapest equipment on the market but in our opinion the best (and most esthetic). You might think a dental chair is something to sit (or lay down in) and it is, but it is so much more. Almost all the complicated as well as easy things we are doing during examination and treatments are dependent on this unit. Most of the equipment are linked and managed through this unit. In the end its about that you should have as short and comfortable visit but with the highest quality as possible. And that cant be done with a cheep dental unit from China! The Planmeca unit is one of the few (the only on we ever found) that connects all equipment in order to control and service it properly as in one part explain above.


 Change phot to our own set up The Planmeca Souvereign unit


The Planmeca Souvereign unit as we have equipped it (fake team and patient:).

Intra oral X-ray (2D)
 
Most dental clinics has digital x-ray today. X-ray is a very important high resolution tool that today can take very low doses thanks to the digital technique and software that has been introduced the last 5 years. Even though the radiation dose is low we always try to make it as low as possible and we inform you about the average level for each picture.

Pic from our clinic PlanProX with rectangular cone…  The most common x-ray is the intraoral. The x-ray beam should reach the film that is placed in the mouth. Most dental clinics uses a round cone which is not good for the patient since the film is rectangular which means that you get unnecessary radiation in the surrounding tissues. The best way is to use a rectangular cone.

Panoramic X-ray (2D)


A panoramic is a 2 D x-ray that takes an overview that show much more than an intraoral x-ray but with a lower resolution and exactness. Most modern clinics, and we, use it for new patients to get a better overview, we also see more of the jaw joint, the jaw bone, part of the sinuses and face. We use Promax 2D S2 from Planmeca with cephalostat (to examining kids prior to orthodontic treatment)

Cone beam X-ray (3D)
 

The Snö Cone beam machine from Planemeca (Promax 3D Plus)

The last 5 years the Cone beam technique (CBCT) has been developed from the medical CT (computer tomography). The advantages is that it takes pictures with much higher resolution when it comes to bone and tooth structures (down to as high as 0.1 mm) compared to CT. With our advanced equipment we can also aim the beam only to the region we are interested in which makes the radiation much smaller. As a patient you should be secure and we never take a bigger picture then needed, something you always should check before the exam. This technique is use by us prior to implant treatments but also when looking for pain that is hasn’t been able to diagnose before, sometimes also to find teeth that doesn’t erupt properly on kids, when doing complex root canal treatment, to exam hurting jaw joints, after trauma and many more situations.

This technique is fantastic when needed. Why doesn’t all clinics use it? Maybe its about education. Its a new technique and you need to learn to use it properly (as an example Dr Per, our CEO, went to Planmeca for 1 weeks full time training this year to excel the new technique). Another reason could be price, one cone beam machine cost in the region of 400 000 Dirhams. When you build a bigger multidisciplinary clinic as we do its easier to bare the cost. Its also imperative if you say you want to provide the highest quality. If you e.g. should do a implant treatment it should always be done with a cone beam exam during the important planning stage.

Imaging software


Above and below. Our 3D imaging software Romexis (from Planmeca). Cone beam makes it possible to see very small details in 3D. and we can choose size (volume) of the image as well as resolution depending on case.

The size of the image to the left is usually only done when examining large cases often together with health care (ENT). But the image to the right is more common, planning an implant by virtually placing the implant before the operation makes the treatment much more predicable and safe, something we always do.

Dental laboratorie
Most dental clinics uses external laboratories for them to make crowns, bridges etcetera. At Snö we do this inhouse in order to be able to control the quality level at each step and to do the treatments much faster. Its also a big advantage that the dental technician (who is the real artist) can meet with the patient to make the best esthetic results. A modern dental laboratory have a lot of machines and we will only show some of them. As a patient you are always welcome to take a look at this high tech environment.

Milling machine
The development with milling especially new ceramic material has been enormous only the last 5 years. We have a 5 axis milling machine that can mill in Zirconia, composites…

 

 

 

 

Aesthetic Consultation

Aesthetics at Snö starts with defining what a beautiful smile means to you. We want to ensure that you are happy and confident with your very own smile. For us, there is no beauty stereotype. We invite you for a aesthetic consultation, where we can discuss your aesthetic goals and use our advanced scanning, photography, and modelling techniques to simulate different alternatives. Based on this information and your choices we will design a smile that is perfect for you.

Proper planning and communication is the only key to aesthetic and functional success

Your Snö dentist will develop a plan for you to achieve a perfect smile. We will advise you on the right treatments, their costs, and duration. As with all treatments at Snö, we will not pressure you into an expensive treatment that is unhealthy or provides little benefit. You will receive all the information on your smartphone via our Snö app to take home and consider at your leisure or to get a second opinion. Here are the most common aesthetic services we provide:

Teeth alignment
For most people, beauty means regularity and symmetry. Sometimes, people do not feel confident in their smile because of misaligned teeth. The Snö team is proud to have highly experienced aesthetic dentists who can help you decide among the many procedures and methods to treat misaligned teeth. In most cases, teeth can be aligned and straightened in a matter of weeks instead of months or years.

At Snö, we offer all the modern methods of cosmetic aligners: Invisalign™, Clear Aligners, and orthodontic braces and retainers . Of course, our orthodontic team is always available to treat more complex cases.

Veneers
Once teeth are straightened and aligned, the Snö team, if needed, will remove other imperfections like discolourations, poor fillings or chipped/worn teeth. We use ceramic veneers or composite bonding to restore perfect shape and functionality to your teeth.

At Snö we have our own fully equipped dental laboratory and our own dental technicians. Dental technology today incorporates 3D techniques. Dentists are trained for this task, but to excel they must have more than 10 years of dedicated dental laboratory work. Our technicians work in our own lab, with a dedicated focus on dental technology. We can provide new ceramic material as well as veneers/inlays/onlays/crowns (milled ceramic as well as feldspathic) or large (full mouth) milled ceramic (Zirconia/cut back) constructions. All are done in-house as a team, with guidance from the dentists.

At the end, your smile will look exactly as you want your perfect smile to look. Natural, beautiful, and unmistakably your own.

 

Teeth whitening
Once your confident smile shines, it needs to be retained. If you love black coffee or foods with the ability to discolour your teeth like beetroots or blueberries, your pleasures might leave stains on your teeth. In addition to regular cleaning, additional work might be needed to help you keep your beautiful smile. At Snö we offer individualised, in-office power bleaching with Zoom and/or home bleaching with Opalescens. The procedure is pain-free and quick.

 

The Snö team will assist you with all your questions.

We are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as the Swedish Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Aesthetic dentistry
Aesthetic consultation
Veneers

Whitening/Bleaching

Aesthetic Dentistry Solutions

There are a million reasons to smile every day of our life. At Snö we want to give you the confidence to smile whenever you have the opportunity. Unfortunately, many people are concerned about the appearance of their teeth, and smile a lot less.  Aesthetic dentistry is here to change that.

For us, aesthetics go much beyond superficial looks. First and foremost, your mouth should feel and be healthy. But beyond this, the Snö team of aesthetic dentists can help with any correction, no matter how small or big. Some adjustments are quite big and require careful planning, while many smaller treatments can be performed quickly, like a routine correction of the colour of your teeth.

Aesthetic dentistry
Aesthetic consultation
Veneers
Whitening/bleaching

Pain-free dentistry

With modern technology, no dental treatment needs to be painful. At Snö, we aim to provide completely pain-free dentistry using proven methods and superior technology.

On the basis of our thorough Snö™ exam, your dentist will plan your treatment options to be as minimally invasi/services/sno-exam/ve as possible. We want to retain as much of your healthy teeth as possible. Your body has spent over 10 years to build each tooth, and enamel is the best tooth surface available. We will not simply drill it away in minutes without an absolute need to do so. We will minimise any disruption to your existing teeth, plan our strategy carefully and explain to you in detail what needs to be done and how.

Before any dental work starts, we will apply a local topical anaesthetic gel. We then use a computerised injection tool (The Wand/STA) so precisely that you will not even feel the needle on your gum.

We also offer treatments under nitrous oxide sedation, which helps you relax. Our American system comes from one of the biggest suppliers of nitrous oxide sedation equipment, Accutron.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is very safe and has been used for over 100 years in medicine and dentistry with practically no major side effects. Patients can remain fully awake during treatments. N2O does not anaesthetise or numb the tooth or tissue, but calms the patient and relaxes reflexes (this is particularly helpful for patients who have a tendency to cough or gag). N2O has a quick onset (5-10 minutes) and also disappears almost immediately after treatment. Some patients experience mild nausea during or after treatment, but it disappears swiftly. The most common response is a feeling of calm, sometimes combined with a feeling of wanting to laugh (hence the name ‘laughing gas’).

Pain Free Dentistry with Kid

 

At Snö, we follow the Department of Health (DOH) regulations as well as American Dental Associations (ADA) guidelines regarding the use of Nitrous oxide. To find out more about N2O from ADA click here.

We use only the latest and best materials and equipment on the market. The Snö team is specially trained to handle the anxiety that people feel about visits to the dentist. We will not rush into any treatment and will always plan ahead. The Snö value of being gentle also means that every tooth being treated has the right to be pain-free.

Mouth guard™

To prevent excessive tooth wear, Snö offers mouth guards™. There are basically two different types of mouth guards. One is to protect teeth from damage during sport, the other is to protect teeth from damage from grinding or clenching teeth.

Some over-the-counter stores offer mouth guards (‘one-size-fits-all’ type). Our orthodontics team do not recommend using these since they can do more harm than good. This is because both types of mouth guards are precision tools that need to be tailored to your specific needs. With regards to sports and protection, you can find the ADA recommendations here: American Dental Association


A sports guard can even be designed to look great.

Mouthguards 
The second type – also called a night guard or splint – is the one that protects your teeth if you have bruxism. This is the most common reason for teeth and restorations to wear out faster. The night guard is usually worn while sleeping, but it can also be customised to treat and prevent the symptoms that many get from grinding or clenching teeth. The night guard is very effective in protecting the teeth and also helps to relax the jaw muscles and ligaments.

We have our own high-quality laboratory and certified dental technician at our main facility in Abu Dhabi. We can most often (depending on the case) fabricate a mouth guard on the same day. Thanks to our advanced digital scanners, we can even avoid the discomfort of taking tooth impressions. A two-minute scan gives us all the information we need on your teeth, in full detail and the highest resolution.

Dental Care (prophylaxis)
Cleaning
Preventing cavities
Mouth guard

Tooth Decay & Cavities Prevention

An intact tooth is always best.

If a cavity of caries is small, it can usually heal by itself, provided the conditions are right. However, if it is more pronounced, it will need to be removed and replaced with some form of restoration. We believe that an intact, unfilled tooth is always the best. That is why prevention is very important.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste might be enough, but you cannot always reach food debris and bacteria between your teeth. Hence the importance of flossing.

Small initial caries can heal
During your SnöTM examination, we might find caries. However, if the caries is only limited to the enamel, the treatment is professional cleaning, proper instruction in diet and hygiene.

At your future examinations, we will monitor the caries and any possible progression. This initial stage of caries is regarded as a sign of unbalance in the mouth, and if the unbalance is not attended to, more caries might follow in the future.

To prevent caries, we recommend a fluoride treatment after each cleaning. The fluoride treatment is of special importance for our youngest patients to protect their beautiful, but slightly softer teeth.

Caries as this, limited to the enamel can heal by professional cleaning and a change in diet, hygiene and fluoride treatment. If caries reaches the dentin, a restoration is needed.

High or low caries risk
We evaluate the caries risk as a part of our SnöTM examination and inform our patients about what they can do to reduce it since our vision is to do as little treatment as possible.

A common reason for high caries risk is eating several small meals (meaning almost any intake) during the day. It is important to remember that acid build-up starts every time you eat. If your mouth is not allowed to rest for a few hours between each intake (even the small ones), the caries risk will increase.

Another reason is dry mouth. As we get older, the saliva production decreases. Certain medications may also lower the saliva production as well as stress. Saliva protects the mouth and fights against bacteria. A reduction in saliva production may trigger an increase in caries risk.

The margins of old crowns and fillings will almost always harbor bacteria, which also increases the risk of developing caries.

Things to remember

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean the space between the teeth every day by flossing.
  • Rinse your mouth after meals with water. This reduces the acid attack. A sugar-free chewing gum might also help.
  • Refrain from snacking in-between meals. No matter how good you are at cleaning your teeth and mouth, eating small meals will increase your caries risk.
  • Fluoride treatment preferably as a mouth rinse. If you have an elevated risk we will also administer a local, topical fluoride treatment when you visit one of our clinics. Fluoride will be layered in the enamel, making it stronger.
  • Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. Listen to their recommendations. They are trained to help you keep your teeth healthy.

You only need to floss the teeth you would like to keep!

Dental Care (prophylaxis)
Cleaning
Preventing cavities
Mouth guard