Aesthetic Dentistry

Smile makeovers; cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry?

All dentistry should be aesthetic….to work well and look good. Cosmetic treatment is purely for the best appearance. The most pleasant and natural appearance should come with a healthy, fully functional and comfortable dentition.

amalgam filling

before

composite filling

after

 

Dentistry is no longer a matter of simply filling and removing teeth. Even the simplest filling should look healthy.

These are increasingly popular treatments can help improve your smile and, in turn, your self confidence.

Dental Veneers

Placed onto the surface, these are used to help give your teeth a naturally beautiful look without massively preparing them and can help with decayed, crooked or discoloured teeth. The majority  are made from very thin porcelain and are bonded to your tooth which forms a strong, natural looking surface.

We use the Cerec system routinely which in one visit can give you the desired result and is much better at matching the shape and colour of a natural tooth.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal support for one or more false teeth. The implant is made of medical grade titanium and it integrates tightly becoming a permanent, fixed foundation. As the implants bond with the bone , it takes between three to six months for this to be complete.

Tooth Whitening

An assessment by a dentist is a legal requirement before tooth whitening. Any non-dentist providing tooth whitening is now breaking the law.

This can help to lighten the colour of your natural teeth. Bleaching is the most commonly used type of whitening and although it can’t make a complete change in colour it will significantly lighten the existing tone.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Wherever possible we prefer to use ceramic material only and do away with metal entirely.

Crowns can be made of a number of materials and there are different crowns for different situations.

Again, for crown restorations we use the CEREC system due to its strength, accuracy and convenience to you; as it takes just the one visit.

This chap had broken his front crown. The tooth also needed a root filling. Once we knew that healing had taken place, a glazed Cerec crown was placed. Replacing and matching one tooth can be one of the most challenging things we do.

broken crown

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new cerec crown

natural looking crown

natural looking crown

Traditional bridges are made by crowning the teeth at either side of the gap and then placing a false tooth in the middle. Such bridges are fixed in the same way as crowns and are usually made out of a porcelain and precious metal bond. We will always look for alternatives to preparing neighbouring teeth and often bond rather than drilling sound teeth.

Tooth Straightening (orthodontics)

Misaligned, crooked or twisted teeth can be straightened by using orthodontics or braces.

It is not unusual for adults to receive straightening treatment. We use Inman Aligner for simple cases, taking about 10 weeks to complete.

When conventional braces are needed, it is also possible to use subtle, clear brackets that fit over your teeth rather than the obtrusive, traditional “train-tracks.