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.

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composite filling

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Even the simplest filling should look healthy.

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

Dentistry is no longer a matter of simply filling and removing teeth and many people use aesthetic dentistry to improve their appearance. The various treatments involved can help repair, reshape, lighten or straighten teeth. There are several different types of treatment each with its own benefits.

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 of dental veneers are made from very thin porcelain and are bonded to your tooth which forms a strong layer to look natural. In some cases a composite material is used instead of porcelain, this can be applied in one visit and although composite veneers aren’t as durable as porcelain, they are easy to replace.

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

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal support for one or more false teeth. The implant is usually made of titanium as the body won’t react adversely to it and it integrates tightly to the bone becoming a permanent, fixed foundation. As the implants bond with the bone , it takes between three to six months for this to be complete.

As this is a very important and specialised treatment, we will only refer you to specialists with a post graduate qualification as well as many years of experience in this field.

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.

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Dental Crowns and Bridges

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

Crowns or caps can help to mend a broken or heavily-filled tooth. Traditionally these are sent to a laboratory to be made. During this time (usually 2 weeks) you will have a temporary crown in place. 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.

broken crown

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new cerec crown

natural looking crown

natural looking crown

Bridges are used for people who only have a couple of teeth missing or simply don’t like dentures. For lightly filled or unfilled teeth we can bond to the teeth either side without having to do much drilling. These bridges involve minimal preparation and can be very subtle indeed.

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.

Tooth Straightening (orthodontics)

Misaligned, crooked or twisted teeth can be straightened by using orthodontics or braces. This is most commonly used in during the teenage years as the developing teeth and jaws undergo a growth period.

However it is not unusual for adults to receive straightening treatment. Straightening can take longer for adults and can be more expensive. Clear or plastic braces can often be used and these are hardly noticeable. These provide gentle force to help straightening and don’t have the inconvenience of traditional wires or braces.

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.

For more about orthodontics:

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