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Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

We have two types of tooth whitening. Both will whiten your teeth.

 

Firstly we use home whitening.

For this procedure we use custom constructed mouth trays that are worn at night and filled with a whitening solution that we provide. Using this method the teeth will whiten, usually within the week, but may take longer for very dark teeth.

 

Secondly we can provide deep bleaching (or laser whitening).

In this procedure we use a very powerful light source to whiten the teeth in the surgery. This is normally done in about an hour under local anaesthetic.

 

We then follow up the whitening with a few days worth of the custom trays.

Home whitening starts at £199 for the top teeth only and deep bleaching is £1000

Crowns and Veneers

Why are they needed?

Veneers are used for correcting slightly discoloured teeth, or for very slight mal-positioning. Crowns are also used for discolouration, but also to protect badly broken or heavily filled teeth.

Does it hurt?

No. These procedures are completed under local anaesthetic.

 

What does a crown involve?

Two or three visits are usually necessary, sometimes including a visit to the technician. At the preparation visit, temporary crowns are made to tide the patient over for the two weeks until the crown is completed.

The crown should look like your old teeth (or better!).

 

Are there any contra-indications?

The support of the tooth must be sufficient to hold the crown. Sometimes we may need to use an additional piece called a post, which fits into the root of a tooth to support the crown, if the tooth is in very bad condition. It may be necessary to root fill a tooth if the nerve is damaged.

 

Special points of interest:

  • Crowns can improve the appearance of your natural teeth

  • Veneers can improve colour and shape, but they are simply stuck onto the front of teeth

  • A crown may be the only way to successfully restore badly damaged teeth

What are they made of?

How long will a crown last?

For cosmetic crowns we work with all the new materials such as Zirconium and Emax as well as the more traditional materials such as gold and porcelain.

www.ivoclarvivadent.us/smiletothemax/

 

The life of a crown will depend on how well it is looked after. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. It is important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth or decay may occur which could endanger the crown. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years.

 

How long does treatment take?

At least two visits are needed, the first for the preparation, impression and shade taking and fitting the temporary crown, and the second to fit the permanent crown. Sometimes we may want to shape temporary crowns and adjust them to find the perfect shape for your teeth. This will entail extra visits.  We may take photographs of your teeth to help the technician with the colour or we may sometimes arrange for you to see the technician to help to get the colour and shape just right.

 

What are veneers?

Veneers are like false fingernails, made out of porcelain, that are stuck to the front of teeth. A ¾ veneer is more destructive of the tooth and will involve more preparation, and these can be used where we want to change the position of a tooth slightly.

What are they made of?

How long will a crown last?

For cosmetic crowns we work with all the new materials such as Zirconium and Emax as well as the more traditional materials such as gold and porcelain.

www.ivoclarvivadent.us/smiletothemax/

 

The life of a crown will depend on how well it is looked after. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. It is important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth or decay may occur which could endanger the crown. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years.

 

How long does treatment take?

At least two visits are needed, the first for the preparation, impression and shade taking and fitting the temporary crown, and the second to fit the permanent crown. Sometimes we may want to shape temporary crowns and adjust them to find the perfect shape for your teeth. This will entail extra visits.  We may take photographs of your teeth to help the technician with the colour or we may sometimes arrange for you to see the technician to help to get the colour and shape just right.

 

What are veneers?

Veneers are like false fingernails, made out of porcelain, that are stuck to the front of teeth. A ¾ veneer is more destructive of the tooth and will involve more preparation, and these can be used where we want to change the position of a tooth slightly.

Why are they needed?

Veneers are used for correcting slightly discoloured teeth, or for very slight mal-positioning. Crowns are also used for discolouration, but also to protect badly broken or heavily filled teeth.

Does it hurt?

No. These procedures are completed under local anaesthetic.

 

What does a crown involve?

Two or three visits are usually necessary, sometimes including a visit to the technician. At the preparation visit, temporary crowns are made to tide the patient over for the two weeks until the crown is completed.

The crown should look like your old teeth (or better!).

 

Are there any contra-indications?

The support of the tooth must be sufficient to hold the crown. Sometimes we may need to use an additional piece called a post, which fits into the root of a tooth to support the crown, if the tooth is in very bad condition. It may be necessary to root fill a tooth if the nerve is damaged.

 

Special points of interest:

  • Crowns can improve the appearance of your natural teeth

  • Veneers can improve colour and shape, but they are simply stuck onto the front of teeth

  • A crown may be the only way to successfully restore badly damaged teeth

Orthodontics

Invisible Aligners (Smilelign)

 

Smilelign is the next generation orthodontic system which allows the movement of teeth without the ugly brackets and wires of conventional orthodontics.

 

The braces are removable which allows for hygienic cleaning and are clear and virtually see-through. Each appliance is made on a very accurate model of your teeth. Each appliance is produced to put subtle pressure on certain teeth to encourage them to move slightly over a period of a few weeks. Once the teeth have moved position then the next appliance is fitted which again causes the teeth to move a little bit further and so on until the teeth are in the final required position.

Sometimes we may use a small fixed wire to hold the teeth in their new position, cemented out of sight behind the teeth.

For more information check out

www.smilelign.com

Removable Braces (Inman Aligner)

 

We are pleased to offer the Inman Aligner which is a quick cost-effective way to straight teeth.  Preferable perhaps to multiple crowns and bridges an Inman Aligner can rid you of mal-positioned crooked teeth quickly and simply with a removable device. 

For more information check out www.inmanaligner.com

Fixed Braces (Fastbraces™)

 

The fast braces system uses a unique bracket shape to both twist and position teeth simultaneously. The reduction in stages over conventional braces has resulted in a system that is both quicker and easier for the patient. Fastbraces™ are available in both stainless steel and all ceramic brackets. 

For more information check out www.fastbraces.com

Composite Bonding

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Cosmetic bonding is a way to correct slightly misaligned teeth by building up an artificial surface, so the tooth mimics the perfect shape.  Cases are quoted on an individual basis depending on the amount of work Involved.

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After

Where dentistry meets art

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