If you are self-conscious about the shade of your teeth or if you have staining on some of your teeth, professional teeth whitening treatment is a safe and recommended option for you to consider.
Here is how teeth whitening works:
You will be assessed for the type of staining your teeth have.
A custom tray is made to fit snugly over your teeth.
The teeth whitening process is activated by a bleaching agent, which is inserted into the custom tray that transfers it onto your teeth.
Home teeth whitening kits are also available to lighten the teeth more gradually. In this case, the trays with bleaching agent can be worn overnight. With all whitening treatment, individual results will vary and are dependant on your initial tooth colour and the nature of your tooth staining.
How long should you wear the trays for?
This depends upon the amount of lightening that you desire and the original shade of the teeth...
What do I do if I have sensitivity?
Sensitivity of the teeth is the most common side effect of home whitening treatment...
What happens when teeth do not bleach evenly?
If the teeth have white spots on them before whitening, these spots will appear whiter during the first few days, however the contrast between the spots and the teeth will become less and eventually they will not be noticeable...
How will my teeth feel?
Normally the teeth feel very clean after the whitening procedure...
What about my smile?
Your smile will appear brighter as a bonus. It is very rare, but sometimes the teeth do not lighten at all...
How long does the whitening treatment last? Will I have to whiten my teeth again?
Normally the new white colour of your teeth keeps quite well. The effect is dependent on what has caused the teeth to discolour in the first place...
Does whitening harm the teeth and the gums?
Safety studies have shown that whitening teeth using dentist prescribed home whitening technique is perfectly safe on the teeth, cheeks, gum and tissues around the mouth...
How much does it cost?
Tooth whitening will cost in total £300. This includes upper and lower custom-made trays, 2-week supply of whitening gel, pre-and post-operative photography...
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Effective solution for certain types of tooth discolouration and staining.
Safe treatment when delivered by a dental professional.
Cosmetically enhances the appearance of teeth.
Composite bonding is an increasingly popular cosmetic dental treatment that is used to improve the shape, colour and overall appearance of patients' teeth. It uses the same resin material used for white fillings, and is most frequently used on the front teeth – those that show when you smile.
There have been huge advances in the materials used in bonding dentistry in recent years, meaning composite bonding can be used for disguising minor imperfections in the front teeth, closing small gaps and hiding minor tooth rotations, with no damage to your teeth.
Composite bonding is a pain-free experience that requires, in most cases, just one visit to the practice. Your dentist will be able to choose a shade of resin that closely matches the colour of your teeth, meaning that the results will look entirely natural.
This is how the treatment works:
Your dentist picks a shade of resin that matches the natural colour of your teeth.
The resin is carefully applied to your teeth, with no need for any work or damage to them.
Your dentist then carefully shapes and smooths the resin to hide any imperfections, for a result that looks entirely natural.
Once the resin has been shaped, it is hardened very quickly with the help of a special light.
Although composite bonding treatment does not last as long as veneers, many patients find the treatment is highly cost-effective. It can also be repeated with no damage at all to your teeth.
A natural, healthy smile that you are proud to show off.
No preparation of your teeth is required, meaning they remain strong.
Treatment can usually be completed in one short visit to the practice.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or contain a very large filling.
Here is how it works:
An impression is taken of the tooth that needs restoring.
A crown is made in the dental laboratory to fit the tooth precisely and match the neighbouring teeth.
The tooth is then prepared and the crown fitted securely on top.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more appealing smile. Additionally, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
Both zirconium and E-MAX bridges are all ceramic bridges which are the more preferable in the front of the mouth due to their aesthetic appearance and better, more comfortable fit. Both are durable, but are more prone to cracking than ceramic metal mix bridges. The laboratory we use guarantee the zirconium bridge for 5 years. Zirconium and E-MAX bridges are translucent in colour, which ensures the closest colour match to your natural teeth. Their colour also eliminates the ugly metal band around the gum line that is characteristic of ceramic metal mix bridges. Since they are made of ceramic, there is no risk of metal allergic reactions. Zirconium and E-MAX bridges are lighter and thinner than traditional ceramic metal mix bridges which means less of your tooth is required to be removed for the bridge to fit. Ceramic bridges are also the better option for patients who have little room between their teeth.
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Strengthens remaining tooth structure.
Functions like a real tooth, so you can bite and chew as usual.
If you require a more extensive restoration than a crown or have more than one tooth that needs to be repaired, a good solution is a bridge.
Here is how they work:
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base, which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing. If you need a bridge in your smile line, porcelain is usually added to the base to make it look more like real teeth.
A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can't come out.
Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dental implants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care during your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and does not cause bad breath.
A sturdy way to restore several teeth in a row.
Beautiful, natural-looking restoration.
Restores the ability to chew and eat as before.
There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear the traditional unsightly metal braces. Known as invisible orthodontics, this type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and sometimes removable appliance while straightening and aligning your teeth.
This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don't feel comfortable wearing unsightly 'train track' braces for months on end. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases.
Here is an overview of how they work:
They straighten teeth discreetly, and some can even be removed periodically, making them easier to fit around your hectic lifestyle.
They straighten teeth much more quickly than traditional braces, starting from as little as six months.
They are more comfortable than traditional braces because they use less force and modern wire technology.
Straighter teeth are healthier teeth.
Having an attractive smile will have a positive effect on your confidence.
Invisible braces are a long-term investment in your oral health.
Some patients have a phobia of dental procedures that cannot be driven away by any amount of care and reassurance. Prescription drug in the form of a diazepam tablet can allay the anxiety are very effective in most patients. These tablets are prescribed for you to take the night before and/or the morning before your appointment; you will need someone to take you to and from the appointment. These drugs take away the edge making subsequent dental treatments more tolerable. Sometimes concious sedation is necessary to undertake dental procedures.
Conscious sedation is a form of anxiety control which makes treatment more pleasant for the patient. It is effective, predictable and very safe and is the modern alternative to general anaesthesia for most dental procedures. Where general anaesthesia was used in the past, progressive dentists now use conscious sedation. Intravenous sedation is the most commonly used form of sedation in adults. I will advise you if another technique is appropriate. Conscious sedation will make you feel sleepy and relaxed. Most patients can remember little or nothing of the procedure, but it does not affect any part of your memory before the drug is given. Many of my patients who in the past needed concious sedation have developed enough confidence and trust that they could undergo a lot of dental treatment using just anxiolytic tablet.