If you have one or more teeth missing then a dental bridge can be used to replace the gaps. Having a missing tooth can be traumatic, especially if it affects your speech as well as your appearance.
Once a tooth is lost, the remaining teeth become strained as there is an increased pressure forced on them by your bite. They may also start to move around, which can cause food-trapping. A false tooth is placed into the gap and anchored from adjacent teeth, there are various types of bridges available.
Our dentists will discuss all of the options with you during your consultation.
The difference between a crown and a veneer – a crown covers all surfaces of a tooth. Crowns can be used to enhance the strength of a tooth if it has been fractured or badly broken down. If a tooth has been heavily restored with a dark filling and you are looking to improve the aesthetic appearance then a crown may be the more suitable treatment option.
The materials used to construct a crown are the same, strong materials used with veneers and look just very natural. The size, shape and colour are designed to match either your own existing teeth or can be customised to create a new smile makeover.
Veneers are considered to be the state-of-the-art cosmetic treatment and are the answer to creating the perfect smile you have always wanted. Think of veneers as the equivalent of ‘false nails’ for teeth. Veneers only cover the front surface of a tooth and are bonded directly onto the surface of your existing teeth; minimal preparation is required and in some cases no preparation is even necessary.
Veneers are designed so that the style, shape and colour can be completely unique to you. They can be used to alter various defects including closing gaps, rectifying crowded and protruding teeth, as well as whitening discoloured teeth. They are individually handcrafted by our highly skilled professional cosmetic technicians.
- Closing spaces between the teeth.
- Restoring broken or chipped teeth.
- Covering unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a process known as oxidation. Any discoloration within the tooth will be lightened. Organic materials break down to remove staining and create a whiter brighter smile.
What cause my teeth to discolour?
There are many cause of tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include the consumption of highly coloured foods (berries) and drink (coffee, tea, red wine). Antibiotics at a young age, ageing, smoking and trauma can also result in discolouration
How long will it last?
Indefinitely. Just simply touch up your teeth a few times per year for one or two days or nights. Without a touch up, your teeth will start to stain again by the same thing that caused them to discolour in the first place.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that bleaching with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
What if I have fillings in my teeth, will these change colour?
Whitening will remove any existing stains on the restoration but will not affect the original shade.
What are the steps involved ?
With Pola Day or Pola Night, the whitening gel is placed in your custom tray which fits over your teeth. The whitening gel ( either carbamide or hydrogen peroxide) is broken down and oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, and the stains are “dissolved”.
What are the side effects?
For the majority of patients, there are none. However, some will experience temporary sensitivity (dull or sharp, sensitivity to hot or cold). This will subside after several hours of ceasing treatment. If sensitive is present, wear times can be shortened or made less frequent. Additionally, request Soothe desensitizing gel which will help decrease sensitivity and can be used before or after the whitening process.
How long does it take?
Depending on the treatment method chosen by your dentist, Whitening result can be achieved from 1-14 days.
A composite filling is a tooth-coloured plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.
Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a colour nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Easy, Fast And Affordable Teeth Straightening
What is PerfectSmileAligner® ?
The PerfectSmileAligner is a near invisible brace that is worn over your natural teeth. It gently and efficiently moves teeth into the desired position to achieve that Perfect Smile. Unlike most other braces, the PerfectSmileAligner fits perfectly into your modern, daily routine; silently creating the Perfect Straight Smile:
- It is not glued to your teeth
- It does not damage your teeth when fitted
- It is nearly invisible and virtually unnoticable
- It is incredibly comfortable to wear
- It is easy to remove
How does it work?
The PerfectSmileAligner works by applying gentle forces that safely move teeth into the desired position. Using state of the art digital scanning, sophisticated software and revolutionary 3D printing, we are able to tailor make the PerfectSmileAligner braces to straighten your teeth.
How long does it take?
This depends on the many different factors, your dentist will be able to discuss this with you in more detail.
As a basic guide, treatment can take between 6-18 months. In this time it is possible to correct crowded, twisted/rotated, spaced or otherwise ‘non-straight’ teeth, getting them into the Perfect Smile position.
How much does it cost?
The cost can vary depending on various factors, including the length of treatment, the number of misaligned teeth, and type of teeth movements required.
The PerfectSmileAligner is one of the most affordable ways to achieve the Perfect Straight Smile, and your Dentist will be able to accurately estimate treatment costs after your consultation.
How do I get started?
It has never been easier to get the Perfect Straight Smile!
Book an aliner consultation with your dentist, who can then assess your teeth and give you the PerfectSmileAligner options. Once agreed, you could be fitted with your first PerfectSmileAligner brace 2 weeks later and be on the way to that Perfect Smile.
A missing tooth can impact upon a persons confidence whilst speaking and smiling. It can also have a negative effect on your chewing ability.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw thats acts as an artificial tooth root when placed in the jaw. An abutment is then placed over the implant to create an anchor for either a crown , bridge or denture. Implants also preserve healthy adjacent teeth by eliminating the need to grind them down to support a bridge. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth and enable you to eat, speak and smile with confidence!
For over 40 years, dental implants have been used successfully in millions of people worldwide as a treatment option for one or more missing teeth.
Dentures or false teeth
More commonly known as false teeth, dentures are fitted in place of natural teeth. A full set is used to replace all your teeth. A part set is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made using impressions (mouldings) from your gums.
They are removable so you can clean them, although part dentures can be brushed at the same time as your other teeth. A full set needs to be removed and soaked in a cleaning solution.
Dentures are important if you lose your natural teeth as losing your teeth makes it difficult to chew your food, which will adversely affect your diet and may cause your facial muscles to sag. Dentures are available on the NHS.