Cosmetic dentistry

What is tooth whitening?

This is a technique that can be used to lighten natural teeth without preparing them or altering their shape. It involves using peroxide in a controlled dose and application. It has no detrimental long term effects that we are aware of.

This treatment can take away yellowness that ageing brings to give a natural, youthful appearance.

Whilst this treatment has become very popular and it is available over the internet this is unregulated and may damage your teeth and gums. It is always advisable to consult a dental professional for sound advice and effective treatment

What are the side effect of tooth whitening?

The most common side effect of whitening is tooth sensitivity which will subside within a few days. Either fluoride gels in the mouth guard of sensitive toothpaste can be used.

We offer two different methods of tooth whitening

Chair Side Whitening: This method is done within the dental practice. Your dentist prepares your mouth and applies a layer of advanced whitening gel to your teeth. To speed up the whitening process, they will shine our WhiteSpeed blue LED lamp onto your teeth. This technique takes around 2 hours, which may suit patients who would like a brighter smile on the same day. This is supplemented with a take home kit.

Home Whitening Kit: Our home whitening kit is a convenient way to make your smile whiter in one-two weeks, at your own leisure. You will be provided with customised trays to fit perfectly around your teeth, whitening gel and full instructions.

What is the cost of this treatment?

This can be found on our current Fee Guide.

What is veneer?

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or resin made to fit over the front surface of a natural tooth like a false fingernail. Veneers can be used to alter the shape or colour of natural teeth when tooth bleaching or other restorative techniques are deemed unsuitable.

How is a veneer prepared?

Sometimes the natural teeth will require preparation, although this is generally less than for a crown. Impressions will be taken at this appointment and sent to a dental laboratory for the crown to be made. Between appointments a temporary veneer is not necessarily required. The permanent veneer will be fitted about 2 weeks later.

What is the cost of this treatment?

This can be found on our current Fee Guide.

Composite veneers are carried out using composite resin, which is a tooth-coloured filling material.

Composite comes in a number of shades and therefore can be used to make teeth look whiter. The composite is artistically built directly onto the tooth surface then shaped and polished to improve the shape and/or colour of a tooth or teeth. Composite veneers can be altered (adding to them or taking away from them) as many times as you like until you are happy with the appearance.

How do composite differ from porcelain veneers?

Composite veneers can be built directly onto the tooth surface. Whereas porcelain veneers, require a mould to be taken of the prepared teeth, which is then sent to a laboratory to make the veneers. The porcelain veneers are then cemented (glued) onto the teeth in a subsequent appointment.

Very often porcelain veneers will require some tooth preparation. however, composite veneers in many cases can be carried out with little or no tooth preparation. Therefore your healthy tooth is preserved and not destroyed.
Composite veneers are also much less costly than porcelain veneers.

What are the potential advantages of composite veneers over porcelain veneers?

  • less costly
  • require little or no tooth preparation (i.e. little or no damage to your natural tooth).
  • can usually be completed in one visit
  • can be easily repaired if the composite chips or stains

What are the disadvantages of composite veneers?

  • Stain build up. However, this depends on the diet and if the patient smokes or not. In any case, the staining can usually be polished off. However, it is worth noting that stain build up can also occur around the edges of porcelain veneers.
  • Composite veneers can chip or break. However, this is also a risk for porcelain veneers. If the composite veneers chip or break, they can be repaired. If porcelain veneers chip or break, you will usually need a new veneer.
  • Although composite veneers can look amazing, the appearance of porcelain veneers is usually superior as porcelain has a higher shine and polish to it. However, the advancement in composites as well as composite polishing instruments and materials still give composite veneers an excellent polish and appearance. It is often difficult to tell the difference between composite and porcelain veneers.

What do I need to do if I want to have composite veneers?

You will first need to have a consultation with your dentist, who will be able to assess your teeth and discuss composite veneers as well as other options with you. Sometimes composite veneers are not the best option and alternative solutions such as braces may be best. This is why it is important to have an initial consultation. The dentist will also be able to answer any other questions you may have as well as discuss cost and payment plans. All our initial cosmetic consultations are complimentary and you can book this by calling our team on 01428 605802 or book online.