Cosmetic Dentistry in Stoke on Trent – Bringing that Smile Back On Your Face

Are you suffering from low self esteem and confidence? Are you holding back your smile just to hide your ungainly teeth? Do you want to get hold of life and change the way you look, when you smile? Stop covering your teeth or keeping you mouth closed. Human beings are designed perfectly, and you are a beautiful being. So stop being shy of what you’ve become and do something about it!

With advances in technology, cosmetic dentistry treatments have become affordable even to the common man. We can help bring that lovely smile on your face and encourage you to smile as much as you can. You can bravely show off your wide grin to the world and be on top of your personal and professional life.

Before commencing any treatment you would definitely have a lot of questions about cost, time involved, details of various procedures and side effects etc. Here are a few details about most important and sought after procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

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Teeth bleaching before and after image. Credit: dental-arts

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Teeth Whitening

Whitening is the most common and sought after treatment in cosmetic dentistry. Discoloration of teeth occurs due to age, genetic, smoking, consuming tobacco, drinking lot of cola, coffee, tea etc. Over a period of time teeth become dull and discoloured. Whitening helps bring back the colour of your teeth to a desired level. There are two ways of getting this done by Laser whitening and in house whitening.

Laser whitening is a quick procedure of about 60-90 minutes and generally takes only one visit to the Dentist. The dentist applies a peroxide based gel to your teeth, and uses a laser to activate the bleaching agents. During this procedure gums and other tissues are protected. If you are in pain, contact our emergency dental specialist and we’ll sort out the problem. No side effects barring sensitivity in teeth and gums after the procedure which gets rectified on its own after some time.

In house whitening can be done at the comfort of your home. The dentist makes a custom made tray and mould for you to wear at home. You apply the whitening agent and the mould for a few hours during the day. This procedure requires between 2-4 weeks in getting the desired result.

Whitening is not a permanent procedure. The treatment needs to be repeated every 6-12 months depending on your oral hygiene and other factors that cause discoloration.

The cost for whitening takes £300-£900 depending on the condition of your teeth, the shade of white you desire and the process chosen.

 

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is one of the most cost effective approaches in cosmetic dentistry. This procedure can improve your look by covering the space between your teeth, repairing chipped, broken or cracked teeth, cover stained teeth or teeth exposed at the roots. It can make your teeth look longer, change the shape and colour of your teeth.

This procedure requires anaesthesia only in rare cases, most of the times no anesthesia is required. The dentist cleans the tooth and slightly roughens it with a special tool for better bonding. He then applies a conditioning liquid for bonding to take place. Once the tooth is ready, the dentist applies a composite resin (bonding agent) in several thin layers until the desired shape, size and colour is obtained. A laser light is then used to harden the bond. After the bonding is complete; the tooth is buffed, shaped and trimmed to get the desired shape. Polishing is done at the end to match the colour.

The whole procedure usually gets done in one visit and takes about 60-90 minutes depending on the condition of your teeth. Cost may range from £80-£500.

Repeat treatment is needed only after few years if proper care and hygiene is maintained. The only drawback of bonding is that the bonded material is not as strong as the tooth and might come off if proper care is not taken.

Image of straightened white teeth comparing before and after

Teeth straightened! Image credit: prestonwooddental

 

Veneers

Veneers are wafer thin shells or laminates made from porcelain or composite resin. Veneers are used to treat front part of the teeth; to close uneven spaces between the teeth, cover slightly cracked and chipped teeth. They are also used to treat misaligned teeth, worn down teeth or discoloured teeth.

During your first visit to a private dentist, a small layer of the teeth is removed which is equal to the thickness of the veneer.  An impression of the teeth is sent to the dental laboratory where the veneer is made according to the dimensions of your teeth. This process might take from 1-3 weeks depending on the dentist. During second visit, the dentist will clean the teeth and roughen it slightly for better bonding. He will then place the veneer with the dental cement which sticks to the original teeth and the veneer. He will use a curing light to activate the dental cement for a longer lasting bond. Any excess cement is trimmed off to match the shape of the teeth.

This procedure requires two appointments for porcelain veneer which are more permanent and stronger in nature. But if the dentist has CERC or CAD-CAM in-house ceramic studios then the whole procedure can be completed in an hour.

Veneers are fairly permanent in nature. Porcelain veneers last 5-20 years and composite resin veneers 1-2 years depending on your oral hygiene and care you take in their maintenance.  Cleaning of Veneers is done similar to normal teeth.

Veneers costs range from £ 300-£1500 depending on the teeth and the procedure. As Porcelain veneers last longer they are cost effective compared to Composite resin veneers in the long run.

 

Image detailing different types of teeth problems

Types of teeth problems. Image credit: wixstatic

Crowns

If your teeth are weak, broken, cracked or badly damaged, crowns also called as caps are used to cover them. They are also used to cover bridges, dental implant, badly discoloured teeth and to strengthen teeth which have undergone root canal. The crowns increase the strength of the teeth and its functionality.

The tooth is prepared by a filing to fit the crown. Foundation support is needed in some cases when only small portion of tooth is remaining. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to the dental lab where a crown is manufactured. The new crown needs around 1-3 weeks for custom fabrication to fit your teeth. For the interim your dentist will fit a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.

During the second visit the temporary crown is removed, surface of the tooth is roughened for the dental cement to have a good bonding. The dentist then fits the new crown, checks it for proper fit, shape and colour.  Crowns can be made up of many materials like gold, gold alloy, all ceramic, porcelain fused to zirconium, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or zirconium.

The procedure generally requires two appointments. If your dentist has special machinery like CAD-CAM unit or CERAC the process can be completed in one appointment.

Crowns are not used as the first option to improve the aesthetics of the teeth because part of the original teeth needs to be filed to fit the crown.  Less invasive options of veneers or dental bonding are first considered. Crowns once fitted can last from 7-15 years or more if proper care is taken. Opening beer bottles or such other activities should be avoided to increase the life of crowns.

If the crown gets loose, falls off or you observe foul smell from the tooth you should contact your dentist.  He will ascertain if a new crown is needed or if the old crown can be fitted again.

Crowns can cost from £300-£1200 per crown.

Teeth Straightening

If your teeth require straightening for that perfect smile, three options are available. You can opt for Invisalign, cosmetic contouring or braces. Based on the condition of your teeth, suggestion of your dentist and your budget you can choose one of the methods.

Almost everyone is aware of braces as teeth straightening procedure. Braces are made up of brackets, bonding material, arch wire and ligature elastic. Though metal braces are aesthetically not desirable, due to their cost effectiveness they are many times preferred over other teeth straightening measures. They are usually worn for around 2 years or more to attain the desired effect. Prices for braces are £2000 to £3500.

Invisalign is an advanced and popular procedure for straightening the teeth. They provide benefits similar to metal braces but their feel and look are very different. Custom designed aligners are fitted on the teeth to straighten them. They don’t need to be tightened like normal steel braces. The plastic trays are hardly visible and are flushed with the teeth. They are hardly visible to the naked eye. Though they have to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, they can very easily be worn and removed for brushing, eating or when you want. Prices for Invisalign range from £1500 to £4500.

If your teeth are white and pearly but have small burs, chips or worn edges which are robbing you of that million dollar smile, dental contouring is a good option. The dentist uses different tools to shape, trim, polish the teeth to attain the desired result. This is generally finished in one appointment, only sometimes it requires a second follow up visit. This is an inexpensive procedure.  It costs £45 to £150.

Fix an appointment with us to choose the best option for your problems.

 

Image showing woman taking off clear dental braces

Clear, un-noticable dental braces. Image credit: groupon

 

Missing a teeth & Dental Implants

Missing a teeth due to an accident or decay not only spoils the look of the smile but the gap in the teeth gradually alters your nearby teeth and in some cases the jaw bone over a period of time. The three most commonly used solutions are dentures, dental bridges and dental implants. Depending on the condition of the teeth, number of teeth missing, the jaw bone, quality of bone structure and costs involved, you and your dentist can arrive at the best solution for your problem.

If you lost one tooth, either partial denture or over denture is recommended. If most of your teeth are lost, complete dentures have to be used. Dentures look, function and feel similar to natural teeth. Dentures need more than 2 appointments if teeth extractions are needed for complete dentures. With proper care dentures last a long time. After a few years they get loose and either a new one is needed or the older ones are fixed to suit the changed jaw line. Prices for dentures range from £200 to £1500 depending on the number of teeth and the material.

If you are missing one or few teeth, bridges also called as partial dentures are used to fix the teeth. This helps not only in your aesthetics but also improves your chewing and speaking. Crowns are made on the adjoining teeth and a dummy tooth is fixed between the adjoining healthy teeth to make a bridge. The crowns are cemented on to healthy teeth. Bridges can be either fixed or removable in nature. Fixed bridges can only be removed by a dentist and are more stable compared to removable bridges. Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM).

Bridges require 2 or more appointments to fix and last for 7-15 years depending on the oral hygiene. Bridges are of various types and they can cost anywhere from £500-£5000 depending on your choice and dentists suggestion.

Dental implants are surgical procedures which are used as a permanent procedure for fixing dentures or bridges. In dental implants a hole is drilled in the jaw bone and a titanium implant is placed at the exact location. They can be used either for one missing teeth or even if all the teeth are missing.  Implants for each individual tooth are not required when all the teeth are missing. The dentist will determine the minimum number of implants needed to fix new teeth.

They provide better function and oral hygiene compared to removable dentures as they need to be treated like normal teeth. Dental implants reduce bone loss as the titanium fuses to the bone and stimulates bone growth thereby maintaining healthy bone structure. Prior to dental implants your dentist will need to check for your gum health, health of your bone which will require a few tests.

The time needed can vary from 1 day to 1 year depending on various factors.

Cost of each implant can be from £1000 to £3000.

 

Four images showing the before and after process of dental implant fittings

Process of a full mouth implant. Image credit: crabtreedentalcenter

 

Smile makeovers at City Professional Private Dentists, Staffordshire

If you are unsatisfied with your smile and are looking for that million dollar smile, a cosmetic dentist can help you. The dentist will understand your requirement and ascertain the procedure needed for you to get that perfect smile. He might choose from one or more of the above mentioned procedures depending on your requirement. The procedure can cost from £1000 to £50000 depending on the total treatments involved. The time will also vary depending on the requirement of specific procedures.

If you want to change your smile forever, please contact us for an appointment where we can discuss your requirements and the different treatments available. We offer the latest procedures and best services. Refer to the contact us section and book an appointment now.