We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry to our patients so that you can improve your smile with confidence. Whether you’d like veneers, white crowns or if you just want to whiten your teeth; we can help. If you’re looking for information on how to straighten your teeth, head over to our Orthodontics page for details about Invisalign clear braces and traditional braces.
Dental veneers are custom made tooth coloured shells that fit perfectly over your teeth. They are designed to deal with minor aesthetic issues. Veneers could be what you’re looking for if you’d like to correct any of the following
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Unwanted gaps
- Misaligned and misshapen teeth
- Discoloured or deeply stained teeth
Dental veneers cannot be used to fix serious issues, so if the tooth you’d like to repair has major damage or decay, then scroll down to our dental crowns section instead. We are also of course here if you need any old dental work rejuvenated.
Your dentist will initially assess your current situation, listen to what sort of results you’re expecting and then advise upon the best course of action. A full dental examination will take place at this stage and your dentist will let you know whether veneers are right for you. If they are, your dentist may then take a scan of your mouth and some impressions of your teeth. A treatment plan will be arranged.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist must first remove around ½ a millimetre of your tooth’s enamel, which is around the thickness that your veneer will be. Next, your dentist will make a model of your teeth. This will then be sent off to a dental laboratory and used to create your veneer. It can take 2-4 weeks for the finished veneers to be received by your Dentist.
Once your veneer has arrived, your dentist will gently place it over your tooth to check that it fits perfectly. All being well, they will then fix the veneer to your tooth with a strong dental polymer. Any excess polymer will be removed, your bite will be assessed and any further adjustments will be administered.
Your dentist may ask you to return in a few weeks for a check-up, just to see how your gums are reacting to the veneers.
Would you like to have a more radiant smile? Over time, many of us develop stains on our teeth. This can be caused by a number of things such as drinking tea, coffee, cola and red wine, or from smoking. The effects don’t have to be permanent though - we have a number of tooth whitening options available to help you regain your radiance.
Tooth whitening (one arch tray system)
Our one-arch tray system allows you to improve one row of your teeth, from the comfort of your own home in just 2-3 weeks.
Tooth whitening (whole mouth arch system)
This option allows you to whiten your whole set of teeth at once, using a whitening gel. This is also a home kit that you can apply at your convenience - again, in just 2-3 weeks.
A crown may be required if your tooth has been damaged due to severe decay or trauma. A crown is a custom-made prosthetic tooth, usually made from porcelain. It is fitted over the site of the damaged tooth, restoring its functionality and appearance. Crowns will not only improve your smile, but also protect your tooth from any further damage.
Initially, we will investigate the damage and then assess the type of crown you’ll need. We’ll then prepare your mouth to create the space and shape that the new crown will take up. This may sometimes, though certainly not always, require drilling your tooth.
We’ll then take impressions of your mouth and discuss the colour and appearance of your crown. This information will then be sent to a laboratory, where they will make the crown. In the meantime, we will put a temporary crown in place so that you don’t have a gap.
Once the crown is made we will fix it in position using a dental adhesive and then check your bite, correcting it if necessary.
Zoom in-house tooth whitening
You can have your teeth whitened by our in-house specialist, using Zoom whitening.
The Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp works by activating the 25 percent hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, thereby accelerating the bleaching process. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
The gel will be applied three times at 15 minute intervals, while being activated by the Zoom light. Immediately afterwards, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride gel will be applied to your teeth. The whole process should take around 60 minutes. For the best results, we recommend making an appointment to have your teeth professionally cleaned before you go ahead with whitening your teeth.