Many patients want to know more about the cosmetic dental treatments available to them. Read our frequently asked questions to find out the answers to the most popular queries.
Q. I already have a dentist but he doesn’t provide cosmetic treatments, what do I do?
A. If your dental practice does not offer cosmetic solutions, then you will be very welcome at a cosmetic dental clinic. Any treatment you have done in a cosmetic dentistry clinic will be sent through to your usual dentist so they know and can provide appropriate follow-up care.
Q. Does tooth whitening damage your teeth?
A. No. The clinically approved whitening systems that we use do not harm tooth enamel in any way.
The gel only oxidizes pigment proteins, creating beautiful white teeth without affecting the mineral in the enamel in any way. See more about teeth whitening options.
A. Very few. In some cases, people report short term sensitivity to cold or hot drinks for up to 24 hours after whitening treatments.
If you have your teeth professionally whitened, then treatment will be tailored to the individual.
If the patient already has sensitive teeth, desensitizing gels are provided and the gel mixture strength reduced to minimise sensitivity. In all cases, sensitivity is very short-lasting and always resolves within 24 hours.
Read more about the possible risks of teeth whitening.
Q. Are veneers damaging to healthy teeth?
A. When teeth are prepared for porcelain veneers, some natural enamel is removed.
The amount removed is kept to a minimum and in most cases is only around 0.3 to 0.5 mm. Veneers placed with care and skill are contoured to be the same as natural teeth and are therefore at no more risk of decay or gum disease.
Q: Can veneers treat missing teeth?
A: No, veneers rely on the presence of a tooth to be implemented. The best and most effective solution for missing teeth is dental implants.
Dental implants are screwed into the jawbone so they are a fixed and long-term tooth replacement option. The implant itself is usually made from porcelain which means that it looks and feels like a natural tooth, is easy to maintain, and will not stain.
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Q. Do you guarantee your treatments?
A. Most cosmetic and general dentists will usually offer up to a 5-year guarantee on all restorative or replacement treatments.
This is subject to patients returning for at bi-annual inspections and having any necessary remedial and hygiene work carried that is advised. NHS dentists are only able to offer 1-year guarantees as the quality of treatment is different.
See more about funding and financing options.
Q. I already have a set of veneers that have been present for years but look poor. Can they be replaced?
A. Yes. The amazing range of natural lifelike materials cosmetic specialists now have at their disposal means that old false looking crowns and veneers can now be replaced with fresh, stronger and much more natural-looking ones.
Q. Once I have had cosmetic dentistry, will it need replacing in the future?
A. As with all dental treatments, the length of time something lasts depends on how ell it is looked after.
We aim to ensure that we provide all the necessary care, advice and follow up to ensure that cosmetic treatments last a lifetime.
We have 2 dental hygienists that provide ongoing care and maintenance as well as advice on looking after your mouth, teeth and gums. Cared for properly, there is no reason why cosmetic treatments shouldn’t last a lifetime.
Q. I am a very nervous patient but would like cosmetic dentistry. Is this possible?
A. Yes. As well as being a specialised cosmetic dental practice, we are a referral centre for anxious patients.
We offer all treatments under sedation allowing even totally phobic patients receive dental care in a relaxed and stress-free manner.