Take a look through our list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, click on the “any questions?” button on the right to send your enquiry.
Q. I already have a dentist but he doesn’t provide cosmetic treatments, can I still come to Carlton House?
A. Yes. We regularly treat patients from other dental practices and indeed we have many dentists referring patients to us for our cosmetic treatments. Usually we will let your dentist know what treatment we have undertaken to ensure that they 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 veneers.
Q. What downsides are there to tooth whitening?
A. Very few. In some cases, people report short term sensitivity to cold for up to 24 hours after whitening treatments. We tailor the whitening procedure to the individual and where people already have 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.
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. Do you guarantee your treatments?
A. As we only provide the highest quality private dental treatments, we are proud to offer a 5 year guarantee on all our work. This is subject to patients returning for at least 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.
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 we now have at our 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.