According to a recent survey, 9 out of 10 people feel that an attractive smile is an important asset to their overall appearance. In addition, three quarters felt that an unattractive smile could hurt their chances for career success, while 83% thought it would have an adverse effect on their chances of romance.
But despite this overwhelming perception, many people were unaware that their smile can be significantly improved with cosmetic dentistry. At the Westlands Dental Studio we specialise in the full range of cosmetic dental treatments, from correcting minor imperfections to providing full smile make-overs.
Mercury free fillings
With today's technology, white fillings (composites and inlays) can easily withstand the stress required to serve as a filling in a back tooth. Our patients now overwhelmingly prefer these fillings because of the way they look and feel, and because they strengthen weak teeth.
Teeth can easily become stained, especially if you drink a lot of red wine, coffee or tea, or if you smoke. They also become darker as we get older, which means that a less-than-white smile can be ageing.
Tooth whitening can make a noticeable difference to your smile, leaving you looking years younger and beaming with confidence.
At the Westlands Dental Studio, we offer a choice of 'in-practice' or 'at-home' treatment options. Patients choose in-practice treatment when they want the convenience and speed of having their teeth whitened in-practice. The procedure takes just over one hour to complete - first we shield your gums, then we put a whitening gel on your teeth which is activated with a special blue light. Alternatively, we offer a take-home whitening system that achieves the same effective result but takes longer. We will take an impression of your teeth and prepare custom-made trays that fit perfectly onto your teeth.
Non-vital tooth whitening is also available. When teeth have been root filled, they can occasionally discolour and cause a black hue to the tooth. Non-vital tooth whitening provides a conservative method of lightening the tooth and improving its appearance.
A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material that is put onto the front of the tooth to make it look better. This is done because the tooth might have been damaged by decay or an accident, or might be badly discoloured for some reason.
For more information on veneers go to www.dentalhealth.org.uk
The crown of a tooth is that part which is visible in the mouth. An artifical crown completely covers a weak tooth above the gum line and protects it.
Crowns are made of metal or porcelain, or porcelain with metal inside for strength.
For more information on crowns go to www.dentalhealth.org.uk
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