Did you know that one in four of us in the UK are unhappy with our smile? With advances in modern dentistry, its no longer just a case of filling and taking out teeth. Cosmetic dentistry, or ‘aesthetic dentistry', is used as a means of improving the appearance of teeth. Used to straighten, reshape, lighten and repair teeth, cosmetic dentistry should always aim to produce natural-looking results for patients. Our wide range of effective cosmetic treatments can help you with your discoloured, worn, chipped or crooked teeth.
A perfect smile could help land you that new job, or make the right impression when it counts. After all, one of the first things people notice about you is your smile. That's why at David Vaughan Dental Care we understand how important it is to smile with confidence.
A simple and effective way to lighten your teeth, teeth whitening treatment will give your smile a renewed sparkle and will improve your self-confidence. Tooth colour is a very individual thing: it can darken as we get older and is affected by staining substances such as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and smoking. Whitening lifts off these stains from the enamel and works by allowing a very small amount of bleaching gel to come in to contact with the teeth. The gel then reacts with the surface of the tooth, gently removing stains and creating a beautiful, pearly white smile to be proud of.
Veneers are used to improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. They can instantly improve your smile by masking discolouration, close small gaps and repair chips, as seen on cosmetic makeover TV programmes. The veneer itself is a very thin layer of porcelain specially built-up by a dental technician and is often likened to a false fingernail. These are sometimes better than a crown as usually only a small amount of tooth preparation is required.
Crowns (sometimes called ‘caps’) cover and strengthen a chipped or weakened tooth, and are custom-made in the laboratory to match the shade and shape of your other teeth. This normally requires careful shaping before an impression is taken. These can be made from porcelain or porcelain bonded to a precious metal frame. The most recent development is a crown computer milled from a block of zirconia, which gives an even better and natural appearance. Sometimes where a tooth has a root filling, a custom-made post may be required. These can now be made metal-free using glassfibre for a better appearance.
Want a complete smile transformation? Typically consisting of a blend of different dental treatments and techniques, the goal of a smile makeover is to dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth. Following a discussion and thorough examination, we'll create you a bespoke treatment plan that's tailored to your unique needs. We can offer a comprehensive range of smile enhancing treatments: Mr Vaughan may recommend regular dental hygiene services; the placement of natural-looking porcelain veneers, teeth whitening or teeth straightening with QuickStraightTeeth™ or Six Month Smiles®.
Sometimes the gum around a crown or veneer may be at a different level to its partner which often shows when the patient smiles. Some patients may have a high or “gummy smile”. Gum recontouring can alter the position of the gum margin by careful trimming, usually undertaken at the time of tooth preparation.