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Cosmetic Dentistry 

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

 

Aesthetic Natural Looking Teeth

 

Advances in modern materials and techniques have meant that Stuart can now offer treatment to improve the shape, colour and appearance of your teeth to give you the confident smile you have always wanted.

 

Old fillings and broken or missing teeth can make your teeth look unsightly and cause you to hide your teeth and feel embarrassed about smiling. Modern techniques such as crowns, bridges, veneers, tooth coloured fillings, orthodontics, tooth whitening and implants are all available at Stuart's practice. This kind of treatment is aimed at giving you natural looking teeth and restoring confidence in your smile and the ability to eat anything you want.

 

Tooth Whitening

 

Teeth often become stained and discoloured as we get older, since teeth will gradually absorb colour from things like tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco.

 

Tooth whitening is a simple way to reverse these changes and bring your teeth back to their natural whiteness.

 

If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth and would like a more confident smile, it is now possible to lighten your teeth by bleaching them with a tooth whitening treatment.

 

There are two methods of tooth whitening:

 

  • Home Tooth Whitening
  • In Surgery Power Tooth Whitening

 

 

 

Home tooth whitening involves taking impressions of your teeth and then custom made bleaching trays are made in the laboratory. After instructions for use are given by Stuart in the practice, you are given a supply of tooth whitening gel. This is placed in the tray and this is worn over the teeth for 30 minutes twice a day or overnight The teeth will gradually lighten over a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

Stuart uses either 'Day White' for daytime whitening and 'Enlighten' for night time whitening. The Enlighten system guarantees the whitest natural shade and is used for between two and four weeks depending on your stating colour. The following day after home whitening. Stuart performs for whitening in the surgery to enhance and stabilise the results.

 

In surgery power tooth whitening is available for those patients who want instant results and a quick start, however this does not give as predictable or long-lasting results as the Enlighten home whitening.

 

The procedure involves applying tooth whitening gel to the teeth and shining a special blue activating light on the teeth. This accelerates the tooth whitening process and after three twenty minute sessions, the whitening produces fantastic results.This gives tooth whitening a kick start and the process is followed by 14 days of home treatment to complete the whitening. Before and after photographs are taken and given to the patient.

 

 

Tooth whitening is safe and does not damage the teeth and the only side effect is short lived sensitivity in some people.

 

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White Fillings

 

Stuart does not use mercury amalgam fillings at his practice. We now have much improved materials to restore teeth. They can be carefully matched to the existing tooth colour and will bond to the enamel and dentine of the tooth. Amalgam does not stick to teeth and just fills a cavity, it does not restore teeth.

 

Stuart uses the CEREC cad-cam ceramic filling technology for larger restorations and crowns, which restore teeth with an accurate, enamel-like material that is strong and durable. For smaller fillings, Stuart uses top quality resin based tooth coloured fillings that are bonded to the tooth and set instantly with a blue wavelength light.

 

We no longer have to put up with ugly metal amalgam fillings since we are now in the age of modern, advanced and improved aesthetically pleasing alternatives.

 

Veneers

 

Porcelain veneers can be used to change the shape or position of a front tooth, or to improve the appearance by masking discolouration, mottling or rough enamel.

 

Stuart also uses veneers to close gaps between front teeth and improve the overall smile.

 

Modern porcelain veneer materials are strong, durable and indistinguishable from natural teeth. They are far less destructive to the teeth than full coverage crowns, since veneers are a thin porcelain shell that are bonded to the front surface of the tooth. This avoids cutting down the whole tooth to a peg shape, in order to fit a crown.

 

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Crowns and Bridges

 

Crowns are often needed to strengthen and restore a tooth that has been extensively damaged by decay or trauma.

 

A crown may be required:

 

  • to stop cracks in a tooth spreading.
  • to restore a tooth which has too much filling and too little remaining tooth.
  • to prevent fracture of a tooth after root canal treatment.
  • to improve the appearance of a heavily filled tooth.
  • to a treat persistently sensitive tooth.

 

 

 

Stuart now uses all-porcelain crowns that contain no metal materials. These crowns give a natural appearance to the tooth and avoids that opaque or greyish look that you often see with metal/ceramic crowns.

 

Bridges are used when teeth are lost or missing. A bridge will prevent movement of the opposing or adjacent teeth into the space. This movement can increase plaque accumulation and trap food, leading to decay or gum disease. A bridge can be made by attaching a false tooth (pontic) to crowns on either side of the gap. This involves drilling down the teeth either side and may involve healthy, unfilled teeth. Another option is an adhesive resin-bonded bridge. This only requires minimal tooth preparation and the false tooth is bonded to the adjacent tooth with small metal wings. This technique is much less destructive to the teeth than a conventional bridge but can more easily 'de-bond'. However, should this occur, the bridge is easily reattached. Bridges can avoid the use of dentures and restore the mouth to it's original appearance and function.