April 5th, 2010
Of all the cosmetic dentistry procedures, cosmetic bonding is the most versatile. It can be used to improve the appearance of a number of dental conditions such as chipped teeth and discolouration. It is also used as a bonding agent in a number of other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers and crowns.
Dental bonding is made up of composite resin, which is skilfully mixed to closely resemble the colour of the existing tooth enamel. Cosmetic bonding is such a large part of modern cosmetic dentistry that there are dentists who specialise in the process. Once satisfied with the colour, the Central London dentist will then apply the mixture to the necessary area of the teeth. When treating discolouration and stained teeth, the dentists will evenly spread the bonding thinly across the surface of the teeth to create the impression of cleaner, whiter teeth. The bonding will then be set hard using a dental laser before being buffed and polished to appear like smooth tooth enamel.
In treatments where bonding is used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, the bonding will be applied to teeth that have already been treated with an etching agent for added grip. The bonding is then carefully shaped into the desired shape before being hardened.
Cosmetic bonding is also widely used as a material for fillings. This is replacing the old silver amalgam fillings that have caused controversy due to the presence of mercury. White cosmetic bonding also looks much more aesthetically pleasing than the old style metal fillings. To find out if your teeth could benefit from the many uses of cosmetic bonding, ask your dentist at your next check up appointment.
March 19th, 2010
Being ashamed of any aspect of your physical appearance can be very damaging for your self-esteem, but when it is your teeth it affects your smile, the way you talk and the way you eat. It can also affect the way you interact with people and can even hinder personal relationships. In this image conscious modern world, it is important to be comfortable with the way you look.
Until twenty years ago, the possibilities to correct damaged, stained or uneven teeth would have been limited. Modern cosmetic dentistry has come a long way and there are now many options for restoring the appearance of your teeth. One of the most dramatic of these is porcelain veneers.
A set of porcelain veneers will be especially designed to fit over you teeth to completely change the appearance of your smile in as little as one afternoon. Modern veneers are incredibly thin, some only as wide as a contact lens, so minimal preparation work is required. New digital imaging and computer technology has also made it possible to manufacture dental veneers in as little as six minutes per tooth. This new chair-side technology, known as cerec, represents the future of dentistry and is being offered now by a number of City of London dentists.
The application process of veneers involves the dentist thoroughly cleaning your existing teeth, before applying an etching agent. This provides more grip for the dental bonding which is applied to cement the new veneers. Porcelain appears very similar to tooth enamel, even to the extent of having the same translucent quality so your new teeth will look very lifelike.
With porcelain veneers there is no longer any need to be ashamed of your teeth. It is possible to have the perfect smile you have always wanted. Just ask a City of London dentist for more details.
March 15th, 2010
London dentists offer a vast array of cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients with many different cosmetic complaints. The idea of treating teeth purely for cosmetic reasons rather than functionality is a relatively new one. But owing to the increasing importance of appearance in the modern world, it is one of the fastest growing areas of cosmetic enhancement. After all, your smile is very important to you and can influence people’s first impressions.
Patients have many different reasons for wanting cosmetic treatment. One of the most common complaints is teeth that have lost their natural colour and look unpleasant because of yellowing or staining. This can happen as a result of lifestyle choices such as smoking or drinking red wine, but it could also be that the teeth are just losing their natural colour due to age. Teeth can be treated with teeth whitening treatments, which are very effective, cosmetic bonding or in extreme cases, a set of porcelain veneers.
Bonding and veneers can also be used to treat teeth that are suffering from enamel erosion of that are uneven. Porcelain veneers are slightly more expensive than bonding treatment but the results achievable are incredibly impressive. New technology such as Cerec has allowed the process of manufacturing veneers to be carried out in a fraction of the time it took previously.
It is also possible to straighten teeth using orthodontic straighteners such as the Inman aligner or Invisalign to correct minor misalignments. These treatments involve wearing a removable retainer for several months to gradually manipulate the teeth into a more attractive position. Prices for these treatments vary according to which retainer you use and the severity of treatment needed.
March 3rd, 2010
Two of the types of dental veneer available from Central London dentists are made of porcelain and composite resin. The aim of all dental veneers is to restore the appearance of teeth damaged by discoloration, worn enamel or structural damage. Veneers are placed over the top of the existing teeth and cemented in place. This not only adds another protective layer to the teeth but also makes them appear whiter and more even.
Porcelain veneers are the more expensive of the two options. The porcelain has a translucent quality similar to that of tooth enamel which makes them look incredibly lifelike. Porcelain is also very durable and resistant to staining. Modern porcelain veneers can be made using the latest digital technology and computer-guided machinery, which is radically reducing treatment and manufacture times. Porcelain veneers are also very thin which means that there is little need for any enamel removal prior to fixing. Although very expensive, porcelain veneers are incredibly effective and ideally suited to the replacement of a whole dental arc.
Composite resin veneers involve mixing up a resin to closely match the colour and texture of the existing enamel. This can be done at the chair-side and involves little further preparation. After the tooth has been cleaned and prepared with a mild etching acid to roughen the surface, the dentist will apply the resin to the tooth and smooth it to the desired shape and size. When happy with the appearance the dentist can then set the resin hard using the heat of a dental laser. The veneer can then be polished and buffed to look smooth like enamel. Composite veneers are more suited to smaller scale repairs but can also have a dramatic impact across the whole dental arc. Ask your Central London dentist for more advice about dental veneers.
January 31st, 2010
Patients with very badly discoloured teeth are very often ashamed of their condition, which can severely affect self-confidence and undermine self-esteem. It can cause a reluctance to smile or even be in social situations for fear of being noticed but there are several things you could do to improve their appearance.
Cosmetic bonding and teeth whitening are two options for whitening discoloured teeth. Teeth whitening can be dramatic but it can also be fairly ineffectual depending on the condition of your teeth. Dental bonding covers discolouration but can look unrealistic and uneven. By far the most dramatic and successful way to restore the appearance of white teeth is to use dental veneers.
Veneers are porcelain tooth caps that are cemented over the top of original teeth. They can be made from porcelain that compliments your facial tones and are incredibly thin to retain the translucent appearance of tooth enamel. Some of the latest veneers available on the market are as thin as a contact lens and require little or no enamel preparation prior to fixing.
Modern technology has made it possible to design and fit a set of veneers in only one appointment with a Central London dentist making it possible to have a smile you can be proud of the very same day. Veneers vary in price depending on the nature and quality of treatment but can you really put a price on a beautiful smile.
January 21st, 2010
In modern dentistry there is now a procedure for almost every eventuality, be it cosmetic or purely practical. Technological advances over the last twenty years have greatly increased the possibilities of dental treatment and significantly improved the results achievable in traditional treatments.
One of the most common dental problems is discolouration either due to age or from an outside source such as tobacco or an excess of fluoride. Teeth that have lost their colour or been stained can now be treated using a variety of different whitening systems, designed to meet specific needs. Alternatively, it is possible to cover discoloured teeth with a set of porcelain veneers which are cemented over the original teeth.
Veneers can also be used to repair teeth that have been damaged by chips or cracks. The veneer acts as a protective barrier and structural support to the tooth and restores the cosmetic procedure. For more seriously damaged teeth London dentists may choose to use a crown, which is a more solid and extensive variety of a veneer. Both crowns, veneers and dental inlays can now be made using the very latest computer technology which has radically improved both the quality and length of treatment. In fact, it is now possible to design and fit a whole set of veneers in a single appointment.
There is a list of possible dental treatments too long to name here but rest assured that whatever your particular dental concern there is a dental procedure available that can restore or improve the appearance of your teeth. And as treatments become more available they also become more affordable. Make an appointment with your dentist to see what they could do for your teeth.
December 12th, 2009
A beautiful smile can really make others around you feel comfortable and can have a healthy effect on your own self-confidence. Our smile is a very important factor in our lives and can determine the way we are perceived by others and play a fundamental role in communication.
It is important therefore that we are completely happy with our smile and having bad teeth can make this incredibly difficult. Badly discoloured, worn or chipped teeth can make you feel very self-conscious and even ashamed to smile in certain situations but there is a solution to all these dental problems that is quick and very effective. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are individually crafted for each patient using the very latest in computer-aided design and manufacture. They can be fitted in a single appointment completely transforming the appearance of your teeth and therefore your smile.
The confidence that comes from a new set of shiny veneers cannot be underestimated and can make a big difference to your life. Veneers are incredibly lifelike and almost impossible to tell apart from real teeth. They are cemented over the existing teeth with composite bonding for extra resilience, and if properly cared for can last as long as twenty years before they need replacing. Veneers can also be used to protect teeth that have been damaged or broken and need further structural support.
Dentists in London can fit veneers in a single appointment with the minimum of damage caused to existing teeth. The cost of veneers varies according to the extent of treatment and the quality of the materials but whatever the price can you really put a price on a healthy, confident and beautiful smile.
November 16th, 2009
For patients who have badly worn, discoloured or unevenly spaced teeth the very latest in veneer technology, Lumineers may be able to restore the cosmetic appearance of their teeth.
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are cemented over the top of existing teeth to enhance their cosmetic appearance. In the past having a veneer fitted involved the need to remove a substantial amount of enamel form the existing tooth in order that the tooth could accommodate the veneer.
Thanks to Lumineer technology, veneers are now so incredibly thin that only minimal tooth preparation is required prior to fixing. Manufactured by Cerinate, Lumineers are about the same width as a contact lens and are so thin that they are even completely removable. They are also able to fit over existing dental work which means that painful and uncomfortable removal work is not needed before fixing a Lumineer veneer.
Lumineers have also been manufactured to have a translucent appearance that mirrors that of real tooth enamel. This makes Lumineers the most lifelike and realistic veneers on the market, something that veneers have been criticised for in the past. Representing a major step forward in the world of cosmetic dentistry, Lumineers are increasingly becoming the favoured choice of veneer for dentists and patients alike. Ask a London dentist about what Lumineer technology could do for the cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
November 4th, 2009
Porcelain veneers are custom made ceramic shells that replicate the appearance of teeth and fit over the surface of existing teeth that have sustained some kind of damage. Some of the most common injuries that require porcelain veneers are broken, chipped or cracked teeth, but veneers can also be used to cover teeth that are worn, discoloured or unevenly spaced. Porcelain veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry as they aim to create a bright, white and even smile. Modern porcelain ceramics are even manufactured to retain a translucent appearance that mirrors that of tooth enamel.
Teeth can become discoloured for a number of reasons. Most commonly it is simply due to age, as teeth lose their natural colour over the years in much the same way that hair does. However, teeth can also be discoloured due to lifestyle choices with tobacco, red wine and coffee being particularly big offenders. Worn teeth occur when the enamel is gradually eroded over time. Both the wearing down of teeth and discolouration vary from person to person with some patients simply being more genetically prone. Damage to teeth often occurs as the result of sporting injury or head trauma received during a car accident.
For all of these problems porcelain veneers can be fitted by dentists to restore not only the aesthetic appearance of teeth but also to restore their structural integrity and surface strength. Porcelain veneers are manufactured in laboratory conditions, increasingly with the aid of computers and three-dimensional imaging, and cemented over existing teeth. Modern veneers are designed to be so thin that they are able to fit over existing teeth without the need for extensive enamel removal.
Once in place, porcelain veneers are very durable and stain resistant. They can completely transform the appearance of teeth and can last as long as ten years if properly maintained. If you are suffering from chipped or broken teeth or if you would like to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers, ask a City of London dentist about the latest in porcelain veneer technology.
July 15th, 2009
Cosmetic dentistry is one of the upcoming fields of dentistry. We live in an aesthetic world wherein people are conscious about the way they look. Your social image is dependant on how you project yourself to the public and hence more people have joined the bandwagon.
They say a smile at times is all that it takes to get things done. So imagine that you are smiling and the result is denial. Gummy smiles are one among the most common problems that London dentists are said to come across. They get several patients who want their smiles beautified and corrected so that they do not look stupid when they smile. So much is the need that gummy smile rectification forms a major portion of the revenue obtained from cosmetic surgery. There are two procedures employed to rectify gummy smiles namely gingivectomy and crown lengthening. Gummy smiles are classified into mild, moderate, advanced and severe based on the proportion of the smile that the gums occupy.
Generally, for mild and moderate conditions gingivectomy is employed which involves the use of a dental laser to remove a minimum amount of gums. The process is also known as radiosurgery and it is completely painless, does not require sutures and the gum tissues heal within two weeks. On the other hand, advanced and severe forms of gummy smiles require a more extensive tissue reduction technique such as crown lengthening. Initially the gum tissue will be repositioned to the desired level and left to heal for a week or so. After the initial healing, the sutures are removed and another 5-7 weeks later, a crown lengthening procedure is administered followed by porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns to achieve the desired beautiful smile.
So if you are ashamed of your smile, all you need is to visit your dentist and he will do the rest.