Creating new smiles in Rawtenstall and Rossendale
Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and extracting teeth, as it was for many years. Nowadays, many people turn to cosmetic dentistry, or ‘aesthetic dentistry’, as a way of improving their appearance, much as they would use cosmetic surgery or even a new hairstyle. The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments include veneers, crowns, bridges and tooth-coloured fillings.
Teeth whitening is the most fantastic and safe way to enhance your smile. Our treatments are proven to lighten teeth and we expect an improvement in every treatment prescribed. Teeth whitening products can be bought in shops or online but these products have varying levels of whitening agents, which can be harmful to teeth and gums. There may be other problems that whitening alone will not correct, so please consult us first to provide solutions that really work. Only dental professionals are legally allowed to prescribe and deliver tooth-whitening treatments.
Teeth are stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of whitening process chosen.
A whitening gel is placed in a custom-made tray which you can wear whilst asleep or for short periods during the day.
Results are normally seen over 2 weeks
Veneers are thin slices of porcelain. These are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of front teeth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Veneers are an ideal way of treating discoloured or unsightly teeth, closing gaps between front teeth, or repairing chips and cracks. They are made by a dental technician, using impressions taken by the dentist. The veneers are made in the laboratory and bonded to the tooth to form a strong and natural-looking repair. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain. Composite veneers can be completed in one visit and involve bonding tooth-coloured filling material to the front of the tooth. Although these veneers are slightly more prone to staining and have a shorter life, they are easily replaced.
When a tooth is badly broken or heavily filled, the dentist may need to crown or ‘cap’ it to restore its appearance and strength. The usual procedure for fitting a crown involves shaping the tooth under local anaesthetic and then taking an impression using a rubber-like material. The impression is then sent to the laboratory, along with the details of the shade to be used, where the technician makes the crown. Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold. New materials are continually being introduced. There are different crowns for certain situations and it is a good idea to discuss with your dentist which crown would be best for you.