Considering A Dental ‘Touch Up’ To Give Your Smile More Appeal?

Dr Sandeep Patel looks at common treatments which can be used to improve your smile.

You may well have come across stories of media personalities who have undergone dramatic changes to their appearance through surgery?

This often relates not only to facial features such as nose and lips, but sometimes also, their teeth.

Coming from this is a common misconception that in order to improve your own teeth, you would have to undergo significant treatment to do so; but fortunately this is not always the case.

If you have a car, that has a few minor scratches and scuffs, you wouldn’t necessarily consider having a full respray job. Instead, you might have those particular parts worked on. Although probably quite a loose analogy, it could be said that our mini smile makeover works in a similar sort of way, to some degree at least.

What is a mini smile makeover?

As the name suggests, this is a treatment, or a number of treatments that are designed to improve your smile, but without the need for the more significantly invasive procedures that are available, such as dental implant placement.

Each patient’s personal requirements will be different according to their needs and the type of smile they hope to achieve. Some people are happy with some minor defects, but not with others whereas other patients might want to improve their smile as much as they possibly can. Whatever your preference, our Confidental Clinic dentists will be able to produce a treatment plan for our Greenwich patients that will give them a significant improvement in their smiles.

Mini Smile Makeover Treatments

As mentioned earlier, a number of treatments can be used to produce an improved smile as part of a mini makeover. These are the more common ones that are used at the Confidental Clinic.

Cosmetic bonding

This treatment is often used to restore the appearance of teeth that have suffered from tiny chips, but which cause no actual harm to the tooth. Although harmless, these ‘defects’ can be very  noticeable when you smile. For this purpose, a tooth coloured resin is used that can then be coloured and shaped to match your natural teeth. This is a pain free treatment and no local anaesthetic is usually necessary.

Teeth whitening

One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the UK, and probably the rest of the world too. It is a straightforward and non invasive procedure that can make a big difference to your smile and the whiteness can be adjusted to your personal preferences. Some patients like to obtain the maximum effect, whilst others prefer a more subtle improvement. Whatever your choice, we can help you.

Our popular tooth whitening treatment consists of a custom home whitening treatment that will whiten your teeth in just a couple of weeks whilst wearing the trays at home for a few hours each day at a time most suitable for you. We will provide full advice and guidance to make sure that you gain the maximum benefit from this method.

Dental crowns

Crowns can be used to restore function to damaged teeth, but they can also be used to improve aesthetics too as they can be produced in a shade and shape that matches your own natural teeth.

Where teeth have become badly discoloured or where the teeth are chipped to such an extent that cosmetic resin bonding might not be a practical option, porcelain dental veneers offer another way forward to enhance your smile.

Although some types of veneers can be attached on top of the teeth, it is still common for the dentist to need to remove some surface enamel so that the veneer can be attached and look most natural. Your new veneers are made off site at a dental laboratory during which time you will be provided with temporary veneers to protect your teeth during the wait of a week or so. Once returned, we will remove the temporary veneers and fit your new ones for you.

No job is too big or too small for the experienced cosmetic dental team at our Greenwich dental practice. Whether you need a straightforward teeth whitening procedure or a more complex procedure such as dental implants, we are here to help you achieve a healthy and attractive smile. If you have a dental issue, whether cosmetic or general, we are happy to hear from you. Please call the Confidental Clinic for an initial appointment on 020 8858 1422.

Dr Sandeep Patel – GDC 65766