‘Should I skip my general dentistry appointment?’ 5 reasons to not skip your check up with Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester!

In with your morning mail drop off is a dental check-up reminder. Chances are, you will probably start thinking of reasons to put it off or to skip it all together.

Although they are a far cry from the glamour of other dental procedures like implants, whitening or veneers, attending check-ups regularly are extremely important for both oral and general health. Links between poorly maintained oral health and other major health concerns are reported daily in the media, yet many people still delay that biannual visit to their dentist.

general-dentistry-appointmentAt Aesthetic Smiles, we understand the importance of general dentistry in Leicester and aim to provide you with a thorough and high-quality check-up, to keep your teeth and gums in top shape!

So, why is it important to visit Aesthetic Smiles for general dentistry in Leicester? Here are our top 5 reasons!

Spotting potential issues

Even if your teeth are glowing white, perfectly straight and you have never had a cavity, it is still important to attend our dental surgery for general dentistry in Leicester.

While your teeth may appear fine to you, one of our dentists may be able to spot potential issues arising in your mouth, such as accumulation of plaque, a strange lump or the start of a cavity. These all require further exploration and preventative treatments.

Up to date records

Our dentists needs to record any changes in your oral health since your last check up. This is essential in order to predict your dental health over the next year and can help our team identify signs of tooth or gum deterioration.


While it is easy for anyone to spot decay on the front of teeth, only someone armed with a set of dental tools and a trained eye can detect decay that may be hiding between or behind teeth.

Spotting decay early can allow our team to take preventative measures, such as fluoride sealants, meaning you may not have to undertake a filling or extraction in the future.

Previous treatments

If you have ever had a filling, a crown or any kind of cosmetic work, attending check-ups allows our team to check that there are no loose fillings and that your crowns are secure, and enables us to spot any potential problems with prior cosmetic work.

Loose or lost fillings and crowns can cause immense discomfort and can lead to more serious complications, like abscesses or tooth loss, so you have nothing to lose by having a trained professional check yours out at a check-up!

Oral cancer screening

An often overlooked part of dental check-ups from the position of patients is oral cancer screening.

Even if you are not a smoker, it is of vital importance that a dentist screens and examines your mouth for any abnormal lumps and, if necessary, can then refer you to a specialist. Oral cancer is easy to treat but only if it is identified early.

If you do smoke, regular dental check-ups are more important, to enable identification of issues associated with smoking, like gum recession.

Veneers Cost UK – An Investigation into Dental Veneers

As with many treatments in dentistry, one of the first questions people ask is, how much – ‘veneers cost the UK’ is undoubtedly a hot topic? However, this question is far too simple, and it would be very much like saying “How much is a car?”… The answer will always depend; it depends on what you want it to do, what the requirements are, and what your budget is! So let’s undertake an investigation into teeth veneers, look at some of the options and the cost in the UK.

Throughout the post, we will look at three different types of veneer:

  • Clip-in veneers, sometimes known as secret veneers.
  • Composite veneers, sometimes known as immediate veneers.
  • Porcelain veneers.

What’s a veneer?

In is very simplest form a tooth veneer is a shell like layer which is placed over the surface of the tooth. Regular dental veneers are made as individual teeth and bonded to your natural tooth, click on veneers are usually made all as one, with all of the teeth joined together and they are not bonded permanently to your natural teeth.

Clip on veneers

These types of veneers are manufactured as a single block of tooth coloured plastic. They click in over the top of your natural teeth.

One of the biggest problems is that the ability to correct misshapen or crooked teeth is challenging with this type of clip in secret veneer, as you can see from the video above. People look for cheap veneers, find one of these manufacturers online and end up with results that are far from perfect.

BUT the biggest problem with these is often overlooked. While they may not look great, this is one of the more minor issues. These clip-in veneer systems can damage the delicate gums by rubbing on them, causing inflammation. This inflammation of the gums can then lead to bone loss, which if left to its logical conclusion can also result in tooth loss.

If people are then tempted to wear these veneers too often, their oral health also becomes compromised. The veneers hold the harmful bacteria against the teeth giving the bacteria ample opportunity to excrete the acid over the teeth and cause extensive tooth decay. This type of cosmetic dentistry still requires excellent oral hygiene to ensure that this type of problem doesn’t begin.

The cost of this type of click in veneer is often around £250 for either the top or the bottom, and this is why it has become incredibly popular with people looking for cheap dental veneers and cosmetic dentistry, however, they may be storing up more dental problems than they realise!

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are a thin layer of tooth-coloured composite resin which are usually bonded directly to the surface of your teeth. This type of immediate veneer are used to straighten crooked teeth, rebuild chipped or broken down teeth and cover over small pits or holes in the surface of your teeth.

One of the most significant advantages of this type of composite veneer is that they are immediate, you can arrive at the dentist, have your treatment and then leave with a brand new look and brighter smile.

Treatment times for composite veneers vary, depending upon the complexity of the treatment. Sometimes natural tooth structure is removed to make way for the composite resin, and this is particularly true if you have a tooth which sticks out a lot.

The cost of these veneers also varies depending on the size, sometimes only a small amount of composite resin is added to cover a hole in the tooth or restore a chipped tooth, the price of this is often from £90. To cover a complete tooth will be more than this.

Porcelain Veneers

Of all the types of veneer, these are usually the most expensive at around £500 per tooth; however they come with a whole range of advantages:

  • Porcelain veneers are permanent. Because they are permanently bonded to your teeth, there is no chance of them causing problems to the gums (such as with clip-in veneers).
  • Being made of porcelain, they last the longest amount of time, typically around ten years. Composite veneers tend to fade and wear away after approximately 5 to 7 years and click in veneers can last even less time than this, especially if you wear them lots.
  • Ceramic porcelain veneers are designed to be used 24 hours a day. It doesn’t matter when you go out, your veneers are always with you, unlike click in veneers where you have to ensure you carry the veneers around and click them in before you go out.
  • Infinitely customisable. Because the ceramic veneers are handmade by a highly skilled dental technician, they can be completely customised in terms of shape and colour, you can have the match your existing teeth or have a much brighter, depending on the result you wish to achieve. This can be great for achieving those Hollywood smiles.
  • Completely stain resistant. Composite veneers (and click in veneers especially) can stain with strong other foods such as turmeric, red wine, tea and coffee. In fact, you shouldn’t be eating or drinking with clip-in veneers at all. Porcelain veneers are utterly impervious to any of these stains.
  • Totally natural appearance. Because the underlying tooth does not compromise the veneers as with clip-in veneers, they are made to look completely natural without looking too big or false.

tooth veneers

What are the other options?

Dental veneers or often used to realign teeth, rebuild broken down teeth, whiten teeth and generally restore your smile – there are other ways to do this too:

  • realigning teeth can be done with orthodontics
  • restoring broken down teeth can be done with composite bonding and in extreme circumstances, dental crowns
  • whitening teeth can be done with teeth whitening

This is why an excellent cosmetic dentist near you will take a holistic approach to dental veneers, examining what you want them for and what results you want to achieve, and then ensuring you have the best treatment, tailored exclusively for you.

Are veneers worth it

Dental veneers can definitely be worth it, the investment is often around £500 per tooth, but this can usually be financed over an extended period bringing the cost down to unaffordable monthly amount. The benefits of dental veneers include being able to smile confidently, eat and chew the foods you want to and generally enjoy a brighter, whiter and more appealing smile. All without having to take those teeth out at the end of the night, as happens with clip in veneers!


A 26 page report full of the most useful information, ideal if you’re thinking about any type of cosmetic dentistry

  • The costs and lowest price alternatives
  • Your options and choices for treatment
  • Are you suitable for treatment?
  • Is teeth whitening safe?
  • What are best, crowns, veneers or bonding?
  • How will I know what I will look like after treatment?
  • plus lots more…

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Your Perfect Smile with Quick Straight Teeth

Looking for a perfect smile?

Looking for quick straight teeth with a cost-effective treatment?

This blog post is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful smile, in as short a period as possible with the most cost-effective options.

let’s get started…

What is the fastest way to straighten teeth?

Understanding which is the fastest way to straighten teeth begins with answering a simple question, “Which teeth the straightening and what do you want to achieve?”.

If there is a single tooth which is rotated and needs to be straightened into line then very often dental bonding can be used. This is a process whereby a dentist applies a layer of tooth coloured resin over the surface of a crooked tooth, building it out into line so that it looks straight when viewed from the front. Dental bonding can often be done with no injection and in the treatment room.

This means there is no waiting, no impressions and a new beautiful straighter smile is achieved in about 30 min.

the Inman aligner
the Inman aligner

If more teeth require straightening, for example concentrating on the front 6 to 8 teeth, then a rapid orthodontics system such as Inman aligner may be best suited. This uses a revolutionary spring and wire system which both pushes and pulls in different directions at the same time to achieve a perfect smile rapidly.

The braces work by only putting pressure on exactly the right place on the tooth. However, one of the biggest disadvantages of the Inman aligner is that it is removable, this means patient compliance needs to be at its greatest wearing the aligner for at least 20 hours a day; it is also more visible as the wires can be seen clearly. This system is also only suitable to correct mild to moderate problems.

quick straight teeth
Quick Straight Teeth Braces

For a perfect smile in around 6 months (or 24 weeks depending on complexity) then Quick Straight Teeth braces can be used. This employs fixed orthodontics (so the patient is not tempted to take the braces out and therefore increase treatment time), the brackets and wires are tooth coloured meaning they are completely discreet and virtually invisible in the mouth when viewed at a regular speaking distance. This system is good for resolving moderate problems quickly.

Is there any way to straighten teeth in one day?

Yes, teeth can be straightened in a single day in some circumstances, dental bonding can be used over the surface of the teeth to give the illusion of straightness. Some practices also have digital technology allowing them to manufacture a series of dental veneers. Dental veneers require removal of the front surface of the teeth, the new veneer is then made to cover the surface in a straighter tooth alignment.

How do celebrities get their teeth fixed so quickly?

In many instances it is an allusion that celebrities have their teeth fixed so quickly, remember, many of the times one sees a celebrity online it is a recording and there is often little way to put a timing or date on this. It can therefore seem that celebrities teeth become straight very quickly, when the reality may not be the case.

It may also be that the celebrity has dental veneers rather than orthodontics. Dental veneers can reshape teeth, whiten them and give a straight a look very rapidly, typically in around 3 weeks. This is how some celebrities seem to have straighter teeth so quickly.

Tom Cruise

Can a dentist file my teeth to be smaller and straighter?

The anatomy of the tooth

Another question which gets asked frequently on the chat forums online. When thinking about having teeth filed down it’s important to bear in mind the anatomy of the tooth. On the very inside of the tooth is the nerve and blood supply, this is extremely sensitive and needs to be covered up.

Over the top of the nerve and blood supply is a thick layer of dentine. This is a softer structure than the final outer layer of the tooth but provides some form of cushioning effect. Finally there is the hard outer layer of the tooth known as the enamel. Enamel is the hardest structure in the human body.

If the outer surface of the tooth is filed to be smaller and straighter then the enamel will be worn away and some of the dentine may become exposed. The dentine has fine tubules which reach from the outer surface down to the nerve and blood supply, if these tubules become exposed then teeth can become extremely sensitive.

It is therefore important to retain as much natural tooth enamel as possible, the human body is amazing and puts the enamel structure there in order to protect the tooth. Removing it is therefore not a good idea unless it is then covered up again by something such as dental bonding, of veneer or a dental crown.

Where can I buy braces for my teeth online?

This is a very common question that more and more people are beginning to ask, there are indeed places where you can buy braces online however we would like to give warning about doing this.

When you have teeth straightening procedures at a dentist the dentist is not only looking to straighten your teeth, they are checking to make sure that the teeth are in a healthy state to be moved in the first place. Your dentist will also be checking for dental health issues which can arise whilst wearing braces, this will be done during the routine appointments throughout the orthodontic treatment.

Missing out the dentist and purchasing braces online through one of the many direct systems can mean that the oral health care of the patient is compromised as there is no dental professional overseeing the treatment directly. We advise extreme caution when going down this route of treatment.


A perfect smile can be achieved in many ways using a combination of restorative techniques such as dental bonding, crowns or veneers as well as orthodontic techniques such as the Inman aligner or Quick Straight Teeth orthodontic system. The real secret to understanding how to achieve a perfect smile in the shortest period of time is to have a conversation with a dentist, they can then advise on the best treatment protocol to achieve your desired results.

Can routine mouth cancer screening increase my chances of beating cancer?

A trip to the dentist is far more than a simple routine to ensure your mouth is in tiptop shape. One of the series of tests performed by some dentist practitioners is used to identify the signs of early cancer.

While these screenings should not be described as “life-saving”, they do help to diagnose oral cancer in infancy, and early diagnosis means an improved chance for a cure.

Mouth Cancer Screenings in LeicesterWe administer mouth cancer screenings in Leicester at our practice, Aesthetic Smiles, not only to keep your mouth in prime condition but also your overall health.

What can you expect from a cancer screening?

Cancer screening is a thorough mouth examination, where our dentist checks for red or white spots called lesions, while also feeling the tissue for any abnormalities or lumps.

The colouring of your tissue is also a telltale symptom of early-onset cancer – healthy tissue is dark, while cancerous tissue appears white. Instruments such as lights and mirrors are used to confirm signs of mouth diseases that could prove fatal.

The only difference between a screening and other standard procedures, are the tools that are used to highlight oral issues. Commonly used tools include micro-optic cameras and specialised blue light rays.

Remember that unusual lumps and bumps can be found in and around your mouth, and so checks for lumps are performed on the face, neck and nasal cavities, where anything unusual will be quickly identified. Bear in mind that these checks can be considered invasive. If you suffer from dental anxiety, let our dentist know ahead of time.

If the results of your initial mouth cancer screening in Leicester are inconclusive, an additional test might be necessary. Another commonly used method includes rinsing your mouth with a harmless dye. If there are abnormal cells, they will absorb the dye and show up blue.

Are mouth cancer screenings recommended to everyone?

Our dentist will use their discretion regarding whether mouth cancer screenings in Leicester are necessary or not. For some dental practitioners, the examination forms part of a routine.

That said, certain patients are dubbed higher risk than others because of the following factors:

  • Smokers and tobacco users
  • Heavy drinkers
  • People previously diagnosed with cancer
  • Sun damage caused by prolonged exposure without taking necessary precautions, i.e. sunblock.

What happens if my results show up positive?

Irregularities are not a definitive sign of cancer but should be regarded with caution. These sores, lesions, lumps or bumps might be benign or non-cancerous, but this should not be taken as an assumption.

Schedule another follow-up appointment with us in two weeks to see whether it has grown or changed shape. We might also advise you to undergo a biopsy with a specialised doctor. The procedure involves taking sample cells that are tested for cancer in a laboratory.

Debunking the myth: screenings cannot cure cancer

These procedures can identify early signs of cancer, and an early diagnosis is advantageous.

At the same time, not all abnormalities show up easily. Your mouth is a tiny space from which to administer the procedure, despite advanced technologies, and so irregularly shaped cells might go undetected. If you feel that something “isn’t quite right”, it is best that you see your local doctor straight away!

Looking into general dentistry in Leicester?

Keeping Leicester smiling

General Dentistry in LeicesterHere at Aesthetic Smiles, our trained and highly professional staff are committed to providing Leicester with a bespoke dental service which is tailored to people’s specific needs and requirements. It is our philosophy that, as no two sets of teeth are identical, so no two sets of treatment should be exactly the same. Rather, we feel that each treatment we provide ought to be moulded to fit the individual requirements presented to us by each of our patients. Those seeking general dentistry in Leicester need look no further than our dedicated and approachable, fully qualified dental practitioners here at Aesthetic Smiles.


At Aesthetic Smiles, we believe that prevention is the best form of treatment. By properly educating our clients on the correct way to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene, we endeavour to ensure that the patient will have less need for more complicated procedures and thus save themselves any potential discomfort and extra fees. However, at Aesthetic Smiles, we understand that there are numerous factors as to why patients may be seeking general dentistry in Leicester and we tailor our services to fit whatever is presented to us. One method of general dentistry in Leicester we provide is a polish, scale and cleaning service. This utilises specialist dental equipment to eradicate plaque and tartar build-up in difficult-to-reach grooves in a patient’s mouth. This can instantly rid the teeth of years of stains which may have arisen from smoking, drinking red wine, tea or coffee, general neglect or certain medications. Those who seek this method of treatment can walk out of our practice with a brighter, cleaner smile and a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence.

The root of the issue

Gum disease is the leading preventable cause of tooth decay and loss within the UK, and here at Aesthetic Smiles, we feel that education is one of the most effective ways of preventing gum disease. Recognising the telltale signs of gum disease is a key method of stopping it in its tracks, before it can manifest into something more harmful. The initial stage of developing gum disease is called gingivitis, it results in gums becoming red and inflamed. Patients may also spit blood when brushing their teeth – which is a crucial indicator that gingivitis is developing. If it is not properly dealt with, then gingivitis can develop into what is known as periodontal disease. This is when the gum tissue surrounding the patient’s teeth becomes infected and it spreads to the periodontal ligament, which is what connects the teeth to the bone in the jaw. If this occurs, then there is a far greater risk of the patient’s teeth becoming looser. This, if left untreated will eventually result in one or more teeth separating themselves from the periodontal ligament, and the patient losing them. However, this is only the worst case scenario – which is the result of patients not seeking treatment. Here at Aesthetic Smiles, we offer a full range of comprehensive gum disease treatments to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.

Do you want to find out more about children’s dentistry?

Whether you are a first time parent unsure of what to do when it comes to your child’s teeth, or starting to worry about the condition of your child’s smile for one reason or another, children’s dentistry in Leicester  could be exactly what your child needs. Taking your child to the dentist is vitally important as, if this is left to one side, they could develop teeth related problems early on and end up needing a lifetime of dental treatment in some cases.

Children’s Dentistry in LeicesterOur dental practitioners will do whatever they can to support both you and your child through any dental treatments that they may have to undergo at our practice. We understand that going to the dentist can be unsettling for adults, let alone young children, so we always go out of our way to make sure that your child is completely comfortable and at ease when they are receiving treatment.

What treatments are available?

There are several treatments available within children’s dentistry in Leicester, ranging from a simple biannual check-up to more extensive dental treatments such as braces and jaw aligners. If you are worried about your child developing tooth decay then we even have a fluoride treatment that helps to strengthen their teeth which is tooth coloured as well, so it is barely noticeable. Our dental professionals will be able to recommend exactly what your child needs when you bring them to our practice for a check-up.

When is it time to start taking your child to the dentist?

Children’s dentistry in Leicester has prevented hundreds of children from experiencing tooth decay. Here at Aesthetic Smiles we endeavour to achieve the smile your child desires and help them maintain it too. We believe that prevention should be the most important thing when it comes to your child’s teeth, not just being able to resolve the problems when they arise.

It is suggested that you start bringing your child to our dental practice as soon as possible, as this will encourage them to familiarise themselves with the practice and our staff. Their first examination should be booked in with us when they get their first tooth. This can be any time before their first birthday. It is not unheard of for children to have no teeth before their first birthday, so if this is the case then you should make them an appointment with one of our dental practitioners when they are twelve months old, regardless of whether they have any teeth yet or not.

Your child will normally come to us for a routine examination twice a year, as this will allow our dental professionals to monitor their progress and ensure that their teeth stay strong and healthy. Our dentists will also be able to inform you if your child is developing an over or underbite. As with most dental quandaries it is a good idea to get this dealt with sooner rather than later, as it will most likely reduce the amount of time it will take to sort your child’s smile out overall. The longer a dental issue is left the more likely it is to cause other problems with your child’s oral hygiene, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Looking to revamp your smile? Choose cosmetic dentistry in Leicester

When you pose for selfies or group pictures, do you smile with your mouth closed? Have you been less than confident about your teeth for a while?

If you are one of the millions of people across the UK who want to give their teeth a bit more than a simple dental check-up every six months, cosmetic dentistry could be the answer you are looking for.

Cosmetic Dentistry in LeicesterCosmetic dental work is becoming routine and many dentists around the country are trained in how to help you get the brightest smile. At Aesthetic Smiles, we can offer you a wide range of cosmetic dentistry in Leicester and are able to help you spread the cost, so you can focus on getting that bright, gleaming smile you deserve.

What are the different types of cosmetic work available?

As dentistry has evolved as a general practice, so have the range of cosmetic procedures that we can offer to our customers. Depending on how you want your finished smile to look, we can design it with you and then help you to create it. You take the lead, we will not pressure you into procedures you don’t want – it’s your smile after all!

Examples of the most popular procedures of cosmetic dentistry in Leicester are very varied.

Tooth Whitening

Perfect if your teeth are stained or discoloured, teeth whitening is a common procedure  carried out by us. With our professional power whitening treatments, your smile can be gleaming within an hour. We also offer home whitening kits to maintain and improve the whiteness of teeth.

Tooth Reshaping

Used to create a more symmetrical smile, tooth reshaping is often a combination of dental veneers and white composite fillings- very popular with customers who have gaps or chipped teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

A very sought-after piece of cosmetic work, porcelain veneers not only improve the overall appearance of your teeth, but they also straighten and whiten them instantly too.

Metal free crowns

Our metal free crowns are commonly used when we are creating a bridge piece or a dental implant for a customer who has missing teeth; the porcelain appearance creates a more natural look and the crown can be made from a range of different materials. Metal free crowns are also a great solution when you have had a tooth restored.

Smile makeovers

Smile makeovers can combine several treatments or involve other work to improve your smile’s appearance to give it extra appeal. This can be a perfect boost to your glamorous looks if you have a wedding coming up or just want to treat yourself!

Our cosmetic dentistry team in Leicester will assess your teeth and give you a recommended combination of treatments that they think will be of most benefit to you and then, your smile makeover will begin!

When you come to Aesthetic Smiles for your cosmetic dental work, we aim to provide you with a warm, friendly, caring atmosphere. Our dental team will guide you through every procedure you undertake and answer any questions you may have.

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Gum Lifts, Gum Reshaping and Gum Re-Contouring… Everything You Need to Know

Many people find that they have problems with their gums, either showing too much tooth (typically on the upper front teeth) and looking long in the tooth or not showing enough tooth and having a gummy smile. This blog post is dedicated to helping people understand more about how dumb lifts, reshaping and recontouring can help with a gummy or long in the tooth smile

We are going to break this blog post down into 2 sections:

  1. gummy smile
  2. long in the tooth smile

Treating a Gummy Smile

There are a few different ways to treat a gummy smile:

  • Gum lift, also known as gum reshaping or gum recontouring.
  • Botox or similar Botulinum Type a Toxin

What is a gum lift?

A lift would typically be undertaken on someone who shows a lot of gum on the upper teeth when they smile AND their teeth appear too small/short.

gummy smile
Image credit: Ramu coolhimesh – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49474133

The reason both of these criteria need to be in place is because if we removed gum from someone who’s teeth looked too long then this would make their teeth look even longer, if this is you then an alternative treatment may need to be sought.

The Gum Lift Procedure

Prior to the surgical phase of the gum left your dentist will usually go through some form of pretreatment diagnosis and planning. This can very often involve production of a surgical guide.

Dental impressions will be taken of your existing smile and sent to a laboratory, they can then work out the ideal amount of gum to be removed, a plastic guide can then be manufactured following this contour of where the gum should be removed, the plastic guide can then be placed back into your mouth and this shows your dentist exactly how much gum needs to be removed. The treatment can also be used for an even gums and treating an uneven gum line.

Image credit: www.elitedental.com.sg/aesthetic-gum-lift/

The gum lift is very often performed using a special laser which cauterises the gum as it goes meaning you have very little bleeding , the healing process is also very quick.

The soft tissue in your mouth, such as your gum tends to heal incredibly quickly and after only a few days the pain should have gone and you should begin to see the new results of your beautiful smile.

Treating a Gummy Smile with Botox

whilst a gum lift treats the gums to improve the look a gummy smile, treatment with Botox treats the lips to hide the gummy smile, rather than the gum tissue.

Very often a gummy smile is caused by the lips pulling back too far from your teeth when you smile, treatment with Botox can help to reduce the amount of muscle movement when you smile and relaxed the top lip. This has the effect of showing less gum in a broad smile and making the gummy smile look less pronounced.

Not everyone is suitable for this less invasive treatment as it depends upon the reason for your gummy smile. If it’s because your teeth are too small then treatment with Botox may only go a small way to helping, you may need a small amount of gum lift re-contouring surgery in addition to the Botox.

What can I do about my receding gums?

Receding gums and gum recession are on the opposite end of the spectrum to gum lift surgery. Receding gums are a natural phenomenon which happened as we age. The bone in your jaw tends to resorb and as it does so this takes the level of the gum with it, the older we get the less bone density and volume we have in our mouths and the longer our teeth look. tTooth sensitivity is also exacerbated with receding gums as the more sensitive dentine of your tooth becomes exposed.

Poor oral hygiene can also lead to gum recession caused by gum disease. As the gums become inflamed and infected the bone underneath begins to resorb and pull away, this then means the gums reduce in size also. This process can continue until the inflammation and/or infection is under control. Good oral hygiene with a good brush and floss technique is the best way to prevent this.

Gum re-contouring surgery including gum grafts may be able to help if this is severe. A gum graft involves taking a donor area of oral soft tissue, usually from the roof of your mouth, and then crafting it over their front of your teeth in order to produce a new cosmetically pleasing gum line.

How to Prevent Receding Gums

If your gum recession is due to age then this can be very difficult to prevent as everyone ages!

There are however a few things you can do to keep the resort option under control.

  • Switch to an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor. Sometimes patients brush too hard using a conventional toothbrush, this can then damage the gums which respond by resorb in. Many electric toothbrushes have pressure sensors and using one of these can highlight if you are pressing too hard when you clean your teeth.
  • Brush from the gum towards the tooth. If you brush the other way round and away from the neck of the tooth, reversing the brushing action and brushing the gum back down onto the tooth can have a long-term effect and help to reduce the amount of gum recession.
  • Avoid over cleaning in one area. Many people, particularly if they use a manual toothbrush, find that their lower right hand area of the teeth gets over brush with a manual toothbrush, this is typically around the lower right canine (eye tooth) area. This over brushing can again result in gum recession.

What is Facial Rejuvenation?

Facial rejuvenation is the process of reducing wrinkles, without the need for surgery, which can soften appearances giving a more youthful look. The aim of the process is to remove any kind of harmful surgery but reap the same benefits of a face lift. Our website will provide all the details needed with a brochure on the process, so if you are looking for facial rejuvenation in Leicester, then look no further.

Facial Rejuvenation in LeicesterWhy a Dentist?

A dentist has an astute knowledge of the workings of the face. As this is a delicate procedure, which requires knowledge of nerve endings and facial movement, a dentist is a more than suitable person to carry out this procedure. This is also a quick process, which will take around 5-10 minutes to complete, so a dental practice is somewhere you can fit in this procedure into a busy schedule, without long waiting times.

How does it work?

Botulinum toxin type A, or ‘Botox’ for short, works by relaxing the muscles in the face to ease up wrinkles, and tighten key areas of the face to provide a more youthful appearance. Our dentist will make a series of small injections in wrinkled areas, such as the eyebrows, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, and forehead lines. The Botox then works by inhibiting tiny muscles and blocks nerve impulses, causing a smoothing of the facial features. It also requires no antiseptic or anaesthetic, which is why the process is so quick. Results will be visible within 4-7 days.

Is it safe?

Our process is completely safe, and for facial rejuvenation in Leicester will provide one of the safest and easiest procedures you will find. As our dentists have a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy, and years of experience with this kind of work, the process has been made simple, safe, and as pain-free as possible. We will also provide a clear run through of the procedure and effects of the treatment, so there will be no surprises or misconceptions about the treatment.

The effects will last for approximately three months before beginning to fade, so we recommend a repeat procedure to maintain lasting results. Our site also provides a FREE information pack, so if you are worried about the effects or process, then simply give our 13-page document a read, which will cover all the questions you could possibly think of. If you are still concerned about the effects or results, then do not hesitate to contact us via telephone or our website.

Why us?

For facial rejuvenation in Leicester we provide an easy to understand, effective treatment that will leave you feeling and looking youthful. Our dentists have a deep understanding of the workings of the face and will perform the procedure in a quick and safe manner, while carefully guiding you each step of the way. We also provide a wealth of information about each of our procedures via information packs and professional advice and will give you the clearest guidance we can as to whether this is the right decision for you.

Why Does a Smile Makeover Cost so Much?

The cost of cosmetic dentistry is a concern for lots of people, maybe you want to brighten your smile, straighten crooked teeth or replace missing teeth but don’t know where to get started? in this blog post, our Leicester based cosmetic dentist Dr Juttes Pallipatt looks at your smile makeover and cosmetic dentistry options as well as costs.

Is cosmetic dentistry worth it? Why or why not?

Your reasons for choosing cosmetic dentistry may include things such as,

  • wanting to look good for a wedding.
  • Wanting to feel more confident when you smile.
  • being embarrassed

Cosmetic dentistry, as well as helping with confidence and feeling better about yourself can also help to keep your teeth healthier. For example, it’s really important that you clean your teeth well each day, particularly in the difficult to reach areas in between your teeth as this is where the bulk of the bacteria lurk. Crooked teeth can be rather difficult to clean in between as it’s difficult to get floss or brushes in between teeth which aren’t straight. Straight teeth, on the other hand are far easier to clean in between with a piece of floss or brush meaning they tend to stay healthier.

What can a cosmetic dentist do?

A cosmetic dentist will primarily help you with:

  1. Straightening crooked teeth.
  2. Replacing missing teeth.
  3. Whitening dark teeth.
  4. Reshaping teeth which you don’t like the shape of.

At its core, this remains what a cosmetic dentist does, the techniques by which they achieve this change over time but include treatments like teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental bonding, dental bridges and implants.

The key feature of a cosmetic dentist is that they will be multidisciplinary, looking across a wide range of dental treatments, coordinating all of these treatments together into a smile makeover treatment plan which helps you achieve your goals.

What are the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry?

The advantages of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Increased confidence.
  • Easier to clean teeth which are straight.
  • Reduction in embarrassment due to your smile. Particularly if you have front teeth which you would like changed.
  • A more youthful look.
  • Removing facial lines and wrinkles.

The disadvantages of cosmetic dentistry may include:

  • Increased risk of dental decay if the quality of cosmetic dentistry restorations (such as veneers or crowns) isn’t as high as it could be.
  • Removal of otherwise healthy tooth structure. Sometimes healthy tooth structure needs to be removed to make way for a new veneer or crown, arguably it’s better to keep as much natural tooth structure as possible.

What kind of treatment is provided by the cosmetic dentist?

A cosmetic dentist will typically bring together a range of treatments, coordinating them to resolve your dental problems. A typical smile design may include some or all of the following elements:

  1. Orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth.
  2. Dental bonding to give the illusion of straight teeth, cover up dark teeth and hide chips and cracks in teeth.
  3. Dental veneers to give the illusion of straight teeth, cover up dark teeth and hide chips and cracks in teeth, but to a more extensive degree in dental bonding.
  4. Dental crowns to restore broken down teeth.
  5. Dental bridges to replace missing teeth and restore broken down teeth.
  6. Dental implants to replace missing teeth.
  7. Facial rejuvenation and antiwrinkle techniques such as dermal fillers and Botox.

What is the process for a smile design?

The 1st stage in the smile design process is to have a discussion with your cosmetic dentist to find out exactly what it is you don’t like about your smile.

In conjunction with this your dentist can also help you discover other possibilities which you may not have thought about.

Once this is done your dentist will then provide a treatment plan, this will identify:

  • The length of treatment.
  • Exactly which treatments you will have and in what order.
  • The cost of treatment.

Typically the process will then be as follows:

  • Orthodontic treatment. This is used to move teeth into the correct position, sometimes this is just so that natural teeth are straighter but orthodontics can also be used prior to having different types of veneers fitted.
  • Dental implants. Replacing missing teeth can also be done at an early stage and is often one of the 1st treatments to begin.
  • Once any implants are fitted or orthodontic treatment has been completed you can then look at the more detailed individual tooth level of cosmetic dentistry. Typically dental veneers, crowns and whitening will be at this final stage.

How much it will cost to fix my smile?

This is incredibly difficult to answer in a blog post, you have the teeth whitening cost, the dental veneers cost and the cost of any other treatment you decide to go ahead with, so it’s really personalised.

However, to give you a broad idea of the total costs they are as follows:

  • initial consultation – free
  • new patient dental health exam, from this treatment plan can be provided – £55
  • orthodontics-from £1800 for either the top or bottom teeth
  • dental implants from £2000
  • dental bonding from £90
  • dental veneers from £500
  • teeth whitening from £299 for either the top or bottom teeth

How much should a teeth whitening procedure cost?

There are a variety of different whitening systems including whitening toothpaste, laser treatments, whitening strips and by using a whitening gel provided at your dentist.

The toothpaste and whitening strips are easy options to begin whitening at home although you may find that the results don’t go quite white enough. This type of teeth whitening costs from as little as a few pounds for a tube of toothpaste.

The most preferred method is to use a bleaching agent such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. This can only be provided by a suitably qualified dental professional.

professional teeth whitening is far more predictable and your dentist will ensure your teeth are suitable for whitening prior to beginning the treatment. Typical whitening costs are from £299 for either the top or bottom teeth. The exact cost depends on the whitening method chosen.

There’s lots more information about cosmetic dentistry on the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s website.