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.
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.
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.
Can a dentist file my teeth to be smaller and straighter?
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.
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.
We 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!
Keeping Leicester smiling
Here 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.
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.
Our 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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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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:
- gummy smile
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Why 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.
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.
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:
- Straightening crooked teeth.
- Replacing missing teeth.
- Whitening dark teeth.
- 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:
- Orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth.
- Dental bonding to give the illusion of straight teeth, cover up dark teeth and hide chips and cracks in teeth.
- 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.
- Dental crowns to restore broken down teeth.
- Dental bridges to replace missing teeth and restore broken down teeth.
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth.
- 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.
There are often many questions about the cost of full mouth dental implants and why the cost seems to be extremely high. This blog post takes a detailed look at the alternatives to implants, how to keep the cost down, why the cost is as it is plus lots more useful information to anyone wanting a permanent replacement for missing teeth.
We will work through the question about the cost of implants by answering a range of the most commonly asked questions, please feel free to scan through to find the answer which most clearly represents your question.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a full mouth of missing teeth. A variety of techniques used from single crowns to bridges to the dentures (commonly called false teeth). Each has a slightly different use and have a different cost associated.
What are the pros and cons of a full mouth implant?
Just because you have dental implants doesn’t mean to say that you don’t need to look after your new replacement teeth. Dental implants can be just as susceptible to gingivitis (gum disease) which, in natural teeth, can progress on to the more serious periodontitis butting dental implants can progress to peri-implantitis, a serious condition which can ultimately mean the dental implants need to be removed.
Are dental implants noticeable?
The thing to bear in mind with dental implants is that it’s not the implant which you see, it is the restoration on top of the implant which is seen. The dental implant typically is completely concealed within your jaw and underneath your gums. There is then a trans-mucosal element which links the dental implant to the final restoration, either Crown, bridge or denture.
In some instances, particularly with full mouth dental implants, there is a need to keep the implants self-cleansing underneath. This means there may be a gap underneath where the full dental bridge meets your gums. However, this will only ever be used on patients with a lower smile line meaning that even when you smile your broadest smile you will still not be able to see this gap. It’s all in the planning of the implant placement!
What is the best alternative for teeth implants?
This is a great question as there are a few alternatives for dental implants once you have had teeth removed.
- Do nothing. The temptation can often be to always want to have treatment, however sometimes doing nothing is the right thing to do. You do need to know that if you do not have the missing tooth replaced then the adjacent teeth can start to drift, this can cause biting problems later on.
- Dental bridges. If you have a few missing teeth, usually up to 3 in a row you may be able to have a dental bridge. This works on the assumption that you have teeth either side of the ones that are missing, these teeth either side will be reduced or prepared to receive the supporting element for the new teeth. Dental bridges can work well however do require reduction of possible otherwise healthy tooth structure.
- Dentures. Dentures are often the lowest cost way to replace missing teeth however many people dislike the idea of them being removable and prefer fixed option such as implants or bridges. Modern cosmetic dentures do however look incredibly lifelike and can be made to blend in with the oral environment almost seamlessly. A full set of dentures can also look incredibly realistic.
How long does the dental implant treatment take?
Once you have decided that you want to go ahead with dental implants is important to know how long this treatment process may take.
Even the simplest dental implant treatment will usually take 6 months from initial planning through to having the final restoration fitted. This is because sufficient planning to ensure the implant is placed in exactly the right location can take time liaising between the dentist, dental implant surgeon, and dental laboratory.
Once the planning has been undertaken and you have the dental implant placement we then need to wait for osseointegration of the implant. this is the process by which the dental implant integrates with the bone of your jaw, this takes anywhere between 3 and 6 months. After the implant has fully integrated we can then proceed to the final stage which is having the restoration, either a dental crown, bridge or denture.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
This is a question we get asked often, the cost of dental implants, particularly the cost of full mouth dental implants can be very expensive… Here’s why.
A dental implant is made up of several components which makes the material cost expensive. However, the most expensive part of dental implants is in the training, education, and expertise of the surgeons performing the treatment.
let’s look at all the costs of a dental implant separately:
- the implants themselves. the dental implant components are manufactured to exceptionally fine tolerances of 1000th of a millimetre. This is to ensure that the implant lasts for the maximum amount of time and that all of the components of the implant fit together with Micron precision. Manufacturing to these tolerances can be extremely expensive and it’s sometimes this lack of quality control which is missing with the cheaper dental implant systems.
- treatment planning. Throughout the treatment planning process, there will be multiple visits to the dentist for detailed measurements and discussions about the final outcome. Treatment planning often involves complex stands and computer modeling using the latest digital technology to ensure that the implant is placed in exactly the right position, missing all-important nerves and blood vessels.
- specialist equipment. For large dental implant cases such as full mouth dental implants, CT scans are often used. These scans can then be imported into specialist software where the treatment can be rehearsed prior to placement of implants themselves. This is what separates a high-quality dental implant centre from somewhere which does not undertake this detailed level of planning.
- surgical fees. There are then a wide range of surgical fees involved in the placement of a dental implant if a specialist is employed to place the implant their cost will be higher than a regular dentist. There are also the dentist fees which will encapsulate the cost of the team at the dental practice including reception and nursing team members.
- dental laboratory fees. once the dental implant has been placed there will then be dental laboratory fees. I don’t laboratory is used to manufacture the restoration on top of the implant, apart which you see. Using a cheap laboratory can be tempting to keep costs down but is a false cost saving as this is the part of the dental implant that you will actually see and is therefore often viewed as one of the most important parts from the patient perspective.
- Cross infection control. Of course, we want to ensure that there are no infections or other problems which arise out of having a dental implant. Modern quality care commission standards require the highest level of cross infection control which can often involve computerised equipment to manage the sterilisation procedure.
- education and registration. Lastly, but definitely by no means least is the education and registration of your dental implant team. You will want to have your dental implant is placed by someone which has the highest level of training and skills, this training and skill level does not come cheaply and there is a large investment required both in terms of time and money by the dental implant team to ensure they stay up-to-date with the latest technology, techniques, and materials.
Clearly, as the number of implants and time taken increases then the cost will also increase proportionately, this is why the cost of former dental implants can often seem so high
Why are dental implants best for tooth replacement?
So, you’re thinking about dental implants but want to know why they are the best? As we’ve already said there are multiple ways to replace the missing tooth, dental implants, dental bridges or even dentures. However, dental implants, with some distinct advantages.
- support for the teeth on either side of the gap. Teeth are living parts of your body, they stay in their position by supporting one another. If that supported lost then the teeth can begin to drift. If the tooth is lost then the teeth either side will have a tendency to tip into the gap. This can cause biting problems at a later date.
- Support for the teeth opposite the gap. Unbelievably, your teeth will actually start to over erupt if there is nothing opposing them. The lower teeth will drift up and the top teeth will drift down. If you have a tooth missing on either jaw then the tooth/teeth opposite it may begin to drift into the gap. Again this can cause biting problems at a later date.
- Support for the underlying bone. When you have a tooth removed or you lose a tooth then there is inevitably a hole. The surrounding bone collapses into this hole and as it does so bone quantity is lost. This can mean that having a dental implant at a later date may require bone grafting or other forms of implant surgery in order to rebuild the level of bone. Dental implants can help prevent this process if they are placed into the hole that the tooth left, this does, however, need to be done quite quickly after the tooth has been lost.
What is the cost of full mouth dental implants?
The easiest way to explain the cost of full mouth dental implants is to take each option and then give you some representative examples of how it might work in your case.
- Initial consultation. Some practices charge for an initial consultation however you may wish to look for a practice that does a free consultation to keep your risk as long as possible.
- Treatment planning. Treatment planning stages including CT scans will usually start from around £300.
- Implant placement. This usually starts at around £2000 per implant placed.
- Implant restoration. An implant denture usually starts at around £1000. Dental implant crowns typically start from around £500 per tooth.
To have a full mouth dental implants typical costs would therefore be:
To replace all missing teeth with full mouth dental implant removable denture.
- treatment planning – £300
- Implant placement X 2 – £4000
- Removable denture – £1000
Total – approximately £5300
To replace all missing teeth with a fixed dental implant bridge.
- treatment planning – £300
- implant placement X 4 – £8000
- dental bridge to include 12 teeth – £6000
total – approximately £14,300
Most dental practices also offer finance, sometimes this is interest-free finance. It is always worth talking to your dental practice and asking about making payment plans to ensure that dental implants are as affordable as possible
They’ve been around for a good while now, but it’s amazing how many people still don’t know about dental implants. Maybe this is because they are so good at replacing teeth that they are easy for you to keep secret. This is unlike dentures, which can make themselves known by slipping around in the mouth, and sometimes even popping out completely.
Dental implant-supported crowns can’t wobble around because the implants are fixed into the jawbone. The implants look like small posts or screws that are tapered to resemble tooth roots.
Here at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we fit dental implants into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. This is more than enough to numb the area, but if you find it hard to relax at the dentist, it might be a good idea to also have some kind of sedation.
One dental implant can support up to 3 crowns on a bridge. This means you don’t have to replace every lost tooth with an implant. Indeed, if you have lost all your teeth, there are techniques to replace an entire arch on just 4-6 implants. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, just ask us about All-on-4 and Same Day Teeth.
Who can have dental implants?
Having dental implants requires a strong, dense jawbone. It needs to be able to sustain the minor surgery to fit the implants, and then to sustain the years of multidirectional forces that are created by chewing.
When you come to us for a consultation, we will take a good look at your jawbone. We will want to examine it using x-rays and scans so that we can be sure that your jawbone is in good enough condition to have implants fitted. If your jawbone has lost size and density through tooth loss, we may have to do some preparatory work to augment the bone. Treatments for this are bone grafts or sinus lifts.
We may also have to think carefully if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes as both can interfere with healing, which is an important phase in dental implant treatment.