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.

Working towards the smile that you want with cosmetic dentistry

Do you enjoy the thought of having a smile with star quality? Do you think that there is nothing you can do to create that for yourself? Making an appointment for cosmetic dentistry in Leicester can change the way that you feel about your teeth for good. For a start, it can give you a sense of empowerment based on the fact that you can change your dental circumstances.

Cosmetic Dentistry in LeicesterWhat kind of treatment can you get?

Your choice of treatment depends on the effect you want to create. If you want a brilliant white smile, you might choose teeth whitening. If you want to close the gaps that have always bothered you, cosmetic orthodontics might be the way to go.

When you first decide to take a step towards cosmetic dentistry, a member of the team at Aesthetic Smiles can talk your through the selection procedure. We can help you weigh up all the factors that might influence your decision so that you have clarity before going ahead.

How much will it cost?

The cost of cosmetic dentistry varies from treatment to treatment. We are committed to being up front about the price of your procedures once we have examined your teeth and mouth. You can check out our options for spreading the cost of your work and you may be able to take advantage of one of our special offers, which are available through our website.

How long will it take?

Again, the answer to this question depends on your choice of procedure. A whitening procedure can take as little as 90 minutes whereas teeth straightening can take a year or more. If you want something with immediate impact or in time for a special occasion, talk to your dentist at Aesthetic Smiles.

How long will the results last?

If you have your teeth whitened, you can prolong the effects with top-ups at home. We can also give you tips on ways to care for your teeth that will help to prevent staining.

Other treatments, like teeth straightening and gum contouring, have effects that last a life time. This means they are worth investing a little extra time and money into.

Fix your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Leicester

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. Cracked, chipped, broken or misaligned teeth are quite common and may compromise the overall appearance of your teeth as well as your oral health.

At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve your smile quickly and without pain. From teeth whitening to porcelain veneers and gum reshaping, we are here to help you decide which treatment is ideal for you. Our aim is to improve your overall confidence and provide you with a healthy and beautiful smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in LeicesterTeeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe, popular and cost-effective cosmetic treatment for patients who suffer from yellow or discoloured teeth. As we age, our teeth tend to lose their brightness and this is the result of several factors (i.e. caffeine, smoking, genetics, highly-pigmented foods and drinks, certain medications). Our professional power whitening treatment helps patients whiten their teeth by several shades in less than an hour at our practice. We also offer customised bleaching trays for patients who wish to retain their smile for longer.

Porcelain veneers

Made of thin pieces of porcelain, veneers are bonded to the front surface of your teeth in order to conceal various cosmetic problems. Veneers are very versatile and can address a considerable number of dental concerns – even if more than one problem occurs at the same time. Since they are made of porcelain, they look and feel just like your natural teeth and can completely transform your smile’s appearance.

Gum contouring

Patients with excessive gum tissue in their mouths can take advantage of our gum contouring treatments to reshape the gum line and improve the appearance of their smile.

White fillings

Unlike metal fillings (also known as amalgam fillings), white fillings are the ideal cosmetic solution for cavities and fractures, restoring heavily decayed or worn teeth. Not only do they blend with your natural teeth, but they also protect them for further decay and deterioration.

Interested in cosmetic dentistry in Leicester? Contact us today and learn more about our cosmetic treatments.

Cosmetic dentistry – your route to an ideal smile

Cosmetic dentistry can help you attain your ideal smile, whatever that means to you. At Aesthetic Smiles dental practice in Leicester, we know that every patient is unique and individual, so it only follows that every smile should be the same. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here; instead, good cosmetic dentistry involves tailoring treatments to suit your individual wants and needs – and create your perfect smile.

cosmetic-dentistry-LeicesterThe concept of a dream smile is subjective; what it means to you may be entirely different to what it means to someone else. You may look at your favourite pop star or TV presenter and dream of having a smile like theirs, but even if a similar smile would suit your face you may end up taking an entirely different route to get there.

Similarly, if you ask your friends, family, or colleagues what their dream smile would look like, you will undoubtedly receive a range of answers. Therein lies the beauty of cosmetic dentistry: it can create individual dream smiles to suit every need, and every face.

Here’s an example: let’s imagine that you have a gummy smile, with too much gum tissue on show. You also dream of having bright, white teeth. Your wife, however, wishes for a whiter smile too, but would also like to repair chips in her front two teeth. Your colleague has recently knocked a tooth out in a cycling accident, whilst your grandma is complaining that her dentures keep slipping and don’t look natural.

The cosmetic dentistry team at our Leicester clinic can help in all of these situations:

Your gummy smile can be improved with painless gum contouring treatment, which can then be topped off with a course of teeth whitening. Because some of your wife’s tooth staining is permanent, porcelain veneers could provide the perfect solution. Veneers would mask and reinforce the chipped teeth, too, and only require a couple of appointments.

In the case of your colleague, she has several options; she could have a cosmetic bridge supported by her adjacent teeth, or for a long-term option could choose dental implants with a single, tooth-coloured crown.

Dental implants would help your grandma, too. They could be used to stabilise permanent, custom-designed cosmetic dentures.

Cosmetic dentistry: a beautiful smile, and faster than you might think

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetic elements of a smile. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester we offer a huge array of cosmetic treatments – many of them complete far more quickly than you might imagine.
One-visit smiles

aesthetic-smilesHere at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we understand that your time is precious. If you need a dental restoration, the chances are you will want treatment complete in as few visits to the practice as possible. That’s why we’re proud that, for many of our cosmetic dentistry options, we are able to diagnose your needs and create your perfect smile in a single visit.
We use a CEREC 3D machine to create popular smile restorations, including veneers and crowns, while you wait. The CEREC machine is one of the most important innovations in modern cosmetic dentistry, enabling our skilled team to create crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, and ceramic fillings in one appointment. This machine combines modern CAD/CAM technology with a milling machine to ensure you get the perfect tooth restoration, one that is equally aesthetically pleasing, durable, and long-lasting.
This is an important development for cosmetic dentistry, because it means that you won’t have to wait for your perfect smile, and won’t need temporary restorations fitted.
One-visit smile appointments at our Leicester dental practice work like this: your dentist will first remove areas of decay, old fillings and suchlike, before using the CEREC camera to take a 3D image of your tooth/teeth. This is a much more pleasant experience than traditional impression-taking.
The CEREC computer is used to design your perfect restoration, which is then created from a ceramic block using the milling unit. It is matched to the natural colour of your teeth, and your cosmetic dentist will ensure it fits perfectly before bonding it in place with a strong dental adhesive.

How cosmetic dentistry can change your smile in just one visit

Cosmetic dentistry is rapidly increasing in popularity in the UK, thanks not just to celebrities opting for treatment, but also to an increasing number of people realising the true value of a beautiful, alluring smile. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, our skilled cosmetic team offer a wide variety of aesthetic treatments – some of which can make over your smile in just one appointment.

cosmetic-dentistry-leicesterThanks to advances in techniques and technology, along with this increase in demand, cosmetic dentistry is now available to more people than ever before. If you are interested in aesthetic dental treatment we invite you to join us at our Leicester clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.

Your dentist will examine your existing smile and will listen to what you want to achieve from treatment before giving their recommendations to reach your smile goals. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have before a treatment plan is drawing up.

Fast ways to boost your smile

Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester embraces the latest developments in dental technology, which enables your dentist to – in many cases – offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures that require just one appointment.

We understand your time is precious, which is why we have invested in a CEREC 3D machine that enables us to create a range of restorations while you wait. If your practitioner recommends crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, or other restorations, these can be made here at our Leicester practice with the CEREC machine.

This uses modern CAD/CAM technology and incorporates a camera, computer, and milling machine. Another huge benefit is that the CEREC machine uses scans instead of the traditional dental impressions, making treatment much more comfortable for patients.

To find out how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile and your self-confidence, book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Leicester clinic today.

Cosmetic dentistry explored: One-visit smiles

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that covers many treatments, all concerned with the aesthetic appearance of your smile. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester our skilled cosmetic dental team offer a large variety of treatments, and the good news is that some can be completed in just one appointment.

cosmetic-dentistryOne-visit smiles is exactly what the name suggests – a complete restoration of a tooth or teeth in just a single visit to our Leicester practice. When many people think of cosmetic dentistry, they think of major, time-consuming procedures; the truth is, not every cosmetic dental patient require such extensive work.

At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester we have a CEREC 3D machine that is able to create restorations such as crowns and veneers while you wait. If your teeth are worn, damaged or broken, this machine enables us to create tooth-coloured restorations quickly, so you can walk into the practice with damaged or worn teeth and walk out a few hours later with a brand new, beautifully restored smile.

The CEREC 3D machine is a major technological breakthrough for modern dentistry. It uses Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology and includes a camera, computer, and milling machine. One of the biggest advantages for patients, aside from fewer visits to the dental practice and new teeth in one day, is that instead of impressions this machine uses scans and photographs, which is much more comfortable.

Many popular treatments from our extensive cosmetic dentistry menu – including veneers, inlays, onlays and crowns – can be created using the CEREC 3D machine. Your dentist will first remove any worn fillings or areas of decay before taking a 3D image of your tooth or teeth.

Restorations created by the CEREC machine will be closely colour-matched to the natural shade of your teeth and your dentist will ensure that they fit comfortably before bonding it to your tooth with a strong adhesive.

How cosmetic dentistry can quickly and painlessly improve your smile

At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we offer a wide selection of cosmetic dentistry procedures to help patients improve the appearance of their smile – and with it boost their self-esteem.

cosmetic dentistryWhile some treatments, such as cosmetic orthodontics, take a few months to complete, there are also many quick options for boosting your smile here at our Leicester dental practice. We invite you to join us for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our experienced dentists, who will listen carefully to your concerns about your smile and, after examining your teeth and gums, will recommend the best treatment options to improve it.

One of the fastest procedures on the cosmetic dentistry menu here at Aesthetic Smiles Leicester is composite bonding. In this procedure, tooth-coloured composite resin material is used to improve the colour, shape and general appearance of your teeth. It is usually carried out on the front teeth – those that show when you smile.

The composite resin your dentist will use is the same material that is used for white filings. It is both strong and durable, and produces very natural-looking results. Thanks to advances in the techniques and materials used in bonding, minor imperfections can be disguised, small gaps hidden and minor tooth rotations improved – without any damage to underlying tooth structure. In most cases, composite bonding can be carried out in a single appointment.

Another popular cosmetic dentistry treatment option at our Leicester practice is porcelain veneers. Veneers are micro-thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front surfaces of the front teeth to hide a range of imperfection, including small chips, permanent discolouration and minor rotation issues.

To prepare your teeth, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel to aid with the bonding process. Your veneers will be made to the exact same thickness as the amount of enamel removed. They will be attached to your teeth with a strong dental bonding adhesive.

What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?

More and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smiles. Here at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester our skilled team of cosmetic dentists offer a huge selection of cosmetic dental treatments to give your smile a boost.

cosmetic dentistryWhether your concerns about your smile are large or small, we are confident there will be something in our cosmetic dentistry selection that can help you to achieve the smile of your dreams.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, your first step should be to book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Leicester dental practice. They will listen to your concerns then will carefully examine your teeth and gums and will also take other aspects of your facial structure into consideration before recommending the most appropriate treatment or treatments.

Depending on your treatment requirements, one option may be enough to give you the smile you want. In other cases you may require two or more treatments.

Here are some of the popular cosmetic dentistry options available at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester:

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening must only be carried out by a dentist or a hygienist on a dentist’s prescription. It involves the use of special bleaching products to replace everyday stains from the teeth. We offer two options for whitening treatment: a single session of power whitening here in our Leicester practice, or home whitening, which takes about two weeks.

Gum contouring

A gummy smile is a smile with too much gum tissue on show. Gum contouring involves the careful removal of excess gum tissue, under local anaesthetic.

CEREC same-day restorations

Our CEREC machine enables us to make crowns, onlays, inlays and veneers here in our Leicester practice while you wait. The CEREC technology has the added benefit of using scans rather than impressions to create your restorations, which is more comfortable.

How cosmetic dentistry and dental implants can boost your smile

Cosmetic dentistry is the dental specialism that deals with the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Dental implants serve both a cosmetic and functional purpose and are one of the most popular ways for patients at our Leicester practice to replace their missing teeth.

cosmetic dentistry and dental implantsAt Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, our dentists always recommend that patients replace missing teeth. As well as being important from a cosmetic point of view, replacing lost teeth helps to improve your dental and overall health.

Patients with missing teeth often experience bone loss, because over time the bone beneath any gaps will start to resorb. When most or all of your teeth are missing your gums can also shrink, meaning that traditional dentures have a tendency to become loose and uncomfortable over time. Other teeth may also move into any gaps, becoming crooked and harder to clean and restricting your diet.

Dental implants help to prevent all of these problems. As with all procedures in cosmetic dentistry, it is necessary to come into our Leicester practice for an initial consultation before treatment begins, to ensure this is the best option for you.

At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester we offer several options for patients who are interested in treatment with dental implants. For those who have lost one tooth, we usually fit a single implant with a crown on top. If you are having an implant-secured crown fitted you may also be interested in other treatments from our cosmetic dentistry menu, such as teeth whitening treatment, to give your new smile a makeover.

Patients with all or multiple missing teeth may be offered a bridge or dentures secured by dental implants. In some cases it is possible to fit your implants and restorations at the same appointment (Teeth in a Day), whilst in other cases a healing period of about six weeks is required before restorations are fitted.