Teeth contouring, reshaping and shaving

Lots of people dislike the shape of their teeth and have a range of questions about tooth reshaping … So, in this blog post we will look at a range of cosmetic dental procedures all designed to help reshape and re-contour your teeth.

Can you file your teeth

Whilst technically the answer is yes, practically the recommendation is no! There are a range of reasons why you should NOT file your teeth yourself:

  • Your teeth are in fine balance with one another when they meet, this is known as an occlusion. The tips of all your teeth are designed to slide in a particular arc from left to right when you move your jaw, adjusting the tips of teeth can adjust this arc and result in a malocclusion. Malocclusion can then lead to jaw joint pain & headaches.
  • Your teeth will wear away naturally over time, this occurs even when the teeth are very smooth like they are naturally. If you try to file your teeth at home you are almost certainly going to leave the surface rough. This will then result in rapid tooth wear of the opposing tooth, this tooth where can then result in painful sensitivity or additional malocclusion.
  • The outer layer of your tooth is very hard (the enamel), not far beneath this is the softer dentine. If the dentine is exposed rapid tooth wear will occur as well is painful sensitivity. If you file your teeth at home you may accidentally go through the enamel and expose the dentine underneath.
  • You may slip and cut your gums or cheek

A dentist will be fully aware of how your teeth work together in a balanced and functional occlusion, they will also be able to smooth and polish teeth after they have been trained in the dental practice. A dentist will also be able to see if dentine is likely to be exposed and offer treatments if it is. None of this is possible at home!

Do orthodontist file teeth after braces

Sometimes tooth contouring is offered in conjunction with braces. This can be to:

  1. Make wide crooked teeth look more narrow and therefore create more space to straighten them out.
  2. Correct rough edges on front teeth or reduce the tip of pointed canine teeth.

If the tooth filing is being offered to make more space to straighten crooked teeth then this is done before braces, if it is done for cosmetic reasons then it may be offered after braces.

Tooth contouring canines

Lots of people dislike the point on the canine tooth and ask for this to be contoured or shaved off.

pointed canine

This should always be done by dentist to ensure that the occlusion (the way the teeth bite together) is not affected. Sometimes, rather than removing the point of the canine tooth, dental bonding or a porcelain veneer can be used to build up the edges, maintaining the length of the tooth but making it look less pointed.

Dental contouring pros and cons

Pros: Happier with your smile, feeling more confident, and improved look and appearance.

Cons: Healthy tooth structure is removed which can lead to malocclusion or unnecessary tooth wear if not properly managed. Dental contouring is also usually pain-free as only a small amount of tooth tissue is removed.

Other ways to improve your smile, dental bonding, veneers

Shaving or re-contouring your teeth isn’t always the only way to create a more beautiful smile.

Re-contouring is a reductive technique, in other words it involves REMOVING areas of your tooth. There are also ADDITIVE techniques to change your smile.

Very often these additive techniques are used in conjunction with reductive techniques. Some your dentist will remove enough tooth structure to enable them to reshape the tooth in the correct way, they will then use and additive technique to rebuild, reshape and redesign the tooth exactly the way you want it.

Dental bonding

Bonding may involve some reduction of the underlying tooth although it is preferred to maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible. Bonding then involves your dentist placing some tooth coloured resin over the surface of your tooth to rebuild, reshape and redesign.

It is bonded to your tooth using a special technique which involves acid etching the surface of the tooth to create a micro porous surface into which the dentine bonding can grip.

Bonding is very often used in conjunction with teeth whitening, the whitening brightens all of the teeth and then the bonding is matched to this new white to colour and reshapes the teeth.

Dental Veneers

Veneers almost always involve some form of reduction, this is to ensure that the veneer has a nice finishing line where it meets the tooth, this ensures the veneer doesn’t leak letting in nasty bacteria.

Dental veneers give the most flexibility in designing a new smile as they can be made to cover up dark teeth as well as reshape teeth. Veneers are often used in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures to design a new smile.

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!


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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.

Call us today!

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
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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.

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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.

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.