The perfect smile
Cosmetic or ‘aesthetic’ dentistry is a growing area and one which sits alongside the more traditional treatments. From subtle changes to major repairs, cosmetic dentistry can be used to restore or improve the appearance of your teeth, whether you want them to be whiter, straighter or more even. Having a brighter smile can have a huge impact on your self-esteem and confidence.
The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments include veneers, bridges, crowns, tooth-coloured fillings, implants and tooth whitening.
Our aim is not to create a bright Hollywood finish, but a natural-looking smile. The modern metal free materials we use give the very best in natural-looking dentistry and we can use our computerised video imaging system to show you the improvements achieved.
Teeth whitening can you give a whiter smile in a safe and controlled method. At Diamond House Oxford the teeth whitening gels used are 6% hydrogen peroxide and 10-16% Carbide peroxide. The treatment is carried out safely at home over a 2 to 3 week period giving you complete control over the results you achieve. Many patients choose this method to safely give them a whiter, brighter and fresher looking smile.
Composite filling materials are made from a mixture of resins and ceramics. They come in a wide range of colours and can be matched to natural teeth. Modern bonding agents link the material to the tooth. This prevents leakage and supports the restored tooth. This technique can be used to restore broken down teeth in the front or back of the mouth and to replace existing metal fillings. It can also be used to cover discoloured and misshapen teeth to improve their appearance. This can often be done with no drilling or grinding of the teeth.
Porcelain can be used for more extensive restorations that are natural looking with a durable surface that can remain stain free for many years.
Veneers or laminates are thin slips of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of front teeth to cover discoloured badly shaped teeth. They can also be used to make crooked teeth look straight without the need for braces.
Extensively broke down back teeth can be restored to look and function like the original tooth by bonding porcelain directly to the broken tooth.
Many patients are unhappy with the appearance of their existing crowns. The colour may be wrong or the underlying metal may show. The margins may show as a dark line at the gum as the old style crowns contain metal and cements that block out the light, unlike real teeth.