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The ideal, desired smile has been revealed. But what does it look like? The anatomy of a smile has been researched and looked into with the “ideal” smile being defined with a ratio between the gums and top of teeth.
It’s all about symmetry, where the shape of the gums and position of the lower incisors and upper laterals should be half-oval. Read more here.
Skilled dentists have the technique to make new smile makeovers look natural. Our cosmetic procedures are designed to blend flawlessly with the shape and colour of your existing teeth.
For example, veneer applications should not be thick looking and porcelain shells need to be custom-designed and made to suit the aesthetics of the mouth. Read more here.
This describes the process of completely reconstructing your smile. Using smile makeover technology, we can construct an entire prosthetic of both upper and lower jaws using implants, veneers or crowns.
Hollywood smiles involve concealing all existing teeth with dental crowns, which are visible on both jaws including premolars. Read more here.
4. Does the treatment hurt?
Not at The Perfect Smile Studios. We use special techniques to give painless injections. Our dental drills are water-cooled and the best in modern dentistry. We use high-quality anaesthetic solutions that work predictably.
Our highly experienced dentists work with a light touch for your total comfort. We also give you a hand-held buzzer so that you can stop us at any time. For really nervous clients, we offer sedation techniques that work superbly well.
5. How much can I have done in one session?
Some of our clients prefer to do one or two fillings at a time. However, most of our patients opt for having one arch or a quadrant done at a time.
The advantage of this is that we can deliver higher quality care in a more efficient manner with fewer visits.
However, depending on the procedure you wish to proceed with, timings and treatment lengths can vary.
This can also depend on your mouth’s current state and condition.
For example, for dental implants to be successful, additional work to the mouth may need to be carried out. This will all be revealed during a consultation with your dentist.
6. Who has aesthetic dentistry?
Aesthetic dentistry is not just for celebrities. With new and varied payment options, it has now become widely available to suit a mixture of budgets and patients.
To identify if you are an ideal candidate for cosmetic dentistry, you will need to undergo an oral examination.
However, cosmetic procedures treat a wide array of issues, so patients suffering from malocclusions, overbites, narrow smiles, discolouration, missing teeth and short/worn teeth can all be treated here at The Perfect Smile.
7. How many visits does the treatment take?
A smile can be designed and fitted within 2-3 visits.
Teeth whitening can be done at the chairside in one visit, but we recommend you carry on with the home kit by wearing the tray and the gels for ½ -1 hour per day for two weeks or so.
Implant dentistry takes longer.
We recommend the implants are left for 4-6 months after being surgically placed in the bone. This allows complete integration, after which the posts and crowns can be fitted on.
For complex cases, multiple visits are required to ensure each stage is successfully completed before we move to the next stage.
If we recommend orthodontic treatment (braces), then the treatment time can be on average 1-2 years.
8. How much does the treatment cost?
The cost of cosmetic dentistry can depend on the type of treatment you choose and the state of your oral health and condition.
Additional treatments may be needed to make your aesthetic treatment durable and long-lasting.
However, healthy viable candidates can expect a straightforward procedure.
Only when you are completely clear, and we have discussed all your finance options, will we schedule any appointments.
You are given written estimates and dental reports to clarify things well so you do not have any hidden surprises.
Our clients value the investment they make in improving their health and appearance.
We offer many different ways to pay for your treatment at The Perfect Smile including 0% finance, pay monthly plans and upfront fees.
You can view our prices for the costs of our treatments here.
9. How can I pay for my new smile?
The professional dental fees depend on the treatment we carry out. We will always explain to you carefully your best treatment option and alternative options as well.
With 0% finance, you can now have porcelain veneer from only £21 per month or an implant including the crown (the complete implant treatment) from only £31 per month with our new range of extended payment options offered here in the practice, making your dream smile a reality has never been easier!
10. Two finance options available:
Interest-free for 18 months. Why not pay off your smile over a period of 18 months with absolutely no interest. That’s right! Interest-free for 18 months! 2-5 years at 7.9% APR.
If 18 months doesn’t suit your needs, how about spreading the cost of your treatment over a period of 2-5 years with a LOW-interest rate of 7.9% APR.
11. How long will my new smile last?
Nothing in the mouth will last forever. However, if porcelain veneers or crowns are done to a high standard and looked after well, then they can last for up to 15 years or more. We guarantee our crowns and veneers for 3 years (terms and conditions apply).
Teeth whitening can last for 1-3 years. The colour of teeth will remain whiter for longer if you “top up” the whitening every month. The end result is also affected by factors such as smoking and drinking excess tea & coffee.
Implants last the longest. Statistically, research shows that after 15 years, implants have a survival rate of 95%.
Involving no drilling, shaving and minimal tooth preparation, veneers should not look thick looking and should be custom-made to blend perfectly with your mouth and face shape. Learn more .
Many patients have reported the procedure to be pain-free and comfortable. Patients typically being fitted with two to four veneers exhibit little to no pain.
For full mouth reconstructions, some slight soreness in the gums have been recorded but this will pass within a few days as the mouth heals.
The pain level is often mild and relieved with over the counter prescriptions or medications.
There are various brands and types of porcelain veneers, which all vary in price and thickness. However, you can rest assured that your veneer will not be thick; they all range from 01.m-0.5mm thickness.
Porcelain is a strong, durable material that high-quality veneers are made from. Alternative veneers made from resins, laminate and other materials include Composite & Lumineers.
Alternative treatments to perfect your smile will involve cosmetic brace treatments like Invisalign and teeth whitening.
Depending on if you require any additional treatments, the treatment length can vary.
However, in regular cases, the application process should not take longer than three appointments. Read more.
The cost of veneers can depend on the type of veneer and material used and if any additional treatments are required.
A rough overview of our veneer prices are:
- Immediate or composite veneers from £700
- Porcelain veneers from £1,000
Veneers often tend to be a very successful procedure with minimal complications.
However, just like with any treatment there are no hundred percent guarantees.
Veneer treatments can have complications such as tooth sensitivity. Read more.
No, there is no age limit, however, you will be required to be over 18 to have veneers applied unless there is an urgent structural issue that needs to be addressed. Learn more.
Here at The Perfect Smile, we design your smile exactly to your specifications to help you achieve the smile you desire.
Using advanced digital imaging technology, we consider the shape, size and colour of a smile to improve your overall appearance. Learn more about smile makeovers.
Veneers require no specialised aftercare or maintenance. Just like normal teeth, you will be required only to floss and brush twice a day and check in with your dentist for regular appointments. Discover how to take care of your veneers properly here.
Veneers are thin covers that attach only to the front surface of the tooth (not the whole tooth) to conceal any smile imperfections. Read more.
There are many considerations and reasons why a patient choose to progress with veneer treatments. This is because they treat and conceal a wide array of oral and dental issues, which alternatively can be fixed by longer, less reliable treatments.
If you are experiencing discolouration, gappy and narrow smiles, small, worn or even teeth then you might be a good candidate for veneers. Dig deeper.
Certain brands and materials of veneers require no drilling, shaving or extensive tooth preparation. In many cases, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed from the surface of the tooth, but no shaping of the teeth will be required. Learn more.
With the right care and attention, veneers can last a lifetime. Dig deeper.
It is extremely rare that veneers will fall off, the bonding agents are extremely strong and cement veneers in place for a long, long time. Situations, where veneers break off, including when they are not correctly fitted or applied or due to biting abnormalities. Discover more.
Veneers restore functionality and make it easy to eat and chew without difficulty.
Whilst you can eat any food you wish, it is important to go easy and adapt your eating habits slightly.
For example, even though porcelain veneers are incredibly stain-resistant, the tooth and bonding agent is not.
As mentioned above, veneers are resistant to staining, however, drink with caution. It is advised to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth afterwards.
1. What is a Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are artificial roots often made of titanium that integrate to your bone, allowing us to attach natural-looking replacement tooth or teeth.
There are many types of implants that may vary in:
- Size – where the width and height of your implant are chosen specifically to the dimension of your bone available.
- Design – where the position of the missing tooth, the bone quality and the speed of desired treatment determine the implant used.
The decision of the chosen implant will be made on an individual basis after carrying out a comprehensive assessment.
The material – the majority of implants are titanium or titanium allow as the material allows osseointegration (the biologic micromechanical bonding of bone to the implant) to take place, as these materials are biocompatible.
Ceramic implants are also available.
- They provide a good long-term solution to missing teeth. Since implants are a good durable treatment the treatment can be very long-lasting and in many can last a lifetime.
- They are easier to look after since you simply clean them as you would normal teeth. It is advisable to regularly see your hygienist if you have had implants. Your hygienist can make a tailor-made program for looking after your teeth that you can follow at home.
- Improve your speaking ability. Dentures can move around and so make speaking and phonetics difficult. Also, you do not need to contend with excessive use of facial muscles to hold the dentures in place.
The treatment fee for implants depends on the following:
Whether you any bone grafted prior to or during the treatment (the fee from £100 – £1,000)
What type of implant is chosen (the fee from £2,250 – £3,000 for the complete implant treatment
An implant is often placed 3 months after a tooth is removed to ensure adequate healing of the implant.
However in certain situations when placing Immediate Implants, implants can be placed on the day of tooth removal if, on an assessment of the site, the conditions of the bone and tooth to be removed are favourable.
We then perform a comprehensive assessment of your mouth to understand the structure and health of your teeth and the bone area where the implant(s) may be placed.
We will need to take a digital radiographic and photographic assessment to investigate this. We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long-lasting, comfortable and a healthy final result.
Non-essential dentistry can help to remove the spaces between teeth and the gaps in your mouth to give you a better and more appealing smile.
There are many choices including dental implants that can also be used in combination with restorative dentistry to give you the complete smile.
Alternatives to dental implants include dentures, which tends to be uncomfortable for wearers.
However, procedures like all-on-four combine the two treatments in order to make dentures more secure. Learn more.
There is no age limit to who can have dental implants. We will assess your medical and dents health to ensure that there are no contraindications to implant treatment such as osteoporosis, ongoing cancer treatment, smoking etc
We only wish to carry out this type of treatment in a mouth that has a long term outlook. We determine this by creating a very though assessment of the teeth and mouth. We assess the structural strength of the teeth, the biological strength of the gum and bone, and the bite to ensure we create a long-lasting solution.
Films of bacteria called Biofilm start to appear on implants as quickly as they do on teeth. The major problem is that this biofilm on implants is resistant to antibiotics and antiseptics. Hence, the biofilm can damage the tissues that keep the implant in place.
Thus, the accuracy of the cleaning of your teeth and implants is very vital. This means that oral hygiene and care of implants is vital not only after the final crowns, bridges or denture placement but also during the healing (osseointegration) phase. Read more on peri-implantitis.
When a tooth is removed from the mouth, the surrounding bone that holds the tooth in place will diminish in height and width and volume. This may have an effect on the immediate and final appearance of the gum tissue in this area and possibly the surrounding teeth as well.
Patients who have ignored gaps in their mouth for many years may experience insufficient bone in their jaw and this issue will need to be addressed before implantation.
We assign our success in implant dentistry to the fact that we have been very conscientious to only recommend dentistry that is viable, stable and has the most optimum outcome.
It is our objective to give you aesthetic-looking teeth and gums that have long predictable durability, as well as the choice of options that match your needs and requirements.
With the right care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime (more than 20 years).
If you are taking aspirin, you should check with your physician that it is suitable to stop the recommended dose one week before the implant placement.
As implants operate and function just like normal teeth they will require no specialist aftercare to maintain. Just resume your normal oral hygiene routine and make sure to visit the dental surgery frequently.
The following aftercare will create normal and healthy healing of your dental implant: Sleeping, Ice packs, Smoking, Drinking, Saltwater, Pressure, Meals, Brushing, Tongue, Diet and Vitamins.
Placing implants can be a pain-free procedure as we ensure that the entire area is strongly anaesthetised prior to the treatment. We test that you are totally comfortable prior to starting the treatment.
There are techniques to make the treatment extremely comfortable and is thus suitable for nervous patients.
14. Are there any complications?
Even though dental implants have a high success rate, some patients can experience implant failure. Implants can fail shortly after the procedure and even years later. The osseointegration period can only fail when the implant surface becomes contaminated or if there is insufficient bone to support it.
Click here to see the success of dental implants.
Treatments covered on the NHS do not include aesthetic improvements, but rather treatments needed to keep your mouth and gums healthy and free from pain.
- Teeth whitening
- Tooth shaping
- Cosmetic and certain orthodontic treatments like Invisalign
The cost of cosmetic dentistry can vary depending on the treatment chosen, any additional work required and the amount of work needed.
For a brief overview of our costs, click here.
Cosmetic dentists vary from general and private dentists. A cosmetic dentist is defined as a specialist dentist who has a special interest in cosmetic procedures like implants and veneers.
It requires around three years to become a cosmetic dentist. However, cosmetic dentists also must retain a four-year degree, undergo four years in a dental school as well as attend further education to specialise in cosmetic practices. Learn more about the qualifications here.
Braces fall into the cosmetic/aesthetic dentistry category as they have a dual purpose.
This is especially true for faster brace systems designed for adults, who wish to align their teeth for cosmetic reasons rather than oral health purposes.
Traditional orthodontics under the age of 16 will not be considered cosmetic work. Learn more.
Dental implants are actually considered restorative. Conceived to replace missing teeth and gaps in the mouth, they are used to rebuild the mouth’s look and function for oral health purposes as well as aesthetic reasons.
Veneers are not usually covered by insurance. However, this can vary. There are some dental treatments that can be covered by private health insurance under the major dental category for dental extra cover.
- Dental implants
This entirely depends on what you mean by a new mouth. For example, the price of dental implants is different from a set of veneers.
Transforming your smile with a complete smile makeover whether it’s with orthodontics or veneers can vary greatly.
The cost will depend on the amount of work needed, any additional treatment s required and the treatment you choose to proceed with.
- Six Month Braces / Invisalign
- Clear Aligners
- Smile Makeovers
- Teeth Whitening
However, this can all be managed with over the counter medications.
Many patients are unsure whether to get a crown or a veneer, the difference is how they are applied and their thickness.
Crowns cover the whole tooth, whereas a veneer covers the front surface.
Crowns are more invasive and are used in cases of complete decay. Find out more here to decide which one is best for you.
Fillings are used to close small areas of decay and cracking, in cases where a substantial portion of the tooth has broken off, crowns are usually the better option as it will give you added protection.
The answer is entirely dependent on your condition, booking an appointment with a dentist will be your best option to decipher which will be the most beneficial option.
It should not hurt having a crown positioned. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic for the preparation work, which should feel no different to have a filling.
Porcelain crowns are known to last a lifetime – their longevity is often determined by your lifestyle habits and how you choose to look after them.
Most patients record their crowns lasting between 15 and 20 years.
Yes, they are a long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth and cover and conceal discoloured or uneven teeth.
Crowns are a part of permanent cosmetic restorations.
Porcelain and ceramic crowns are the best ones you can get due to their strength, durability and natural-looking properties.
After a root canal, crowns are used to reinforce the tooth to restore its functionality. However, it is not necessary, but it is better when a root canal has been performed that it is reinforced.
Does not always need a permanent crown.
Crowns are more durable and are a stronger alternative to conventional fillings.
It is often the better option as fillings can disrupt and negatively affect chewing as they alter the shape of the tooth. This means that crowns allow the patient to have a better, more natural oral function.
This period is when a child’s mouth and jaw is still growing, which makes it the perfect opportunity to improve the shape and alignment.
Treating alignment problems at an older age and even in adult years is still possible but can take slightly longer.
However, there are innovative brace treatments that half the conventional time and are more effective. Browse them here.
Adults are not eligible for brace systems on the NHS. Any type of alignment correction in adults is considered cosmetic work, which the NHS does not cover.
In rare and extreme situations where the patient is in extreme pain and experiencing major issues may the work be conducted on the NHS.
This depends on the brace method you use, for example:
- Traditional, fixed and metal braces can take 12-24 months
- Invisalign can take anywhere from 1-2 years and is notably faster than conventional braces
- Cfastfast braces can take 9 months
- Six Month Smiles take 6 months
The price of braces depends entirely on the system you use and the amount of work that is required, for example, small cases where only a few teeth need to move will be far more affordable than a major realignment.
Honestly, braces do not hurt when they are being attached to the teeth, so there is no need to feel nervous about the placement appointment.
You may experience slight soreness and discomfort once the wire is engaged to the brackets, but this will only be experienced for a few days as you get used to them.
When braces are tightened you may experience similar soreness and tightness, however, brace systems like Invisalign avoid this.
Braces are only slightly uncomfortable when they are being tightened or first applied.
There are various reasons why braces are vital, and the reason will be entirely dependent on your condition.
Misaligned mouths will experience problems with infection, decay and gum disease due to problems caused by overcrowding if ignored.
Not only will braces enhance your appearance they will prevent the spread of tooth decay and further oral problems.
- Sticky/hard sweets
- Corn chips
- Invisalign: It is advised to wear aligners for 12 months after treatment. It is recommended to wear them 3-5 times a week.
- CFast: For the first year, it is advisable to wear your removable aligner 3-4 nights a week.
- Six Month Smiles: You can either choose to have a fixed retainer bonded to the back of your teeth, or you can wear a retainer a few nights a week to prevent the teeth from shifting.
- Fixed Braces: In some cases, you will need to wear a retainer all day every day between four and 12 months
Here, at the Perfect Smile, we believe that anyone who is experiencing misalignment issues will always reap the benefits and consider braces worth it once they pursue with the treatment.
There are various types of materials used; teeth can be filled with gold, silver, tooth-coloured plastic, resin or porcelain.
They can be achieved quite quickly, often within one appointment taking an hour or less.
Before filling in your cavities, the dentist will numb the surrounding area to limit discomfort, next the decay will be drilled away and in its place will be put a filling.
The skill of the dentist and the quality of materials.
Filling is placed into a prepared cavity.
Crafted in a dental laboratory and require two visits to be placed. They are used when not enough tooth structure remains where a filling can be used but is not so badly damaged that a crown is required.
1. Who may benefit from teeth whitening?
Please note that porcelain crowns, veneers and fillings are not responsive to the whitening process.
At our Studios, your dentist will carry out a preliminary oral examination of your teeth to determine their suitability and show you what results you can expect to achieve from teeth whitening.
Because we use the best predictable whitening techniques, satisfaction is always guaranteed.
2. What causes teeth discolouration?
There are many causes. The most common include ageing, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, cola, tobacco), trauma, nerve degeneration and old restorations.
3. What is teeth whitening?
A whitening process that lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine, it is also the most popular dental aesthetic treatment.
4. How does the whitening of teeth work?
The treatment uses oxygen releasing whitening gel placed against the surfaces of your teeth.
As oxygen enters the enamel and dentine, it whitens the coloured substances. Only the teeth colour is made lighter, while the structure of the teeth remains unchanged.
5. Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with oxygen releasing gel under supervision are safe for teeth and gums.
It will not affect teeth structure, enamel, fillings or restorations.
6. Are there any side effects?
Some people may experience temporary teeth sensitivity during the treatment.
These symptoms always disappear within 1-2 days of interruption or completion of the treatment.
7. How long do the results last?
Your teeth will be noticeably whiter than they were, and the effect can last up to 2-3 years.
However, exposure to tobacco, certain foods and drinks such as red wine, tea and coffee will gradually stain teeth again over time.
We recommend “top-up whitening” i.e. about one session a month to maintain a whiter colour for longer.
8. What is the difference between your treatments and other dentists?
We only use equipment and materials that are voted the best in America.
Our mouth tray design is the best available anywhere; this ensures minimal or no sensitivity during treatment. Our treatments give excellent results and are carried out by experienced and qualified dentists.
9. Whitening treatments from £145. What does that include?
£145 is for Teeth Whitening of a single arch including consultation; custom-designed whitening tray and gels.
10. Can over the counter teeth whitening products damage your teeth?
The whitening gel used by us is a well-tested product from a top US manufacturer.
A lot of clinical trials have shown that our product is safe and effective in whitening your teeth when used by our specially trained dentists.
Those bought over the counter are less well-controlled, and without supervision by a dentist, their result can be unpredictable.
11. Can you tell me more about teeth whitening
You can discuss teeth whitening with our dentists or staff who will be able to answer your more specific questions.
We can show you some before and after pictures of our cases. We also have other information sheets available on whitening treatments and all the latest guidelines.
12. What Types of Whitening Treatments are there?
Teeth whitening is carried out using customised special trays that fit over your teeth. This is home whitening.
You could also have chairside whitening which is carried out at the practice, where the gel will be accelerated to work faster using a light or heat source to act as a catalyst.
There are many systems of gels available and we will advise you as to the most appropriate product for you.
They from using carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as the active gel.