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The Perfect Smile Studios are dedicated to providing first-class dental care to patients in Hertfordshire and London. These are the most recent questions our patients have asked. Please feel free to contact us if require further information.
Unfortunately, the treatments available on the National Health Service (NHS) are aimed at preserving the teeth and their functioning only. Therefore any treatment available on the NHS is for health purposes only.
Several dental treatments are considered as cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term for a huge array of different treatments that are all aimed at improving the look of your teeth and smile.
The cost of any cosmetic dentistry is based upon your overall needs for your teeth, mouth and smile.
Its also depends upon how perfect you want your smile enhancement to be. For example, are you looking for minor improvements or are you looking for a complete transformation.
A fundamental role in the cosmetic industry. We usually call a dentist a “Cosmetic Dentist” when they have a special interest in cosmetic procedures and the majority of treatment carried out by the clinician is cosmetic in nature aimed at improving the smile.
Every dentist has to undertake a 5-year undergraduate course at university.
Yes braces do fall into the category of cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry.
Over the years, dental implants evolved to serve a dual purpose of both aesthetics and function. This is especially true when it comes to the teeth in the front of the mouth.
Different insurance companies will have different criteria. It is important that you check what treatments are covered with your own insurance company.
These are any treatments that are used to restore teeth and gums back to health. It often involves replacing or rebuilding teeth or their surrounding support structure back to its original or even better appearance.
There are many ways of creating a “new mouth”. This could be by restoring your existing teeth to look aesthetically more pleasing with porcelain or filling materials; by re-aligning or replacing missing teeth.
There are many factors that affect the price of veneers and hence the fee quoted to you will be dependent upon your specific case.
Any treatment we do is always aimed at protecting your teeth from any harm and to prevent any future damage from occurring.
When we perform aesthetic dentistry of any kind, our aim is for the work to last for as long as is physically possible.
Since the mouth is a dynamic system, over time there could be bite forces applied to teeth that despite careful advanced planning were unpredictable.
Veneers are created with longevity in mind. So when we create veneers we want to give them the best chance possible of survival.
Veneers are usually not painful whilst you are having the treatment. However, some have reported slight sensitivity during the settling down period after final fitting.
If veneer treatment is done well, following the proper protocols and standards then there should be no reason to fear it.
Veneers were designed to restore your teeth back to health. This means that after treatment you should be able to use your teeth as normal.
This occurs mostly when the veneer absorbs the food or drinking colouring and changes colour permanently.
We have now addressed all the different facets that may have weakened the veneer in the first place.
There are a number of techniques we use to ensure that you are very comfortable throughout the treatment and subsequent to it.
A crown overcomes this discrepancy and restores the tooth back to proper aesthetics and functioning. Crowns have many benefits.
Any treatment that is recommended for you by our dentists is dependent upon your individual circumstances.
We follow strict protocols to ensure you experience no pain at all. There should be no reason why any treatment should hurt you. It does not matter whether we are doing a filling, a crown or a root canal treatment.
We normally say approximately 10 years. However, when we carry out any treatment on your teeth we do so in a way that has the longevity of the treatment in mind.
There are many variables that determine how long a particular treatment like crowns lasts. This is because the mouth is a dynamic environment and is in a constant mode of change.
In the past crowns have been made of gold alloy, tin alloy, stainless steel, metal-ceramic combinations and various types of all porcelain crowns.
In most instances, we do recommend that a tooth be restored with a crown after having undergone root canal treatment.
Whether a crown is advised on front teeth or not is dependent upon the amount of natural tooth remaining after the root canal treatment.
Crowns offer a different advantage to fillings. They are both chosen for different reasons. Therefore we cannot say that a crown is necessarily better than a filling or conversely that a filling is better than a crown.
Brace treatment can essentially be done at any age as soon as you have permanent teeth. Innovative orthodontic solutions now mean that the majority of people regardless of age can have teeth straightening treatments.
Adults are usually not eligible for Brace treatment on the National Health Service (NHS). This is because any type of brace treatment for adults is considered to be cosmetic in nature and the NHS does not provide cosmetic dentistry.
At the Perfect Smile Studios, we use a customized approach for brace treatment. This means that you will have a bespoke plan of action especially for you based upon your specific need and requirements.
Brace treatment is actually a very cost-effective way of getting a new smile without too much preparation for your teeth. It is also much cheaper than many other treatments like veneers.
Brace treatments are not painful. But they can be a little uncomfortable during the first 2-3 days whilst the teeth get used to the braces.
Braces actually shouldn’t be painful. They may be uncomfortable when they are first placed on the teeth. This is necessary in order to provide the correct forces in order to move the teeth as required.
There are many benefits to brace treatment and any other orthodontic teeth straightening treatments. Benefits include improved confidence.
During the first few days, you may experience minor discomfort. For this reason, we advise eating soft foods only. We also recommend not consuming very hard or chewy foods.
If retainers are not worn then there is a tendency for the teeth to move out of the corrected positions into unpredictable positions. When this happens we say that the treatment has “relapsed’.
Short-term adult orthodontics has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years. Hence much work and clinical research have been carried out to produce varying degrees of advancements.
The clinical term for fillings is ‘restorations’. These are used to restore the shape, form and function of teeth that are decayed, broken or worn away.
There are several different types of materials used for white dental fillings that enable us to restore teeth. We like to use the new age composites and porcelains that have natural-looking aesthetics and incredible durability.
The actual length of time to restore any tooth will depend upon the complexity of the treatment and the extent of damage in the tooth.
The main aim of our filling treatment is to initially remove all the chipped, decayed and infected tooth tissue. We then try and conserve as much tooth tissue that remains healthy.
The main aim of restorative dentistry is to first preserve the remaining sound tooth tissue and then to restore the tooth to its former anatomical shape.
Direct fillings are fillings that are done directly in your mouth. They are also called Direct Restorations. The fillings “fill” in and restore the damaged or lost part of the tooth structure.
Indirect fillings are made in a dental laboratory. They are then bonded onto the tooth in a single piece to restore the aesthetics and function of the individual tooth.