Cosmetic dentistry explored: how your dentist can brighten your smile

Cosmetic dentistry provides your dentist with a number of techniques to brighten your smile. Dove Dental Care in Derby offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments, so if stained or discoloured teeth are making you frown, why not join us for a consultation to find out how we can help you to get your smile back?

cosmetic-dentistry-derbyA smile tops the list of the first things we notice when we meet someone new, but a recent survey carried out by the Oral Health Foundation as part of National Smile Month 2016 revealed that almost half the UK adult population – 48% – are unhappy with how their current smile looks. Discoloured teeth were by far the biggest complaint, at 64%.

Whilst cosmetic dentistry was once considered the exclusive preserve of celebrities and superstars, it is now widely available, and offers a number of ways to lighten and brighten your smile. Many of the procedures available from Dove Dental Care in Derby take far less time than you might think, meaning that a dazzling smile you’ll want to show off to everyone could be a matter of a few short appointments away.

Cosmetic dentistry in Derby

When you come to our Derbydental practice for a cosmetic dentistry consultation to lighten your teeth, your dentist will perform a through clinical examination to assess the nature of your tooth discolouration.

They will also carry out a dental health check, because cosmetic dentistry should only take place in a healthy mouth. So long as there are no problems that need to be treated first, they will then talk you through the various methods of lightening your teeth.

Teeth whitening

The most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening involves using special dental bleaching gel to remove common stains such as those caused by tea, coffee, or nicotine from your teeth. We offer home whitening at our Derby practice.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are an excellent option for permanently discoloured teeth. They are thin porcelain shells that your dentist places over the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance. You can have a single veneer, or a full set.

How cosmetic dentistry can brighten your smile

Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a multitude of ways for a dentist to boost your smile. Dove Dental Care in Derby offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments, so if you are unhappy with your smile why not come in for a consultation to see how we can help?

cosmetic-dentistry-derbyA recent survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation, as part of National Smile Month 2016, revealed that an alluring smile was rated as the second most important factor in romantic attraction, after a good personality. However, another survey by the same organisation showed that 27% of the UK population were so unhappy with their smile that they thought it had a negative effect on their relationship prospects.

At Dove Dental Care in Derby, we think everybody deserves a beautiful smile to be proud of. Of course, if you opt for cosmetic dentistry it should be primarily for yourself and not for others, but the significant boost that a smile makeover can give to your self-confidence can only have a positive effect on your friendships and relationships – both personal and professional.

Derby cosmetic dentistry

When you come into our Derby clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will establish what your ideal smile would look like, then will perform a clinical examination before talking you through all of the appropriate treatment options in detail.

Only when you are entirely happy with your choices will a treatment plan be drawn up, including as many or as few cosmetic dentistry options as are necessary.

Among the popular treatments at our Derby clinic are:

Teeth whitening

Either as a standalone treatment or a complement to other items from our cosmetic dentistry menu, whitening from a dentist is a fast and effective way to boost your smile.

White fillings, onlays and inlays

Tooth-coloured composite fillings or porcelain inlays or onlays are an effective way for a dentist to replace metal amalgam fillings for a seamless natural appearance.

Teeth straightening

At our Derby dental practice we offer adult teeth straightening with either Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces or Invisalign clear, removable aligners. Teeth straightening has health as well as aesthetic benefits.

Exploring cosmetic dentistry: routes to whiter teeth

A host of procedures fall under the umbrella term “cosmetic dentistry” and at Dove Dental Care in Derby, we are pleased to offer a wide array of treatments both large and small, all designed to create the smile you’ve always wanted. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment in cosmetic dentistry, so you can rest assured that when you come into our Derby practice for a consultation, all treatments will be individually tailored to suit your needs.

cosmetic-dentistry-derbyOne of the most common requests in cosmetic dentistry is to have brighter, whiter teeth. We all know how attractive a dazzling bright, white smile is, but similarly most of us know that keeping your smile bright and beautiful requires work.

Everyday activities easily stain the teeth. Drinks including coffee, tea, and red wine are common culprits for surface tooth staining, as are habits such as cigarette or cigar smoking. Some medical conditions stain the teeth, whilst some medicines and medicated mouth washes also have the unfortunate side effect of leaving stains on the teeth.

At Dove Dental Care in Derby we have a number of ways to treat stained teeth. The perfect treatment for you will depend on a number of factors, including the type of staining involved. When you come into our clinic for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, your dentist will assess this, and will discuss the most appropriate treatment options with you.

Teeth whitening

Perhaps the best known procedure in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening should only be carried out by a dentist. It involves the use of special dental bleaching gel to remove common stains from the teeth, and can even work on deep-seated staining.

Porcelain veneers

Some types of tooth staining are permanent, in which case teeth whitening won’t work. But cosmetic dentistry has other options to offer. At our Derby clinic we can use porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of a permanently stained tooth or teeth.

Inlays and onlays

Inlays and onlays are an alternative to obvious metal fillings. They are made from porcelain, so are very strong. Your dentist will be sure to choose a shade of porcelain that matches your teeth.

The Pros and Cons of Invisalign

One of the most rapidly growing areas of dentistry is that of invisible orthodontics. Invisalign has paved the way in this revolutionary style of orthodontic treatment, providing almost invisible clear aligners to help straighten crooked teeth and avoid the old fashion style metal braces.

This article takes a detailed look at the aligner, from the cost, the problems, the results and the process.

How does Invisalign work?

invisalign clear bracesAt the beginning of treatment the clear aligner may only be putting pressure on a single tooth, but as the treatment progresses and that tooth moves into position other teeth will then be touched and affected which means these will also have pressure pushing or tipping them into the correct place.

As you move through treatment you will replace each clear aligner with a new one, the process then begins again moving teeth gently and slowly towards their final place.

This action is limited to smaller amounts, if your teeth are extremely rotated you may find that Invisalign is not suitable for you, in which case another form of orthodontics may be best.

What results can be expected with Invisalign?

The important thing to remember is that we should be limiting our goals and expectations, we are not trying to achieve the perfect result using this type of almost invisible orthodontics. We’re not necessarily trying to fix your bite although the bite can be affected and often improved.

Using Invisalign we are primarily focusing on the front (anterior) six teeth and moving them to a more acceptable cosmetic position.

The process of having an aligner

The actual dental process is very simple.

  1. Your dentist will assess your teeth for suitability and have a discussion with you about the pros and cons of having Invisalign.
  2. Dental impressions will be taken and sent off to the laboratory.
  3. The Invisalign company will then computerise these models and create an image of what you can look like afterwards, this reconstruction is in the form of the video where you will be able to see your teeth moving.
  4. About two weeks later the clear braces will be sent back to the dentist ready for your appointment.
  5. You have your first dental aligner fitted and the dentist will give you instructions on how to look after it and wear it.
  6. You will replace each aligner approximately every two weeks with a new one.
  7. You will be given a few aligners at a time, returning to your dentist regularly to check on your tooth movement and make any adjustments.

Problems with Invisalign

There are generally very few problems with Invisalign. One problem people experience is not wearing Invisalign for long enough each day. The recommended daily amount is to wear your aligner for 20 hours per day, only taking it out whilst you eat and brush your teeth.

This means it takes some effort on your part to ensure that you do your thing to be part of the process and help things along. If you only wear your aligners for 11 hours per day you could end up doubling the amount of treatment time, which contradicts one of the main reasons for using this type of orthodontics in the first place.

Will I be able to eat with my clear aligners?

You will not be able to eat whilst wearing your orthodontic aligners. You need to remove the aligner whilst eating and for cleaning.

What will the results be like after wearing the aligners?

How much does Invisalign cost?

The Inman Aligner typically costs between £2,000 and £3,000

Would clear aligners work for me?

Invisalign is typically suitable for people with:

  • Crowded upper teeth
  • Crowded lower teeth
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

It is less suitable for people with biting problems and cannot be used to move back teeth. The aligner can also be used in what is known as pre-restorative alignment.

You may have a chipped or broken down tooth, typically we could use dental bonding or dental veneers to restore this tooth but if the body of the tooth is in the wrong place this can be compromised.

By using Invisalign to move the body of the tooth into the correct place it allows your dentist to restore them using veneers, bonding or crowns in a more conservative and natural way.

Does Invisalign hurt?

There should not normally be any pain when wearing this type of orthodontic brace. You may find that your teeth feel a little tender for the first week or so but as the pressure from the brace reduces you should become more accustomed to this pressure.

Here’s a great video which shows a patient having an Inman Aligner From Start To Finish…

What does Invisalign look like?

Invisalign is almost imperceptible whilst being worn. You will probably find that no one ever knows that you are wearing orthodontic braces.

comparing invisalign and metal bracesCompare these images of a patient wearing metal braces in the background, quite obvious, to the patient wearing Invisalign in the foreground, almost imperceptible.

Dove Dental Care a cosmetic dental practice in Derby offering Invisalign and Six Month Smiles to people wanting straighter teeth with no one else knowing.

Ways cosmetic dentistry can boost the appearance of your smile

Cosmetic dentistry is the area of the profession that focuses on the aesthetic appearance of a smile. At Dove Dental Care in Derby, our team of cosmetic dentists offers a range of treatments large and small, all designed to give you a smile you’ll be itching to show off.

cosmetic-dentistry-derbyIf you have any issues with the appearance of your current smile, we invite you to come into our Derby practice for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. An experienced cosmetic dentist will listen to your concerns and aspirations regarding your smile, and will answer any questions you may have. They will then examine your teeth, gums and surrounding structures before talking you through all the relevant treatment options.

The cosmetic dentistry menu at Dove Dental Care in Derby is extensive, and whatever you require your dentist will create a bespoke treatment plan.

We’ve found that many people like to complement any cosmetic dentistry work they may have with options from our facial aesthetics team. Combining treatments in this way can leave you looking – and feeling – many years younger.

Among the popular options on our cosmetic dentistry menu are:


Porcelain veneers are micro-thin shells that are fitted over the front surfaces of the teeth, much like false fingernails. They are bonded in place with a strong dental adhesive, and can improve the appearance of a wide range of imperfections.

Replacing metal fillings

Silver or grey metal amalgam fillings can be replaced with either composite white fillings or porcelain inlays or onlays. Whichever option you choose, your dentist will closely match your restorations to the natural colour of your teeth.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are cosmetic braces that quickly improve your smile by straightening the front teeth. They comprise tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets for added discretion.

How your dentist can use cosmetic dentistry to boost your smile

Cosmetic dentistry was once only available to celebrities and the super-rich, but thanks to an increase in demand and an improvement in techniques used, more people than ever before are benefiting from the use of cosmetic procedures to boost their smile. At Dove Dental Care in Derby we have a skilled and dedicated cosmetic team, who offer a number of ways to improve your smile’s appearance – and with it raise your self-confidence.

What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?

cosmetic dentistryIn a nutshell, cosmetic dentistry can do whatever you want. Thanks to the wide variety of techniques available, we believe that we can help everyone from Derby and beyond who wants to boost the way their smile looks.

Some patients come into our Derby clinic with a clear idea of what they want and what treatment or combination of treatments is needed to achieve it. Others come to us knowing only that they are unhappy with some aspect of how their smile looks, but with no clear idea of how to improve it.

Whichever category suits you best, we invite you to join us for a cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Derby clinic. A dentist will listen to your concerns, wants and needs, before carefully examining your existing smile and recommending all appropriate treatments.

Many people find that they benefit from combining two or more options from our extensive cosmetic dentistry menu. Whatever you decide, your dentist will draw up a treatment plan and let you know projected treatment times and costs.

We offer interest-free credit (subject to status) on most of our cosmetic dental treatments her at our Derby practice.

Among the treatments you can choose from are:

  • Teeth whitening – either at home or here in the practice
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces
  • Invisalign clear aligners
  • Porcelain inlays and onlays