The art of the perfect smile: cosmetic dentistry explored

Quality cosmetic dentistry is all about making dreams come true. Dove Dental Care in Derby offers a number of aesthetic dental treatments, which can be used alone or in combination to create the perfect smile – whatever that may mean to you.

cosmetic-dentistry-derbyThe concept of a perfect smile is a subjective thing. What it means to you will probably be quite different to what it means to your friends or family. At Dove Dental Care in Derby we believe that cosmetic dentistry can be used to create the perfect smile for every person, whatever their aspirations from treatment may be.

One thing that unites many of us is a dislike of our current smile. Some 48% of us are not happy with the way our smile looks right now, and whilst the most common complaint is the colour of the teeth, every person will have specific niggles about their smile that they would like to change. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of ways to get rid of those smile concerns, whether they involve tooth colour or something else.

Come to our Derby dental clinic for a cosmetic dentistry consultation and a skilled cosmetic dentist will conduct a thorough clinical consultation, as well as finding out what the words “dream smile” means to you. Then they will create a detailed plan to ensure that dream is realised.

Derby cosmetic dentistry options

Among the cosmetic treatments available from Dove Dental Care in Derby are:

Teeth straightening

Using either Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces or Invisalign clear, removable aligners, your Derby cosmetic dentist can straighten your teeth both quickly and discreetly.

Teeth whitening

This is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry. When carried out by a dentist it is a safe, predictable, and fast way to eliminate common stains from the teeth. We use home whitening at our Derby practice.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that your dentist can place over the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance. One veneer can improve the appearance of a cracked or discoloured tooth; a full set can create a beautiful smile makeover.

The Effects of Smoking on Your Dental Health

ID-100174023 - hin255Dr Daniel Murphy encourages patients to give up smoking, not only is the habit damaging for your overall body health it has serious consequences the teeth too. A recent study shows that smoking alters the oral biome,  creating high levels of bacterial species in the mouth.

Smoking is widely known to be linked to a range of dental problems including complications after  dental implant placement, root canal therapy and dental extractions  smoking also exacerbates cavities and periodontal disease. Whilst many of these complications are due to a result of the toxins in the smoke the most recent study published in the International Society for Microbial Ecology discovered that smoking also alters the oral biome.

The study evaluated the oral microbiomes of more than 1,200 American adults aged 50 and over. More than 100 were current smokers, and 571 were former smokers. Smokers had significantly higher levels of 150 bacterial species, including Streptococcus, and significantly lower levels of 70 other species, including those linked to breaking down the toxins linked to smoking.

Lack of Oxygen

A lack of oxygen is the primary cause of the complications following dental extractions and root canal treatments. The lack of oxygen in your bloodstream means the infected gums downhill as effectively.

Your blood is a vehicle for delivering oxygen to the various parts of your body as they need it. Your blood vessels are coated with a thin Teflon like layer of cells that ensure  smooth bloodflow. When you smoke this layer is damaged allowing fat and plaque to stick to the vessel walls, the narrowing of the blood vessels restricts the amount of oxygen that reach the disease, this is especially important during the healing phase after any form of dental treatment/surgery.

Tooth Staining

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The nicotine and tar  in tobacco are responsible for the stains many smokers have on their teeth. Also, because the smoking  makes the teeth stickier the bacteria which form dental plaque find it much easier to adhere to the tooth. The double effect of this is that plaque stains more readily than natural teeth does, this  often results in heavily stained and plaque ridden teeth.

Oral Cancer

The links between smoking and cancer are well documented. It is a misconception to think that if you don’t inhale the smoke, particularly types and cigars, then you lower your chance of developing cancer. The truth is if you smoke at all, the smoke comes into contact with the kids use of your mouth and greatly increases your chance of developing oral cancer.

Former smokers had similar oral microbiomes as nonsmokers, which indicates that bacterial colonies do tend to return to a normal, balanced state once smoking stops.

Halitosis or Bad Breath and Smoking

Smoking causes bad breath in one of several ways:

  • Leaving smoke particles in the throat and lungs meaning the smell lingers for ages
  • 1968 report showed that  tobacco smoke contained more than 60 aromatic hydrocarbon, many are carcinogenic and convey s smell. These hydrocarbons, linger in your saliva.
  • By trying out your palate. As this happens anaerobic oral bacteria can thrive and produced the smell.
  • By leaving a thick layer of tar. This tar relay which covers your breathing passages sticks and has a rather distinctive smokers breath smell. How to overcome smokers breath

What is the advice for smokers from a dental health professional?

Of course, the first piece of advice is going to be quit smoking… But you knew that anyway didn’t you!

Visit your dental hygienist. Regular visits to the dental hygienist will help to ensure that you keep your teeth in good condition as possible. The hygienist can remove any built up plaque which will then make the teeth look brighter and healthier, feel fresher and may also remove some of the odour.

Clean your teeth regularly. Cleaning your teeth regularly, including cleaning between the teeth using a brush or floss will also help to keep down the amount of bacterial buildup in your mouth. We recommend brushing for at least 2 min per day, twice a day.

Use a mouthwash. Use a mouthwash in between brushing (not immediately after brushing as you reduce the amount of fluoride in contact with your teeth). Use them fluoride mouthwash in between meals and in between brushing to give your teeth a little extra freshness and protection.

Chew a sugarfree gum after smoking. This will help to stimulate the saliva in your mouth to start flowing again, this can then alleviate the dry mouth that smoking causes. The smell of the gum and the relief of the dry mouth will also help to reduce any bad breath.

Dove Dental Care are a general dental practice in Derby with a keen interest in helping local people improve their oral health.


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Using cosmetic dentistry to boost your smile and your self-image

These days, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just popular among celebrity circles; an increasing number of men and women are turning towards aesthetic dental treatments to create the smile they’ve always wanted. At Dove Dental Care in Derby we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry options, so if you have any issues at all with the current appearance of your smile, we can help you to realise your dreams.

cosmetic-dentistry-derbyNearly half of the adult population of the UK is unhappy with some aspect of their smile. The largest single complaint is about the colour of the teeth, and at our Derby clinic we have several cosmetic dentistry solutions to tooth discolouration.

But cosmetic dentistry is about more than just white teeth. If you ask your friends, family, or colleagues what the “ideal smile” would look like, the chances are you will get a plethora of different answers. Dove Dental Care in Derby recognises that every smile is unique as the person behind it, and therefore your dentist will fully customise options from our cosmetic dentistry menu to make sure we find the perfect smile for you.

Derby cosmetic dentistry options

If discoloured teeth are getting you down, there are a number of cosmetic dentistry options available. The best course of treatment will depend on the nature of your tooth staining.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular and famous procedure in the world of cosmetic dentistry. So long as it is carried out under the supervision of a dentist, it is a safe and reliable way to brighten up your smile. We use home whitening at our Derby clinic.

Porcelain veneers

These micro-thin porcelain shells are bonded over the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their appearance, and can be used to improve the look of a permanently discoloured, chipped, or cracked tooth. Alternatively, a full set may be used in a smile makeover.

Teeth straightening

Straighter teeth are another popular cosmetic dental request at our Derby clinic. Your dentist can use cosmetic braces – Six Month Smiles – or clear, removable aligners – Invisalign – to subtly improve the alignment of your teeth.

With cosmetic dentistry, your dentist can create the smile of your dreams

Thanks to advances in techniques and technology, cosmetic dentistry and all the benefits it brings are now available to more people than ever before. At Dove Dental Care in Derby we have an extensive cosmetic menu, and will work with you to create the smile of your dreams.

cosmetic-dentistry-derbyThe rise in popularity of cosmetic dentistry in the UK is thanks at least in part to the prevalence of treatments amongst celebrities and reality television personalities. More UK adults are also starting to appreciate the true value of a beautiful smile, too, and are turning to cosmetic dentistry for help.

A recent study showed some 48% of the adult population are unhappy with the appearance of their current smile, with the most popular complaint being discolouration of the teeth at 64%. Dove Dental Care in Derby offers a wide selection of cosmetic dentistry treatment options, including several ways to brighten up the appearance of your smile.

Derby cosmetic dentistry

Come into Dove Dental Care in Derby for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, and your dentist will establish what you like and/or dislike about your current smile, as well as what you wish to achieve from treatment. After a clinical examination, they will discuss the relevant treatment options with you.

Below are some common complaints, and how cosmetic dentistry can help:

I don’t like the colour of my teeth.

If you are one of the 64% of people who have discoloured teeth, there are a number of options available at our Derby dental practice. The perfect treatment will depend on the nature of your tooth staining, and will be ascertained by your dentist at your initial consultation. Options include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Hygienist appointment to remove dental

My teeth aren’t straight.

Our Derby clinic offers several teeth straightening options. These are:

  • Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces
  • Invisalign clear, removable aligners
  • Porcelain veneers

You can see my metal fillings.

Metal fillings can be obvious in the mouth. Depending on your needs, your Derby dentist can replace them with:

  • Tooth-coloured composite fillings
  • Porcelain onlays
  • Porcelain inlays
  • Tooth-coloured cosmetic crowns

Choose dental implants for health, beauty, and a long-term solution to tooth loss

Using dental implants, your dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. Dove Dental Care in Derby offers implant treatment to patients who have lost one, some, or all of their natural teeth, providing a long-term solution that is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also beneficial to your oral and general health.

dental-implants-derbyDerby dental implants: your options

If you have lost one or more of your teeth, for whatever reason, we invite you to join us at Dove Dental Care in Derby for a consultation to find out more about how dental implants can help. Your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination, including taking x-rays and scans as necessary to aid with diagnosis and treatment planning.

They will check your level of bone density and, so long as no additional procedures are required to build up your jaw bone or treat underlying conditions such as periodontal (gum) disease, will plan your implant surgery.

The majority of people only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, which is precisely planned beforehand. If you have come to our Derby dental practice with failing teeth, it is often possible to place your implants in the sockets left by these teeth at the same time as extraction.

Once in position, your dental implants will integrate with your jaw bone and will create a base for your new teeth that is similar to that of a natural tooth root. We do also offer conscious sedation at our Derby practice, for patients of a nervous disposition or those who require a lengthier implant placement procedure.

Depending on the number of teeth we are replacing, your dentist will attach either a single crown, a bridge, or dentures to abutments on top of your implants. This will restore a smile that is both aesthetically pleasing and equivalent in function to a jaw of healthy teeth.

With dental implants you can:

  • Eat what you like, making it easier to maintain a healthy diet
  • Speak clearly and with confidence
  • Smile, laugh, and enjoy your social life free from the fear that your false teeth will fall out.

Speaking up About The Dental Health of Our Children

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There have been many damning reports recently in the press about the state of our children’s dental health. Some of these shocking reports from the Royal College of surgeons and the British Dental Association warned that thousands of children are being admitted to hospital to have teeth removed because of advanced decay, all of this costing the NHS millions.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre’s research shows these numbers have been increasing consistently for the past four successive years and that the rate of painful tooth extraction in some of the nation’s most deprived children is five times that of the children in better off areas.

Children with this level of dental decay find it difficult to sleep, eat  and speak, not to mention problems socialising with other children. This will inevitably affect their development as well as education.

The research goes on to show that many children have their  decayed teeth extracted under general anaesthetic, with 8362 children being admitted in London for the procedure.

The statistics are scary, yet 90% of this dental decay is actually preventable with a balanced diet and regular dental checkups with the dentist.

As adults in our society we make our own choices about whether we go to the dentist not, the problem is a five-year-old doesn’t have this choice, they are reliant upon their parent or carer to make the right choice for them and ensure their dental health remains good.

Many parents believe that children have two sets of teeth and therefore can afford to have the first set go rotten.  The problem with this theory is that as the dental decay takes hold the bacteria have an adverse effect on the rest of the body also, thereby impacting on the child’s overall health.

If a child is first set (deciduous) of teeth are left to decay then this oral hygiene routine can become a habit which then continues on to win the second (permanent) set of teeth come through. This can then spell disaster for the overall dental health of the child as they mature and grow into adulthood.

Baroness Benjamin talks about her concerns on this serious issue in a recent article in Politics Home, as does the BBC.

So what can we do?

The simple answer is twofold:

  1. Maintain a balanced and healthy diet
  2. Have regular visits to the dentist to ensure your child’s oral health care routine is efficient.

Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is primarily focused around reducing the amount of sugar. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth and as they feed they secrete an acid which attacks the hard outer surface of your tooth. If this acid attack is left to continue then the decay becomes worse and worse until ultimately your child is left in pain and the tooth has to be removed. Reducing the amount of sugar in your child’s diet is one of the primary ways of preventing this happening, along with maintaining an adequate daily dental healthcare routine.

Regular visits to the dentist will also ensure that your daily dental health care routine is adequate. Here’s our advice for children.

Advice for looking after your children’s dental health

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  • Take your child to the dentist from an early age this helps them get used to sitting in the chair, going up and down and generally being around a healthcare professional.
  • Start brushing your child’s teeth at soon as they appear, even as a baby. This gives your child time to get used to the feel of a toothbrush in their mouth as young as possible.
  • Use a child’s toothpaste. A children’s toothpaste has less fluoride than an adult toothpaste, fluoride is generally good when kept to the correct dose however it can in excess cause problems for children.
  • Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste when you clean your children’s teeth twice per day for 2 min.
  • Supervise your child’s brushing up until around the age of 7.

Many dental practices offer special children’s rates and care/maintenance plans to help look after your children’s teeth. Our dental practice in Derby offers children’s dentistry  with examinations starting from £7.50 to help you keep your child’s teeth and overall health as good as possible for life.

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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.

Dental implants – so many benefits to be gained from replacing lost teeth

Dental implants are bionic tooth roots; small titanium posts or screws that your dentist places directly in contact with your jaw bone, they provide a permanent solution to tooth loss. Dove Dental Care in Derby offers implant treatment to patients of all ages to replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth.

dental-implants-derbyThe advantages of dental implants

There are numerous benefits to be gained from choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth, when compared with both traditional dentures and bridges.

Of course, any dentist would tell you that missing teeth should always be replaced, for the sake of your oral and general health. At our Derby dental practice we find that dental implants are, more often than not, the best way to do so.

Traditional dentures only replace the crowns of the teeth. When the roots are missing, the jaw bone starts to resorb or shrink back, causing many of the complaints voiced by denture-wearers. These include:

  • Teeth getting increasingly loose
  • Difficulty in eating anything but soft foods
  • Speech problems
  • A loss of confidence, affecting social, personal, and business life.

Dental implants help to prevent all of these problems because they anchor your teeth in place with a strength comparable to that of natural tooth roots, and because they actively promote bone growth.

Traditional dental bridges need support from adjacent teeth. All too often this means that healthy tooth structure is lost as these teeth need to be prepared for crown placement.

When you choose to support your bridge with dental implants, no work is needed on your other teeth, because the implants fully support the bridge.

Derby dental implants

Most people at our Derby dental practice need only local anaesthetic for implant placement. Once they are in position, your dental implants will be left to heal and mesh with your jaw bone. After healing is complete, your dentist will attach your permanent new teeth – a crown, a bridge, or a denture.

Previous implant patients at our Derby practice report:

  • Being able to eat what they like
  • No problems with speech
  • No more wobbly dentures.

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.