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What is it that bothers you about your smile? It may the smallest of things from a tooth that is darker thank the rest following sporting trauma or perhaps it’s just slightly wonky or damaged tooth?

Not all cosmetic dentistry involves full moth braces or even having to have your teeth cut to a new shape and having them veneered or crowned.

“The common ‘myth’ is that cosmetic dentistry is always intrusive and expensive”, says FHDC principal dentist and practice owner, Dr Precious. “Whilst it is fair to say that some complex treatment plans can cost thousands of pounds, the vast majority of problems that people have with their teeth can be resolved with minimally invasive and cost-effective treatment planning”.

A great example is cosmetic bonding. If you have slightly damaged teeth or have gaps, a tooth coloured resin that is matched to your other teeth is bonded onto your teeth by your dentist to fill any gaps. The real skill lies with your dentist who slowly builds this up to create a natural looking tooth. The process is pain free and is usually completed in one appointment. Whilst its not always necessary, it is sometimes advisable to have a course of teeth whitening first if you would like an overall whiter smile as the composite binding can then be matched to the new whiter teeth.

Before and after dental treatment photos of dental composite tooth repair.
Dental Composite Restorations

Another example is internal tooth bleaching. It is surprising common to have patients asking about how they can replace a grey or darker tooth. Sporting trauma is often the cause with a simple ‘whack in the mouth’ from a hockey stick, ball or contact in a rugby tackle. A grey tooth is usually where the tooth nerve has been permanently damaged and the tooth has ‘died’. Internal bleaching involves routine root canal treatment with the addition of tooth whitening agents being inserted into the tooth to whiten the tooth from the inside out.

Internal Tooth Whitening

“These are just a couple of examples of how we can provide simple cosmetic dentistry solutions at FHDC”, says Dr Precious. “My advice would be if there is something bothering you with the appearance of your teeth, have a chat with your dentist. At FHDC we always offer options to people when they come in for advice. We want people to be happy with their smile and we want people to keep coming back to see us. It’s not in our interest to try and push the most expensive treatments as these are not always the best solutions for people”.

To book an appointment at FHDC call the practice on 0113 275 1323 or use the contact form.

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