Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Make it a part of your routine care

Perfect teeth have become as important as great hair in the last few years and just as our hair needs regular grooming, so our teeth too can need little bits of repair here and there to keep them looking good.

That’s why, when you for come a check-up with us at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, you can ask us about any little things we can do by way of cosmetic dentistry treatments to keep your teeth looking really great.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BournemouthWith teeth, looking good is all about colour, structure and alignment.

If your teeth are already well aligned then you only need to worry about colour and imperfections.

Wear and tear

Daily living takes its toll on our teeth. As we bite and chew, we wear away the edges of our teeth. When you look at the teeth of a teenager, they have lovely rounded corners. As we age the edges can get flatter and the corners more square. Most people have also chipped or broken off a piece of tooth at some point.

If you have structural imperfections, these can be masked with either porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding. Both treatments are quick and last well.

Duller colour

Another thing that can make us look older is the colour of our teeth. White teeth are associated with youth, whereas duller, more grey or yellow teeth are associated with age. Teeth get stained by red wine, berries, tea and coffee and this can happen at any age. Teeth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. We use a subtle, gradual treatment that you carry out at home with bespoke whitening trays. It takes a couple of weeks to reach your desired shade of white and you can top up your treatment at any time.

White fillings

White fillings are now stronger and more durable than ever and this is a cosmetic treatment that can be carried out straight away whenever you need a new filling. We can also replace all your old amalgam fillings if you’d prefer to keep your cavity history to yourself.

Next time you come in for a check-up, ask us how cosmetic dentistry in Bournemouth could enhance your smile.

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Keeping teeth looking great

Having a great smile is a bit like having a pass to all those VIP areas, doors seem to open so much more easily when you can smile at the doorkeepers. People are hardwired by thousands of years of evolution to respond with friendliness and warmth to great beaming smiles of healthy-looking teeth. We look at smiles to work out if someone is a friend or foe, how old they are and if they are diseased or not. We don’t know we are doing this but take a look at your reactions next time you are smiled at. See how you take an internal step towards some people and away from others, and how the state of their teeth influences those steps.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BournemouthHow does your smile affect others?

If you want your own smile to have a positive effect on others, it is so easy these days to get cosmetic dentistry in Bournemouth from us at Castle Lane Dental Care.

Size, shape, colour and alignment

These are the four main things people notice about your teeth and they tend to notice the state of the front 6-8 teeth on each jaw more than the others, which are hidden away deeper inside the mouth.

Size

Are your teeth the right size for your mouth? If you have gaps between your teeth then they may be too small. We can fix that by covering them over with porcelain veneers which are slightly bigger than your natural teeth, closing the gaps between them.

Shape

If your teeth are no longer in great shape, perhaps they have been chipped, or cracked or have worn edges, once again veneers can be used to cover them over. Veneers last at least 10 years if you look after them well.

Colour

Teeth whitening is great for removing surface stains caused by tea, coffee, red wine and berries, as well as smoking. You can do it yourself at home with one of our bespoke take-home kits that fit your mouth exactly.

Alignment

Cosmetic braces are so discreet these days they are almost invisible. And it’s never too late to get your teeth straightened.

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Keep the glint in your eye, not in your mouth

There’s nothing like a pair of sparkling eyes when someone is smiling a genuine smile. A merry glint tells the person being smiled at that the smiler is a warm and friendly personality. However, even the loveliest smile can be ruined when the teeth have an unwelcome glint: the glint of amalgam fillings.

Now we’re not saying amalgam doesn’t have its place in dentistry. It’s an incredibly useful and cost-effective way of filling a cavity. It goes in easily and stays put, lasting often for more than a decade.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BournemouthBut amalgam fillings don’t look silver when they are in your mouth, they look shiny and black. And if you have a lot of fillings, rows of amalgam glinting in the sun as you throw your head back to laugh is not pretty. It also tells everyone about your dental history, and not many of us actually want anyone to know we have lots of fillings.

A whiter alternative

One of the great advances in cosmetic dentistry has been the advent of white, or tooth-coloured fillings. At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, cosmetic dentistry users are very fond of white fillings, and here’s why:

First of all, it’s because they are white, or tooth-coloured to be precise. This means that once they are in place, these fillings blend in with your teeth and make it impossible for anyone to guess how many fillings you have had.

Another big plus is that we don’t have to remove as much of your tooth when we put in a white filling. The nature of white filling material and the way it is layered in, means that we only need to remove the decayed tooth material. This means fillings are smaller and your teeth remain stronger and will last longer.

The other big plus is how we can sculpt your white filling once it has been put in and cured with a UV light. This means we can recreate the chewing surface of your tooth, which takes the pressure off your other teeth and makes chewing more efficient, especially if you have lots of molars that have fillings in them.

We can do white fillings from new, or replace old amalgam fillings for you.

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It isn’t like a face lift

If you think cosmetic dentistry is self-indulgent, you could be forgiven for doing so, especially if you are a watcher of reality TV shows, where it seems that everyone has switched their natural teeth for those of Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka — too white, too evenly lined up, so perfect in every way that they are actually rather creepy.

Yes, cosmetic dentistry can achieve this, but it can also give people back the smile they would have otherwise lost, or the smile they wish they could have. At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, cosmetic dentistry often comes after some kind of remedial dental work, rather than on its own.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BournemouthThe possibilities

Veneers, for examples, are fantastic if your teeth have taken a battering in some way and bits of them have broken off. This can often be the case with the top front teeth, which are often the first to break when someone falls off their bike, or bashes into someone else. Veneers can cover up a broken tooth in only 2 appointments and will keep their beauty for over 10 years if you look after them.

Cosmetic braces can straighten teeth that are misaligned, but don’t deal with bite issues. Yes, they make the teeth look great, but they also make it more likely that the teeth will last longer. When all the teeth are lined up, the pressure created by chewing is evenly distributed, instead of only some of the teeth taking the strain. Teeth are less liable to be ground down through over-use. They are also easier to keep when there are fewer hard-to-get-at nooks and crannies that plaque can build up in. This means less chance of decay and infection.

This is where teeth whitening comes in. If people have been using braces that are fixed to their teeth, when the treatment comes to an end, the braces, which were cemented onto their teeth, finally come off. This great unveiling can often be made even more amazing if the patient has teeth whitening treatment. This can also get rid of any mild staining that may have happened around the brackets during treatment.

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