When you are unhappy about the look of your smile, it can leave you self-conscious and less confident. It can be a burden to always worry about what your teeth look like.
Cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry will correct any problems you have with your teeth and leave you with a dazzling, beautiful smile that you can be proud of.
How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist:
Cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your teeth so that you are happy with the look of your smile. Although cosmetic dentistry is something that most dentists claim to offer, dentist Dr Timothy Williams has specially trained and a proven track record to provide patients with the many different cosmetic dentistry treatments available.
Cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry uses many different treatments and procedures to give you a better smile, including:
We use Cfast (Cosmetically focused adult straight teeth) and In-Line Orthodontics, which are simple, gentle and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that correct alignment issues with the top and bottom front six teeth, and can level and round out the arches, thus satisfying the needs of the vast majority of adult patients who seek straighter teeth.
This is one of the most common forms of cosmetic dentistry. The Lytham Dental Clinic can brighten your smile with at-home customised tray whitening, in-surgery Zoom! WhiteSpeed™ or the very latest Enlighten Evolution 3 system so that you are no longer worried about the shade of your teeth.
These beautiful thin laminates are used in cosmetic dentistry as a way to repair cracked, chipped, mis-shaped, permanently stained, poorly restored or crowded teeth.
The icing on the cake! We frequently use gum contouring as a way of achieving symmetry of tooth proportions and gum line.
This is a method where we can bond your teeth so that you don’t have to suffer from irregularities in your teeth like gaps in your smile, mis-shaped teeth or broken teeth.
Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Cosmetic dentistry can also involve restorations like porcelain crowns that match the colour of your natural teeth, while repairing a damaged tooth so that it functions properly. Unlike veneers, porcelain crowns generally cover all surfaces of the tooth and tend to be used only when the tooth is fractured or very broken down.
If you are having a cavity restored, Dr Williams will rebuild it with a composite resin white filling. This will give you a wonderful restoration that matches the colour and shape of your other teeth, and indeed looks completely natural. Unlike most dentists, we never use mercury amalgam fillings at The Lytham Dental Clinic.
The Perfect Smile
A genuine smile can be infectious. If you feel confident enough to smile, you can feel more confident on the inside and who knows where that can take you? We use our smiles instinctively, however, do we know what makes the perfect smile?
1. Proportion of upper incisors shown
With a normal lip line, 100% of all four upper incisors should be shown when you smile. As we age, teeth become worn, and thus we show less of the upper incisors. Restoration of normal proportions results in a more youthful the smile. The extent of the incisor display is affected by tooth alignment and dimensions, colour and how confident or able you are to part your lips.
2. Amount of gum on display
A small amount of gum on display is normal. Indeed, if you have healthy, pink gums this can be an indication of good health and youth. Receding, swollen, bleeding or discoloured gums can give an ageing effect, however, we offer amazing techniques to correct this.
3. The smile line
The smile line is the relationship of the curvature of the edges of your upper teeth with the curvature of the lower lip. The perfect smile has these two curves running parallel with each other. Some people’s teeth display a flat, or even reverse smile line that results in poor appearance.
4. Negative space or buccal corridors
This is the small dark space visible at the corners of the mouth which is primarily dependent on the broadness of the smile and the shape of the mouth. Too much space can have a significant effect on the balance of the smile.
5. Broadness of the smile or Dental arch form
In general, the broader the smile, the better! The perfect smile allows you to see the teeth all the way to the upper pre-molars (the teeth half-way to the back). If your teeth are narrow or you have missing teeth towards the back, it can give the impression of a narrow smile.
6. Other factors
Other characteristics of a perfect smile are lip shape and size, where the midline of your teeth appears in relation to the rest of your face, the shape of the edges of your teeth and the shade of your teeth. Unattractive features can include: overcrowding, poor spacing, tooth wear, bite problems, tooth decay etc.
A beautiful smile radiates happiness, and becomes the focal point to your face. Ones eye is drawn immediately to the smile and you can feel yourself wanting to smile back.
There’s nothing worse than looking back at your photos: your historical record and cringing at your smile, especially when you could have done something about it.
So, if you would like to improve your smile, talk to The Lytham Dental Clinic: we have answers to all your cosmetic issues from simple solutions to full smile makeovers.
Q. Who has cosmetic dental treatment?
A. People from all walks of life. In the past cosmetic treatment has been associated with models and movie stars. Now anyone can have it. Quite simply, if you're unhappy with your smile, you can now change it to one you're proud of.
Q. How do I know if cosmetic dentistry will help me?
A. Are you happy with your smile? Could your teeth be whiter or straighter? Do you have chipped or broken teeth? Do any of your teeth appear too small or too short? Do you see black margins around your existing crowns? Do you refrain from smiling in photos? Does the thought of having to meet new people and smile make you anxious? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then cosmetic dentistry may be for you. Making a decision to change your smile is not something that will be decided in an instant. At your consultation, we will provide you with all the facts so that you can make a better informed decision as to how to proceed.
Q. Is cosmetic dental treatment painful?
A. Absolutely not! Modern techniques mean that even if you need a local anaesthetic this can be done painlessly. Our highly trained staff, in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, will ensure that your visit is stress-free.
Q. How long does cosmetic dental treatment last?
A. That's up to you and how well you look after it. Our highly trained team is always on hand to give you advice and provide you with a post treatment programme of brushing and flossing to help you maintain your new smile.
As a guide, with normal brushing and flossing plus regular six monthly visits to the hygienist and dentist, we would expect veneers and crowns to last for up to 15 years or more. After this time veneers may start to look a little worn and may start to chip. When this occurs you may wish to replace them, which is easily done.
Tooth whitening treatments vary in their longevity depending on the original shade of the teeth but on average will last up to 18 months. This is life-style dependent, however, so we advise occasional ‘top-ups’ to maintain your dazzling look.
Q. How can I get an idea of how I would look with an improved smile?
A. By listening to what you want and taking notes we are able to mentally form a picture of what your smile can look like. To show you what we are seeing in our mind, we take a digital photograph of your face. We then use cosmetic imaging software to generate a computerised image showing you with various smile enhancements such as whitening, and shape and length changes. Another way we can give you an idea of what you would look like with an improved smile is to fabricate a “diagnostic wax-up” of your new smile. This is when we “do” the porcelain crowns, veneers or bridgework on a model of your teeth in order to see three dimensionally the changes in your smile. You can actually ‘hold’ your new smile in your hands! This is the ultimate blueprint which is lifelike.
Q. How long does it take to achieve a gorgeous new smile?
A. Every case is different, but as a guide, the usual cases (as shown in the gallery) took as little as two to three appointments over a seven to fourteen day period after the initial consultation. Some larger or more complex cases, however, can take from one month, up to a year to complete, and this allows you to budget over the course of treatment.