Cosmetic dentistry can transform smiles and lives. However many traditional cosmetic techniques can lead to healthy teeth being sacrificed in the pursuit of beauty. Destructive cosmetic dentistry is easy but creating beautiful smiles conservatively is an art. Dr Vasant’s ethos is to transform smiles and teeth whilst wherever possible respecting their long term health. He acheives this by using the latest in adhesive dentistry techniques, tooth whitening and cosmetic orthodontics.

 

All treatments are carried out under high level magnification for ultimate precision and attention to detail.

Treatments offered include (click on the topics to learn more) :

Direct Composite Bonding

This painless but technically demanding technique can be used on any teeth and involves isolating the teeth from the moisture of the mouth using dental dam and then adhesively building up the teeth by hand in small increments using a variety of different shades of material. The results can be stunning and indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Tooth Whitening

This is the safest most conservative way to improve the appearance of teeth. All the methods work on the principal of breaking up the internal stain within the teeth using an oxidising process which is completely safe and does not damage the teeth in any way. The procedure whitens the colour of tooth enamel but it will not whiten fillings/crowns/veneers so these. Many of our smile makeover cases begin with a session of tooth whitening to even out the colours prior to more major work, this can significantly reduce the number of teeth having to have more complex work.

Zoom Whitening
Zoom! whitening is one of the leading whitening treatments and involves using the Zoom! whitening gels and the special whitening lamp to transform the tooth colour. It gives noticeable results in less than an hour, This treatment can be combined with a home whitening kit, which can be used to top-up the treatment at home and maintain the results.

Enlighten Whitening
Enlighten whitening treatment is one of the most popular treatments available and a favourite amongst our patients. The treatment combines professional and at home whitening and involves using custom made specialised whitening kit at night for 14 days in the comfort of your own home and then it is followed up with a one-hour whitening appointment at the clinic to make your teeth gleam.

Cosmetic/Short Term Braces

Cosmetic/Short term orthodontic treatment is focussed around just straightening the teeth that are visible when someone smiles. The treatment concepts vary from traditional orthodontics which attempts to align all the teeth and perfect the bite. Nevertheless short term braces can produce dramatic results.

Inman Aligner

This system has gained huge popularity over recent years as it is a removable brace that very quickly (6-12 weeks on average) straightens the front 4-6 teeth at lower cost than some of the other systems. It is not as invisible as Invisalign or C-Fast and can feel more bulky but in the right case it can achieve remarkable results. The brace must be worn for 18-20 hours and day and must be removed for eating, drinking and brushing.

There are several types of braces that can be used and each has advantages and disadvantages depending on the individual case hence it is important to have the brace that is recommended to best treat your problem.

Many times treatments are followed up with tooth whitening and then direct bonding to rebuild any chipped/worn teeth. All the treatments require long term retainers.

Invisalign

Invisalign uses clear thin plastic braces to gently move the teeth. This clear nature makes them nearly invisible at a social distance. Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks and then replaced with the next one in the series until the teeth are straight. They must be worn for at least 22 hours per day ad must be removed for eating, drinking and brushing. This is a benefit as it allows you to eat and clean as normal unlike fixed braces. Specialised computer software is used to design and fabricate the braces so we can preview the final result before we start.

C-Fast And Six Month Smile Braces

These two revolutionary brace systems both use tooth coloured wires and brackets that are fixed to the teeth. Teeth can be straightened in 4-9 months and the systems use traditional orthodontic mechanics which means teeth are straightened with gentle force in a short space of time. The braces are more visible than Invisalign but comparative treatment times are shorter. Dr Vasant is a lecturer for the Cfast system and helps trains dentists on how to do it.

Inman Aligner

This system has gained huge popularity over recent years as it is a removable brace that very quickly (6-12 weeks on average) straightens the front 4-6 teeth at lower cost than some of the other systems. It is not as invisible as Invisalign or C-Fast and can feel more bulky but in the right case it can achieve remarkable results. The brace must be worn for 18-20 hours and day and must be removed for eating, drinking and brushing.

Hygienist and Periodontal

A dental hygienist is responsible for ensuring the health of the gums. Regular visits to a hygienist can prevent the onset of gum disease as the treatment involves removing harmful bacteria that may be collecting in hard to reach areas.

Gum disease is caused by these bacteria and is characterised by bleeding, receding gums and a loss of the support around the teeth. If left untreated teeth can become loose and be lost. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to a dental hygienist can hep prevent this.

Other periodontal or gum treatments include:- Gum reduction surgery – this is also known as crown lengthening and involves the removal of excess gum tissue and sometimes a little amount of the supporting bone if the gums are very prominent. A small amount of gum showing when someone smiles is perfectly normal but when someone shows significant amounts this can be a great treatment to improve the appearance.

No/Minimal Preparation Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are customised contact lens style thin shells of ceramic material which carefully crafted by hand by a master ceramist technician. They are coloured and shaped to mimic natural teeth and are bonded on to the front surface of the natural teeth to create a beautiful, flawless smile. They can be used to : cover staining, repairing chips/breaks, smile makeovers and closing spaces.

Veneers are generally constructed from porcelain as this looks more natural, attractive and resists stain better than other materials.
Traditional porcelain veneers involve drilling away natural tooth to create space for the porcelain veneer however this can increase the risks to the long term health of the teeth. Removal of all the tooth natural enamel can also lead to a greater risk of veneers fracturing and falling off.

To therefore minimise these risks we employ state of the art techniques and highly skilled master ceramists to make very thin veneers and hence minimise the drilling needed to the teeth, in some cases eliminating it. This leads to fabulous results without compromising the tooth health.

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Componeer

This revolutionary new treatment option involves bonding preformed composite veneers over the teeth to achieve cost effective dramatic smile transformations in a single visit.

Dr Vasant is one of the UK opinion leaders and trainers for this technique and he has previously received dedicated training in Switzerland on its uses.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are often the ideal way to replace missing teeth.

The implant consists of a titanium screw/post that is placed into the jaw bone where the previous tooth was. This is normally done in a single appointment under local anaesthetic but sedation can be given if requested.

Following a healing period of 3-6 months to allow bone to grow around the implant, a crown is attached to replace the tooth. In some cases, the several implants may be fixed to a dental bridge or a denture to fill bigger spaces.

During the healing phase a temporary replacement for the missing tooth can be placed to minimise embarrassment.

Other ways to replace missing teeth include bridges or dentures. However, dental implants are regarded as the best treatment in most situations as they can last a lifetime if looked after properly. Compared to bridgework the adjacent teeth are not drilled or required to take extra load. They are also more comfortable than dentures which can rub and be unstable. This instability can mean certain foods are difficult to eat with dentures.

Crowns & Bridges

A crown is like a cap that is designed to fit over and cover the whole tooth. They are used to reinforce and rebuild severely damaged/ weakened teeth or improve the appearance of heavily filled or broken down teeth.

Crowns

The implant consists of a titanium screw/post that is placed into the jaw bone where the previous tooth was. This is normally done in a single appointment under local anaesthetic but sedation can be given if requested. Following a healing period of 3-6 months to allow bone to grow around the implant, a crown is attached to replace the tooth. In some cases, the several implants may be fixed to a dental bridge or a denture to fill bigger spaces.

During the healing phase a temporary replacement for the missing tooth can be placed to minimise embarrassment.

Other ways to replace missing teeth include bridges or dentures. However, dental implants are regarded as the best treatment in most situations as they can last a lifetime if looked after properly. Compared to bridgework the adjacent teeth are not drilled or required to take extra load. They are also more comfortable than dentures which can rub and be unstable. This instability can mean certain foods are difficult to eat with dentures.

Bridges

A bridge is an artificial tooth made of one of the crown materials (listed above) that goes over the space of a missing tooth. It is supported by either another crown or an adhesive wing bonded to teeth on one or both sides of the space depending on how big the gap is.

Therefore a bridge unlike a denture is a fixed replacement.

They can provide a nice looking replacement for a tooth but the compromise is that the supporting tooth/teeth can undergo fatigue with time and develop problems. Unlike dental implants the gum under a bridge can shrink away with time leaving a gap.

CEREC

Cerec by Sirona is a revolutionary technology that allows a patient to have a crown/veneer or ay other ceramic restoration made in just an hour from start to finish in a single appointment. It uses digital 3d scanning to take a virtual mould of the teeth. The planned restoration is then designed on the computer and subsequently the crown/veneer/only is milled in the surgery from a ceramic block and fitted into the mouth.

No unpleasant impressions

Say goodbye to biting on impression material for several minutes, having a numb mouth and jaw ache. We use a 3D camera that can capture your mouth in seconds and then transfer this the computer software Another section for “Digital Smile Design”.

No follow-up appointment

CEREC can be constructed and fitted in a single session. This means only one injection, no need for a temporary crown/onlay/veneer enabling you to deal with other things than visits to the dentist.

Like a natural tooth

  • Due to the natural appearance of ceramics, the CEREC restorations look like a real teeth.
  • Ceramic restorations show no dark edges like traditional crowns
  • Ceramic is close to the hardness of the natural teeth which means it is strong whilst being kind on the opposing teeth
  • Allergic reactions are also very rare unlike some other materials

Digital Smile Design

The digital smile design concept employs the latest digital techniques to help pre design a beautiful bespoke smile.

The process involves a video and photographic facial analysis of the patient to assess the relationship of the teeth, to the gums, lips and face in motion. This ensures a patients final smile perfectly suits their face. 

The design process leads to the creation of a visual and attractive presentation of the treatment plan to the patient and then transformation of the digital design into something that can be tested and approved by the patient before the treatment itself begins. The process allows the patient to be involved in the design and gives them peace of mind that the outcome will be as they expect.