ANDREA’S CROWN EXPERIENCE
PETER’S WHITENING EXPERIENCE
A few years ago the wonders of cosmetic dentistry entered the zeitgeist through TV shows like The Only Way Is Essex to become a permanent feature of modern life, the impossibly white and straight Hollywood smile apparently becoming the holy grail of anyone interested in upgrading their looks.
At Aquae Sulis we take a more measured view — we’re interested in our patients’ long term oral health as well as their appearance in the here and now, and so when it comes to porcelain veneers, for example, we’re clear about the implications for the natural tooth tissue underneath.
Incredibly, 50% of adults are unhappy with their smile and 11% are so embarrassed that they cover their mouths when speaking. Veneers can play a life changing role in smile makeovers because of their ability to mask surface defects on the teeth and correct discolouration and minor misalignments.
They create a bright, perfectly aligned smile and look natural but they do require some of the natural tooth tissue to be removed to make space before they can be permanently bonded into place. For that reason, having veneers is a serious decision with permanent oral health implications. Read more >
Teeth whitening is a bit like sunbathing; if someone goes into the sun just for an hour and then doesn’t do it for a week they won’t develop a tan, but if they expose themselves over a number of days they will.
Similarly for patients who use teeth whitening trays over a number of days, the process is more effective and works quickly. It’s simple, long lasting, there’s no taste and no smell. Read more >
Crowns and bridges
Despite advances in technology enabling the widespread use of complex treatments like dental implants, the fact that conventional restorative work is still used points to its important role as a technique to restore beauty and function to damaged teeth.
Crowns are finely crafted pieces used to build up a tooth that has been chipped or broken or has become too weak to chew with. They can be made from ceramic, a combination of metal and ceramic, or a high gold alloy. Ceramic crowns can produce near perfect aesthetic results that are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Read more >