Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and extracting teeth. NHS dentistry will maintain and secure your oral health, however nowadays many people seek cosmetic dentistry as a way of improving their appearance and smile. The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments that we offer include veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth-coloured fillings and tooth whitening.
Cosmetic treatments are not available on the NHS. For instance, you cannot have tooth-coloured fillings and tooth-coloured crowns on back teeth on the NHS, but you can have silver amalgam fillings and gold or silver crowns. However, if you wish to have tooth-coloured fillings or tooth-coloured crowns on the back teeth, you can opt to have these carried out on a private basis, without affecting your NHS status.
White / Tooth Coloured Fillings
Mostly done in the premolar and molar teeth. Price varies accordingly to how many tooth surfaces are restored
White / Tooth Coloured Crowns
With the NHS regulations can not be provided on molar teeth and the prices of these crowns also vary according to the type that is used
Metal Free Crowns
Achieve better aesthetics and colour match
Full Porcelain Crowns
Achieve better aesthetics and colour match
Protect damage to teeth from sports injury. Normally on offer to have a second mouth guard half price as a back up. There are different designs for mouth guards.
See info to the right
There are some external factors such as smoking, drinking tea, coffee and red wine. Even some certain diet habits could cause external stains on the teeth also internally if the tooth is not alive and is dead either as a result of trauma, or perhaps, having a root canal treatment or loss of blood to supply to it, it will look discoloured.
Heavily restored teeth which certain restorations such as silver fillings could also cause discolouration to the tooth internally. Tooth whitening can only overcome the problem with stains on the front surface on the tooth by means of using oxidising agents with different concentrations. We do not offer tooth whitening to anyone under 18 years of age, anyone who is pregnant, heavy smokers and drinkers of a lot of tea, coffee, red wine or who have certain diet habits which would not make the treatment beneficial. Also people who have a lot of crown and bridgework would not benefit necessarily from tooth whitening.
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the colour of the natural teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It does not work on the dentures, crowns, white fillings or bridges. The active ingredient in tooth whitening products is usually hydrogen peroxide or cambamide peroxide. As this active ingredient is broken down oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
The safest method of tooth whitening is professional bleaching which is done by a dentist at our practice. This ensures that the product is administrated correctly by a professional. We also have a "Zoom" whitening system which is faster at our Park Lane Dental Practice.
It's very important that users of whitening kits are aware of common side effects, as whitening can often cause tooth sensitivity or ittitation to the gums. Incorrect use of these products, i.e. using them for too long or too frequently can cause these side effects.
Patients must realise that effect of tooth whitening after treatment will not be permanent and the lasting effect of it very much depends on how they maintain their eating, drinking and diet habits together with their oral hygiene and whitening agents could have different effects on different teeth and although in most cases clinically, it improves drastically the appearance of the teeth in terms of colour in some cases it may not be as effective and whoever seeks tooth whitening must be aware of all the above.
We have two systems of tooth whitening in our practices. The first system is carried out both in the surgery and by the home kit which we provide to the patients. The second system is the 'Zoom System' which uses ultrviolet light and is only done in the surgery.
Wrinkle Free Treatments also known as BOTOX®:
How does it work?
Botox is injected at specific points on the face using an extremely fine needle. It is virtually a pain-free process. Because the treatment is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacterium, the same way that penicillin is produced from a fungus, it reduces the contractions of the muscles that cause those persistent lines.
How long will it last?
The effect of botox is not permanent, the treatments can last between 4 and 6 months, depending on the individual. After repeated rounds of treatment, the treatment may last for a longer time. Botox can also be used a preventative treatment before any lines and wrinkles have even appeared to stop them from forming in the first place.
How much does it cost?
Prices start from £150 per area (and depend on the areas where treatment is required). Areas most commonly treated are Glabellar, Forehead, Crows feet and Brow Lift. Most people tend to have three areas treated at the same time to benefit from an overall reduced price.