Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of enhancing a smile utilising the most modern techniques, dental expertise and state of the art technology.
Not everyone is born with perfectly straight or white teeth, and this is where cosmetic dentistry can make a significant difference to someone's appearance... and subsequently their confidence. Cosmetic dentistry is available to everyone and as experts in our field, Little Dental Co is well placed to help you achieve the smile of your dreams, whatever your desires may be.
At the Little Dental Co we strongly believe in using the least invasive techniques to produce beautiful smiles. Why is this so important? The answer is simple; teeth are precious and should be kept for life. Minimal intervention allows the underlying teeth to be maintained so that the final results are natural, long lasting and highly aesthetic.
Why destroy healthy teeth when we can enhance what is already provided by Mother Nature. This is the future of not only cosmetic dentistry, but also general dentistry and we are leading advocates of minimal intervention. Cosmetic dentistry covers a whole range of treatments:
White fillings are an alternative restorative material to amalgam for restoring anterior teeth and small to average size posterior cavities. With the use of the latest in resin composites it is possible to create a completely natural looking filling.
Veneers are porcelain facings that are attached to the front of teeth to improve the cosmetic appearance. The preparation stage involves removing a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of the tooth. An impression is made, from which the laboratory then constructs the veneer which is then cemented to the front surface of the tooth.
This is the process of gradually whitening teeth over a period of time to create a healthier-looking whiter smile.
Tooth whitening gel is put into the bleaching tray which is worn by the patient for two to three hours in the evening for a period of 7-14 nights or until such time as they are satisfied with the new shade of the teeth. The procedure involves three appointments at the clinic. Firstly there is an initial consultation and taking of an impression of the mouth for making the tailor made bleaching tray which is constructed at a laboratory for optimum fit. A second appointment is then used to fit the tray to ensure comfort. At this stage the patient takes home the tooth whitening gel to begin the whitening process. Finally, one to two weeks later, there is a follow up appointment to ensure that the procedure has been successful and the teeth are of the desired shade.
If the patient has naturally sensitive teeth, bleaching can cause some extra sensitivity. Patients should also note that bleaching is only effective on natural teeth and any restorations such as veneers etc will remain at their original colour. These can be re-made later to fit with the new shade of the natural teeth.
Although in-surgery techniques are utilised elsewhere, in our experience, the method of home-whitening that we use creates the most uniform results with the least risk of sensitivity and is the most cost effective for the patient.
Advanced Cosmetic Treatments
The aim of advanced cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers and lip enhancers is to give nature a helping hand and restore beauty. We provide this by smoothing away ageing lines without changing you. At The Little Dental Co. we use the latest products and techniques to deliver virtually pain free treatment.
Botulinum Toxin is a safe muscle relaxant placed directly into the selected face muscles in very small amounts. It blocks the transmission of nerve impulses and therefore softens the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
It works for up to 4-6 months. As a rule the more treatments you have, the longer the period between treatments and the less material you need.
Forehead & Frown Lines
Smoothing and softening the frown lines is a very effective way of making you look and feel younger. The botulinum toxin e.g. Botox, Dysport, and Azzalure is injected into the areas required and starts to work within 3-4 days. The full effects can take up to 3 weeks.
Eyes (Crows Feet)
Smoothing and softening the lines around the eyes will enhance your eyes and produce a younger and fresher appearance. It also prevents the lines from deepening and new ones from appearing.
The shape and position of the eyebrows can also be enhanced. This usually involves the lifting of the tails of the eyebrows to give a more open-eyed appearance.
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