Cosmetic Dentistry Plymouth
When you are unhappy with your smile due to broken, discoloured, or missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a smile you are confident sharing with the world. Many of our patients travel from all over the country to visit our 5-star, eco-friendly treatment centre. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Plymouth and are considering travelling for your treatment, our team are on hand to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Our centre is located on the stunning North Cornwall coast, only a 30-minute drive from Newquay Airport. Wherever possible, we like to arrange for a member of the team to meet our out of town patients when they arrive and transport them to our centre. Our team is also very knowledgeable about the local area and are happy to book accommodation and transport on your behalf. Everything about our service is bespoke and personal. We truly believe we offer an experience you won’t find elsewhere.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry can be best described as a smile makeover, we aim to use a range of techniques and treatment options geared towards improving the appearance of your teeth. Where general dentistry just focuses on the health of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry also ensures you have the smile you have always wanted. By choosing to travel from Plymouth for cosmetic dentistry we will ensure your teeth are as healthy as possible as well as providing you with a beautiful smile.
The main cosmetic procedures are:
Few dental practices in the country have a dedicated onsite lab to create the dental prosthesis and moulds needed for treatment options. This allows us to significantly reduce the length of your treatment time and focus on what’s important…you.
Unlike many dental practices we do not need to outsource our treatments to third parties, not only does this mean your treatment can be achieved faster, but quality and consistency can be assured. That’s why many of our clients travel from all over the country including Plymouth for cosmetic dentistry.
Even people with healthy teeth are occasionally unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, with the main cosmetic complaint being they would prefer them to be whiter. That’s why we offer a bespoke teeth whitening service that you can complete in the comfort of your own home.
Tooth whitening is a completely non-invasive treatment option, meaning no drilling or filing of the teeth is required. With no need for no nasty anaesthetic needles. We do not need to alter or adjust the teeth in any way.
Teeth whitening works using the body’s natural functioning. Tooth discolouration is caused by “chromophore” molecules found within foods such as tea, coffee and red wine. We will use a peroxide gel which contains an active whitening ingredient designed to safely penetrate the enamel, the outer surface of the tooth. This allows the whitening ingredient to reach and break down the chromophore molecules which toothpaste cannot reach. This dissolves the chromophore molecules and whitens the teeth.
What is the process of teeth whitening?
We understand travelling to Cornwall from Plymouth for Cosmetic Dentistry does take some time. That’s why we limit your sessions with us to just three short visits.
It’s important before we begin any form of treatment to ensure that there are no underlying dental problems that might hinder treatment. We will fully assess your teeth, mouth and gums for signs of cavities and gum disease to determine teeth whitening is safe and achievable.
Once we have determined that teeth whitening is a possibility we will give your teeth a deep clean to remove any build-up or debris. This is to ensure the impressions (“Moulds”) we take of your teeth are accurate. The impressions we take will happen after your clean and be used to make custom whitening trays which fit perfectly within your mouth.
In our second session, we will provide you with your custom trays that will be used throughout your whitening process, along with the whitening gel to bleach your teeth. We will demonstrate how to use the trays and gel correctly to ensure you get the best treatment possible.
For most people, whitening requires daily wearing of the trays for around 2 hours (some people wear them whilst asleep for convenience purposes) for 2 weeks. It is important to wear the trays daily for the prescribed period.
The third and final session is to review your teeth and ensure you are happy with the results.
Direct Resin Bonding
Direct Resin Bonding is a treatment option we use to restore decayed and chipped teeth, improve their shape or fix discolouration. This treatment is perfect for minor to moderate cosmetic complaints and more often than not we just add to the teeth. Meaning in most cases no drilling or injections are required.
The process involves applying Dental Composite Resin, a special type of tooth coloured plastic to the teeth permanently. At Revitalise Dental Centre we have a highly experienced cosmetic dental team led by Dr. Smithson, who pioneered the technique in the UK over 20 years ago. Many people travel from all over the UK, including Plymouth for Cosmetic Dentistry due to our special expertise in Direct Resin bonding.
What is involved?
It’s important before we begin any treatment to ensure that the gums and nerves inside the teeth are healthy. That’s why we begin with an initial assessment to fully evaluate your teeth, gums, and mouth.
We then take a scan of your mouth to create a digital, on-screen model of your situation. From here we can create a computer mockup of the final result so you can see the likely outcome before committing to treatment. We then use state of the art technology to print an accurate 3D model of your teeth and a custom-made plastic mould which allows us to accurately transfer the shape of the computer designed teeth to your mouth.
Using a specialised ultraviolet light and precision polishing, the resin is applied and set to the natural teeth. At a second appointment, the dentist will artistically bond composite resin to your teeth to emulate our agreed design. Often only one appointment is required.
When you have a more extensive cosmetic complaint that can’t be corrected with direct bonding, veneers provide a fantastic solution. With very minimal drilling veneers can be used to improve the shape, size, and colour of your teeth. Made from strong ceramic glass, veneers are used to replace or improve tooth structure and enhance the appearance of your teeth, usually the front ones
At Revitalise Dental Centre we ensure your veneers look realistic and match the current shape, size and colour of your natural teeth. Designed to cover the front of a tooth, they are securely and permanently ‘glued’ to your teeth using a special adhesive.
If you are looking for a dentist in Plymouth for cosmetic dentistry who can achieve consistent and reliable results look no further. At our state of the art dental centre, we use the most innovative approaches to achieve the most realistic look possible. Using ELab digital camera technology we can produce extremely realistic and indistinguishable results.
Strong and resilient
We aim to provide you with a beautiful smile you can share with the world for many years to come. With longevity in mind, our veneers are made from a strong ceramic and with the correct care, you can expect a life expectancy of up to 15 years before you need a replacement.
Get your new smile quickly
With our onsite laboratory and state of the art technology, we can deliver your new smile at a faster rate than most. Often start to finish within a week. Ceramic veneers often take a little longer to create than other types of veneers due to the planning, design and preparation involved. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Plymouth but are put off by the completion time, contact us and discover further how we can drastically reduce the length of your treatment.
What is the process of veneers?
On the day of the procedure, we remove a small amount of the surface enamel where the veneer will be placed. Not only does this make room for the veneer but it also ensures your bite remains normal. We then take an impression of your teeth either with a mould or digitally. The veneers are then custom made in the dental laboratory.
The process of placing the veneer is straightforward: we will first clean, polish and roughen the tooth surface, then apply a special adhesive to the tooth and carefully place the veneer. Using a high-intensity ultraviolet light we will link the veneer to the tooth: this process is known as “bonding”. Finally, we will assess your bite, polish the veneers to a mirror shine and make sure you are happy with the way your veneers look.
Sometimes a tooth might be severely damaged and a traditional filling or veneer will not be a sufficient treatment option. In these cases, we will use a crown to restore the tooth and improve its appearance, strength and longevity. Made with a ceramic material or gold, we will create a ‘cap’ which fits over the natural tooth, permanently bonded using a strong adhesive.
The process of preparing a crown
In most cases a crown can be achieved in one to two sessions, however in some cases, additional treatment may need to be completed before treatment can begin. A root canal treatment or gum therapy may be necessary to ensure treatment is successful and safe.
Under local anaesthesia, we may need to remove around 1mm from the outer surface of the tooth to ensure the crown fits correctly. From here we will make a mould of your teeth and one of our technicians will prepare the crown to rebuild the tooth and replace all missing structure. Once the crown has been prepared we place it on your tooth using a strong adhesive so it remains securely in place; before this, we make any final adjustments to ensure the crown is comfortable and correctly positioned.