If you’re in the habit of hiding your smile, but feel overwhelmed by the options out there, we can help you take the first step with an informal consultation at Birdgate Dental. We’ll listen to your concerns and look at the areas you’d like to improve – such as filling gaps, straightening teeth or whitening. Then we’ll create a bespoke plan to transform the overall appearance of your smile. Depending on your requirements, your smile makeover in Pickering could involve one treatment, or a range of treatments. We’ll make sure you feel fully informed about the options available to you, including easy ways to spread the cost of your smile makeover.
Unhappy with your smile? We’ll help you do something about it
Veneers – ultra-thin porcelain layers that sit over your teeth to hide a multitude of dental disasters, from discolouration to gaps, chips, cracks and minor misalignment.
Gum sculpting – fixing gummy smiles and related issues with minimal invasion.
Dental implants – our highly experienced implant dentist can replace missing teeth with a custom-designed, strong and permanent solution.
Restorations – crowns, bridges and dentures, custom-made to bring damaged, decayed or missing teeth back to full function, with beautiful aesthetics.
Orthodontics – adult braces that work in weeks, not years, and don’t impact on your lifestyle.
Teeth whitening – professional, prescription-only bleaching to create an even, white smile.
Air-flow and Hygiene – getting rid of gum disease and establishing a robust hygiene routine – often the first step on the path to the smile you’ve always wanted.
Composite bonding – using the same hard-wearing tooth-coloured material that’s used for white fillings to fill in cracks, chips and gaps and to re-sculpt teeth to the desired shape.
Porcelain veneers – a one-treatment solution
When your smile represents a collection of minor cosmetic concerns – including gaps, chips, discolouration and misalignment – porcelain veneers offer the solution to all these problems and more! Veneers are the go-to treatment for the perfectly straight white smiles you see on celebrities and film stars – and luckily for patients in Pickering, veneers are a lot more mainstream than they used to be. The porcelain veneer procedure usually requires two or more sessions at Birdgate Dental. Firstly, the tooth is prepped: this involves removing a thin layer of enamel, under a local anaesthetic if required, and taking a dental impression, which will be used to create your veneers. When they are ready, your veneers will be bonded, cured and hand-finished in the chair.
Gum treatments to enhance your smile
Often carried out in conjunction with veneers, gum treatment is recommended for patients who are concerned about a ‘gummy smile’. A gummy smile is usually caused either by excess gum covering the front ‘smiling’ teeth, or by tooth wear that has made the front teeth smaller than they should be. In both cases, we can improve the appearance of your smile quickly and easily using laser to remove a small amount of gum tissue. Gummy smiles are also caused by overactive lip muscles, and in these cases we may be able to lower the upper lip using Botox[page link]. There are a number of options to consider, so if you have a gummy smile, book a consultation at Birdgate Dental so we can discuss the best course of action for your needs.
I’m unhappy with the appearance of my smile, but I can’t pinpoint what’s wrong. What should I do?
A ‘perfect’ smile comes from creating harmonious balance between your teeth, lips and gums. At a smile makeover consultation, we ask you to identify the things you like about your smile, and help you identify things that could be improved. Then we’ll create a treatment plan that suits your needs, lifestyle and budget.
How does the veneers procedure work?
Because veneers sit over the top of your teeth, the dentist will need to file away a layer of enamel proportionate to the thickness of the veneers. This is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic. When your bespoke veneers are ready, the dentist will bond them in place using a special curing light, and finish by fine-tuning their look and shape manually.
Do veneers hurt?
No. Sometimes we might use a local anaesthetic, but it’s not always necessary and applying veneers generally involves minimal discomfort. Your cosmetic dentist will discuss your treatment in depth so you know exactly what to expect.
How long do veneers last?
With proper care, your porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years.
Do veneers stain?
Veneers are less prone to staining than natural teeth, because porcelain is not as porous – but you will need to follow a good oral hygiene routine to maintain your beautiful white smile.
Does gummy smile treatment hurt?
No – we use local anaesthetic to treat a gummy smile, so the area will be completely numb, although you may notice some bleeding. Laser surgery usually involves minimal trauma and fast recovery.