Cosmetic dental FAQs
Cosmetic dental treatments are another good way to improve the appearance of your teeth, but like orthodontic treatment, our patients tend to have questions about what to expect.
What are the advantages of tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening at Helix House Orthodontics in Nottingham is a great and inexpensive way to remove stains from teeth, look healthy, have a great smile and be full of confidence.
What causes tooth staining?
Coffee, tea, spices and red wine can all stain teeth. Tobacco is also bad for the colour of your teeth. Some medications can cause teeth staining as well.
Can anyone do tooth whitening?
No. Today, only dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a registered dentist can legally perform tooth whitening. Anyone else is almost certainly operating illegally, and may cause serious and irreparable damage to your teeth, gums and mouth.
What about cheap tooth whitening offers?
Some people make the mistake of choosing tooth whitening by the lowest cost. We strongly recommend that, instead, you look at the value derived from the money spent. The quality of the product, the safety and confidence that comes with specialist clinical treatment, the reassurance of a guarantee and the inclusion of professional aftercare, should you need it, are all things to consider carefully. And remember, only dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a registered dentist can legally perform tooth whitening. Anyone else is almost certainly operating illegally and may cause you harm.
What are veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of the finest natural dental material which cover the front of the tooth.
What are veneers made from?
Veneers are generally made from porcelain or special dental composites.
What are the benefits or advantages of veneers?
Veneers can dramatically improve how your teeth look in colour, shape and position. In short, veneers are great for quickly turning stained, chipped, crooked or damaged teeth into a natural new smile.
Can anyone have a dental implant?
A consultation and a detailed x-ray would allow us to see the amount of bone available and to assess your suitability for an implant. In some cases, we may need to do a bone graft to provide more stability for the implant. Please book a detailed consultation with our Implantologist to talk through your options.
Are dental implants safe?
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your implants and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to that on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort just as you can with natural teeth.
How many implants can I have?
Any number of teeth can be replaced with implants, from just one tooth to a complete set.
Are implants difficult to clean?
No. But aftercare is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dental team will give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you will be shown how to clean them. You may need to visit your hygienist more often but your dental team will be able to talk to you about this.
Most teeth attached to implants can only be fitted and removed by the dentist. However, if you have removable dentures attached to the implants, you will be able to take them out for cleaning.
Can I take the false teeth (crowns) out if they are fixed to implants?
Most teeth attached to implants can only be fitted and removed by the dentist. However, if you have removable dentures attached to the implants, you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.
Do implants show?
The crown will be colour-toned to match the adjoining teeth so will look natural and match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Do I need an implant for each missing tooth?
If you have a single tooth missing, you will need an implant to support it. If you have a number of teeth missing, and these are next to each other, you could still have one implant for each tooth. Alternatively, you may find that if you have two or more adjacent implants, they may be able to support more than one tooth each. Your dentist will talk to you about the best option for you.
Am I left without a tooth during the process?
There is a short period of about one week, directly after the placement of the implant, where we need the area to heal properly. During this period, wearing of temporary dentures could stop the implant bonding with the bone. After that first week, however, we can do something for you as a temporary repair whilst you’re waiting for the crown.