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Cosmetic Dentistry
At NW Smiles we have years of cosmetic dentistry expertise. This can involve reshaping teeth (shortening, lengthening, closing gaps and gum contouring).

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of teeth (like a false fingernail fits over a nail). Porcelain Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and are a common form of cosmetic dentistry.

They are very thin and are glued onto teeth using a tooth 'superglue'. Once bonded, it is a very strong bond, hence, tooth preparation for veneers can be kept minimal.

Porcelain Veneers improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth (straighten your teeth). They are available in many shades, hence, you can have a beautiful natural smile or go for a 'hollywood' bright white smile. This stage will be discussed with your dentist and possibly the dental technician, to ensure you leave with a beautiful smile.

Before Porcelain Veneers

After Porcelain Veneers

The benefits of veneers are:

  * They greatly improve your appearance, hiding any imperfections (like chips) and you lose very little natural tooth.
  * Veneers protect teeth from any more damage. For example, acid in foods and drinks or from the stomach can cause your teeth to wear away. The teeth become thin and weak in these situations, veneers will protect them.
  * If the tooth is strong, a veneer is often a better option than a crown for improving a tooth's appearance.

Dental crowns, also known as caps act like a helmet for your tooth in the way they strengthen and protect your tooth. Crowns are most often placed on a tooth that has suffered heavy restoration, trauma and/or root canal treatment. Crowns can also be placed to improve the aesthetic of your smile.

Old Dental Crowns with Dark Margins

New Dental Crowns

Crowns can be made from many different materials but the most common are;

  1. Porcelain fused to Precious Metal - the foundation or shell of the crown is made from precious metal and then porcelain is overlaid on top. This gives the crown strength, durability and a pleasing aesthetic. Examples of a precious metal include palladium and gold. Porcelain fused to Precious Metal crowns are usually placed in back teeth though occasionally they can be used in the front if strength is the main concern.
  2. Porcelain fused to non-precious Metal - like porcelain fused to precious metal crowns, porcelain fused to non-precious metal crowns offers high strength and durability whilst maintaining a pleasing natural aesthetic. Porcelain fused to non-Precious Metal crowns are usually placed in back teeth.
  3. Full Porcelain - the entire crown is made from porcelain. Although this sounds very fragile, these crowns are still very strong and result in an excellent natural finish. Being entirely made out of porcelain means that light can filter through your crown, much like it would your natural tooth.
  4. Lava Crowns - lava crowns are another kind of all porcelain crown and are made from zirconium oxide (zirconia). Zirconia is a ceramic material similar to the natural ceramic of your teeth and can hardly be distinguished from your natural teeth. Lava crowns are able to achieve such a natural effect as they let the light shine through much the same as your own teeth do, at the same time they are incredibly strong.
  5. Full Gold Crown - gold crowns are not as popular as they once were due to their colour however, they can be a good solution on posterior teeth as they are very strong. 18 carat gold is usually used however different mixes of gold alloys can be used to achieve the best results for your mouth. Gold crowns are particularly suitable in patients who grind their teeth.

Full porcelain and Lava crowns leave no black line at the gum margin.

At the initial consultation you will choose a shade for your crown with the dentist so that the lab can make your crown match as realistically as possible. When making crowns for front teeth, shade matching is done at the laboratory to ensure an excellent colour match. It takes two appointments to complete a crown - one to prepare the tooth and take impressions for the lab, the second to bond the crown in place.

At NW Smiles, patients can relax and listen to music or watch their choice of DVD during treatment sessions.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Early mornings, late evenings and Saturdays available by appointment

18 Melcombe Street, London NW1 6AH (MAP)         T: 020 7724 3003               E: enquiries@nwsmiles.co.uk

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