Ask The Dentist – About Cosmetic Dentistry

A new local resident asks about the benefits of cosmetic treatments

Continuing our ‘ask a dentist’ series with a question from a new patient who has just moved into the area.

Q. I moved to Waltham Cross a few weeks ago from a small village in Essex. One of the reasons for moving was that entertainment and other facilities in the area were very limited. I’m still in the process of registering with dentists and doctors etc and I came across your website. I’m curious really to know more about cosmetic dentistry. My old dentist, who I was happy with, didn’t do cosmetic work but seeing as you are on my doorstep, in Cheshunt, I’m wondering how it might benefit me? My teeth aren’t in bad condition but now I’m in my late thirties I’m aware that my teeth don’t look as nice as they once did. What would you suggest?

Welcome to the Waltham Cross area. I am sure that you will find plenty to do here and there as some excellent eating places too. On the dental front, we would be delighted to see you at The Lodge Dental Suite and are always happy to help you with any advice that you need.

I would suggest that your first step should be to arrange a consultation with one of our friendly dentists. As with all new patients, we would perform a thorough check to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy before embarking on any cosmetic work. It does sound, from your question, that you look after your teeth though and the likelihood is that little, if any, general treatment would be needed, however we will check.

Regarding the treatments themselves, there are a few which might be of benefit depending on the initial assessment. Almost certainly, you could benefit from a teeth whitening procedure. However well you look after your teeth, they start to take on a darker appearance as we age. Whether you choose to have the treatment in the practice which takes around one hour, or one to use at home, we are sure that you will be surprised at how much difference having whiter teeth can make to your appearance.

This may be the only treatment that you need, but others are available should you need them. Very briefly, these are dental veneers which are used to replace the natural surface of the front teeth where there is severe staining or cracks; fast acting and discreet braces if your teeth are crooked or uneven and white dental fillings which can be used instead of amalgam to give you a more natural appearance.

Some patients do wonder if it is worth having these procedures and sometimes opt for our ‘snap on’ smile which does, as it says, and allows you to fit these over the top of your natural teeth. This is a great way of finding out how you would look and feel about yourself with great looking teeth.

At the end of the day though, only you can decide which procedures to use, with the help of our professional advice. The best way to decide is to arrange an appointment with one of the team at our cosmetic dental practice near Waltham Cross who will help you to put together a treatment plan to give you a smile that you are happy with again.

We look forward to meeting you and appointments at The Lodge Dental Suite can be made either by using the form on our website or calling us on 01992 643 388.