Treatment Options to Transform Your Smile

Treatment Options to Transform Your Smile

We all know the importance of a healthy smile… but what about a smile that gives you absolute confidence?

At Hewett’s Dental, we are passionate about smile transformations. Our cosmetic experts transform smiles with state-of-the-art materials and techniques, with stunning results. 

The majority of us would like to improve some aspect of the appearance of our smile, and many clients ask about the different treatment options available. 

We’ve compiled a list of common smile complaints, followed by solutions we offer to transform your confidence. 

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‘I wish my teeth were whiter’

Wanting a whiter smile is a cosmetic enquiry we encounter almost daily; and with such easy and affordable solutions, it’s an easy smile transformation to uptake. 

Over the years, with ‘wear and tear’, dietary habits and staining, the teeth naturally darken. Brightening your smile can reverse the appearance of ageing, and restore confidence in people suffering the effects of darkened teeth.

There are 2 ways to brighten your smile at Hewett’s Dental:

i. AirFlow Stain Removal

AirFlow stain removal is a state-of-the-art hygiene treatment that uses a mixture of air, jet-water and fine powder to gently and effectively blast away stubborn stains on your teeth, returning them to their natural whiteness. 

Fee: £39.90

ii. Tooth Whitening

Professional whitening is the most common method of brightening smiles. Our lab technicians create our clients bespoke whitening trays. The whitening gel is applied to the trays and worn overnight, usually for around 2-weeks. The results are highly effective and long lasting. 

Fee: £299.00

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‘I wish my teeth were straighter’

Clients often speak to us about wanting straighter teeth. Orthodontic treatment (teeth straightening) is no longer limited to younger generations, and is now up taken by clients of all age groups and genders. This is largely down to the discreet nature of modern teeth-straightening methods, which now allow treatment to go unnoticed. 

We offer 2 different teeth straightening options at Hewett’s Dental:

i. Quick Straight Teeth

Quick Straight Teeth is a type of fixed orthodontic treatment (brackets and wires attached to your teeth). The brackets and wires are white, so blend discreetly with your smile. Clients attend every 4-6 weeks for adjustment appointments, aligning the teeth quickly and perfectly. 

Fees: From £1950.00 (or from £48.99/month)

ii. Invisalign 

Invisalign treatment straightens your smile using a series of clear (invisible) aligners. Your aligners are changed at home on a weekly or 2-weekly basis, allowing you to reduce the number of visits to the dentist usually associated with orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is the leading orthodontic appliance on the market, favoured by the masses for its quick, discreet treatment. Invisalign allows you to see your end result before you begin, allowing clients to make a more informed choice about their smile.

At Hewett’s, we offer FREE Invisalign smile simulations. To book yours, email [email protected].

Fees: From £2395.00 (or from £60.17/month)

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‘ I wish my smile was more even’ 

Teeth with gaps, chips, uneven edges or discolourations can greatly impact someone’s confidence. Many clients attend Hewett’s Dental wanting a whiter ‘more even’ smile. 

We offer 3 solutions for this:

i. Composite Bonding (Composite Veneers)

Our cosmetic experts bond a white resin material to your tooth (composite), which can be shaped perfectly to form your new smile. Composite bonding has exploded in popularity in recent years, due to the minimal work needed and the beautiful results. Advantages of bonding include:

  • No pain
  • No drilling
  • No injection
  • Preserves the natural tooth
  • Affordable treatment
  • Done in one appointment
  • Smile transforming

Fees: £169.00/tooth or from £46.56/month (based on 6 upper teeth)

ii. Porcelain Veneers 

Porcelain veneers create a similar result to composite veneers, but are considered more durable. With a lifespan of 10-15 years, porcelain veneers are a great long-term solution for your confidence. Porcelain veneers require 2 appointments, a preparation appointment (where the teeth are reshaped for the veneers), and a fitting appointment. Our specialised lab technicians will design and create your bespoke veneers, transforming your smile and your confidence.

Fees: From £449.00/tooth or from £67.68/month (based on 6 upper teeth)

iii. Dental Crowns 

Dental crowns are a more comprehensive treatment, and usually recommended for broken, worn, or damaged teeth. Where as veneers have a layer of porcelain covering the front surface of the tooth, crowns are a type of cap that covers the full tooth. This offers extra protection to the tooth underneath, but does require a larger amount of preparation work (which is why crowns are reserved for teeth which are already worn or broken). Much like veneers, crowns require two appointments, and are created by our specialised technicians who will uniquely design your new smile.

Fees: From £449.00/tooth or from £67.68/month (based on 6 upper teeth)

Whatever your concerns about your smile, there are always things we can do to help. The transformation cosmetic dental work makes, not just to your smile, but to your confidence and life quality as a whole, is immeasurable.

We have had the joy of transforming so many lives, and we can’t wait to transform more.

For free, friendly, expert advice, or to book your Hewett’s Smile Consultation, call us on 01484 714717, or email [email protected]

Invisalign Vs. Fixed Braces: Which is Best?

Invisalign Vs. Fixed Braces: Which is Best?

If you’re considering treatment to straighten your teeth, you likely have a lot of questions about the different types of braces available.

The main contenders for orthodontic treatment, and the two systems that most people consider, are fixed braces and Invisalign. But what is the difference? And which system works best?

Fixed braces have been used to straighten teeth for many decades, and it evolved as a treatment over this time. Invisalign however, only hit the market in 2000. Traditionally, fixed braces were far superior to clear removable systems such as Invisalign. In more recent times (due to its immense popularity) such research and planning has been poured into Invisalign that it is now on par with fixed braces in terms the results that can be achieved.

So if the results are similar, which system is right for me?

There are advantages and disadvantages to each orthodontic system, and selecting the right treatment for you depends on your personal circumstances and your main treatment goals.

We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons of fixed braces and Invisalign treatment to help you make that choice:

Invisalign Pros:

  • Aligners are almost invisible, making treatment hard to notice. Invisalign is a great treatment option for clients wanting to straighten their teeth discreetly.
  • Treatment is more comfortable as there are no wires and brackets rubbing the cheeks and lips.
  • It is easy to keep up to your oral hygiene. The aligners are removed for eating and brushing, making it easy to keep your teeth and gums clean.
  • The results are highly predictable. Invisalign’s state-of-the-art technology plans your case with maximum accuracy.
  • You can see your estimated results before you start treatment. Invisalign’s simulation technology allows you to see your result before you begin treatment.
  • Invisalign is a low maintenance treatment, with minimal visits to the dentist required, making it a preferable treatment for clients with busy schedules.
  • The cost is comparable to fixed braces.
  • The absence of brackets and wires make Invisalign a great option for people who play contact sports.

Invisalign Cons:

  • Requirements for Invisalign use are very strict, and must be adhered to for the treatment to be successful. Aligners MUST be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day. Invisalign is not suitable for clients who will not be disciplined with aligner wear, and who may forget to put them in.
  • Aligners can be lost or broken, which may lead to additional costs.
  • Invisalign is not suitable for certain severe cases where more advanced treatment is required.
  • Not all dentists offer the full range of Invisalign products, and are only able to treat mild cases. It is important for clients with more complex cases to find a full Invisalign provider (if your dentist is unable to provide this service, they will be able to refer you to an appropriate provider).
  • Some discomfort can be expected weekly/2-weekly as each aligner is changed.

Fixed Brace Pros:

  • Much longer case history and understanding.
  • Will be offered by all qualified orthodontists.
  • Less discipline and commitment required from the client, who won’t have to remember to put the aligners back in.
  • No chance of the brace being lost or misplaced.
  • Suitable for almost all case types, and can provide full and complete corrections.
  • Easier to treat difficult and unpredictable tooth movements.
  • Results can be achieved more quickly.
  • Many different designs to keep treatment discreet.

Fixed Brace Cons:

  • Soreness may be experienced. The brackets and wires can rub the cheeks and lips, particularly following the placement of the appliance.
  • Diligent oral hygiene is required, and the teeth should be thoroughly cleaned after every meal. If this is not maintained, teeth can be discoloured when the brace is removed.
  • Sticky and hard foods should be avoided.
  • Regular trips to the orthodontist are required for tightening and maintenance (every 3-6 weeks throughout treatment).
  • Less discreet than clear systems such as Invisalign.
  • Contact sports should be avoided for the duration of treatment.

There are pros and cons to each treatment, and selecting the right one for you is a personal choice. For disciplined patients who are keen to be treated discreetly, Invisalign is an ideal choice. For those who are more forgetful, or perhaps have more complex cases, fixed-braces may be preferable.

Consultations are an important part of any orthodontic process. They give you an opportunity to discuss your main concerns and goals with a professional, and make an informed choice about the right treatment for you. 

At Hewett’s Dental, we provide fixed braces and the full range of Invisalign treatments. Our team of experts will answer your questions, and guide you in finding the perfect treatment option for you.

To book your consultation, book online, call us on 01484 714717, or email [email protected]

Dental Implants: The Cost Explained

Dental Implants: The Cost Explained

Why do dental implants cost so much? If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you have likely considered your replacement options .

Patients with missing teeth are typically provided with the following solutions:

  • Denture

Dentures are often the most affordable treatment option, but the least comfortable, and the least life-like. The palate (roof-of-the-mouth) is usually covered with acrylic, and the ability to chew and taste food can be reduced. Following the removal/loss of teeth, the jaw-bone begins to resorb away. In later years, once the bone has been lost, the floor of the mouth can become flat, making it very difficult to hold a denture in place. Dentures quite often need to be secured with fixatives, and patients find them difficult to tolerate. Dentures should be removed at night to maximise oral health.

  • Dental Bridge

A dental bridge essentially bridges a gap in your mouth. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth, which is bonded to natural teeth on either side of the gap. Unlike dentures, a dental bridge is fixed in your mouth. It is a more expensive option, and is only suitable for people with strong neighbouring teeth. Patients should also be mindful that bridges can be destructive to the surrounding teeth. The average lifespan of this type of treatment is 7-15 years.

  • Dental Implant

A dental implant is a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Your implant dentist places them gently into your jaw bone, where they provide an artificial replacement for your missing teeth. They can support crowns or dentures, in a similar way that roots support natural teeth. Implants are the gold-standard option for missing-tooth replacement. With the correct care and maintenance, an implant can last a life-time.

Depending on your circumstances and the dental practice you select, a single dental implant can range in cost from £2000-£4000.

So what exactly are you paying for when you get a dental implant?

First, there is the implant itself. Like hip or knee replacements, dental implants are made of titanium. A titanium post is placed in your jaw-bone, and designed to simulate the form and function of your tooth’s natural roots. Titanium is as strong as steel, and exceptionally lighter in weight, making it an ideal implant material.

Secondly, there is your implant crown, which sits on top of the post, and resembles a natural tooth. Implant crowns are custom-made by a specialised dental technician, who designs the shape, colour and fit of your implant crown (following the instructions of your implant dentist) to blend seamlessly with your smile. It takes time and skill to create high-quality, bespoke dental work, and to create the life-like appearances achieved with dental implants.

Another cost of dental implants that people quite often overlook, is the training, knowledge and experience required to place them. Dental implant placement is an intricate surgical procedure that requires absolute precision when placing the implant around major nerves, ensuring it integrates correctly with the jaw-bone. Additional procedures may be required, including tooth extraction and bone grafts. A dental implant which is placed incorrectly is likely to fail. It is important that you choose the correct implant dentist, and take the time to speak to them about their success rates.

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Can replace a single missing tooth, or your whole smile. Multiple teeth can be replaced using just a few dental implants – so it is not necessary to pay for an implant to replace every missing tooth.
  • Dental implants are a close replica of your natural teeth, allowing you to smile, eat and speak with confidence and maximum comfort.
  • Implant surgery is a quick and painless procedure. Some soreness can be expected in the days following treatment, but this can be solved with over-the-counter pain relief.
  • If placed by the right implant dentist, and with the correct care and maintenance, implants have a success rate of around 95%.
  • Dental implants can last a life-time. Although alternative replacement options are more affordable in the short-term, they often require maintenance and replacement multiple times throughout your life-time. Dental implants are the most cost-effective, long-term solution.

If you are considering dental implants to restore your smile, we offer complimentary implant consultations with Dr Adam Glassford. Adam is a highly-experienced dental surgeon, who holds the Advanced Implant Diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Adam has a national reputation in restorative and implant dentistry, and dentists from all over the UK refer their advanced and complex cases to him. He has been providing dental implants for 13 years, and has placed over 3500. He is also a mentor for training dentists in implantology.

Dental implants at Hewett’s Dental start from £2000, with a range of options to spread the cost into small, monthly repayments.

To book your complimentary consultation, call us on 01484 714717 or email [email protected]

How Safe Is Teeth Whitening?

How Safe Is Teeth Whitening?

One of our most popular treatments at Hewett’s Dental is teeth whitening, and something we’re often asked is ‘is it safe?’

Many of us would love a brighter smile, but is it worth risking your health for? We’ve put together a few key points to answer that question!

Whiten safely – with your dentist!

The great news is that whitening is generally considered safe. The British Dental Association (BDA) says whitening is perfectly safe providing it is administered by a registered dental care professional (such as your dentist/hygienist). The BDA warns that anyone else ‘won’t have the right training or knowledge and could cause permanent damage to your teeth and gums’.  So frequently, we see whitening services popping up in beauty salons around the UK. Beauticians are not adequately qualified to take a medical history and conduct a dental health examination to ensure you are suitable for whitening and to conduct the procedure safely. For example, if the whitening tray doesn’t fit correctly, some of the whitening gel may leak and cause painful chemical burns. Under the Dentists Act 1984, it is illegal for anyone other than dental care professionals to carry out teeth whitening. If you want to whiten your teeth safely and effectively – visit your dentist!

What causes teeth to darken?

Teeth can darken for many reasons, from poor oral hygiene, smoking, medicines and diseases, advancing age, and stain-causing food and drinks. For most people, teeth naturally darken as we age. There are certain steps we can take to prevent this, from avoiding habits such as smoking, and drinking tea and coffee. Realistically, for the majority of the UK population, cutting out tea and coffee is a big ask! To combat this problem, there are many toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth. Charcoal-activated toothpaste is the most recent market trend. Whilst these products are effective at removing stains, their abrasiveness can quite often be damaging to the long-term health of the enamel. For those interested in safer, and more effective stain-removal, a trip to the hygienist for airflow stain removal will give you a beautiful result. Whilst stain-removal does brighten the appearance of the teeth, it does little to the actual shade. To lift the enamel to a whiter, brighter shade, the only effective treatment is teeth whitening.

Do keep in mind that providing your teeth are free of cavities and your gums are healthy, there is little medical harm in stained or darkened teeth. The decision to whiten rests with you and the confidence you hold when you smile. We can assure you that professional teeth whitening methods are safe, should you choose to use them.

Other considerations before you whiten

Whilst tooth whitening is considered safe, it is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers. It is recommended to wait until after the nursing period to begin whitening your teeth.

Whitening can cause a temporary increase in dental sensitivity. The majority of professional whitening systems can cause a brief period of sensitivity when used. This varies between individuals, and is more common in patients who have previously suffered with sensitive teeth. The sensitivity is short-lived, and does stop once the whitening process is complete. It can usually be managed with the use of an anti-sensitive toothpaste, and/or over-the-counter pain relief. For the few patients with more extreme sensitivity, there are specific whitening systems designed to work with patients with dental sensitivity. Always speak to your dentist about the best whitening options for you!

If you are concerned that something in your medical or dental history would be affected by tooth whitening – speak to your dentist. No question is trivial, and all dental care professionals should answer your questions professionally and thoroughly.

Next steps

Once you’re ready to transform your confidence with tooth whitening, the first step is to book a whitening consultation with your dentist. At Hewett’s Dental, a tooth whitening consultation is just £26.00. We offer a state-of-art whitening system for just £299.00.

To book your consultation, call us on 01484 714714, or book online!