Cosmetic Dentistry at Harry Shiers Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is used very commonly to subtly give teeth a straighter, whiter, more even appearance. The treatments we provide at our practice ranges from general dentistry, hygiene and periodontal treatment, through to cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

Looking for dental treatments in Central London? or require information on our cosmetic dentistry services? then please contact Harry Shiers Dentistry on 0207 580 2366.

Dental bonding

Dental bonding

  • Only one visit needed
  • Anaesthetic usually not required
  • Cost effective highly aesthetic option.

Dental bonding or teeth bonding involves applying a tooth-coloured resin to your teeth which is shaped and set with an ultraviolet light.

Dental bonding is one of the most conservative methods to repair chipped teeth, fill cracked teeth and change your smile. The procedure is quick, cost effective and usually requires no anaesthesia.

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure that uses a tooth-coloured composite resin material to enhance your smile. It is sometimes called composite bonding.

This procedure is used to repair chips, close down gaps or change the shape and colour of a tooth. Unlike other cosmetic dental treatments, such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding is completely reversible.

During the procedure, your dentist applies tooth-coloured resin material to the affected teeth to change their shape, size or colour.

The procedure uses tooth-coloured composite resin material to:

  • Conceal chips or cracks in your teeth
  • Hide discolouration
  • Close gaps and spaces between your teeth
  • Make your teeth look longer
  • Change the shape of your teeth.
  • The same composite resin material used in bonding is also used in fillings.

Dental bonding is one of the most frequently performed procedures in dentistry today.

What’s the difference between bonding and veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom-made ceramic shells that adhere to the front surfaces of your teeth. To place them, your dentist typically must remove some enamel from your natural teeth. Once placed, porcelain veneers are not reversible. They’ll need replacing every 10 to 20 years.

Dental bonding may not require significant enamel removal. As a result, bonding is completely reversible. You’ll probably need touch-ups every 3 to 10 years.

Composite veneers (if you heard the phrase) use composite resin material to cover the entire surface of your tooth.

Prior to dental bonding, you will need X-rays to examine your teeth and gums and underlying bone, to ensure you are suitable for treatment.

During the treatment:

  • You select a shade with Harry Shiers
  • Harry then prepares the tooth for bonding. This involves roughening the tooth surface and a conditioning liquid is applied. These steps help the bonding material stick to your tooth.
  • The composite resin material is applied, moulded and smoothed
  • The resin is ‘cured’ to make it hard
  • The it is polished.

It takes 30-60 minutes per tooth.

Dental bonding usually isn’t painful because your dentist won’t be working anywhere close to the pain-sensing nerve inside your tooth. Mostly, anaesthetic injection is not needed.

Cosmetic dental bonding offers many benefits compared to other cosmetic treatments, including:

  • Cheaper
  • Reversible
  • Touch-ups are quick and cheap and easy to do
  • It is minimally invasive, not requiring removal of enamel
  • It is fast and convenient.

Teeth bonding requires no downtime. You’ll be able to resume all normal activities as soon as you leave the practice.

Typically, bonding material lasts between three and 10 years before needing to be touched up or replaced.

In general, dental bonding doesn’t pose any risks to your oral health. If you have healthy teeth and gums, then it’s perfectly safe.

However, if you have extensive tooth decay, gum disease or other serious issues affecting your oral health, you may need to have other treatments before pursuing dental bonding.

Dental bonding is a simple and effective treatment that can bring balance and uniformity to your smile. To find out if it’s right for you, call Harry Shiers Dentistry today and book a consultation.


Cosmetic dentistry

A-list celebrity smiles are no longer exclusive to the stars. New technologies have made a beautiful smile more affordable and more attainable than ever before.

Visit the implant and cosmetic dental centre for a consultation and we can inform you about the range of cosmetic dental treatments available. We believe that having a great smile is as important to your positive self image as your health, fitness and well-being.

Stained or dull teeth can be dramatically improved by whitening, bleaching, home whitening, veneers, crowns or bonding. The reason why many people choose cosmetic dentistry instead of over-the-counter products such as whitening toothpaste and bleaching kits is that cosmetic dentistry offers longer-lasting results. Misshapen, chipped, or worn teeth can be improved by veneers, crowns, bonding, or cosmetic contouring.

Gaps between teeth can be closed up with veneers, crowns, bonding, or orthodontics. Old or unsightly fillings can be replaced with tooth-coloured fillings (resins and porcelain) for a natural appearance.Old or unsightly crowns can be replaced with ultimate all-ceramic crowns. Crooked or crowded teeth are improved with veneers, crowns, bonding, or orthodontics.

ZOOM Tooth whitening

People who require a change to their natural tooth colour, because of a naturally darker colour or darkening with time, wear or staining, can have their teeth lightened.

The recommended method of tooth whitening is the Dental Home Bleaching done at home with trays like a gum shield, worn at night. The trays are designed specifically for your mouth and are extremely thin and unobtrusive. Harry Shiers has been treating patients successfully with this method for over 18 years.

Research shows that tooth whitening causes no harm to teeth or gums. The results can last for more than 3 years. After 3 years there is still a 70% improvement but you can keep topping it up with the home trays. You can buy more bleaching gel by contacting the dental centre and we can arrange for it to be sent to you.

There is no age restriction this procedure can be done on anybody. Tooth whitening will not work on crowned or veneered teeth. It doesn’t change the shade on crowned or veneered teeth so they may need to be replaced.

Invisible braces

If your teeth are crowded, gapped or your teeth have since moved back after wearing conventional braces, Invisalign® will give you a new reason to smile.

Invisalign is almost invisible which, makes it perfect for all ages, especially if you do not want the world to be aware that you are wearing braces. Because Invisalign is clear, unlike conventional braces, you do not feel the need to hide your smile during treatment.

As Invisalign is not a fixed wire, it can be removed during treatment which allows you to eat whichever food and drink you desire, without having to worry about staining! Studies have shown that patients who have had Invisalign treatment have had better dental hygiene during treatment as they are still able to floss.

The common treatment length is nine to eighteen months, but this can vary depending on the case.

Smile makeovers

The older we get we can feel that the appearance of our teeth is not as important as it once was, but why miss out on the benefits of a tremendous smile! The first thing you notice about a person is their smile, so why not make yours shine?

Using modern dental technology we can transform broken, uneven and discoloured teeth into a perfect natural smile, whether it be discoloured, chipped, missing teeth, we can turn it into a beautifully natural smile. For the best advice please have an initial consultation to discuss what you would like to improve.