The use of and the benefits from veneers in a smile makeover at our Glasgow dental clinic

The techniques and materials available to dentists involved in smile makeovers are constantly improving and great advances have been made in recent years especially when it comes to the use of veneers in a smile makeover.

We regularly use veneers at out Glasgow dental clinic and in this blog we look at their use and the benefits from them.

Veneers are thin facings which are bonded to the teeth to enhance their appearance.

In an ideal world, natural teeth are of a satisfactory shape and shade or colour, and in a position in the mouth which is ideal.

In life, however, this ideal situation is not always present.

Teeth can be discoloured or stained, twisted or rotated, crowded or spaced in combination such that the aesthetic appearance of the smile in unsatisfactory and in need of improvement. Veneers can be used to lighten, brighten or straighten teeth where appropriate and are used on the upper and lower arched on incisor, canine and premolar teeth. Depending on the occlusion/bite, veneers can also be used on the molar teeth.

Veneers can be used with careful planning to correct any or all of the above problems in combination.

Following full case discussion with the patient and planning, together with x rays where appropriate to determine the health of the supporting tooth roots, impressions are taken in order that a diagnostic wax up can be provided. This diagnostic set up is then transferred to the mouth in a temporary material to allow patient visualisation before any treatment is commenced. This is an important stage in the process.

Following approval of this diagnostic set up, the teeth are prepared for final veneers.

It is always the intention to ensure that the preparation of natural tooth tissue is as minimal as possible to preserve the natural tooth structure. In cases of tooth rotation or malpositioned teeth, however, this preparation may require to be a little more invasive. In extreme cases, it may be prudent to consider pre ceramic orthodontic treatment to move the teeth into a more favourable, less invasive position for veneers treatment. In addition, depending upon the case requirements and the smile design required, pre operative crown lengthening can also ensure that the height the gum line is perfect to compliment the perfect smile.

Following the final veneer preparation under magnification, accurate impressions are taken and transferred to the laboratory where the final veneers are fabricated ready for transfer to the mouth. In the intervening period, temporary veneers are generally placed using the transfer technique from the diagnostic wax up described above.

After construction of the veneers, the temporary veneers are removed and the veneer preparations polished before the final veneers are trial fitted for patient approval before being cemented into place carefully.

Veneers can be made from a number of materials depending upon the specific case requirements. These materials include porcelain and composite.

Following completion of veneer treatment, it is imperative to ensure regular attendance to care not only for the veneers but also for the remaining teeth in the mouth to ensure the result lasts as intended. Veneer treatment generally, but not always, requires the use of local anaesthetic for the preparation and fit stages.

For information about veneers please click here.

Glasgow dental clinic support for Action for Children charity: smile makeover potential for four

Glasgow dental clinic supporting children's charity.

Philip, lunch chairman Jo Mickel and host Fred Macaulay

Over the year the clinic supports a number of charities and good causes.

At the weekend our Glasgow dental clinic pledged its support for Action for Children charity: and it’s likely that there will be new smile makeover potential for four young people under the charity’s supervision.

We’ve pledged to work with the charity and help four young people ensure their dental function and aesthetic smile are as good as they should be to ensure they feel super confident about their image.

The charity does tremendous work all over Scotland and we became involved thanks to patient and clinic friend Jo Mickel who is the chairman of the Woman of Influence 2013 lunch which is organised to raise funds for this worthwhile charity.

For more information about the Action for Children charity please click here and you can see their new Facebook page and “Like” it here.

Inside our Glasgow dental clinic – a 360 degree tour, courtesy of Google.

Our website has a number of photos showing the interior – and exterior – of our Glasgow dental clinic  – situated in the city’s West End.

We feel these give a great representation of where our clinical team of dentists and hygienists work – and hopefully will help any nervous new patients feel more comfortable about their initial visit to the clinic. You can see these photos by clicking here.

We’ve now got our five surgeries complete and each is fitted with the highest standard of state of the art equipment and technology designed to delivery the very best in patient care and treatment – whether the patient is here for a routine check up or a more advanced procedure such as dental implant surgery.

By clicking here you can also see a virtual tour of our clinic, courtesy of a Google accredited photographer who uses advanced camera technology to produce the 360 degree panoramic tour.

Dental clinic team heading from Glasgow to ADI Congress in Manchester later this year

A group from our clinic will be heading south later this year to attend the annual congress of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI).

The ADI – of which I’m currently the president-elect – is a registered charity which exists to share knowledge and expertise on the subject of dental implants in Glasgow. This information is available both to patients and to dentists involved in dental implants.

I’ve been a member of the ADI for several years now and have found it a very useful source of up to date information about the newest advanced in the ever changing world of dental implant surgery. It’s also given me the opportunity to attend seminars all over the world and listen to lectures by some of the internationally renowned experts in the implant surgery field.

This year’s congress is being held in Manchester in May. The congress’ main focus is on the question of “How long do implants last?.

Lectures will focus on the potential complications, risk management and prognosis of implant treatment.

Several of the team have signed up to attend this key event in our clinic calendar.

Clinical meeting – a key part of our team’s strategy

We recently held what was our first full Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinical meeting at our dental clinic building in Glasgow.

This afforded the team the chance to have informal discussions with our seven dentists present. Communication is key to the running of a busy clinic.

These meetings will allow us to openly discuss what we do, discuss our protocols to ensure consistent delivery of a top end service, peer review and discuss difficult/complex/challenging cases together as a team with input from dentists in Glasgow, dental nurses, hygienists our orthodontist specialist Andrew McGregor.

It’s a good sign when, after three hours, you are only half way through the topic list for the gathering.

We had some great debate, opinion exchanges, discussion and the skeleton of a fantastic clinical document/structure for our team.

The planned quarterly meetings will now be bimonthly to ensure we get through everything in good time.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail: the importance of project planning

Work is now coming to end on the makeover and fit-out of our two new surgeries on the lower level of our dental clinic in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

The brand new equipment is in situ, the painting’s complete and what looked very much like two empty shells now resemble 21st century state of the art surgeries, ready to welcome our first patients.

It’s an exciting finale to a major project which certainly didn’t start its development yesterday!

Around four years ago in fact was when I started with the plans for a new clinic.

Before anything started, I had completed full design, planning, contingency etc and now, despite splitting into three manageable phases with slight alterations along the way, that same plan is now nearing completion.

Planning is very much an essential starting point of all we do dentally – whether it’s for dental implants, a smile makeover or a specific cosmetic dentistry treatment – but it’s also an essential part of all we do.

Several other dentists in Glasgow have asked me for my most important tip in developing a new clinic.

To me it’s an easy answer – planning.

As the saying goes – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

That very in-depth, detailed planning has paid dividends in the evolution of the clinic. We’ll post some new photography as and when we’ve completed 100%.

Bespoke dental gum shield to help patient raising charity funds on boxing night.

Patient Billy Smith, left, and Philip Friel at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry. Billy is going to be boxing to raise funds for CHAS

Patient Billy Smith, left, and Philip Friel at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry

We’re helping patient Billy Smith with the provision of a bespoke dental/gum shield.

He’s going to be using it during a boxing bout he’s taking part in later this month. His plan is to raise funds for that fantastic charity CHAS and a link to his fundraising page is here.

Billy’s doing the boxing as a personal training goal. We wish him luck in his fundraising efforts!

“Old school” visit – with exciting plan ahead

I recently visited the department of human anatomy at the University of Glasgow, a short distance away from our dental clinic and a place I know well from my days of studying.

What has been an old, historic building has recently undergone a £6m refurbishment programme, transforming it into a 21st century state of the art facility which now rivals any other similar department in the UK’s other university campuses.

I studied for a BSc Hons in anatomy in the building and while it’s been transformed it’s still recognisable from my student days.

It was a real honour being able to have a sneak preview before the official launch event – watch out for it as I’m sure the media will cover the event.

As well as having a tour around I was also there to talk to the academic team about the study processes.

I’m delighted that my proposal for a revolutionary course structure has been accepted – watch this space as plans roll out.

Feedback welcome

In a busy clinical environment it can sometimes be very difficult and challenging to ensure that we keep the blog posts updated and that we share as much information with our patients – both new and existing – about what we do in our Glasgow dental clinic via the website.

We would welcome any feedback on the blog or the website in general.

We’d be delighted to hear from you if you’d like to know of any particular practice news that you think others would be interested in knowing.

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More progress on our new Glasgow dental clinic surgeries

The work continues at a steady pace to transform our new surgeries on the lower level of our dental clinic here in the West End of Glasgow.

The team from Intrafit arrived from down south to start cabinetry installation work.

These workmen are real perfectionists and these are the fifth and sixth surgery units they have installed for me in the last four years.

The original installation work is still solid and fully functional four busy years down the line.

The equipment deliveries are due to start tomorrow.

New installation work at Glasgow dental clinic

The installation work continues in the new surgeries.