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.

How a footballer patient at our Glasgow clinic benefits from dental implants after a nightmare tackle

Our team at the Glasgow clinic see people from all walks of life.

In this testimonial that we received the patient – a footballer told of the benefits from dental implants after a nightmare tackle.

This was a powerful testimonial from a sportsman who discovered the the preferred solution to his major problem was dental implant work.

The 39-year-old wrote two us when he completed his treatment as follows:

“I have been a professional footballer for 20 years and suffered a severe blow to the mouth after an accidental tackle, causing me to instantaneously loose my two front teeth.

“The incident occurred on a Saturday evening and being very anxious and in a lot of physical pain, I wanted to seek dental treatment immediately.

“Dr Friel was recommended to me by a friend and after speaking with him late on the Saturday evening, he made arrangements to see me first thing on the Sunday morning.

“PUT AT EASE”

“I was immediately impressed by his willingness to see me outwith practice hours. At this time, I was in a great deal of pain and very concerned about the outcome – I had always taken great care of my teeth and felt very anxious at the thought of possibly no longer having what I considered to be a nice smile.

“After this first meeting with Dr Friel, I was immediately put at ease and left feeling confident that the problem, although serious, could be fixed. My treatment spanned over a 15-month period.

“Throughout this time, the treatment I received from Dr Friel was of the absolute highest standard. From the outset, I felt confident in what was going to be achieved, as each part of the treatment was thoroughly explained to me. Being a very complex treatment, there was obviously pain involved, but I really did feel that this was kept to an absolute minimum.

“RESTORED MY CONFIDENCE”

“Dr Friel‘s attention to detail and his patience continually impressed me throughout treatment. My treatment was finalised two weeks ago with my two new teeth being put in and I am absolutely delighted with the result. The shape and shade of each new tooth has exceeded my expectations and the overall effect has restored my confidence. I would highly recommend Dr Friel not only to friends, but also to other professional sportsmen.”

We were delighted – as we always are – to receive feedback from a patient. The entire teams appreciated the time taken to put together a testimonial. And it was particularly good to learn that this patient’s smile makeover – or even smile rescue – had been appreciated so much. The testimonial for this patient was received after treatment completion in 2011 but the sentiment and the benefits to patients from implant surgery still remain the same.

For more information on the benefits of dental implant surgery see our website section 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.

Our Glasgow dental clinic supporting Action for Children charity

Glasgow dental clinic in pledge to help group of young people

Our pledge to help

Today we’ve announced a project to help support a group of young people – in conjunction with the highly respected Action For Children charity.

The announcement was made at the charity’s Women of Influence Lunch 2013 which was held in the Central Hotel in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The WOI Lunch organising committee is chaired by clinic friend and patient Jo Mickel. We’d worked with Jo to help support today’s lunch.

Part of that support will see us looking after four young people who will be identified by the Action for Children charity team. We will give them the necessary dental treatment to not only ensure the optimum in dental function and health but also to enhance their smiles.

As you’ll read from my letter to the lunch guests today you’ll see more about why we decided to help the charity with this new initiative.

Our Glasgow dental clinic supports a number of charities throughout the year and we’re particularly proud of our involvement with Action for Children.

We will keep you posted on the progress of this project.

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%.

Free time away from clinic – a rare but important treat

Dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and the art of a smile makeover took a back seat at the weekend when I headed to London with a VIP – a very important passenger…my son!

It was time to deliver on a long standing promise to take Arnold who’s four on his next birthday to the capital for a whistle stop tour.

To say he was excited is perhaps an understatement and he’d been particularly looking forward to our selected mode of transport for the trip south – on the overnight sleeper.

So after closing up the Glasgow dental clinic on Friday evening it was home for dinner with all the family before a late night trip to Central Station to join the train to London.

Our boys’ weekend was a real treat…with me being able to spend quality time with him and show him a small selection of the sights of London. The city is a big deal for us adults so it was key to ensure that the sights we planned and the activities we wanted to do together were all manageable.

The result? A great success of a trip and he’s been talking about it a lot since.

Roll on the next trip – wonder where he’ll select as the next destination?

A quick guide to dental implants – and the benefits.

I call them ‘life-enhancing’…

They can dramatically change and improve a patient’s appearance and dental function.

They can play a key role in boosting the smile factor and can also be a major ingredient in a smile makeover.

But how much do you know about dental implants?

In this blog I’ve put together some quick facts about implants to give you an insight into what is now considered a dental phenomenon.
The team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is on hand if you need any more information or advice about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum). It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place.
Dental implants are state of the art modern dentistry.
They are small titanium “fixtures” that take place of the natural root of the tooth. Carefully implanted into the bone, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient’s bone, more securely than natural root would.

Dental Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto remaining natural teeth. They can be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many of their teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Improved Appearance.

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can stop this for happening. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.

Improved Comfort

Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort.
Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone.
Gum irritation and the pain associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

We see many patients throughout the year for dental implant work and we have several testimonials shown on our site.

If you click here you’ll see what some patients have written about dental implant work carried out at the clinic.

Dentist Elizabeth Glass increases her clinic presence

We’re delighted to announce the our dentist colleague Elizabeth – or Liz as many know her – Glass is set to increase the number of days she’ll be based at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Elizabeth Glass who has many years of dental experience and has a focus on cosmetic and general dentistry is a well respected member of our team here.

She also has a particular interest in teeth whitening and is a member of the British Dental Bleaching Society.

Elizabeth Glass is a dentist at the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic in Glasgow

Elizabeth Glass

Observing changes in her patients’ dentition and appearance over the years has led to Elizabeth developing a special interest in tooth wear, grinding and clenching habits and the accompanying aesthetics changes as well as functional problems that these habits bring. Worn teeth lead to a reduction in the height or “vertical dimension” of the face.

Restoring the back teeth properly – to the correct facial height – can have a wonderful cosmetically enhancing effect – often described as a “non-surgical facelift”.

This can be combined with bleaching, porcelain crowns and veneers on the front teeth – a real complete smile makeover.

She enjoys all aspects of dentistry from basic care to advanced techniques and gets particular satisfaction helping apprehensive patients overcome their fear of dental treatment.

For more information or for appointments to see Elizabeth contact us via the website, by emailing her directly on eg@philipfriel.com or by telephoning the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

You can find out more about Elizabeth’s professional qualifications and background by clicking here.

Happy 2013! Keeping in touch with all our patients of our Glasgow dental clinic.

May we wish you all a very healthy 2013!

We hope the year ahead will be a safe, prosperous and good one.

The team here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry likes to keep in touch with our patients.

We enjoy communicating with them via our blog here and we also use other social media platforms to keep in touch.

You can follow Philip on Twitter @dentistglasgow.

There’s also a Facebook page dedicated to the work of the clinic, its team and the activities we get involved in during the year.

The Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about smile makeover work, treatments or services. We’re happy if you use any of the above methods to get in touch. We’re also delighted to answer questions via telephone!

The clinic telephone number is 0141 339 7579.

“Life enhancing” dental implant work – a dentist’s viewpoint

I call them ‘life-enhancing’…

They can dramatically change and improve a patient’s appearance and dental function.

They can play a key role in boosting the smile factor in cosmetic dentistry or reconstructive dentistry.

But how much do you know about dental implants? I’ve put together some quick facts about implants to give you an insight into what is a dental phenomenon.
We’re on hand here at our Glasgow dental clinic if you need more information about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum). It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place.
Dental implants are state of the art modern dentistry.
They are small titanium “fixtures” that take place of the natural root of the tooth. Carefully implanted into the bone, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient’s bone, more securely than natural root would.

Dental Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto remaining natural teeth. They can be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many of their teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Improved Appearance.

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can stop this for happening. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.

Improved Comfort

Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort.

Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone.

Gum irritation and the pain associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

No matter what is your question about dental implants may be please let us know. We’ll be delighted to answer your questions and explain more as necessary.