Give your smile a bespoke refurbishment with our range of cosmetic treatments

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished you could change something about your smile? Perhaps you would like your teeth to be straighter; maybe you have a gap due to losing a tooth in the past; or it could be that you want your smile to become whiter?

Cox’s Dental Health Care offers a range of cosmetic dental treatments at the highest possible level of expertise. We are fully qualified and accredited to offer all of our services. We also have partnerships with leading dental laboratories in the Midlands area to ensure every aspect of your cosmetic care is the best it can possibly be.

Fillings

FillingsFillings help to repair holes or erosion on your teeth. These are most often caused by tooth decay although can also be a result of sensitivity, over-brushing or even aesthetic reasons – for example, where a part of your tooth has chipped or broken. It used to be the case that fillings were always made from amalgam, which resulted in unsightly silver patches in the patient’s mouth; tooth coloured composite is now available as an alternative which is much more discreet.

Fillings often last several years, depending on a number of factors like diet, your oral hygiene routine and the size of the filling – smaller fillings tend to last longer.

Depending on your reasons for needing one, having a filling is not generally a painful procedure. We may need to remove any areas of decay from the tooth, but otherwise the procedure simply involves the application of the filling material to your tooth which is then set with an infrared lamp. You will need to monitor the types of food and drink you consume for a few hours after your appointment, but will not be in any pain.

Children’s treatment

ChildrenDuring your child’s appointment, our team will check their teeth and gums for any early signs of problems. Tooth decay and associated conditions are one of the most common reasons for school aged children in the UK to attend hospital, so it’s really important that your child attends regular dental appointments while they’re growing.

Our principal dentist Simon is a parent, so you can rest assured that they have plenty of experience when it comes to dealing with little ones. We’ll be able to check your child’s oral health quickly and painlessly, whilst keeping them engaged and entertained. Often any early indications of a problem can be solved with simple changes to their diet, or improved brushing techniques, rather than drilling and filling!

Anxious patients and sedation

Don’t let fear or anxiety around visiting the dentist stop you from keeping your oral care up to date. We understand that you might be a little worried about coming to see us, especially if you need a more complex procedure, and for this reason we’re able to offer intravenous sedation for particularly nervous patients.

During your sedation you will still be completely conscious, but calm and unaware of the procedure and any associated discomfort. It is a very safe form of treatment but as with any type of medical process, there are certain guidelines you will need to follow for your own safety, both before and after your treatment. Please do ask a member of our team for more information if you would like to be sedated during your next appointment.

Onlays

OnlaysUnlike fillings or other restorative techniques that are done inside the mouth, onlays are created in a laboratory by a dental technician before being fitted to your tooth. If part of your tooth is broken or worn away, and cannot be repaired with a filling, you may be an ideal candidate for an onlay.

Onlays are generally only applied to molars and premolars – the teeth at the back of your mouth that you use for chewing – and often serve to replace some of the cusps and natural surface on the top of these teeth. Your dentist will discuss the procedure involved, and you will have impressions taken of your teeth so that the laboratory technicians can create your new onlays for fitting at your next appointment.

Crowns

CrownsCrowns are sometimes also known as ‘dental caps’ or ‘tooth caps’, and sit over the top of your original tooth to provide protection against chewing and biting. Crowns are a popular solution for repairing teeth that have naturally weakened with age, or have been heavily filled in the past to the point where a better and more protective option is needed. They help to successfully restore the previous appearance and full function of a broken or weak tooth.

Crowns are made of hardwearing and robust material, which not only provides excellent protection for a vulnerable tooth – or implant – underneath, but also means they typically last for at least 10-20 years, or even longer.

Bridges

BridgesDental bridges, as the name suggests, quite literally bridge the gap in your mouth left by missing or severely damaged teeth. Aside from being aesthetically obvious, especially if your missing teeth are in a visible part of your mouth, gaps can allow the remaining teeth to shift and therefore affect your bite, becoming very uncomfortable over time.

Following an initial consultation with one of our team, your bridge will be made bespoke to your facial measurements, from porcelain or ceramic materials that can be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth. During a follow-up appointment, your bridge will be fitted using the teeth on either side of the gap as ‘anchors’, which will support the rest of your jawline.

Bridges are often a longstanding and hardwearing solution to any gaps in your mouth, and last for an average of 10-20 years although often much longer.

Whitening

WhiteningTeeth whitening was once a procedure for the rich and famous of Hollywood’s A-list, but thanks to recent developments in whitening technology it is now available to almost anyone.

If you are interested in having your teeth whitened, you will be invited for an initial consultation with one of our dentists where they will assess your suitability for the procedure and explain to you the steps involved.

The whitening process is achieved through the application of a hydrogen peroxide solution onto the teeth using a specially moulded mouthguard; if not administered correctly the bleach can cause serious damage to your gums and the rest of your mouth. For this reason it’s important that a qualified dentist always carries out this treatment, rather than a beauty salon or other practitioner who may not have the necessary experience or knowledge to whiten your teeth safely.

It is important to remember that once you whiten your teeth they may naturally become discoloured again over time, but you can reduce this effect by limiting your consumption of deeply coloured foods like red wine, berries and chocolate, and making sure that your oral care routine is regular and thorough.

You can also make use of our ‘home whitening’ kits that allow you to safely administer your own whitening yourself, and also allows you to control the exact level of whitening you would like. Once your teeth have reached your desired appearance, you can simply stop the whitening applications. One of our team will give you a full demonstration of how to use this kit, and you’ll be able to ask them anything you’re not sure about before you take it home for use.

Dentures

DenturesDentures are typically associated with older people who have lost all or most of their natural teeth, and while this is true in some cases, there are also many other patients who benefit from having dentures fitted. Occasionally injury to the mouth, periodontal disease or the side effects of other health conditions can cause tooth loss amongst a variety of people, and dentures are an economical and discreet way to restore the full smile long-term.

Dentures can be ‘complete’ – replacing all of your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both – or ‘partial’, where some of your natural teeth are still in place. Dentures are typically secured by natural suction between the gum and the denture, which provides a reliable method of keeping them fixed in place. However, in some circumstances, denture adhesives are also used for a little extra reassurance.

Patients with dentures – even complete sets – must still visit the dentist for a check up, to ensure that there is no sign of any infection or abnormality around the gums or ridges in the mouth.

ClearSmile Aligner

If you are self-conscious about overcrowding or gaps in your teeth, but are reluctant to have a permanent fixed brace, ClearSmile Aligners could be the perfect option for you.

A modern development from traditional ‘train-track’ orthodontics, the Aligners are discreet, removable plastic braces that are made bespoke to your measurements and requirements. They have been developed with patient comfort and confidence in mind, ensuring that you are able to enjoy laughing, talking and interacting as normal while they quietly work to improve your smile.

Made from completely transparent plastic, these appliances are almost invisible over your teeth, meaning that other people will hardly notice your new braces. For even greater convenience, the Aligners can be removed while eating or cleaning your teeth and simply reinserted afterwards.

Before you start the process, your dentist will carry out a full initial consultation with you to ensure that you are suitable for the treatment. You will then have impressions taken of your teeth, which will be used to create your bespoke Aligners.

For your complete reassurance, you will also be able to view the intended end result of your treatment on a computerised 3D model, so that you can be sure you’re happy with the aim of the process before it even begins.

The procedure involves the use of multiple Aligners, all of which will have been carefully constructed to apply the right pressure on the right teeth at that particular stage of the process. You will have regular appointments with your dentist during which they can check your progress, and move you on to the next Aligner when your teeth have completed the necessary transitions for that particular stage.

Depending on the degree of adjustment needed, and how long you wear your Aligner for each day, the full length of your treatment can typically be anywhere from around six months to two years. Your dentist will discuss the expectations for your particular situation with you during your initial consultation.

Inman Aligner

Are your front teeth crowded, a little crooked, or maybe protruding further forward than the rest of your teeth? If so, you could be the ideal candidate for an Inman Aligner.

These type of Aligners are only designed to correct problems with your front teeth, rather than the whole jaw as with most other orthodontic treatments. The removable appliances consist mainly of two wires that run in front and behind your teeth, and apply specific pressure to bring any protruding or overlapping teeth back into line. This is a very effective process, and most treatment programmes can be completed within just 18 weeks.

Your dentist will be able to assess your particular circumstances and determine whether the Inman Aligner would be a suitable option for you. If you decide to go ahead with the process, you will have impressions taken of your teeth, from which your custom appliance will be created and fitted.

Following this, all you have to do is wear your Inman Aligner for between 16 and 20 hours a day, to allow it the necessary time to improve your smile. You will also require regular check-ups with your dentist to check that the progression is on track and as expected.

Smile Makeover

MakeoverMany people have something they don’t like about their smile, and something that they would probably change if they could. At Cox’s Dental Health Care, this opportunity is available and accessible to you.

Our ‘Smile Makeover’ technology means that whatever your concern – whether it is missing, crooked or slightly discoloured teeth – we can work with you to transform your smile.

Your dentist will carry out an initial consultation with you, to address your concerns and dislikes, and will establish the most appropriate treatment for you. This might include porcelain veneers, crowns, whitening or a combination of approaches, and treatment will only start when you are completely happy with the suggested plan.