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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry is the application of dental procedures eg crowns, bridges, veneers or tooth coloured fillings with the aim of significantly improving the overall aesthetics of your smile. This is often referred to as a "Smile Makeover", "Hollywood Smile" or "Wedding Smile." A beautiful smile can have a positive impact on an individual’s self-confidence. Due to the recent increase in media focus on a person’s smile, such as TV shows like "Extreme Makeover", this has created a public awareness about cosmetic dentistry and its accessibility.

Our Dental Practitioners have a ‘special interest’ in cosmetic dentistry and have been on many courses to enhance their skills and experience in this growing field.

For this purpose your dentist can reshape your teeth, adjust the spaces between them, change the colour or alter the length of your teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry may involve the following:

•            The addition of some dental materials to your teeth, for example, fillings and crowns.

•             Removal of tooth structure, for example, enameloplasty.

•             Straightening of the teeth for the purpose of a better smile with orthodontics.

Teeth whitening 

One of the most common cosmetic procedures is teeth whitening or tooth bleaching.

Losing the colour of your teeth is all part of the ageing process. Teeth start to change colour from teenage years onwards. Whitening is ideal for people who suffer from stained teeth as a result of eating certain foods such as curries and drinking products such as red wine, tea , coffee or tobacco - without harming their teeth.

There are three types of teeth whitening techniques to choose from:       

A: Laser whitening

B:  Home kit

C: Veneers 

Veneers is a technique used to correct crowding in the mouth, covering badly broken teeth, badly stained teeth, reshape teeth or to close up gaps.

They are also used to increase the dimension of the tooth, thicken them, make them squarer or longer. 

Thin slices of porcelain called veneers are shaped and coloured to correspond to the existing teeth. 

The veneer is bonded onto the front surface of the tooth using an adhesive bonding materials. The advantage of this treatment is that only a minimal amount of drilling is needed.


This treatment is used to restore chipped or replace broken teeth.

An impression of the tooth is taken and the crown (made from metal or porcelain) is built in a laboratory to an individual’s prescription, using a gold alloy covered with bonded porcelain. The old tooth is then cut down by a millimetre or so to make room for the crown. The crown is then cemented on to the tooth. Crowns can be completely ceramic as well which give the best aesthetic results.


Bridges are used to bridge a gap where a tooth is missing, or to close a gap.

A metal unit of three crowns is fashioned from porcelain. The bridge is then cemented to the teeth either side of the gap. These teeth are drilled down to attach the bridge either side of the gap.

The middle crown is solid to mimic a tooth, the other two are hollow in order to fit over the teeth. A colour is chosen to blend in with existing teeth and the shade of the bridge.


Implants consists of a titanium screw that can be used to replace missing teeth or assist in keeping dentures more stable and retentive. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.


There are two ways to straighten teeth, either with orthodontics or cosmetically. Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth. For people with crowded teeth, crooked teeth or tilting teeth, all these problems can trap food which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Braces can also be used to simply move the teeth for a better, more aesthetic smile.


Ghauri Dental Centre
Shepherds Bush
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London W12 0LU
Tel: 020 8746 1500 / 020 8743 4065
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Nearer station are Shepherds Bush
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(Circle line and Hammersmith and City Line).
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Notting Hill Gate
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247 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2SE
Tel: 020 7229 4813 / 020 7229 7071
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Underground station and Bayswater.
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Ghauri Dental Centre
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113 Vicarage Farm Road
Hounslow TW5 0AA
Tel: 020 8570 0435 / 020 8230 6258
Fax: 020 8570 0131
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Near to Hounslow West
Underground Station and Heathrow
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Last Updated: 16 Jan 2019