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A New Smile for a New Year read more

Most of us will be making New Years resolutions. It could be taking up a new hobby, exercising more or eating healthier. What about starting 2019 with a great new smile? Whether it’s altering the shade, position or shape there is a range of treatments now available that can help you achieve this.

Teeth Whitening

This can be an effective way of lightening natural teeth. This is a process of oxidation which removes chemical stains and whitens the tooth structure. There are a number of tooth whitening options ranging from home whitening to in surgery such as Zoom Philips or Enlighten. They all involve bespoke whitening trays and achieve a great result. It is also inexpensive to repeat in the future.

Invisible Braces

Recent developments have made braces more discreet and less bulky which is why more and more adults are now having orthodontics. You will be pleased to know there is no age limit for braces. However, your teeth would need to be healthy and suitable for treatment. The main options are fixed or removal appliances. Brackets are now tooth coloured and thin tooth coloured metal wires will gently push your teeth into the right position. These are reliable and almost invisible.

Lingual or invisible braces is a traditional metal brace that is fitted on the back of your teeth so they are invisible to the eye. However, treatment can take longer.

Removable Aligners commonly known Invisalign is a brace system that uses clear , removable aligners that are taylor made to correct crooked and overcrowded teeth. These aligners are changed every two weeks . The length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the crowding.

Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring

A tooth coloured putty can be used to fix chips or reshape teeth. This is then set with ultra violet light. Bonding however, will only last a few years before it needs replacing.


These are made from porcelain and are like thin fingernails cemented on the front of teeth. This is more permanent to bonding or whitening. It is a quick way of achieving a perfect smile. However, a thin layer of tooth enamel needs to be removed to bond the veneer.

All the above treatments are available at the Mayhill Dental Centre so if you would like to make a change this year and would like further advice please feel free to call the Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre on 01600 712020 or email

A New Smile for a New Year