“Amazing job – I’m so pleased with my new smile” – Jodie

Jodie Dart Smile After

I came to Smile Care to get a better smile – whiter, straighter teeth. A Hollywood Smile. Dr Toploski has done an Amazing job – I’m so pleased with my new smile.

Jodie’s Story

Jodie came to Smile Care as she had wanted whiter, straighter teeth. Teeth that gave her a “Hollywood Smile”.

Her teeth were uneven and slightly crooked with some dicolouration.


Jodie Dart Smile Before

Jodie Dart Teeth Before

Dr Topolski recommended that Jodie undergo Cosmetic Dentistry work to create the smile she wanted. The Cosmetic Dentistry work involved designing, creating and fitting a mix of veneers and crowns to give the end result taht Jodie was looking for.


Jodie Dart Smile After

Jodie Dart Teeth After

Cosmetic Dentistry: Is It Something For You in 2012?

Cosmetic Reconstruction by Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists PlymouthFor many people, the dawning of a new year brings a list of resolutions they intend to make to change themselves. For many people they will include things like ‘having a better smile’ or ‘getting my teeth fixed’.

Not every dentist can fulfil those resolutions but here at Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists Plymouth we can!

So what is cosmetic dentistry exactly?

In a nutshell cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure that improves the overall aesthetics – or look – of your smile. Known to some as a ‘smile makeover’ and sometimes (because of where cosmetic dentistry first took hold) as the ‘Hollywood smile’. Many celebrities and famous people have had cosmetic work done to their smile –reportedly including Kate Middleton before her wedding last year.

Having a beautiful smile brings many benefits. The most obvious is the boost to a person’s self-esteem. But it’s not just for the famous or wealthy – cosmetic dentistry is available to all.

There’s also a growing acceptance of why people have their smiles fixed following the popularity of TV shows such as Extreme Makeover and Embarrassing Bodies.

Cosmetic dentistry includes teeth straightening, including using clear braces such as Invisalign or Clearstep, porcelain dental veneers, dental crowns, composite white fillings, gum contouring and the replacement of missing teeth with dental bridges, implants and cosmetic dentures. The most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the UK however is teeth whitening.

So if you are considering cosmetic dentistry in 2012 as part of a new you, then come and see us at Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists Plymouth and find out what we can do following a friendly consultation.

For more information contact us at Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists Plymouth on 01752 663 239 or email Smile@SmileCare.uk.com.

For The Smile You’ve Always Wanted
From The Team at Smile Care Cosmetic Dentists Plymouth


What Can A Cosmetic Dentist Do For You?

Considered an asset in today’s dog-eat-dog world, the ‘celebrity smile’ has become an aesthetic measure of success that far supersedes any film reel or modelling portfolio; in fact, a ‘smile makeover’ is now as conventional a treatment as Botox – only dental intervention can actually benefit your health. Beauty critics attribute the rising popularity of cosmetic dental procedures to a generation vainly self-obsessed, however, cosmetic dentists attest it is a culmination of fast food culture; increased health awareness and the desire to ‘be successful’ that has motivated a proportionate rise in those seeking cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Cosmetic Dentists Smile Care Cosmetic CentreFrom the eradication of unsightly stains, to gum contouring and non-surgical face-lifts, cosmetic dentistry realises some truly face-saving benefits – the intervention of a cosmetic dentist could even delay the signs of aging! If you’re intent on making an everlasting impression or simply intent on insuring your teeth for the future, you’re certainly an ideal candidate, but do you actually know what’s on offer? Cosmetic dentistry is a diverse field of treatment not merely limited to premium whitening or veneer procedures – whether you suffer unsightly gaps or crooked front teeth, we’ve long moved on from fixed ‘train tracks’ and uncomfortable standard retainers.

Teeth whitening is a booming procedure offered by practically every cosmetic dentist in the UK. According to a study conducted by Crest in 2007, over 68% of survey respondents associated pristine white teeth with professional success, while over 59% concurred the procedure gave them a confidence boost – integral in many of today’s competitive professional industries. Several variations of cosmetic whitening exist, ranging from a simple descale and bleaching, to the application of dental veneers or porcelain crowns. Contrary to belief, veneers aren’t always applied as a quick-fix alternative to whitening. Veneers are often sought to ‘cover up’ the damage or wear to teeth caused by aging, grinding and minor accidents. Crowns tend to be reserved for patients with cavity issues, particularly if such cavities pose a threat to the health of the tooth itself. A veneer is primarily applied for cosmetic and aesthetic benefit, whereas a crown usually caps the entire tooth, protecting it from further decay and/or wear.

Cosmetic straightening of the teeth comes in a close second to whitening, as one of the most popular modern procedures for young, image conscious adults – most of whom probably declined the offer of an affixed brace during their teens. Cosmetic straightening has long evolved from what many call “train track braces”. Developments such as Invasalign, the Inman Aligner, the Clearstep System and lingual retainers are popular non-visible, on-going treatments for realignment of teeth and surgical intervention is actually quite rare. Surprisingly, these cosmetic straightening methods can also be used to rectify minor problems, relative to just one or two crooked teeth.

You’ve probably heard word of ‘dermal fillers’ from the mouths of celebrities and it can be a great treatment for stalling the signs of aging. Cosmetic dermal fillers have nothing to do with the oral interior; it is a treatment largely sought by those with wrinkles and depressions around the mouth area. Some cosmetic dentists have extended their services to include this treatment – the most popular being Restylane, a non-synthetic filler made from constituent chemicals found already in the skin. Restylane isn’t for everyone, but when combined with the recently enhanced oral work in maturer patients, has a surprisingly noticeable impact. If you thought cosmetic dentistry was an exclusive benefit for wealthy celebrities – think again. A cosmetic dentist needn’t be outrageously expensive and that small investment you make, will yield an amazing boost for both your self-confidence, and those all important first impressions.

The Truth About Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry at Smile Care Cosmetic Centre Plymouth DentistsDo you know your prosthodontist from your orthodontist? Cosmetic dentistry is a minefield of confusing terminology, best defined as the practice of aesthetic dental improvement and wholly unique to general or personal dentistry. In other words, making your teeth look great!

In an age where image precedes everything from your CV to your marriage status, cosmetic dentistry is a necessity that no self-respecting business professional can afford to ignore. Cosmetic dentistry refers to the collective practices of prosthodontics, orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics – all studies relevant to the outward appearance (or oral aesthetic) as opposed to endodontics and periodontics which are geared to the prevention and treatment of oral decay and disease, as well as improving the functionality of the teeth.

Cosmetic dental enhancement is fast overtaking breast augmentation and lipoplasty (liposuction) as the most popular cosmetic treatment in the UK and the USA. However, it is still considered to be a “new” treatment. In the US, cosmetic dentistry is still not officially recognised as a speciality by the ADA (American Dental Association), while in the UK, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has only recently been launched to establish benchmarks of excellence for practicing specialists. In Europe, the European Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) stipulates the products and chemicals deemed safe for use in cosmetic practice and gives peace of mind for the many thousands contemplating a cosmetic dental enhancement or solution.

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t for everyone; in fact, should you happen upon a specialist who deems you an ideal candidate for veneers or crowns without a series of basic tests, it’s high chance the practitioner is only ‘in it for the money’. Despite ongoing efforts to regulate the cosmetic dentistry industry, a slew of mediocre and amateur practitioners still exist – albeit the majority within Central and Eastern Europe. Aesthetic dentistry is a specialist practice, usually offered by dentistry professionals expanding their horizons, rather than starting from scratch. Cosmetic enhancements, such as veneers, are largely unsuitable for candidates with teeth-grinding habits; a prominent overbite or a misaligned jaw, while crowns cannot be fitted if your teeth are extensively damaged, or if you’ve recently undergone a root canal.

Are you a registered NHS patient? One confounding rumour with very little sway suggests that NHS or State dentists are disinclined to continue the treatment of any patient whom seeks cosmetic dental surgery. Quite where this originated has been the subject of speculation, however it could have something to do with the rising number of former cosmetic dentistry patients seeking fixes for private surgery gone wrong. A significant majority of these candidates are individuals who travelled abroad for cheaper cosmetic treatment, thus subjecting themselves to considerably lower standards of practice and care. NHS and State dentists are relied upon to fix these (often hazardous) dental anomalies – services funded by the taxpayer. Its inevitable press interest should accompany this growing trend of botched cosmetic dentistry cases, leading to general speculation regarding the expertise of our home-grown cosmetic dentistry experts.

To counteract speculation, it is perhaps best to compare our cosmetic dentistry industry with that of augmentation and enhancement. An element of risk is attached to any cosmetic surgical procedure and more so if you entrust yourself to anyone purporting to be a ‘specialist’. Fortunately, few practitioners in the UK fall into the category of questionable expertise, however it’s largely down to you to whittle the good from the bad. Look for feedback, referrals and start-to-finish portfolios, in addition to examples of recognised certification, such as the BACD or AACD. That old adage “you get what you pay for” certainly rings true for any cosmetic enhancement – going cheap really isn’t worth the risk!

Can A Cosmetic Dentist Really Give Me A Model Smile?

What constitutes a model smile? For most of us, pearly-white gnashers of perfect symmetry epitomise the million dollar smile, while for others, gently rounded, beautifully aligned teeth are considered fashionably and socially adequate. Cosmetic dentistry is the only specialised industry concentrated on the visual improvement of teeth, rather than just oral health. Cosmetic intervention may not be able to entirely replicate the ‘look’ of a particular celebrity or example; however the outcomes are often as good, if not better than hoped for.

Smile Care Cosmetic Centre PlymouthEveryone has a unique idea of the ‘perfect smile’, however most agree that two primary factors are responsible – whitening and alignment. Surprisingly few adolescents are blessed with evenly spaced, non overlapping teeth, requiring early dental aids such as a brace or retainer if teeth are to be aligned by adulthood. Influenced by peers or bogged down by name-calling, many teens do not complete the course of treatment, leading to disproportionate alignment and crooked teeth later in life. This is reflected in the rising number of image-conscious young adults seeking cosmetic dentistry, in the hope of a fashionable, quick fix solution. The good news is that, for the majority, cosmetic dentistry can and will significantly change the look of your mouth and teeth for the better and in some cases, even the shape of the face!

Characteristically, a model smile is defined by white teeth and upper/lower jaw symmetry, along with no visible gap between the tooth and gum line. Gums tend to be exuberantly pink, perfectly off-setting the dazzling whiteness of teeth, which are visibly rounded at the corners. Few people actually possess such model examples of perfect teeth, the shape alone created with the aid of shaped veneers or porcelain inlays bound to the tooth. Bonding is an extremely popular treatment for recreating the illusion of a healthy tooth-to-gum seal and rendering a smooth tooth surface, with the simple application of composite resin. It can subsequently be shaped, refined and polished to ‘blend in’ with other teeth. Dental contouring is a common follow-up treatment, effectively reshaping or rounding off other teeth to compliment a bonding treatment. The result is an extremely natural, yet almost symmetrical finish providing you opt for both upper and lower front tooth treatment.

Accelerated orthodontics refers to the speedy process of tooth realignment, with the aid of a night/invisi-brace or retainer. Invisalign is a phenomenally successful mode of orthodontic treatment, gradually evolving the alignment of teeth using a pre-cast model. In contrast to the braces of old, this method generally achieves a markedly improved look in 3-7 months (half of the time needed for fixed braces). Better still; the brace is pretty much invisible to the naked eye, making it an ideal solution for image conscious young adults.

Cosmetic dentistry is a viable option for those seeking to improve their “look”, however it must be stressed that few treatments yield results overnight. Laser and bleach whitening require a series of successive treatments (taking anywhere between 3-12 months) and even veneer application necessitates a degree of whitening treatment prior to fitting. With the right cosmetic dentist, a model smile is achievable – providing you have the patience to see it through.