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The Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Cosmetic dentistry was once considered something that only the rich and famous could afford and access. However, modern dentistry and affordable payment plans now mean that cosmetic dentistry treatments are accessible to anyone.

If you dislike the way your teeth look or are looking to have a perfect smile to show off, then cosmetic dentistry treatments could certainly be the answer to your prayers. Cosmetic dental treatments can resolve virtually any issue or flaw with your teeth, which is why it’s a perfect option for any patient looking to transform their smile or even repair minor flaws.

As a cosmetic dentist in Essex, we have a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments available which are popular with our patients. If you’re contemplating having cosmetic dentistry treatments, here are just a few of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that you might like to consider…

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are known as the treatment for the perfect Hollywood smile. They completely change the shape, size and look of the teeth, creating a rejuvenated and youthful look that many of us desire. 

Veneers can resolve issues with teeth that are chipped, discoloured, misshapen, overcrowded or gappy, with a quick treatment that can leave you with long-lasting results for many years to come.

The main advantage of having veneers is that it creates exceptional results and completely transforms the smile. Contrary to popular belief, veneers also require minimal preparation, conserving the maximum amount of natural teeth underneath. 

Our skilled dentists will work closely with you over around 5 appointments to ensure your veneers give you the dream smile you have always wanted.

We also recommend reading our porcelain veneers VS composite veneers comparison to find out which type of veneer is best for you.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is another popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that can enhance your smile in as little as an hour. 

With cosmetic bonding, the dental resin is skillfully moulded and placed on your teeth to improve their shape, before being set to your natural teeth.

Cosmetic bonding is the ideal treatment to transform your smile and boost your confidence.

It is perfect if you suffer from gaps, cracks, stains, misshapen teeth, short/long teeth, or even a damaged root through gum issues.

While cosmetic bonding is not designed to be as durable as veneers, it is still an excellent option for a special occasion like a wedding and where you want to get your smile on point quickly and very affordably.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is, by far, the easiest and most affordable way to refresh your smile and can make a fantastic difference.

As teeth can naturally stain due to lifestyle choices, medication, illness and general ageing, having a teeth whitening treatment can reverse this and give you the appearance of clean, white teeth.

Teeth whitening is one of our most popular treatments because it provides such incredible results in such a short space of time. Our in-house teeth whitening treatment only takes an hour to transform the colour of the teeth, while our at-home teeth whitening treatment only takes two weeks (depending on your desired outcome). 

Both of our teeth whitening treatments are effective at making the teeth several shades lighter, instantly uplifting and rejuvenating the smile for an improved smile image, and hopefully, improved confidence too!

Dental Implants

For many patients, tooth loss can be a huge confidence drain and can lead to some patients even hiding their smiles by covering their mouths. Fortunately, dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth and other dental problems. The process of dental implants involves inserting a titanium screw that is placed within the jawbone.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, which make them an ideal solution if you’re looking for something natural. They heal and integrate with the jawbone three to six months after being fitted. When looked after with complete care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

We also use the most advanced equipment to ensure we give you perfect results, with the option of sedation for optimum comfort.

The only thing to consider with dental implants is that your teeth and gums will need to be healthy. We’ll also need to check the bone quality and anatomical structure of your mouth is suitable for dental implants through an x-ray to plan your treatment.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Essex

If you are looking to improve your smile and are still unsure of which cosmetic dentistry treatment is suitable for you, we would be more than happy to see you during a free consultation to provide you with guidance and as much information as possible.

Based in Essex, our clinic has been here for over 50 years and continues to offer exceptional oral health services to patients of all ages. We strongly believe patients should only ever be given a five-star service, which is why we only use the most innovative and modern dental treatments, technology and techniques.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Achieve Your Best Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Achieving that perfect smile plays a significant role in having that all-important confidence that we all desire. Thanks to continuous improvements and advancements in technology, achieving the ‘perfect smile’ is now easier than ever before. You can even enhance your smile with only minimal treatment. 

Cosmetic dental procedures can leave us with an improved sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. Having a great smile also makes you look and feel better.

It’s important to understand that cosmetic dentistry doesn’t just approve the appearance of your smile, but it also protects you against dental problems in the future. With a combination of cosmetic dentistry, regular dental checkups and great oral hygiene, you’ll have improved overall oral health in no time.

With our painless dental treatments, you are now able to achieve your best smile with our same-day makeover procedures. In this guide, we explain the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer at Perfect Smile Spa.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium screws which are placed within the jawbone. A post is then secured to the dental implant and either a crown, bridge or denture can be fixed to this.

The main benefits of having dental implants are to restore your ability to chew, whilst they are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They can benefit your oral health by preventing damage to the gums and bone and are very long-lasting. They are strong and even look and feel like your own teeth. 

Cosmetic Veneers

Cosmetic veneers are often used to repair teeth that are chipped, discoloured, misshapen, overcrowded, or gappy. Made from either composite or porcelain, veneers are a tooth-shaped shell which is placed over the natural tooth to change the shape, size and shade of the tooth to transform your smile.

The main advantage of cosmetic veneers is the exceptional transformation that they give to a smile. The procedure only takes around five appointments (following a free consultation) and they can last you for many years to come, with good maintenance and care.

With over 24 years of experience in fitting cosmetic veneers, our veneer treatments are completely pain-free.

Cosmetic Bonding

If you’re considering cosmetic veneers but would prefer a more affordable and quicker alternative, cosmetic bonding may be the next best option. 

Cosmetic bonding repairs tooth decay, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, gaps and enhances the appearance of the tooth if they have become stained or discoloured, or if your teeth appear short or small in appearance. The procedure can also protect the root of your tooth if it has been exposed to gum problems.

Combining skilled dental work and high-quality materials, cosmetic bonding works wonders on aesthetic dental problems by completely transforming your smile.

Cosmetic Dentures

Cosmetic dentures are an excellent option if you are missing teeth. Whilst many have the assumption that dentures do not appear natural and they tend to fall out very easily, we only use the latest techniques and materials to ensure that all of our cosmetic denture procedures provide you with secure, comfortable and natural dentures.

Many people who wear standard dentures suffer from a bad fit, which can leave their lips and face feeling sunken. This can often give you an ‘aged’ appearance.

With Perfect Smile Spa, you’ll have premium cosmetic dentures which can provide you with exceptional fit, the perfect bite, excellent finish, a complete smile transformation and of course, a boost in confidence.

Teeth Whitening

Our teeth can easily stain from basic lifestyle choices, such as drinking coffee, smoking, medication, illnesses and through general ageing.

The easiest way to refresh your smile is with teeth whitening procedures that can effectively brighten the teeth, enhance your smile and give you a new lease of life. 

The best news yet? Teeth whitening can make a tremendous difference in just one treatment and is quick and effective. In some cases, we have seen teeth whiten as much as 20 shades brighter, although this does vary from person to person.

Tooth Replacement

Tooth loss can mean that you have problems with chewing food, your speech, crooked teeth, pain in the jawbone, tooth decay and gum disease, and a change in your smile aesthetics that can leave some patients feeling less than confident.

If you are suffering from tooth loss, you can benefit from teeth replacement. Whether it’s a single tooth or multiple teeth, our procedures can restore your smile whilst keeping treatment as affordable as possible.

We also offer a revolutionary ‘same-day’ treatment that means you can have multiple tooth replacement implants in just one day, delivered by our skilled specialists. This means that you can have your teeth restored in just a few hours!

Gum Lift

Just like the teeth, our gums require special care and attention. The gums and teeth are closely linked together and hold your teeth in place. Receding gums occur when the roots of the teeth are exposed after the gum tissue has degraded.

A low or uneven gum line can make you feel self-conscious, which is why many patients come to us for our pain-free gum lift procedure. We correct the height and level of the gums to create a more balanced smile, using advanced machinery which allows us to reshape the gums.

Get Your Perfect Smile

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile.

We pride ourselves by giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

What if I don’t have enough bone for a dental implant?

Why it happens
If you lose a tooth, the bone in that area will gradually start to shrink, while the other stay intact. There are many reasons why people loose teeth. It can be caused by some of the following:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Dental caries (cavities) and infection
  • Injury or trauma
  • A defect in development

Dental implants can be very useful when:

  • we would otherwise have to crown (cap) healthy teeth
  • A denture or bridge would be difficult or sometimes impossible because there are no suitable teeth or gums for support.

Continue reading What if I don’t have enough bone for a dental implant?

Did You Know You Can Wear Down Your Teeth?

One of the most common causes of teeth reducing in size or chipping can be due to tooth wear. Prevention is very important to avoid it, unless it has already occurred, then treatments may be required. Tooth wear basically means where the protective layers of your teeth have slowly been destroyed, this can be due to a few factors, such as trauma, or from some acidic drinks and foods, or even grinding your teeth.

Tooth wear can happen at any age, but mainly in adults, recent research found that males had a higher chance of forming tooth wear than females.
Continue reading Did You Know You Can Wear Down Your Teeth?

Are False Teeth as Bad as People Think?


It is very often said that false teeth are no good; they look bad, are loose and are for the      ‘very old’. Is this really the case?

The answer is a big NO. It all depends on the dentist, the technician and the patient. High quality natural looking dentures can be made comfortable for you and indeed are  very often a treatment of choice at at Perfect Smile Spa. Continue reading Are False Teeth as Bad as People Think?

Common Myths of Shaving Teeth Before Veneers

Possibly the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, veneers have given tens of millions of people the smile they want in just a few visits. However, many patients who visit us believe that it’s normal to have teeth shaved before veneers, which isn’t true!

Traditionally, teeth had to be prepared to accommodate veneers, but over the recent years, technology and materials have advanced making it possible (in some cases) not to prepare your teeth. Fortunately, this means less invasive procedures to achieve that perfect smile. 

With that being said, we often see many patients for emergency dental treatment after they have visited a dental clinic elsewhere to have their teeth shaved down by another clinic. This has become a growing trend, with more and more Brits heading over to different countries to have this treatment carried out very cheaply. 

Unfortunately, we do strongly advise against travelling abroad to get veneers in Turkey or any other countries outside of the UK who offer this service for a fraction of the usual cost. It goes without saying, treatment to reverse damage caused by poorly fitted veneers and shaved teeth can be more costly than having the veneers fitted by a professional dentist.

In this article, we discuss the different options available today such as no-preparation veneers, composite veneers, Lumineers and porcelain veneers. 

Composite Veneers

What is a composite veneer? A composite veneer is made of a composite resin filling material. It is placed over the entire front surface of the tooth to improve its aesthetic appearance and changes the tooth height, shape and shade.

Composite veneers are great at improving many dental problems, including:

  • Chipped teeth – can be fixed with composite veneers
  • Misshapen teeth – composite veneers can improve the shape of your teeth and hide ‘ugly’ teeth
  • Crowded teeth – If teeth are out of line or too close together, composite veneers are an alternative to orthodontics or braces.
  • Gappy teeth – composite veneers are great at closing gaps between teeth. Teeth proportions can be made perfect.

Advantages of Composite Veneers

Composite veneers require either no or minimal tooth preparation, hence you conserve as much tooth as possible. They are also a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. Only one appointment is needed if you decide to go ahead with composite veneers, making it the most practical option if you live a busier lifestyle.

Disadvantages of Composite Veneers

Due to the composite resin material, composite veneers are likely to stain easily especially if your diet consists of curry, red wine etc. Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers, so wear and tear is likely to occur.

How Long Do Composite Veneers Last?

The longevity of composite veneers depends on many factors; the type of composite material used (there is a big difference in the quality of different composite materials); the aftercare and habits (i.e. if you continued to drink a lot of fizzy drinks and grind your teeth then this would reduce their longevity). On average, Composite veneers can last between 2 – 5 years.

Cost of Composite Veneers

The cost of Composite veneers varies, so it is important to discuss this with the cosmetic dentist before starting treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

What is a porcelain veneer? A Porcelain veneer is a porcelain laminate custom made to bond to the front surface of a tooth. Porcelain veneers are sometimes compared to false nails as they are very thin cosmetic coverings.

Porcelain veneers are great at improving many dental problems, including:

  • Chipped teeth – can be fixed with porcelain veneers
  • Discoloured teeth – can be made brighter with porcelain veneers
  • Misshapen teeth – porcelain veneers can improve the shape of your teeth and hide ‘ugly’ teeth
  • Crowded teeth – if teeth are out of line or too close together, Porcelain veneers are an alternative to orthodontics or braces.
  • Gappy teeth – porcelain veneers are great at closing gaps between teeth. Teeth proportions can be made perfect.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers require minimal tooth preparation; hence you conserve as much tooth as possible. Porcelain veneers look very natural and most times much better than what was there before.

How Are Teeth Prepared for Porcelain Veneers?

Normally, between 0.5mm – 0.7mm of a tooth is adjusted to give room for the porcelain veneer to fit the tooth surface. Tooth preparation depends on how the teeth are originally positioned. Sometimes teeth need no preparation, and at other times may need more to correctly shape the teeth. 

After the preparation, a mould is taken and temporary veneers are made. You then return approximately two weeks later to have the porcelain veneers bonded to your tooth/teeth. Porcelain veneers usually take two visits to complete.

Cost of Porcelain Veneers

The cost of Porcelain veneers varies, so it is important to discuss this with the cosmetic dentist before starting treatment.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers can last you many years. This depends on your hygiene, diet and the health of your existing teeth. Also whether you clench or grind your teeth.

No-Preparation Veneers

What are no-preparation veneers? Also commonly referred to as ‘prepless’ veneers, no-preparation veneers are a more conservative cosmetic treatment which means you don’t have to be numbed up! It means you won’t have the numb feeling long after you leave the practice. 

During traditional veneer preparation, minimal tooth structure (enamel) is adjusted which in very rare cases can lead to temporary sensitivity. No-preparation veneers mean no tooth structure is removed reducing the risk of sensitivity making this treatment comfortable and even enjoyable! 

As the enamel is not adjusted, the bond between your existing teeth to the new veneers is incredibly strong due to the bonding materials and technique we use during the fitting.

No-preparation veneers are the perfect solution for nervous patients considering cosmetic dentistry. Injections and drilling are the usual fears our nervous patients have – so this quick and simple procedure is the perfect solution!


What are Lumineers? Lumineers are extremely thin veneers created by Cerinate. They will enhance your smile by covering gaps and improving the appearance of misshapen, stained or worn-down teeth. The treatment takes between two and three weeks and will leave you with a smile you are no longer ashamed to show. 

Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are created using a special patented material called Cerinate porcelain. While it is known for being very strong, Cerinate porcelain is also exceptionally thin – so thin, in fact, that Lumineers have been compared to contact lenses. 

The unique strength and size of Lumineers mean that, unlike other veneers, they can be used with very little or no tooth preparation, so you can improve your smile without tooth shaving or grinding.

How Can We Help?

After the consultation and examination with our cosmetic dentist, we will determine which veneers treatment is best suited to you. Once all options have been discussed, we can complete your composite veneers in a very short time.

Perfect Smile Spa based in Hornchurch Essex is a leading cosmetic dental practice and is dedicated to PAINLESS dentistry. Our cosmetic dentist has fitted thousands of veneers over the last 24 years.

Call us for a free consultation on 01708 442 114 or email

How to Keep Your Teeth Clean When Wearing Braces

Wearing Braces? Here are some tips on how to keep your teeth clean

Cleaning your teeth and maintaining oral hygiene is an easy part of your every day routine. However when you have a brace, particularly a fixed brace such as six month smiles, it can become more difficult. The good news is – There are ways to make it easier and less time consuming with some of our best tips. Continue reading How to Keep Your Teeth Clean When Wearing Braces

Seeing your DENTIST regularly could save your life! cancer is a tumour that appears on the surface of tongue, mouth, lips, cheeks, throat, and gums. These tumours also occur in the salivary glands, tonsils and pharynx. Annually about 7,000 cases of mouth cancers are diagnosed in the UK, up by 33% since 2000. Overall five year survival is 50% which hasn’t been improved in the past 40 years. Continue reading Seeing your DENTIST regularly could save your life!

Are you nervous of visiting the Dentist?

Many people have some kind of phobia about something they fear in life. For many people that fear is visiting the dentist. Usually it’s a bad experience visiting the Dentist early on in life that puts people off returning but there really is no need to feel scared any more. Things have changed since the old days. Techniques, materials and equipment have hugely improved making cosmetic and general dentistry painless. Continue reading Are you nervous of visiting the Dentist?

Dental Veneers – The Myth Explained

Dental Veneers are one of the most effective and popular cosmetic dentistry treatments as they can correct a vast array of problems.  Whether you have crooked, overlapping or even discoloured teeth then Dental Veneers can definitely help change your smile.  Dental Veneers are usually made from Porcelain although can be made from a composite material.   Continue reading Dental Veneers – The Myth Explained