In Northern Ireland, cosmetic dentistry has something for you

There’s a range of reasons why people seek out cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland. For some it’s a confidence boost – perhaps they feel a bit embarrassed about their wonky teeth and would like to feel more comfortable with showing their smile. For others it’s all about the special occasion – having a shining set of pearly whites for their wedding or a big job interview. Another group are those that want to age gracefully and keep looking youthful and vibrant for as long as possible.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Northern IrelandWhatever your reason, at Blue Sky Dentistry in Belfast, we have something to suit all needs. Our wide range of treatments can brighten, straighten, restore and lengthen your teeth, giving you a smile to feel proud of.

Here’s a brief overview of the cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland we offer:

Teeth whitening

You can either whiten at home or here in the dentist’s chair. Both produce excellent results, with differing timescales: around two weeks at home and about an hour at our clinic.

Cosmetic braces

Cosmetic braces are great for straightening up your smile and adjusting crooked, crowded, gapped and mildly rotated teeth. We offer many different options including: clear aligners, tooth-coloured braces and the Inman Aligner, which can work in a matter of weeks.

Veneers

A veneer is a thin porcelain sheath that is bonded to the front of the tooth like a false nail. The difference is that it lasts up to 10 years. Great for covering up chipped, cracked, stained and mildly gapped teeth.

Restorations

This includes crowns, bridges and white fillings – all ways to repair and restore your teeth, in a natural as looking way as possible. We will design restorations that blend in with the shape, size and colour of your existing set.

Dentures

If you have a whole arch or a full set of teeth missing, dentures are a quick and affordable option. Although you may have heard horror stories about dentures that fall out, look unnatural or affect speech, modern dentures have addressed many of these issues and are a much better fit than those of previous generations.

Gum contouring

This is where we use a laser to reduce the gum line and show off more of your tooth.

Don’t despair – you can have dental implants in Belfast

Have you lost a tooth or two and been told by your dentist that you can’t have dental implants in Belfast? While it is true that certain conditions need to be met to place implants, here at Blue Sky Dentistry we offer tissue regeneration methods that are helping more and more patients to take advantage of these stable and long-lasting tooth restorations.

Dental Implants in BelfastBone grafts and sinus lifts

Implants need a strong jawbone, otherwise they can fail to properly attach. If you lost your tooth a while ago, have diabetes, osteoporosis or are a long-term smoker, chances are that you will have diminished bone density. If this is the case, our oral surgeons can examine you to see if it’s possible to build up the bone tissue with a bone graft or sinus lift.

A sinus lift builds up the bone in the upper jaw by adding bone cells taken from elsewhere in the body. These are added to the space between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses.

A bone graft adds tissue to the lower jaw, using either another of your own bones, the hip or shinbone for example, or animal or synthetic sources.

In both cases, several months are needed for the new bone to take and stabilise before your dental implants in Belfast can be fitted.

Soft tissue grafting

While jawbone density is vital for placing dental implants in Belfast, so is healthy gum tissue. This ensures the stability and long-term health of the implant, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing. At the same time as a bone graft, our implant dentist can take tissue from the roof or your mouth or use a synthetic material to build-up gum issue around the implant site.

Regenerations with protein rich in growth factors

This additional treatment can help you heal more quickly from grafting procedures. This is especially useful if you are diabetic, a smoker or have an impaired immune system. It also improves the osseointegration process of dental implants in Belfast bonding with the bone after implant surgery.

Our dental surgeons can add in this growth factor-rich plasma treatment to help you to heal faster and reduce post-surgical pain.

The truth about teeth whitening in Belfast

Why might you want to have treatment for teeth whitening in Belfast? Cosmetic procedures of all kinds are often dismissed as sheer vanity yet caring about how we look and how we appear to others is a very natural human feeling.

Taking care of our appearance is an important part of self-care. We’ve all seen people who’ve taken it to extremes – celebrities on the bad end of too much Botox for example. But a healthy interest in looking your best is an essential component of high self-esteem.

Teeth Whitening in BelfastAnd if we have high self-esteem, then relationships with others become easier. Humans are social animals and we take in millions of non-verbal cues each second when we’re in conversation with someone, all of which build up to a picture of who we think they are. If you feel good in yourself and so you radiate a genuine smile, the other person will, without thinking, be more well disposed towards you, more likely to trust you, and more likely to want to help you.

In what kind of situations might any of this be an advantage? A wedding, a big job interview, a first date, or even just hanging out with family and friends, having the confidence to fully relax and be yourself.

So, when you scratch the surface, there’s a lot going on in having a procedure such as teeth whitening in Belfast. Here at Blue Sky Dentistry we make it as simple and easy as possible for you brighten up your smile and give your confidence a boost.

We offer two whitening methods:

At-home teeth whitening in Belfast

First you come in to be measured for your custom-made whitening trays. These are specially designed to fit snugly to your teeth so no whitening gel leaks onto your gums.

Then we give you whitening gel to place in the trays every day, for a few hours a day, for around two weeks.

In-clinic teeth whitening in Belfast

If you want to get things done faster, come in and get shades whiter in around an hour. Our cosmetic dentist will cover your gums and lips with a shield then apply high concentration gel to your teeth. This is activated with a special light.

Work that smile

As you go through your day, do you notice how a lovely warm smile from a stranger, maybe someone in a shop, can transform your mood? You can just tell it’s a genuine smile, and it was smiled at you and somehow that can make a really big difference to how you feel about life? Are you that smiler? Or are you offering people a tight-lipped semi-smile because you are ashamed of your teeth?

We can help you change that with cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland. At Blue Sky Dentistry, here in Belfast, we have won awards for our skill in transforming how people’s smiles look.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Northern IrelandWith cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland, it doesn’t have to be a huge makeover. It could be just one thing that is getting you down.

Veneers and cosmetic bonding

If you have just one tooth that is causing you a bit of heartache, we can often sort it out by giving it a new front with a veneer or cosmetic bonding. Veneers are tiny sheaths of porcelain that we cement onto the front of your teeth. They are great for covering imperfections such as chips, cracks, worn edges, stains that won’t budge, making teeth looking larger and even hiding twists and leans. Cosmetic bonding does the same job, but we use white ceramic paste that we sculpt into place over your teeth.

Cosmetic braces

These are great if more than one tooth is out of alignment. Our selection of braces are designed to be as discreet as possible, so that you can go through your day without attracting stares.

Gum contouring

If you show too much gum when you smile, we can even out the ratio between teeth and gums with laser contouring. Lasers seal as they cut away excess gum tissue, so there is very little blood.

White fillings

Replacing the dark glint of amalgam filling with white fillings can make a huge difference to the look of your smile, especially when you laugh.

We also offer more treatments with cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland, and a digital smile design service. Come in and find out what works for you.

Teeth for the third age

There are certain things that people do to avoid looking their age that can, in fact, age them more than they realise. One is dying their hair to the colour it would have been when they were young. Still dressing like a teenager even though you’re 60 is another. And another one is having teeth that are too white, too even, too perfect. All these create a jarring incongruence that gives the game away and make you look older, not younger. The trick is to find ways that speak of health rather than unlikely youth, but in the end, being healthy is what keeps us young.

Dental-Implants-in-Northern-IrelandSo, if you have lost teeth in your later years, you are better off getting teeth that work really well, allowing you to continue to eat a varied and nutritious diet, and help protect the integrity of your jawbone, with crowns that look like the crowns of a really healthy person of a certain age. These are clean, maybe a bit worn round the ages, and not too gleaming white. As we age, our teeth tend to lose their enamel through brushing and the yellow dentin below shows through.

At Blue Sky Dentistry, we think the best method for replacing teeth is with dental implants in Northern Ireland. Let’s look at why:

Chewing power

When you choose dental implants are in Northern Ireland, you are opting for the replacement method that offers you the most stability when you chew. Dental implants are firmly anchored into the jawbone. We embed them into carefully placed channels, where, over the next couple of months, the bone will grow around them to hold them securely in place. Once this has happened, your dental implants will be stable enough for you to eat all those really healthy raw foods such as apples, celery and nuts, as well as chewy meats.

Custom-made crowns

The crowns that we put on dental implants in Northern Ireland are custom-made to look like teeth appropriate in size, shape and colour for your mouth. We can even recreate your natural teeth by copying photographs and, if you have them, moulds of your teeth from dental impressions.

Give the right message

When you smile you give out a message, especially to those who are meeting you for the first time. Human beings are hard-wired to smile hello as a way of telling others that we are friendly and we are not going to attack them. When we meet others, we are subconsciously on alert for things about them that could be dangerous to us. Are they healthy? Are they diseased? And that smile tells them about our health as well as how friendly we are. So, if you want to convey a good subconscious message to others as you go through your day, take notice of your teeth, because others certainly will.

Teeth Whitening in BelfastHere at Blue Sky Dentistry, we think one of the quickest and easiest ways to take care of your smile is with teeth whitening in Belfast. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can transform how you look in as little as an hour, or you can take a bit longer with your teeth whitening in Belfast and save a bit of money at the same time.

In-clinic whitening

This is one dental treatment that you can have done in your lunch hour, as long as you don’t mind not actually eating. You lie back in the dentist’s chair and we protect your gums and lips with a plastic barrier before painting your teeth with whitening gel. The active ingredient in the gel, hydrogen peroxide, kicks into action when we shine a UV lamp onto the teeth. Depending on the severity of staining on your teeth, you can walk out the door in an hour with teeth a few shades lighter.

At-home teeth whitening in Belfast

For this we give you a kit that contains a less concentrated form of the whitening gel and a set of bespoke gel trays. We make these for your teeth from impressions that we take. At home, you fill the trays with the gel and then wear them over your teeth for a short period every day. The weaker gel gradually whitens your teeth over a 2-3 week period. Once again, how long it takes depends on how white you want your teeth to be and how badly stained they were to begin in.

That Mona Lisa smile

It’s interesting that the most talked about painting in the world is one that features a smile. It’s not water lilies, or sunflowers, or starry nights, although those are all world famous too. But the Mona Lisa is a picture of a face looking out at the viewer, smiling.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BelfastHuman beings are hard-wired to respond to smiles and to look for eyes, which is why you nearly always see faces on magazine covers. In fact, we respond best to great big crinkly-eyed grins that tell us that without doubt, this is an ally we have encountered. But Mona Lisa? With that closed-mouth, enigmatic smile, and no crinkles, no one can be sure. And, as we are hard-wired to need to know, to this day people debate that smile. Why is she smiling like that?

Well, maybe because she’s a grown woman and the year is about 1504 and as dentistry 514 years ago was pretty crap, here at Blue Sky Dentistry, we’re willing to bet her teeth weren’t all good and she didn’t want them painted. We’re also willing to bet that if Mona Lisa had had access to cosmetic dentistry in Belfast (or Florence in her case) she would have taken advantage of it.

Fortunately, you don’t live in 16th century Italy and you can have cosmetic dentistry in Belfast if your enigmatic smile is getting you down. Here at Blue Sky Dentistry, we have lots of expertise with cosmetic dentistry, which is an art as much as it is a range of dental treatments.

We know how to put together a great smile so that the teeth are in proportion to your face, and your gums and each other, and are the right colour to appear natural, but healthy and glowing with youth.

We can offer you single treatments to correct problems you have been living unhappily with, or we can give you a complete smile makeover. This is a combination of treatments that we put together as a package to transform your Mona Lisa smile.

The best way to find out what cosmetic dentistry in Belfast can do for you is to come in for a consultation. We look forward to seeing you.

Another way to help you get dental implants in Belfast

It’s pretty much accepted now that if you want replacement teeth that allow you to eat and speak just like you did when your natural teeth were all there, then you need to get dental implants in Belfast.

However, the big sticking point for people who want dental implants in Belfast has always been the condition of the jawbone. If you have been without teeth for a while or are diabetic, chances are that your jawbone is either already not in great condition, or it may not be able to heal well enough around the implants. This healing around the implant is vital to their success. The bone needs to integrate with the implant so that it can withstand the powerful multi-directional forces created by chewing. The average male can chew at around 97kg or 200lbs; that’s a lot of force.

Dental Implants in BelfastDentists have been trying to find ways to get around the jawbone issue, and have come up with some pretty good techniques, which we put to good use here at Blue Sky Dentistry.

Bone grafts

We put your own, or bovine, or synthetic bone material into your jawbone and leave it to integrate with the existing bone and so kick start a process of renewal. This treatment adds quite a few weeks onto your implant journey.

Sinus lifts

When the jawbone deteriorates, the sinus cavities at the back of the upper jaw get bigger. We go into the sinus cavity, lift up the sinus membrane and pack bone material underneath it. This also adds time to your treatment journey.

Zygomatic implants

We use extra-long dental implants in your upper jaw to go through it and anchor the implants into the dense cheekbone above.

PGRF

Plasma rich in growth factors is a kind of regenerative treatment that allows the body to heal more quickly. We take a small amount of your blood before the treatment begins, and put it in a centrifuge, which spins the blood to draw out particular proteins from it. We apply these proteins to the implant area to speed up the regeneration of tissue. It can be used on anyone, but may be of particular benefit to diabetics, for whom healing can be very slow.

Taking care of your whites

You know how with your laundry, the whites just seem to lose their brightness over time, even though you are super careful to wash whites with whites? Well, it’s kind of like that with teeth too. The gleam of youthful teeth dulls over time as traces of the highly-pigmented foods and drinks that we consume get absorbed into the hard covering of our teeth. Enamel is porous you see, and over time, the tannins from tea and red wine and the pigment from berries soak into the surface of the teeth and cannot be brushed away, even by the hygienist.

Teeth Whitening in Northern IrelandThis is why teeth whitening in Northern Ireland is so popular.  This cosmetic dentistry treatment gently lifts out surface stains from food, drink and even tobacco, returning the light reflecting qualities that teeth naturally have.

At Blue Sky Dentistry, we have two different ways for you to benefit from teeth whitening in Northern Ireland. We can carry out the treatment for you in our clinic in Belfast, or you can do it yourself at home with one of our take-home kits. Each way has its own advantages. Take a look below to work out which would suit you best:

Whitening in the clinic

It takes us about an hour to whiten your teeth while you lie back and relax in the dentist’s chair. We start by protecting your lips and gums with a plastic barrier. Then we paint your teeth with a gel containing the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide. This tried and trusted whitener works by gently lifting staining particles out of your tooth enamel. We can whiten your teeth to a shade chosen by you from a chart.

Whitening at home

To do your own teeth whitening in Northern Ireland, you need a pair of gel trays that have been made by us to exactly fit your teeth. So, you need to come in for us to take impressions from which to make them. Then, come back a few days later to pick up your kit of trays and a less concentrated whitening gel. It will take about two weeks of wearing the trays for a short time each day to reach your desired shade.

Is cosmetic dentistry in Belfast safe?

Nowadays, cosmetic dental treatments are constantly growing in popularity and are more accessible than ever. Whether you wish to improve the colour of your teeth or conceal any dental imperfections, cosmetic dentistry is here to help.

At Blue Sky Dentistry, we practise safe and effective cosmetic dentistry in Belfast. We are committed to providing the best service possible and we are particularly concerned about the safety of our patients and our staff. Our practice complies with all the strict guidelines set by the General Dental Council.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BelfastSafety first

A pleasant dental experience is a safe one. At Blue Sky Dentistry we treat many people on daily basis and we cannot risk their safety and wellbeing. For this reason, we use the latest equipment and we constantly review and update our techniques. All of our instruments are either single-used or are thoroughly sterilised after every single use. Once they are sterilised, they are placed in special, plastic bags which are thoroughly sealed. Last but not least, to prevent any medication from entering into your eyes, we provide each patient with safety glasses.

High-quality materials

At Blue Sky Dentistry, we pride ourselves on using high-quality materials for your cosmetic treatments. Veneers are made of porcelain, which is colour-coded to match the rest of your natural teeth. Our dental implants are strong, sturdy and can be customised to fit a single crown, bridges or dentures. Teeth whitening is a safe and quick procedure that is carried out with high-quality bleaching gel which is carefully regulated by a dentist. White fillings protect the teeth without the need to remove much of the tooth enamel and cosmetic dentures are lightweight and comfortable.

Keeping up to date

Our dental practice regularly undergoes assessments by inspectors to ensure that our safety standards are thoroughly maintained. Moreover, our dentists are dental staff are constantly seeking new training opportunities to offer the most updated treatments available. If you want to have cosmetic dentistry in Belfast but you have health and safety concerns, get in touch and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. Call into the surgery, email or call us today.