What is cosmetic dentistry in Belfast?

At Blue Sky Dentistry, we offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments. We love to help our patients to enhance the natural beauty of their smile in Belfast.Cosmetic dentistry may not always help your physical health, but it’s far from superficial. Having a smile you feel proud of can be an enormous confidence boost, and change the way you feel about yourself.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Belfast

What’s on offer?

Our comprehensive series of treatments includes:

  • teeth whitening
  • cosmetic braces
  • veneers
  • crowns
  • bridges
  • white fillings
  • dentures
  • gum contouring and grafting.

And as well as giving your smile a lift, we can also freshen up your face with a facial aesthetics treatment. More of that later, now onto the cosmetic dentistry in Belfast.

Treatments overview

You can either have your teeth whitening treatment here at the surgery, or in the comfort of your own home. At the surgery, it’s very quick and you’ll be walking away with whiter teeth in an hour. That’s because we use a high concentration gel that can only be administered by a dentist. At home, the process takes a little longer, about 2 weeks, and we’ll give you custom-made whitening trays to make sure the gel doesn’t leak onto your gums.

Cosmetic braces can fix wonky, twisted, crooked and rotated teeth. We use well-known brands such as the Inman Aligner to offer quick and discreet results.

Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that fit over the front of the tooth like a false nail. They can cover up cracks, chips, stains and small gaps, and will last for around 10 years.

Crowns,bridges and dentures replace missing and broken teeth, giving your smile a uniform look. And white fillings can either be used to repair a tooth or you can replace your glinty mercury fillings with a more natural effect.

Gum contouring uses a laser to cut away excess gum tissue. This reveals more of your natural tooth. Gum grafting adds extra material where gums have receded.

Facial aesthetics

Once we’ve helped you to a brighter, straighter smile, why not house that smile in a younger-looking face? We offer dermal fillers, facial peels and a plasma facial to restore and rejuvenate the skin.

The many faces of dental implants in Northern Ireland

If you choose to have dental implants in Northern Ireland here at Blue Sky Dentistry, you can pick from a diverse range of options. Whether you have lost one tooth, a few in a row, two or three here and there, a whole arch or an entire set, we can help.

You can even stabilise your dentures with Click-Fit implants, so you no longer have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out when you eat or speak. And it doesn’t have to take multiple appointments to get your implants. Replacement teeth and dental implants can be fitted in a single visit with Teeth in a Day.

Dental Implants in Northern Ireland

What are the benefits?

There are many advantages to replacing your lost teeth with dental implants in Northern Ireland. They all stem from the fact that implants replace the root as well as the crown of the tooth, and that new root becomes integrated into the jawbone.

Implants are made from titanium, which is a miraculous metal. The body views it as natural tissue, which means that it grows blood vessels and bone around the implant. This secures it in place as strongly as a natural tooth root. So, having dental implants in Northern Ireland really is like getting your own teeth back.

This stability means that you can eat whatever you want again, even a chewy steak or a crunchy apple. You don’t have to take your teeth out to clean, as they are maintained in the same way as natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. And the implants are long-lasting: 15 years or more.

Dental implants in Northern Ireland also shore up the jawbone. When tooth roots are lost, the body resorbs the bone in this area because it believes it is no longer needed here. This causes the face to sag and neighbouring teeth can drift into the gap. Dental implants stimulate the jaw to grow new tissue and therefore help to maintain and restore the structure of the face.

Find out more

If you want to know more about how dental implants in Northern Ireland could help restore your smile, drop into our surgery today.Ask for Dr Rory McEnhill, our practice principal and implant dentist.

Be safe: see a professional

One of the services we love to offer our patients at Blue Sky Dentistry is a brighter smile. There are a few ways we do this. One of the most popular is teeth whitening. As cosmetic dentistry treatments have come down in price, and our desire to have a dazzling smile has gone up, teeth whitening in Northern Ireland is becoming more and more common.

Teeth Whitening in Northern Ireland

Unfortunately,as with any trend, there will be those that offer an inferior product to try and cash in on the wave of excitement. You must always consult a dentist before whitening your teeth. Although off-the-shelf kits may seem appealingly cheap, at best they may not work, at worst, you could damage your gums.

Why see a dentist for teeth whitening in Northern Ireland?

Not all stains can be removed with whitening. Some that are caused by medication or genetics are ingrained and aren’t affected by whitening gel. Ones that can be lifted include tea, coffee and cigarette stains and signs of ageing. Only a dentist will be able to tell you which stains are which.

Off-the-shelf kits can only, by law, contain a very low concentration of bleach, 0.1%. Gel used by a dentist has 6% active ingredient. It is also illegal for anyone other than a qualified dental professional to administer teeth whitening in Northern Ireland.

Over-the-counter kits also have one size fits all whitening trays. This puts your gums at risk.Without a proper fitting tray, whitening gel can leak onto your gums and burn them.

You can opt for whitening your teeth at home under the supervision of our cosmetic dentist, but you will receive a bespoke set of trays that fit your teeth snugly.

It’s also important to get a clean bill of health from your dentist before going ahead with teeth whitening in Northern Ireland because it isn’t suitable for those with gum disease, and crowns, dentures, fillings and veneers can’t be whitened.

Find out more

Call into our practice today and talk to our cosmetic dentist about teeth whitening in Northern Ireland. If you have a special occasion coming up such as a wedding, birthday party or graduation, it’s a great way to give your smile a boost.

Your smile: the accessory that’s always bang on trend

When it comes to eliciting feelings of warmth and generosity from other people, even the most expensive handbag probably won’t have that effect. Envy perhaps, but friendliness is unlikely. Your wonderful smile however, is pretty much guaranteed to make you new friends and connections, and in the long run, it’s that sense of connection to those around us, even the briefest of encounters with strangers, that make for feelings of lasting happiness.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Northern IrelandSo, this season, forget upgrading your wardrobe with the latest bold block colours that will be so last season so soon, and go for the fashion statement that is never out of fashion.

Bring your smile along to us at Blue Sky Dentistry and find out how we can bring it bang up to date with cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland.

Just as you would not take your hair to any old cutter, so it should be with your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland is to be taken very seriously. These are changes that could last a lifetime, and also changes that people notice. Everyone looks at everyone’s teeth, so make yours look wonderful by getting your cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland done with dentists who really know what they are doing. Cosmetic dentistry is as much about having an eye for what is aesthetically pleasing as it is about being able to deliver excellent treatment results.

Take our cosmetic dentists here at Blue Sky Dentistry. Dr Rory McEnhill has been nominated and highly commended for his cosmetic dental work. Dr Joe McEnhill won Best Young Dentist in Northern Ireland in 2011.

As a team, our dentists like to keep up with all the latest treatments and offer a wide variety that singly or combined can upgrade your smile to one you won’t ever want to hide.

We have treatments to change the size, shape, colour and positioning of your teeth. We can also treat your gums to reduce the amount of tissue on show, or rebuild them after gum disease.

To find out more about how our cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland can change your smile for the better, book a consultation today.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

You may think that losing the odd tooth or several is no big deal, but tooth loss can be the start of a downward spiral if you don’t act quickly to plug the gap.

You may also think that replacing your teeth with either dentures or fixed bridgework will be enough to keep your smile strong and healthy, but this isn’t true either.

Dental Implants in BelfastWhen you think of the process of eating, you will see that there is so much more than just your teeth involved. Teeth can’t chew if there aren’t jaws to move them up and down. Teeth and jaws are part of a team, and when you lose one (your teeth), you start to lose the other. Your jawbone actively starts to resorb itself in any areas where there are no longer any tooth roots, and the result is bone that is less dense, and smaller. Think of people with no teeth. They have little jaws with strangely pointed chins and cheeks that seem to fall into themselves. This is jawbone resorption, coming to an empty socket near you soon.

What can you do to hang onto your jawbone?

Unfortunately, neither dentures nor fixed bridgework can help you hang onto your chiselled jaw. Only dental implants in Belfast can aid you, because only dental implants in Belfast replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

Having an artificial root in the jawbone convinces the bone cells to keep renewing themselves, as once again they receive the vibrations from upper and lower teeth coming together hundreds of times a day.

Why doesn’t everyone have dental implants in Belfast?

The reason people still have dentures or fixed bridgework is often because their jawbone is no longer strong enough to support dental implants. This may be because they have left the jaw for too long with no roots in. Or they may be a smoker, or a diabetic. There are ways round most of the problems these issues create so if you fall into one of these categories, it is best to come into Blue Sky Dentistry for a consultation before deciding to opt for one of the less effective alternatives.

Do your teeth make you look older?

You may spend a lot of time worrying about your wrinkles, your thinning hair and your thickening waistline but what about inside your mouth? How old do you think your teeth make you look?

teeth-whitening-in-belfastTeeth age along with our faces and bodies. They lose their gleam and look yellower as the enamel thins. They collect traces of pigment from drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine, and also berries and highly pigmented foods, in the pores of the enamel. And of course, there’s nothing like tobacco for discolouring the teeth. Teeth also get flatter edges and show more root as you age. So, if you have already done all you want to make the rest of your body look younger, then it’s time to knock a few years off your age with simple teeth whitening in Belfast with us at Blue Sky Dentistry.

Teeth whitening in Belfast is one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments because you don’t have to have anything done to the shape or position of your teeth. You can even carry out the treatment yourself at home with one of our bespoke whitening kits.

How does teeth whitening work?

The active ingredient in any teeth whitening kit is hydrogen peroxide. You may have heard of it. It’s been around for a couple of hundred years, used both as a whitener and as a disinfectant.

Hydrogen peroxide is a simple chemical, just a water molecule with one extra oxygen atom. When it is held in a gel against the teeth, it works to lift those particles of pigment out of the pores in your tooth enamel.

You may have heard that getting teeth whitening in Belfast can be done in an hour at the dental clinic, or at home in a daily whitening process taking 2-3 weeks to complete.

It’s a big disparity in time and the reason for this is that at Blue Sky Dentistry clinic, whitening is carried out by a dental professional so we are legally allowed to use a stronger concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the gel, while also protecting your lips and gums with a plastic barrier.

With the at-home treatment, the solution is weaker and the process takes longer.

No need to suffer those imperfections

Grin and bear it. It may seem like a good idea in some circumstances, but as far as putting up with teeth that look a bit rubbish because they are damaged in some way, or came through a bit wonky, there really is no need. And, actually, what tends to happen is that you feel too self-conscious about your teeth to grin and bear them and either cover your smile with a hand, do all your smiling through pursed lips, or stop smiling altogether.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Northern IrelandWhy do that when you could so easily put imperfections right with cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland? It really is a much better idea. Some people think that spending money on cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland is pure self-indulgence and vanity, but in fact, certain treatments can extend the life of your teeth. Others just help you to smile more freely, and being able to smile greatly affects your emotional and social wellbeing. If you smile with a big grin, others respond to it with warmth and friendliness. And so does your body, releasing doses of serotonin and other happiness chemicals. You feel great and so does everyone around you. You are in fact doing the world a service when you smile and Lord knows, we need as much of that as we can get right now.

So, what do you need fixing? Here at Blue Sky Dentistry, our award-winning cosmetic dentists can sort out whatever problems you have. They can do cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland on an ad hoc basis, or they can combine a whole raft of treatments into a package called a smile makeover.

Teeth whitening

The world’s most popular cosmetic dental treatment. It can give your smile a boost in just one hour in the clinic, or in about 2 weeks at home.

Veneers and composite bonding

Cover up all those dings, cracks, slight twists, and gaps between teeth, with dental porcelain sheaths or by having white composite sculpted over your teeth. These 2 treatments really transform dodgy teeth.

Gums too

Maybe you have too much gum. We can remove excess gum tissue with a laser, evening out the ratio between gum and tooth.

Perhaps you can have dental implants in Northern Ireland after all

If you have been to a dentist because you want to have dental implants in Northern Ireland, but were told you could not have them because you would not be able to heal well enough to sustain them, then it might well be worth coming for another consultation with us at Blue Sky Dentistry.

Dental Implants in Northern IrelandThe main barrier to having dental implants in Northern Ireland is that the jawbone will not be able to grow enough new tissue on the implant to hold it securely in place while you are biting and chewing. Chewing generates powerful forces, and well healed dental implants can cope with forces of more than 97kg or 200lb, which is more than the average male chew. But if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled diabetes, your ability to produce these cells, as well as for the gums to heal quickly, is compromised.

However, here at Blue Sky Dentistry, we use something called Plasma Rich in Growth Factor (PRGF) to help speed up healing.

What is PRGF?

To make PRGF, we take some of your blood and then spin it in a centrifuge to make a more concentrated plasma. We then apply to this to the channel we create in the jawbone when we put in your dental implants so that it will stimulate the regeneration of the bone.

Bone grafts and sinus lifts

If you have left it a while since you lost your teeth before coming for dental implants in Northern Ireland, you may have been told by your dentist that it is too late and your jawbone is not in good enough condition to have implants. We can, however, improve the strength and density of your jawbone with bone grafts and sinus lifts. We take bone from elsewhere in your body, or from a synthetic source, and put it into the site where the dental implant will go. If you have enlarged sinus cavities at the back of your upper jaw, we can put extra bone tissue into them. In both cases, you will need to wait a good few weeks for the bone material to take before we can proceed to implant surgery.

Enjoy smiling in the mirror again

Are you one of those people who smiles at themselves in the mirror? Just after you’ve finished brushing your teeth or doing your face? Or have you given up because the teeth that smile back at you look pretty grim? If you’re not smiling at yourself in the mirror, chances are you’re not smiling at anyone else either and that’s a shame because smiling makes you feel good and them feel good. It’s a service to the world.

Teeth Whitening in Northern IrelandGet your smile back on track with teeth whitening in Northern Ireland with us at Blue Sky Dentistry. We love giving people back their smiles and teeth whitening in Northern Ireland is one of the easiest ways to do it. There’s no invasive restructuring of the teeth, just a gentle session with some gel, either here at our clinic or at home with one of our DIY kits.

Either way, we recommend a good scale and polish first so the whitening gel is not obstructed by plaque or tartar.

In the clinic

You choose the shade of white you want to achieve first. Then we use plastic barriers to protect your lips and gums, before painting whitening gel onto your teeth. We active the gel with a UV light and it takes about an hour to whiten to the shade you desire. All you have to do is chill out during that time.

Do it yourself

We take impressions of your teeth and use them to make you a set of moulds that fit you exactly. You take them home with a gel that is less concentrated than the one we use in the clinic. You put the gel in the trays and put them on over your teeth for a short period each day. It will take about 2 weeks to lighten your teeth, depending on how stained they were to begin with.

Sadly, teeth whitening in Northern Ireland is not permanent. You can make the results last longer by avoiding red wine, tea, coffee, red berries and very richly coloured foods. If you do the at-home treatment, you can buy more gel and give yourself a top-up treatment whenever you feel you need it.

Valeting for your teeth

Your car gets a bit bashed up and you take it to the body shop and spend a small fortune getting the paintwork made perfect, the panels beaten out, the chips in the windscreen fixed. One day, you will replace it with another car that will be even better. Your teeth get more use than your car, they get dinged and chipped and worn and discoloured and you do nothing about it. Nothing can ever replace a real tooth as well. This is the best you will ever get. Why not make it look fabulous again with cosmetic dentistry in Belfast?

Cosmetic Dentistry in BelfastDings and chips

Dings, chips, cracks, gaps, slight twists: all of these can be rectified with veneers or cosmetic bonding. These are 2 ways to cover over damage and imperfections on your teeth. Veneers are custom-made, porcelain covers that are bonded onto the enamel of your teeth. They are coloured to your requirements and last for at least 10 years. Cosmetic bonding is sculpted onto your teeth using the composite material developed for white fillings. It’s great for biting teeth at the front of the mouth, and is also long-lasting.

Dodgy paintwork

When your teeth have become all dull and discoloured, a bit like the paintwork fading on your car, you can get them brightened up again with teeth whitening. This is the most popular treatment with cosmetic dentistry in Belfast. We use a gel containing hydrogen peroxide to gently lift out the traces of red wine, coffee, tea, tobacco and other pigments from food and drinks that have sunk down into the pores of your tooth enamel. You can have this done in our clinic at Blue Sky Dentistry, or we can make you a take-home kit containing a set of bespoke gel trays that will fit your teeth exactly. The home whitening takes a couple of weeks, but you then have gel trays to top-up your treatment whenever you need it.

Twisted bodywork

Cosmetic dentistry in Belfast has a variety of devices to align your teeth. You can have braces no matter what your age as long as it is only your teeth, and not your jaws, that need realigning.