Teeth Whitening 01/03/2016

Get Your Perfect Smile!

Here at Benfleet Dental Centre our new year’s resolution was to help our patients achieve the smile they desire and we are doing well on that. We have already helped a number of patients achieve their perfect smiles.

A recent survey revealed that 3 in 4 UK adults don’t like smiling for the camera. A bright white smile can not only help you to appear younger and more attractive but can also help to improve your confidence and self-esteem. A smile makeover takes into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair colour, teeth (colour, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips to develop your ideal smile. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and our dentists will ensure that your treatment plan is tailored to ensure that you achieve the results you are looking for.

What is it that you like or dislike about your smile or your teeth?

Tooth Colour

Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-coloured composite restorations, while teeth whitening can improve the colour of stained or dulled teeth. Tooth colour and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of and preparation for various procedures, including porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, composite bonding and dental implants.

Alignment and Spacing

Teeth that are crooked, overlapping or have gaps between them can be straightened and aligned when necessary through teeth straightening procedures and improved with veneers.

Missing Teeth

One or more missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile – as well as affect

your bite and increase your risk for tooth decay – making replacement an integral part of oral health and facial aesthetics. Missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants, bridges or partial dentures.

Harmony and Balance

Uneven, chipped and cracked teeth can be cosmetically bonded for an improved appearance, and a gummy smile can be re-contoured to help improve the overall look of the smile.

Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks

An un-shapely or ageing face can be improved or rejuvenated with certain procedures in the smile makeover category, including orthodontics and/or oral maxillofacial surgery.

Our fully trained team of dentists at Benfleet Dental Centre will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan designed to achieve exactly what you want from your makeover. This treatment plan may consist of many cosmetic and functionally restorative procedures, potentially including teeth whitening, composite bonding, veneers, dental crowns, orthodontics (braces), oral maxillofacial surgery and gummy smile reduction.

Here at Benfleet Dental Centre we are able to offer:

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without damaging the tooth itself and there are two main forms of treatment available.

In Surgery Tooth whitening - In this instance the whitening solution will either be painted onto your teeth or loaded into custom made bleaching trays and then a special light will be shone onto the teeth to help activate the bleaching solution. The treatment will normally take around an hour and during this time the procedure may be repeated with fresh solution two or three times.

At Home Tooth Whitening - At Home Tooth Whitening, involves taking impressions and making moulds of your teeth to create whitening trays. These are then worn at home, normally at night, for a period of 2-3 weeks. This allows you to fit the whitening around your own schedule

The darker your teeth, the longer your teeth will take to get lighter, but your dentist will be able to advise you on the expected time frame.

Refill gels can be readily purchased when you visit the dentist to enhance the whitening effect of your teeth if desired.

Teeth Straightening

In the past few years there has been a large increase in the number of adults looking to improve the appearance of their smile using new teeth straightening methods. Here at Benfleet Dental Centre we are able to offer Clear Braces and Cfast.

Clear Braces - Rather than traditional braces, Clear Braces are made of clear resin meaning that they should be practically invisible when they are in place. They are easily removable and as such do not interfere as much with daily life, such as eating, drinking or oral hygiene routines as other more traditional orthodontic appliances.

Following a full consultation with the dentist, personalised aligners will be made, each of these will need to be worn for two weeks before switching to the next one. This allows the teeth to move little by little, week by week into the desired position.

CFast: Cosmetic Tooth Straightening - CFast was originally developed by Dr Biju Krishnan in 2009 and is now being used by dentists across the world. CFast is a short term orthodontic treatment which focuses on straightening the front 6-8 teeth that are visible when we smile. It is possible to see results in as little as 8 weeks, with an average treatment time of 5 months. CFast uses clear brackets and tooth coloured nickel-titanium wires to make sure that the brace is as unobtrusive as possible and therefore minimises the effect on your day to day life.


A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth.

Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten the front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.

Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Your dentist at Benfleet Dental Centre will give you an idea of how long each individual veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth by inserting a titanium screw into the bone and placing a crown, bridge or denture over it. The titanium screw fuses with the patient’s bone and provides a solid base on which an appliance can be placed. We use enhanced imaging techniques where necessary to identify the suitability of the individual case and to plan the best treatment for the individual patient. We work closely with Astra Tech, a leading company in the field of dental implantology to ensure you get the best treatment.

Facial Aesthetics

Botox Injections - Botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK. Botox injections are particularly effective in treating lines around the eyes commonly known as Crow's Feet and is also used to treat lines on the forehead. Additionally, Botox injections are also used in improving the appearance of vertical frown lines between the eyes, also known as Glabellar lines. Botox injections work quickly and are relatively painless. The Botox relaxes the facial muscles that produce frown and laughter lines. Following the initial injection, the lines soften slightly after approximately 10 days.

Dermal Fillers - At Benfleet Dental Centre, we use Dermal Fillers from Juvederm or Restylane. Dermal fillers are gels containing Hyaluronic acid which is normally present in skin. As part of the ageing process, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin reduces and skin loses its elasticity. These fillers are used to “fill out” and “plump up” lines on the face such as those between the nose and the corner of the mouth. Dermal fillers are commonly used to treat lines around the lips, both above and below the mouth, lines between the nose and mouth and also frown and laughter lines that have not completely softened with Botox injections.

Call Benfleet Dental Centre today on 01702 557766 to book your consultation and see what our dentists can do to help you achieve your perfect smile.

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Benfleet Dental Centre

8 Benfleet Road, Benfleet. SS7 1QB

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Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday09:00 - 14:00*
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