Mouth makeover: Cosmetic dentistry options for happier smiles

Cosmetic dentistry can be a really positive and freeing experience for patients. Feeling self-conscious about your smile can really undermine your confidence and detract from the special moments in your life.

Here at Shire Dental, we firmly believe you should love your smile.

We also believe prevention is better than cure, which is why you’ll find a bunch of free educational resources on our website.

But if for some reason you’re unhappy with your smile – maybe you have some slight discolouration from years of drinking coffee, or perhaps you’ve chipped a tooth in an accident – here are four cosmetic dentistry options you can consider.

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that can safely lighten the teeth, giving you a brighter, whiter smile. The degree of whitening will vary from one individual to another depending on the cause of the discolouration, however this and the level of whitening can be discussed prior to the commencement of your treatment. At Shire Dental Centre, we can provide you with at home or in surgery whitening. Find out more>


Veneers are a ‘fingernail-like’ cover for the front surface of your teeth. Ceramic veneers are made in a dental laboratory and cemented in place in the dental chair, while composite resin veneers are built up directly in the chair. Both blend in naturally, making them invisible – the only thing noticeable will be your dazzling white, bright and perfect smile! Find out more>

Composite resin fillings

Composites are not only used to restore decayed areas, but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. It is important to note that composite fillings can also be used to enhance your smile by lightening stains that you may have, closing minor gaps and in some cases, can even help to correct crooked teeth! Find out more>

Inlay or Onlay

A dental Inlay or Onlay is a solid, single piece of porcelain which is fabricated outside the mouth (using impressions and measurements) and then bonded ‘into or onto’ the tooth. Inlays and Onlays are strong, custom made, tooth-coloured restorations and research has shown that they will restore your tooth almost to its original strength whilst being virtually invisible. Find out more>

About us

Shire Dental’s goal is to create happy, healthy smiles for life. Our expert team help us achieve this goal through a commitment to ongoing professional development and patient education. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry or make an appointment, click here>


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