The act of smiling has a positive effect on our happiness and physical health.  The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face.

However some of us choose to hide our teeth and therefore stifle our smiles’. It’s hard to break into an unselfconscious smile when you’re worried people will stare at your teeth.

Thankfully with advances in cosmetic dentistry we can improve our teeth and our smiles and as a result our self esteem! Cosmetic dentistry looks at all the aesthetic elements of your smile, including the teeth, gums, bone levels, and lips.

When carrying out cosmetic dentistry we look at how each of these elements appears together and not just looking at one element in isolation.

This may be a simple smile makeover involving teeth whitening or it might be replacing every old restoration visible in the smile with new crowns and veneers, or replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

Whichever treatment you require, the end result will leave your teeth looking fresher and they can look as lovely as if there were brand new.

Smile Makeovers

Smile makeovers can include simple treatments such as teeth whitening and the replacement of single restorations such as fillings and crowns, through to more complex.

A smile makeover might include some or all of the different treatments in dentistry, such as teeth straightening with braces, the placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth, dental veneers to improve the appearance of teeth or surgery to make the gum line even.


A veneer is thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of your tooth, completely covering it (similar to a false fingernail). Veneers can be used to improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth.

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Composite bonding

Cosmetic composite bonding is a conservative way to change the shape, colour, size and position of your teeth.  Some teeth have chips and fractures in them, some teeth would aesthetically benefit from an improvement in the shape and symmetry, and some teeth have discoloured old fillings that need replacement. Composite bonding can address all these issues.

An advanced white filling material (composite) is bonded directly to the surface of a tooth and sets within a few seconds, giving immediate results. We aim to make the composite blend to the natural tooth using state of the art materials and techniques.

A huge benefit of cosmetic composite bonding is that it is an example of minimally invasive dentistry.  Our aim with composite bonding is to achieve the results you desire without removing any natural tooth!

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This gentleman simply wanted to know if he could improve his smile somehow. The obvious first option we presented was braces to move his teeth so they would be straighter. He was reluctant to go down this avenue so composite bonding was suggested as a possibility to help reduce the prominence of 13,11 by adding composite to s12 and 21.

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Maintenance is minimal with composite bonding. Good oral hygiene and flossing is important as with any restoration and on occasion the composite is re-polished to maintain its lustre.

Orthodontics would have been the ideal treatment. Composite bonding although very conservative of tooth structure (barely any tooth was shaved/reduced to achieve this result) was presented as a compromised treatment plan but 5 years later the patient is still very happy with the result!

Teeth Straightening

Teeth straightening (orthodontics) uses braces to move teeth within the arch to make them straighter.  There is nothing better than your own natural teeth in the place they were meant to be!

We have a close working relationship with the orthodontists we refer to and they use a range of different methods of straightening teeth. White (ceramic) or metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth or back surface of the teeth or removable braces.

Thanks so much for supporting my decision to have braces. My dentist reassured me that I would experience some discomfort at first, but I soon got used to them, and to be honest it was a small price to pay, considering the excellent final result.
Paula, Antrim

The type of brace used depends on how complex and crooked your teeth are, how you want your teeth to look during treatment and how quickly you want your teeth to move.

Teeth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening treatment is non invasive and doesn’t damage your teeth. A good professional treatment can leave your teeth up to eight shades lighter. It is often the best place to start if you want Cosmetic Composite bonding or an old crown replaced with a nicer shade. When the shape and shade of your teeth are good and you are no longer satisfied with yellow teeth, then professional teeth whitening is the treatment of choice.

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Our professional whitening treatment is carried out over a 2-4 week period at home by you. Gel is placed into custom-made trays and the teeth gradually whiten every time that the treatment is done.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace teeth that have been lost in the past or are due to be removed. For patients who have lost one, several or all of their teeth, they can find it embarrassing to smile, go out or eat in public. Dental implants offer a very natural look for replacement of missing teeth and are strong and stable.  Quite simply they are as close as it is possible to getting your own tooth back again.

A dental implant is a small cylinder made from titanium that is placed in the jaw bone in place of a missing tooth root. The bone around the implant bonds with the implant surface after placement, so that restorations fixed over it, such as a ceramic crown, a multi-tooth bridge or a full denture are fixed securely in position.

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We refer to only the best clinicians locally for placement of implants. The majority of patients experience no pain at all during the procedure and very little pain afterwards.

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alt text After treatment. Implant placement at Gentle Touch and restored at Randalstown.

We will offer you the best advise as to how to replace your missing tooth/teeth. We will discuss the pros and cons of the alternatives to implants such as bridges and dentures but often implants provide the ideal solution. Ask us to present the best solution for you and we’ll guide you each step of the way!

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