Claudine Dental Practice - St Cirencester

Cosmetic treatment

Do you smile with confidence? Is there anything that concerns you about the appearance of your teeth? We offer a full range of dental treatments; teeth whitening, crowns, veneers, tooth coloured fillings, implants, orthodontics and dentures. We will spend time with you discussing the various options available to help improve your smile. Cosmetic treatment is one of the areas of dentistry that we all particularly love. From replacing a simple silver filling with a tooth-coloured one, to providing crowns, bridges or implants or straightening a crooked smile, we love it when we catch people smiling at their reflection on the way out!

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a fast, effective and pain-free way of improving a smile and as such it is one of the fastest growing and most popular dental treatments available. Different techniques can be used but the underlying procedure for teeth whitening is similar in all cases; a bleaching compound is applied to the teeth within a soft comfortable custom made tray and worn for an hour or two a day, or overnight, for around two weeks. Teeth whitening can be used on its own or in combination with other procedures to form “Hollywood” smiles or full “smile-makeovers”.

Why have teeth whitening?

Many people are born with dark coloured teeth whilst others experience staining or darkening over time. This can be exacerbated through the consumption of staining foods (e.g. red wine and tea) or through smoking. Much of this can be reversed rapidly and painlessly using the teeth whitening gel, a sodium bicarbonate power clean or a combination of both.


A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.

Why would I need a crown?

Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:

  • you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
  • you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth

How is a crown prepared?

The dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing most of the outer surface, and leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown. Once the tooth is shaped, the dentist will take an impression of the prepared tooth, one of the opposite jaw and possibly another to mark the way you bite together.

The impressions will then be given to the dental technician, along with an appropriate shade and other information needed for the crown to be made.

What will happen between visits

A temporary plastic crown will be made so that you can use the tooth while you wait for the crown to be made.