Category: Teeth Whitening

Ask José…About Veneers

Jose Cerqueira

José Marinho joined Aura Dental in May. His special interest is restorative dentistry. Here he answers your questions about Veneers.

Over the past month we randomly surveyed our patients to find out what they really wanted to know about veneers. Here are the top 5 queries you raised…

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a very thin layer of life-like porcelain attached to the front surface of your tooth only. Porcelain veneers are very strong and can last many years if they are maintained properly. They are very natural looking and are easy to look after.

The main benefit of veneers is that they do not require for your own natural teeth to be heavily filed and just by changing the look of the front surface of your teeth, you can change the way you whole smile and face are perceived. Veneers are what you see on many celebrities in magazines and on TV.

What can Veneers fix?

Veneers can fix a range of dental issues including:

  • Discolouring of the teeth
  • Mishaped teeth
  • Mildly crooked teeth

There may be cases where Veneers are not suitable. In this situation, our clinicians will guide you through your alternative options.

Pros & Cons


  • Minimally intrusive. Mimimal or no removal of tooth substance or movement of teeth
  • Immediate results. No need to wait months to enjoy your new smile
  • Durable material allows you to continue enjoying your regular diet


  • May be prone to breakage if you grind your teeth
  • Need to be properly maintained with effective brushing and flossing
  • Regular hygiene cleans required to ensure plaque build up does not affect the veneer material

How does the treatment work?

On your first appointment, you and your dentist will agree on the desired final shape and colour of your veneers. Once the decision is made, you will be invited for a veneer preparation appointment during which the front surfaces of your natural teeth will be appropriately prepared for future veneer placement.

Your dentist will take an impression of them and send it off to the laboratory where your custom made perfect veneers will be made. This process usually takes about 2 weeks. In the meantime, you will be provided with temporary veneers, which also look great and enable you to start getting used to a new life with a beautiful smile.

Once the permanent veneers have been fully constructed, you will be invited for veneer fit appointment, where your dentist will remove you temporaries and permanently place the final veneers on your teeth. Then it’s back to life as normal…with a brand new smile!

How much do they cost?

Veneers at Aura start from £500 per tooth or from £450 if you are one of our members.

Consultation with Treatment Coordinator: Free

Initial dental examination: £50 plus any x-rays – (deducted from final cost of veneers)

Our Treatment Coordinator will be happy to answer any questions you have about the treatment and/or the practice. You can call or email the practice at any time and if you’d like to come in to have a look around, just let us know and we can arrange it.

You will need to have a comprehensive dental examination with your dentist to ensure you are suitable for veneers. There is a cost of £50 plus any x-rays for this appointment, however should you wish to proceed with veneers treatment, the cost of this initial examination will be deducted from the final cost of your treatment.

You can talk to our Treatment Coordinator about payment options and plans. The practice offers 0% finance for up to 12 months for treatment costing over £600 and is happy to discuss alternative payment plans to suit your circumstances.

If you are interested in getting veneers, give Aura Dental a call or email us to book a consultation with our treatment coordinator or arrange an examination with me, or one of my fellow clinicians at the practice. I hope to see you soon!


New Talent and Expertise At Aura Dental

george-angelidakisGeorge enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry, Dental Implants, Cosmetic Clear Orthodontics and Facial Aesthetics, including Botox Anti-Wrinkle Injections and dermal fillers, to help his patients achieve a more youthful appearance and boost their self confidence.

He is a certified Invisalign, Inman Aligner and Cfast Clear Braces provider.

Using his combined knowledge and a comprehensive approach, he has gained an excellent reputation in “Designing Enhanced Smiles” for those inspired to change their look or cosmetic dental appearance.
Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, European Academy of Osseointegration and Faculty of General Dental Practice(UK).

Apart from Dentistry George enjoys traveling, watching movies and playing sports.

How dentists can fix your discoloured teeth

Dentists have many ways of treating discoloured or stained teeth. At Aura Dental in St John’s Wood we have a skilled team of dentists who will work closely with you to solve any issues you may have with the current shade of your teeth, creating you a bespoke treatment plan to ensure that you soon have your dazzling set of pearly whites back.

discoloured-teethTooth staining and discolouration has a number of causes, so the first thing your St John’s Wood dentist will do is to establish what the root cause of your problem is. That way, they can devise an effective and long-term solution customised to suit your needs.

Visible plaque is the largest single cause of tooth staining among UK adults, with a shocking 66% of us suffering from it. Dentists agree that this is bad news, because as well as lending an unwanted yellowish or brownish hue to your smile, it also leads to gum disease and tooth decay. If this is found to be the reason behind your staining, you will be referred to the hygienist at our St John’s Wood dental clinic. Both dentists and hygienists play a vital role in getting rid of dental plaque and making sure you stay healthy.

Teeth whitening treatment is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the UK, and is an excellent way to remove everyday stains such as those caused by tea and coffee from the teeth. It’s vital to remember that, by law, only dentists can prescribe teeth whitening treatment – whitening from any other source may be unreliable, unsafe, or both.

Our St John’s Wood dental centre offers professional teeth whitening treatment, but if your tooth stains are found to be permanent there is no need to panic: our skilled St John’s Wood dentists can also help in this scenario. Porcelain veneers are a good choice to improve the appearance of one or more permanently discoloured teeth – for example, those that have darkened after dental trauma.

If visible metal fillings are making you frown, the dentists at our St John’s Wood clinic can safely remove these and replace them with tooth-coloured alternatives.

Why a dentist is vital for tooth whitening treatment

A dentist should always be consulted by anyone looking for teeth whitening treatment. At Aura Dental in North London, our skilled team offer a number of tooth-whitening options, which can be carried out at home or here in the dental practice.

tooth whitening treatmentTeeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments available from a cosmetic dentist. When done properly by a qualified dental professional, it is a safe, reliable and predictable way to boost the appearance of your smile, quickly and painlessly.

When you think about it, it’s not hard to see why our teeth get stained by everyday activities. Drinks including red wine, coffee and tea, habits such as smoking, and some medicines, medicated mouthwashes and even medical conditions can cause staining of the teeth. Many people also find that as they age their teeth lose some of their natural sparkle. Teeth whitening treatments such as those available at our North London dental practice are designed to get rid of these everyday stains and leave you with a brighter, whiter smile.

If you have been searching the internet for teeth whitening options, you are likely to have come across numerous products that claim to whiten teeth. Some beauty salons and high street shops also sell whitening products. However, these should be avoided.

The whitening products available from your dentist have been extensively tested for both safety and efficiency. The chances are that other products, available from the internet or the high street, will not have been tested this rigorously, and will be of inferior quality. While this may simply mean they don’t work, unregulated products also have the potential to cause serious discomfort and even damage to your teeth and gums.

Like any cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening should also only be carried out on a healthy mouth. At Aura Dental in North London, we use several techniques, including laser whitening, Zoom teeth whitening, home whitening and internal bleaching for deeper stains.

Do You Need Internal Tooth Bleaching?

Pearly white teeth are a confidence booster; you are more willing to smile and appear friendlier with a good set. Poor diet and improper dental care can lead to discolouration and may be a sign of a bigger problem, such as tooth decay.

tooth bleachingThe decay and infection of a tooth will lead to its slowly changing colour as bacteria eat it from within. Your smile will transform from pearly white to a tinge of yellow, then completely yellow. The drastic change will affect the appearance of your smile; you might even have a tooth that is a different colour from the rest.

You have a solution to yellowing or discolouring teeth – internal tooth bleaching.

Teeth Whitening: Internal Tooth Bleaching

Teeth whitening is the generic term for aesthetically changing the appearance of your smile by removing stains. Many over-the-counter products promise to whiten teeth, but for users with a severe case of tooth decay, applying these is no longer an option.

Regular whitening may no longer work if the tooth is too discoloured or yellowed. An option to consider is internal tooth bleaching; this method whitens a tooth from the inside out.

The first step of the operation is a root canal to remove infected pulp. After removal, the dentist applies sodium perborate paste inside your tooth. This substance reacts to stains and dissolves them from within; making your tooth whiter. After the root canal, the dentist reseals it to prevent damage.

Improve Your Smile with Aura Dental

We at Aura Dental provide you with first-rate internal bleaching for whiter teeth and other treatments to improve your smile.

We understand the anxiousness one would feel whenever they visit a dentist; we allay these feelings by using a holistic approach to treatments. Our experience and use of advanced dental technology and techniques reduce the stress and anxiety our patients feel before and during a treatment.

Contact us to learn more about what we offer.

Watch What You Eat: Food and Drinks to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

A sparkling set of pearly whites is what many people want, to feel and look attractive. While we can give you the solution to your needs, we want you to be aware of how you can prolong its results. After treatment, we recommend avoiding food and drinks that can stain your teeth within the next 48 hours.

teeth whiteningThe teeth have microscopic channels ranging from the tooth pulp to the enamel’s outer surface. Normally, minerals block these channels to keep you away from tooth sensitivity. After teeth whitening, however, these minerals become so thin that oxygen can penetrate the teeth and make it vulnerable to stains. You need to wait for your saliva to block these microscopic channels again, so your teeth will not absorb any stain from food and drinks that have dark colour pigments.

Dark-coloured Food

Avoid food like dark chocolate, blueberries and beets, and dishes with dark-coloured soups or those dipped or marinated in dark-coloured sauces. Go on a white diet instead. Fruits and vegetables may be healthy, but many of them can contribute to tooth discolouration. Avoid vegetables like carrots, spinach, beans and broccoli. The only exception is cauliflower. Some fruits are acceptable if you peel their skin, like apples, cucumbers and pears.

Staining Beverages

Avoid coffee, red wine, soft drinks, tea and fruit juices like cranberry, grape, orange and tomato juice. Most of these are low in pH, which can increase the acidity of the saliva and damage areas of your teeth weakened by teeth whitening chemicals. Drink water and milk instead. Dairy products are high in calcium and their lactic acid content helps prevent tooth decay. If you cannot resist, you can minimise contact by using a straw.

At AURA DENTAL, we want you to maximise the benefits of our teeth whitening services. Contact us or browse through our homepage for more information. We will be glad to assist you.

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