Seven questions new clients ask us about cosmetic dentistry

Have you ever found yourself wondering what the difference is between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry or restorative? Is this the first time you’ve considered visiting a private cosmetic dentist and you’re not sure what to expect? Well, we’ve put together the top seven questions that new clients ask us about cosmetic dentistry at Spring Grove Clinic as a handy guide.

  1. What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the term used to describe dental treatments or dental work that is carried out with the aim of improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile, including your teeth, gums and lips. A cosmetic dentist has the training and expertise to transform the look AND function of these areas, which can drastically improve your overall dental health.

  1. Is cosmetic dentistry all about ‘Hollywood smiles’ then?

Not at all! In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is about ‘normalising’ the appearance of your teeth, making your smile look the best it can possibly look, rather than creating a whiter than white, carbon copy Hollywood smile. One of the best things about seeing a cosmetic dentist at Spring Grove Clinic is that you come away feeling confident to smile, which can literally change your life.

  1. Do all cosmetic dentists work from a private dental practice?

No. Some cosmetic dentistry may be available on the NHS, although most NHS dental services tend to be restorative rather than cosmetic. Cosmetic dentists offering services such as tooth whitening, veneers, adult orthodontics, and dental implants usually work as private dentists.

  1. What are the most popular treatments to have through a cosmetic dentist?

Treatments such as white composite fillings and tooth whitening are always popular with cosmetic dentistry clients. Both are very effective at transforming and rejuvenating the appearance of your smile, giving your teeth a whiter look and minimising the appearance of imperfections. For example, your teeth look straighter when they are whiter.

There are other popular treatments too – it really depends on your individual circumstances. When you come to Spring Grove Clinic in Glasgow, Autcherarder and Comrie for cosmetic dentistry, we will always advise you about which would be the most appropriate treatment for your needs.

  1. Are dental implants only available through a private dentist?

At the moment, the rules for having implants through the NHS are very strict and limited to a small number of people. Implants are generally only available through private cosmetic dentists and you should always pick someone who is trained and experienced in implantology.

  1. What’s a smile makeover?

Smile makeovers usually combine two or more cosmetic dentistry treatments to ‘makeover’ the appearance of your smile. Your cosmetic dentist will carry out an in-depth appraisal of your teeth and gums, looking at their function and appearance, and listen to your personal aspirations for your smile. They will then explain which cosmetic dentistry procedures would give you the best results.

  1. What cosmetic dentistry procedures does Spring Grove Clinic offer?

As a cosmetic dentist, we offer white fillings, bridges, crowns, veneers, tooth whitening, tooth straightening (adult orthodontics) and dental implants. You can find out more about each treatment and our expertise here.

If you have any questions about visiting a cosmetic dentist or cosmetic dentistry at Spring Grove Clinic do let us know as we are always happy to answer your questions. You can call us on 0141 771 0800, email us at or even pop into the practice.

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Glasgow Clinic

23 Barrachnie Road,
Glasgow G69 6HB
0141 771 0800

Auchterarder Clinic

187 High Street,
Perthshire PH3 1AF
01764 664420

Comrie Clinic

Dundas Street,
Crieff PH6 2LN
01764 679040

Muirhead Clinic

212 Cumbernauld Road,
Glasgow G69 9NB
0141 779 3670

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