Patients search for a cosmetic dentist for many reasons. They may suffer a dental injury or age-related wear and tear. Maybe they just don't like their misaligned smile or stained teeth.
General dental practitioners from Glasgow and beyond also refer their patients to Appletree. They may not have the experience or resources in their own dental practices or they are aware of the reputation of Dr Murphy, a much recommended cosmetic dentist.
Regardless of how you arrive our door, we are here to help with frank and friendly advice and our undivided personal attention.
First Steps to a New Smile
Whether you are looking for a smile makeover or some kind of cosmetic restoration the place to start is at your initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist. This is always free of charge for new patients and this is how it works.
- He will give you form with a list of dental issues and you can tick some of the boxes on that list to say this is what I don’t like about my smile or this is where I have problems with my teeth. (see below)
- We like to be exact and will discuss these problems with you ensure you know the limits to what can be done. For example orthodontic treatment is great at realigning your teeth but it’s not going to change the individual shape of your teeth...
- We would then form a plan with you on the basis of that consultation. And we will give you a printed copy of your plan.
- Once you have considered it carefully at home you can still say either I am happy with that or can we change that? That is why the consultation appointment is so important in our cosmetic dentistry process.
What don't you like about your teeth?
- I have crowded or crooked teeth
- I have spaces between my teeth
- My teeth are too big
- I have a gummy smile
- I don't like my underbite
- My teeth are different colours
- I am experiencing jaw pain
- I have missing teeth
- I have dark teeth
- My teeth give me speech problems
- I don't like my overbite
- I have ugly old dental crowns
Cosmetic Dentist Resource
A quick and pain-free guide to your treatment choices.
What do we mean by cosmetic dentistry?
Any procedure which improves the appearance of your teeth. We can straighten your teeth, whiten your teeth. We can repair or reshape your teeth or replace a broken or missing tooth.
How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
We are open and honest about our prices and patients tell us we are very competitive compared to other Glasgow dentists. You can find a list of the cosmetic dentistry prices in our Glasgow practice. If it helps you can also spread the cost with our dental finance options.
What are the different treatment options?
The most popular types of treatment are:
- tooth whitening
- dental implants
- natural tooth-coloured fillings
A Choice of Cosmetic Dental Treatments
How a Cosmetic Dentist's Work Has Evolved
Glasgow cosmetic dentist Dr Brendan Murphy talks about the changes in cosmetic dentistry, both in treatments and in patient care over the last 20 years.
The most important change in cosmetic dentistry since I graduated in 1992 is probably that we do so much more of it and therefore we get better at it when we practice these treatments on a daily basis.
It’s also a more personalised experience now, before, during and after. You have to make sure the patient is happy with what they are going to get. Sometimes patients will ask what will they look like. They are naturally curious because they are spending quite a lot of money and it may be their front teeth they are getting fixed.
I would say cosmetic dentistry is getting better technically. Also it is getting better in terms of the service patients are getting. They get a lot of time for their appointments. Also they get to meet the dental technician if there is any porcelain or even acrylic involved, any materials that are being matched up are carefully selected and because they get to meet the technician - they go to the lab or we can get the technician to come to us - that makes a huge difference. That way you are pretty much assured you’ll get things right first time.
When I graduated dental implants were not in vogue. They were rarely placed within a dental practice in the early 90s. Whereas now you’ll find most of the busy Glasgow practices will have somebody there who can place implants, filling spaces without the need for dentures. Porcelain veneers are also much requested now. Patients say I want my teeth to be whiter, I want my teeth to be straighter and I would like all the staining, the chipped teeth to be covered with something that looks very cosmetic. You have to give people all of the options now when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.
In the 90s we used to do a lot of bridgework on the teeth but when we are removing the enamel to place crowns or bridges you advise patients there is a 10-20% risk of damage to the nerve of the tooth. So that is a treatment we often elect not to offer or to advise against. Increasingly it is being replaced by dental implants.
"I have always strived to be the best cosmetic dentist I can be," Dr Brendan Murphy.
We realise a trip to the cosmetic dentist often involves some financial planning. But also sometimes your need is so urgent there is no time to plan ahead. That is why we make a range of finance options available to our dental patients, including 0% finance. To find out more about how to get help with your cosmetic dentistry costs take a look at our dental finance page.
Measurable Results and a Visible Difference
Reviews from Cosmetic Dentistry Patients
I didn't believe that the process of having my crooked teeth straightened would be so uncomplicated, and I wish I'd done it years ago.
My treatment was done painlessly and I was delighted with very high standard of cosmetic dentistry I received in very pleasant surroundings.
Very thorough and professional. I would recommend them for any dental or cosmetic work. I've always been made to feel at ease in the chair.
The Dental Laboratory
Our dental laboratory partners use the latest material for your dental crowns, veneers, braces and dentures and take great care to make sure the end product matches your existing teeth.
Here Martin Leca, from the largest dental laboratory in Scotland explains what happens at Leca Dental.
Cosmetic Case Studies
Replacing a porcelain crown on an incisor is one of the more sensitive jobs in cosmetic dentistry because it is in such an obvious place and of such a high cosmetic value to the patient.
In this dental case study from our Glasgow practice you can read - and see - how we went about replacing the old discoloured porcelain crown with a new more translucent porcelain crown which had been shaped and shaded to perfection by our partnering dental laboratory.
We have many more dental case studies throughout this website. As always, if you have any questions or would like to talk to the cosmetic dentists is our Glasgow surgery contact us whenever you are ready.