Here’s what you should know about Invisalign at our Leicester dental practice…

Invisalign treatment is an incredibly popular option for realigning your teeth. It is one of the main cosmetic brace systems that is requested by our Leicester dental patients.

Invisalign treatment involves wearing clear aligners over your teeth – so they are almost completely invisible. They are developed using the worlds most advanced system. Gently exerting pressure on key areas to align (hence being known as aligners) the teeth into a more desirable position. The aligners are designed to be changed every 1-2 weeks as the teeth can only be moved a small amount at a time.

To get started with Invisalign one of our Leicester dentists will assess to see if Invisalign is the most suitable option for you, your other options, including if an alternative treatment with an orthodontist would be more suitable. If it was agreed then the next step would be a more detailed assessment in which a ClinCheck is created. This maps out your entire Invisalign journey, detailing how long exactly the treatment will take and will also show you how the final result will look. This is very exciting for our Leicester patients seeing the results beforehand!

Invisalign cases take different lengths of time depending upon the complexity of the case. You will know an approximate length of time once you have completed a ClinCheck. Invisalign can be completed in as little as 3 months or it can take up to 2 years for complex cases.

After completing treatment many people wish they had straightened their teeth years ago. Having your teeth aligned in a more attractive way can really help to boost your confidence and keep you smiling.

Arrange your complementary consultation today…

What’s the process of having dental veneers…

Dental veneers are often seen as the staple of the perfect celeb look. However, over recent years more and more people are seeking options such as veneers to improve their smile.

We have developed this simple guide to help you to understand more about dental veneers and if they might be an option you wish to look at.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials, designed to cover the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth. Dental veneers can change the colour, shape, size, width/length, they can be used to treat gaps or hide unsightly teeth.

The most common reasons dental veneers are used:

• Heavily discoloured teeth

• Worn-down teeth

• Teeth that are chipped or broken

• Create a more desirable tooth shape

• Close a space between teeth

What is the procedure for getting veneers done?

For the best results, veneers can require several visits to the dental practice. The following stages help to outline the process:

Step 1) Diagnosis and treatment planning. 

This first step involves active participation between you and your dentist. You need to be able to explain to the dentist the results you would like. Consider the key thing that you would like to address and that you are trying to achieve. Photo’s of the type of look you are after can help you to get the most out of this appointment. 

As well as the discussion, of course, the dentist will need to examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate and discuss what the procedure will involve for you, the time frame, the cost and key considerations about the treatment. The dentist may take X-rays and take impressions of your mouth and teeth.

Step 2) Test Run! 

We appreciate that committing to having cosmetic work carried out especially on your front teeth can be a daunting task. That’s why we work closely with our laboratory to create diagnostic wax-up models of your teeth with the veneers in place. This way we can work together to see if there is anything that you would like to change before carrying out any work. 

Step 3) Preparing the teeth for veneers.

Preparing a tooth for a veneer. The treatment can be carried out comfortably while you lie back and watch a DVD from our extensive DVD menu. Your dentist will shave about half a millimetre of enamel from the tooth surface, which is roughly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added. Your dentist will then make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which constructs your veneers. It usually takes around 2 weeks for us to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. In which time we will make you some temporary dental veneers.

Step 4) Fitting your dental veneers. 

Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, the dentist will show you the teeth on the tooth models. If you’re both happy then the next step is to remove your temporary veneers. Even at this stage the dentist will place the veneers onto the tooth and check the fit and look of them before permanently cementing. They will also show you in the mirror if possible. 

Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched, which roughens it to allow for a strong bonding process. The dentist gets a bit fussy at this point about not getting the teeth wet (it affects the glue). So they may gently guide you to keep your mouth open and they’ll go quiet whilst they concentrate. A glue cement is applied to the veneer, which is then placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned, it will be set via our blue curing light, which activates chemicals in the cement causing it to harden quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making final adjustments as necessary. Finally the exciting part! Showing you, your fantastic new smile in the mirror! 

Step 5) The review appointment. 

Aftercare is very important when it comes to dental veneers. Our Leicester dental team will ask you to return for a follow-up visit a couple of weeks after the fitting to check how your gums are responding to the veneer/s and everything fits and feels good. 

Long term maintenance

Veneers don’t last forever and most veneers aren’t reversible – meaning you can’t just have them removed and have your natural teeth. With good care and maintenance, veneers can last around 10 years. But this depends on many factors. The dentist will discuss the length of time they expect them to last for you.

Find out more about dental veneers at our Leicester dental practice…

7 Reasons to use that smile of yours!

1. Smiling makes you more attractive






A 2013 study revealed that, when shown identical faces that only differed in their facial expression, people preferred the smiling face. 

Smiling helps to draw people in – it’s a warm welcome that instantly puts people at ease. Ultimately a greats mile makes you more attractive!

2. A smile is contagious

This is a fun one to try out! Smiling back at someone is an automatic response for most of us. Someone with a beaming smile can light up a whole room.

3. Smile to feel better








Stress can show up in your face! A smile can help you to feel better and stop you from becoming overwhelmed. helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood. Muster a smile and you’ll start to feel a little better.

4. Smiling is good for your health!

It can boost your immune system and even lower your blood pressure! When you smile, it can positively affect your health possibly because you are more relaxed! 

5. Smiling makes you feel good

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug!

6. Smiling can help you to look younger

When you smile the muscles we use to lift the face and help you to appear younger. `Smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.

7. Smiling keeps you thinking positively








30Take this test! Smile – a big smile. Okay so now try and think of something negative – without losing the smile. It’s tough! A smile is interpreted in our body that life is good!

Ouch! I have a mouth ulcer!

1 in 5 people will suffer from mouth ulcers at some point in their life. Ulcers can be painful when eating, drinking or brushing teeth. It’s a problem that we see often at our Leicester dental practice. It’s ok to suffer from occasional mouth ulcers, they are usually harmless and generally clear up on their own.

What causes mouth ulcers?

Believe it or not, the exact cause of mouth ulcers is still unknown!

There are things that are thought to trigger simple mouth ulcers such as stress or certain foods such as citrus fruits (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes and strawberries), can trigger a mouth ulcer or make the problem worse. Sometimes a sharp tooth surface or dental appliances, such as braces or ill-fitting dentures, might also trigger mouth ulcers.

Occasionally cases of complex mouth ulcers are caused by an underlying health condition, such as an impaired immune system; nutritional problems, such as vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid, or iron deficiency and gastrointestinal tract diseases, such as Coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease.
Seek medical advice if they last longer than 3 weeks or keep coming back.

Sometimes medications can cause mouth ulcers, if you notice a correlation between your medication and mouth ulcers then it’s important you continue with the medication but seek advice from your GP as soon as possible.

How are mouth ulcers treated?

Pain from a mouth ulcer generally lessens in a few days and the sores usually heal without treatment in about a week or two.

If sores are large, painful or persistent, your dentist may prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse, a corticosteroid ointment, or a prescription or non-prescription solution to reduce the pain and irritation.

Over the counter remedies such as Bonjela may help to relieve some discomfort temporarily.

When to seek medical advice:

Unusually large sores
Sores that are spreading
Sores that last three weeks or longer
Intolerable pain despite avoiding trigger foods and taking over-the-counter pain medication
Difficulty drinking enough fluids
High fever with the appearance of the mouth ulcer(s)

Can mouth ulcers be prevented?

Sadly there is no cure yet for mouth ulcers. You may be to reduce the frequency of ulcers with the following:

Practice good dental hygiene
Avoid foods that irritate your mouth, including acidic or spicy foods
Avoid irritation from gum chewing
Using a soft-bristled toothbrush after meals and flossing daily, which will keep your mouth free of foods that may trigger a sore.

If you’re worried about mouth ulcers contact us here…


5 top tips for your freshest breath yet

1) Prevent or treat existing dental problems

Tooth decay and gum disease have a distinctly unpleasant smell. To treat this pong permanently a visit to your local dental practice is required. Most dental problems can be prevented by brushing twice a day, cleaning in between your teeth daily, limiting sugar consumption and visiting your local dental practice.

2) Use a mouthwash

Incorporate a mouthwash into your daily routine at a different time to brushing. Choose an antibacterial mouthwash and use at a different time to brushing. This will help to flush out any food particles, kill off smelly bacteria and give you a minty zing.

3) Eat an apple

We all know what you eat can affect your breath. Garlic and onions are renowned for their pong! But there are also a lot of foods that have a beneficial effect on your breath such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and even yoghurt! One of our favourites is the daily apple. It not only helps your breath to smell nice and fresh but the fibrous apple helps to almost brush the teeth clean!

4) Drink all-day

Of course, we’re talking about the good stuff – water. Keeping the mouth well hydrated helps your mouth in many ways. It helps to wash away trapped food particles as well as helping your mouth to function more efficiently.

5) Chew gum

A good way to keep your mouth fresh in between brushing is to chew sugar-free gum. It increases saliva production which is good news for your mouth! Its minty flavour also helps to keep your breath beautifully fresh!

Find out more about keeping your breath smelling fresh and your mouth healthy…

Brushing your kid’s teeth and how technology can help…

Technology is generally a part of most children’s lives now and whilst there has to be a balance, technology can be used to be a force of good in your child’s everyday life. Good habits start young and there are now many technologies that can be used to improve your child’s oral health. Here are some of our favourites!

Phone Apps

Brush DJ

The free multi-award-winning Brush DJ app is suitable for use by all ages. This toothbrush timer app plays 2 minutes of music from your devices, cloud or streaming service – to make toothbrushing for an effective length of time less boring!

The app is fully customisable for your child. Choosing their favourite colour, age-appropriate information and advice.

You can use Brush DJ with a manual or electric toothbrush and it allows you to set reminders to:

•Change your toothbrush/brush head every 3 months

•Brush at least twice a day

•Floss/clean interdentally every day

•Use a mouth wash at a different time to toothpaste

•When next to visit dentist, hygienist, orthodontist or dental therapist

Sugar Smart App

Change 4 Life – NHS have a fantastic website full of helpful information and advice on sugar swaps. There is also a ‘Sugar Smart‘ app from Public Health England which works by scanning the barcode of products to show the total sugar content in cubes or grams, aiming to help parents take control of their children’s sugar intake.

YouTube Videos

Brush Your Teeth Super Simple Songs

This is great for very little ones. Many parents of babys and toddlers are probably aware of this popular YouTube channel and their baby entrancing songs! This app is also nice and calm so an ideal song to incorporate into the bed time routine.

The Tooth Brushing Song – The Tooth Brushing Badge 

A timed toothbrushing song good for young children. It includes enough time to get their toothbrush out and put the toothpaste on too.

Tooth Brushing Song by Blippi | 2-Minutes Brush Your Teeth for Kids

This video has over 87 million views! The Blippi teeth brushing song is an animated timed two minute catchy song. Get ready to sing it all day long!

Why do We Brush Our Teeth?

As children are getting older it would be good to get them involved with understanding why brushing their teeth is important.


Gondola Kids Bamboo Toothbrush 

Okay so this isn’t very technical – it’s the reverse – back to basics. However, this eco-friendly toothbrush is ideal for very young children. Using a small manual toothbrush is more appropriate when your children are very little. The important part is to use a smudge of age-appropriate toothpaste and get them into healthy habits of brushing twice a day and limiting sugar intake.

The Disney MagicTimer App by Oral-B

Oral- B report that 90% of kids who use this product brush their teeth for longer. With a million downloads it’s a popular choice for parents. You buy any Oral-B Stages product, download the Disney MagicTimer app and scan the product with your device to watch the characters spring into action. As your child brushes their teeth, they can unveil a secret image. The longer they brush, the more the image is revealed.

There’s a calendar to help you track their progress and they can earn badges and rewards for frequent brushing. You can find out more about this here…

Philips Sonicare For Kids – connected electric toothbrush


The Philips Sonicare For Kids app syncs with your child’s sonic toothbrush to help them learn about oral care through play. Your child’s brushing coach challenges him to brush better and for longer. Each session starts with clear visual instructions about correct brushing techniques and the app’s progress monitor tracks the total performance. Kids learn while having fun, and parents get to see how well kids are doing between check-ups.

The app syncs with your child’s sonic toothbrush via Bluetooth to show proper brushing techniques and track performance. Kids can see how well they brush, and earn exciting rewards for a job well done.

As you can see technology can be a great aid for helping your child to achieve and maintain great oral health. Find out more about children’s dental health here…


Everything you need to know about root canal treatment but were to afraid to ask!

Most people will have heard of root canal treatment but few know what it is! Often when people hear the words ‘root canal treatment’ they instantly freeze with fear as they associate it with unnecessary pain and expense. But root canal treatment (endodontics) is a vital treatment which can save your tooth and save you from a lot of toothache in the future! Our emphasis at Smile Essential dental practice in Leicester is to save teeth and to help you to keep your teeth for life.

Why would I need a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort.

What doe’s root canal treatment involve?

Treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the centre of your tooth and refilling it with a special material. Special tools and equipment are required to do this. Treatment is usually completed over 2-3 appointments.

Can I have the tooth removed instead of having root canal treatment?

The loss of even one tooth can have a detrimental effect on your mouth and can lead to your other teeth drifting into the gap, which can cause problems with your bite.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Taking over-the-counter painkillers can relieve this discomfort.

How long is the treatment to have root canal work done?

The treatment is usually carried over 2-3 appointments and can take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

How much does root canal treatment cost?

Our root canal treatment at our Leicester clinic costs from £315. There are other cost considerations you will need to account for such as X-rays, a filling and the future cost of a crown.

Your dentist will provide you with an estimate of costs and a breakdown of the treatment and payments required.

Does root canal treatment always work?

The success rates for root canal treatment is in the region of 80%- 95%. The success depends on firstly being able to access the canals and secondly on the ability to disinfect the entire length of the root canals. In some cases, this is not possible due to the extent of the infection, technical difficulties and complications. Provided the tooth is subsequently restored, it should last for many years.

What will my tooth look like after the root canal treatment?

Sometimes a root-filled tooth may darken, particularly if it died as a result of an injury such as a knock to the tooth. At Smile essential we usually place a tooth coloured to seal the tooth and shape it so it looks like the natural anatomy of a tooth.

How long will my tooth last after having root canal treatment?

Root-filled teeth are more likely to break than healthy unrestored teeth, so your dentist may suggest placing a crown onto the tooth to protect it once the root canal work has completely settled down – usually 6-12 months.

Around 9 out of 10 root-treated teeth survive for 8 to 10 years. Having a crown fitted to the tooth after root canal treatment is important for improving tooth survival rates.

Find out more about the root canal treatment we offer at our Leicester dental practice…

3 Simple tips to stop your kids teeth from rotting this summer…

Schools out and the kids are ruling the roost! As parents, we know how sometimes you just need to keep our little darlings quiet for just a moment. We reach for a sugary treat be it a lolly, a biscuit or chocolate bar. It’s easy to slip into bad habits over the summer. But here are our top 3 ways to keep ahead and keep the kid’s teeth decay-free this summer.

1) Don’t forget to brush!
During the school holidays, your regular routines can slip and things you would usually do are easily forgotten. But please don’t let toothbrushing slip. Brushing your teeth last thing before bed and at one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to prevent dental problems for your children.

2) Don’t snack all day!
Give your kids food at the right time so they have all the three essential meals and fall to snacks and in-between meals less often. Hunger can often be a reason for falling to sugary treats so a good way to combat it and help them avoid sugar is to give them full balanced meals at meal-times.

Also, avoid frequent sipping on juice or pop. This can be disastrous when it comes to their teeth. It doesn’t allow the ph of the mouth to stabilise meaning their little teeth are under constant attack. Encourage sipping of water through the day and if the juice is a must then limit to mealtimes.

3) Don’t reward them with sweets!
This is an easy trap for many to fall into. Sweet treats used to be just that – treats! Treats would maybe be a weekly thing. It has now turned into a daily ritual. Consider treats that you or relatives could replace for the sugary ones.

The warmer months and laid back days can mean frequent sipping on juice or pop. This is a disaster when it comes to their teeth. It doesn’t allow the ph of the mouth to stabilise putting the teeth under constant attack. Encourage sipping of water through the day and if the juice is a must then limit to mealtimes only.

Sadly Leicester children have the worst teeth in the UK according to an NHS survey. Twelve-year-old children in Leicester have the highest rate of tooth decay in England. The latest figures found 45.3% of 12-year-old children in the city have experienced tooth decay, compared to an England average of 17.5% in 2008/09.

If your child needs a dental health check-up then please take a look at our children’s services here

Sun, sand and selfies!

The holiday season is finally upon us and there is no better time to perfect your selfie-taking skills. We want all of our patients celebrating their beautiful smiles with a selfie this summer! Selfies are a fun way of documenting a moment in time and sharing a moment with those you’re connected to.

Here’s how you can take the perfect summer selfie!

Lighting Lighting lighting!

Lighting really is everything when it comes to the perfect selfie! Snap your pic outside on the beach or on your balcony. No one looks good with a shadow cast all over the face.

For that extra bit of special glow take advantage of the golden hour. The golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, the daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky.


Relax into your selfie. The best selfies are always fun and lighthearted so relax into it, pull a daft face smile big and laugh loud!

I like to move it, move it!

Snap away whilst laughing and moving around. As well as moving yourself move your arm to different positions. Review the photos that you like the most and then snap away again focusing on what looked best in your last set of selfies. The best selfie-takers are the celebs and they report taking as many as 500 – yes 500 photos before selecting one that they like. Even the fussiest person would probably find 1 they like in 500!


A photo doesn’t always capture the magic of the moment or the true beauty of a person. That’s why we have filters! Apps like Facetune can help to smooth away wrinkles and even brighten your smile! But take it easy you don’t want people to not recognise you. Inbuilt filters can change the colour and hue of your photo. Experiment with them and see if they help to capture the magic of the moment.

Set the scene and use props if necessary

Holidays provide the perfect backdrop for selfies! The scenery can really help to make your selfie sparkle so make use of the beautiful backgrounds, pretty flowers and sparkly water. You can add interest to your selfies with the use of holiday props such as sunglasses, hats, cocktails and fun pool inflatables!

All Of Your Botox UK Questions Answered!

FAQ Botox UK Guide

All Of Your Botox UK Questions Answered!

We have been offering facial aesthetics at our Leicester Botox clinic for nearly a decade under the care of our qualified Botox Practitioner Dr Lina Kotecha.

Most of the women we see for facial aesthetic treatments like anti-wrinkle injections such as botox don’t actually want to change their look or even turn back the clock. They just want to look fresh and revived.

Lina is a dentist that developed a passion for facial aesthetics back in 2010 and has since attended regular training to cover other aspects of facial rejuvenation. Her most notable success was receiving a distinction in ‘Masterclass in Facial Aesthetics’ run by the Faculty of General Dental.

Because of her in-depth knowledge of the facial muscles she knows exactly how to work with them, so she can do clever things like get rid of the angry expressions and soften the happy expression lines.

Here’s a full list of questions we get asked by our patients at our Leicester Botox Clinic

1) Does Botox Hurt?

The treatment consists of a small number of tiny injections, given with a minimum of discomfort to the targeted muscles causing them to relax.

When having Botox treatment we use a topical numbing cream to help make the treatment more comfortable. Also as Lina is a dentist she has mastered the injection technique through her years of practice and experience.

If you usually breeze through getting your eyebrows threaded then you’ll probably find having Botox treatment completely fine. However, if you usually find eyebrow threading uncomfortable then the numbing cream should help ease any discomfort.

2) What is Botox?

Botox is actually a trade name for the substance called ‘Botulinum Toxin’. Due to its popularity, the brand Botox has actually become synonymous with the treatment and now the treatment is most recognised as Botox treatment. Botulinum toxin works by temporarily relaxing the muscles and this relaxes them and in turn, the skin becomes smoother and your lines and wrinkles appear reduced. Treatment with Botox is only ever temporary and the results will fade away with time.

Botulinum toxin has been used for decades in medicine originally being used to treat twitches in eyes. The patients then reported the reduced wrinkles and it started to be used for cosmetic treatments.

Lina uses tried and tested brand Azzalure, one of the few Botulinum toxins approved by the FDA. It has a 20+ year history and is regarded as consistent and safe.

3) Is Botox safe?

‘Botox has a remarkably safe history. Only 36 serious adverse effects associated with cosmetic use were reported to the FDA between 1989 and 2003, according to a 2005 study. And of those, 13 patients had underlying medical conditions that may have explained their response to the drug.’

Here’s a good article in The Guardian that discusses the safety and concerns surrounding Botox… 

4) When will I see the results?

It takes two weeks to see the full effects of Botox treatment but you will start to notice the first changes after four to five days. Your Botox practitioner should see you after two weeks to review the effects of the treatment and carry out any top-up Botox treatment (which is usually including in the overall price).

5) How long does Botox last for?

The effects of Botox usually last three to four months depending on your response, but following repeat treatments the effects may last for longer. Botox treatment is not reversible but does gradually wear off.

6) What are the side effects of Botox

Most side effects are short-lived and mild, the most common being mild bruising to the site of the injection. Some patients also report mild headaches shortly after the treatment, but these usually subside within 24 hours.

7) How does Botox work?

It works by reversibly targeting the small muscles of the face and damping down their contraction, relaxing the muscle and thus softening lines and wrinkles. It also works in a similar way on sweat glands to stop the production of sweat.

8) What will my Botox treatment look like?

This depends on where you having the Botox treatment as it used to treat many things. Most commonly forehead lines, frown lines and crows feet. A skilled practitioner will discuss what sort of look you would like and if that’s possible and offer you their guidance. Your Botox doesn’t have to come with the full frozen look and you may also want to gently lift the eyebrows.

The frozen Botox look ironically is requested more by the younger women, which works well as they can get away with having zero lines and wrinkles and it can help to prevent them from developing. Older women and men usually go somewhere in the middle reducing lines and wrinkles but keeping some movement to their face so the treatment looks natural. This is often referred to as ‘Baby Botox’ or ‘Botox Sprinkles’.

What can Botox be used for?

– Anti-ageing treatments – to soften lines and wrinkles
– Brow and jowl lifting
– Help with teeth clenching and grinding
– Gummy smile – it helps to relax the upper lip in the case of a high smile line.
– Reduce fine lines (smoker’s lines) around the mouth
– Treat cases of excess sweating (hyperhidrosis)
– Facial Slimming – slim the lower face (masseter muscle)
– In conjunction with dermal fillers for a non-surgical facelift

How much does Botox cost UK?

Botox injections can range from £150-£350 per treatment.

How do I find a Botox practitioner?

Complaints about facial aesthetics are growing as the demand for them has skyrocketed and this has led to many unsuitably qualified people carrying out the treatment. You should always choose to have treatment with a suitably trained medical professional such as a doctor, dentist or nurse within a clinical environment. The NHS has good advice that you can trust when choosing a Botox practitioner…

If you’re thinking of Botox treatment in Leicester then we suggest booking an appointment for a short, free, no-obligation consultation by giving us a call on 0116 2891317. At this appointment, you will be able to discuss what you would like to improve, gain advice and treatment options from Dr Lina Kotecha and be given a treatment cost.