Monthly Archives: March 2019

We now offer Invisalign…

Whatever your age you don’t have to put up with crooked teeth! If you have always wanted straighter teeth we could help. We have been offering cosmetic fitted braces for some time now and we delighted to announce we have just added Invisalign clear braces to our list too.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Invisalign we hear at our Leicester dental practice

How does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works by gently exerting pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. Each aligner is changed every 7-14 days so it can adjust the pressure in the right spots as your teeth move.

Is Invisalign really discreet?

Absolutely. The clear aligners make them virtually undetectable at a social distance. They are one of the most discreet cosmetic brace system available on the market.

Will Invisalign affect my lifestyle?

You should wear your Invisalign aligners day and night but they can be removed to eat, drink and to brush and floss your teeth. This is often a big bonus for patients that have previously had conventional orthodontics as you have to adjust the food you eat.

Does it hurt?

It’s generally considered less painful than traditional fitted brace systems. Most people being treated with Invisalign report some discomfort when changing their aligners. This usually dissipates shortly after.

Will Invisalign work for me?

Invisalign isn’t a suitable treatment option for everyone. That’s why we always invite people in for a complimentary consultation. This will allow our Leicester dentists to have a chat with you to see if Invisalign would work for you and they would also advise you of your other options, including if an alternative treatment with an orthodontist would be more suitable. If it is decided that this is the right treatment for you, we will invite you back for a more detailed assessment.

How long does Invisalign take?

This depends on the position of your teeth and the complexity of your case. Invisalign can take as little as 3 months. Your Invisalign provider will be able to provide you with an approximate timeline once the Invisalign treatment process had begun.

How much does Invisalign Cost?

Again this depends on your personalised Invisalign treatment plan. Though your Invisalign provider will be able to give you an approximate cost at a complimentary consultation. It’s important when looking at the cost of Invisalign treatment you check what is covered. Such as retainers following the treatment to keep your teeth in place and also any added benefits such as free teeth whitening.

Arrange your complimentary consultation today…


Meet Gurpreet…

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a local girl I was born and educated in Loughborough and then went over to Sheffield to embark on my dental degree. I have been a dentist now for nearly twenty years and have worked in numerous dental practices in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Your role at the dental practice?

I am a Dental Associate at Smile Essential and alongside my experienced colleagues, I help to provide dental care to patients from routine examinations to a variety of dental treatments. These include simple fillings to more complex treatments such as crown and bridge work and cosmetic treatment including tooth whitening and adult orthodontics.

Your favourite part?

I especially enjoy the cosmetic side of dentistry – there’s an immense amount of satisfaction in providing patients with treatments that allow s them to feel more confident about themselves and their smiles.

What do you like about being part of the Smile Essential team?

This might sound like a cliché – but it’s the feeling that I belong to a family here. I feel a valued member of the team. This perhaps explains why the majority of staff have been here years!

When you were little what did you dream of doing when you grew up?

A backing vocalist for Wham or Madonna.

Favourite film?

Goodfellas or anything by Martin Scorcese.

Favourite TV programme?

Any good comedy – Modern Family.

How important do you think a good smile is?

A good healthy smile is essential in allowing people to go about their daily lives with that inner confidence. Good dental health is vital to ensure that we can function as we should e.g. so we can eat drink and speak normally – otherwise this can have a major impact on our daily lives. This is why regular dental visits are so important. Seeing a dentist regularly ensures that possible problems can be spotted early and corrected preventing major problems in the future.

Dental membership plan offers a real saving…

Dr Niket Patel and his team at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester are committed to providing their Leicestershire patients with the best quality dental care and treatment in a friendly environment.

Our mission is to help our patients to maintain the health of their mouth and encourage them to adopt a preventative approach to their dental care. Our membership allows you to attend for your regular dental appointments for only £12.40 per month. Attending regularly means your dentist can spot any concerns before they have a chance to develop into something more serious.

For just £12.40 per month, we will provide you with comprehensive dental care and more.

Here’s what is included:

• 6 monthly dental health checks. This includes a mouth cancer screening, all necessary x rays and photographs.
• 6 monthly hygiene appointments. These appointments with the dentist/hygienist include a thorough assessment of your gum health, fresh breath treatment, techniques to prevent gum disease, periodontal advice, and most of all, the thorough removal of built-up plaque that causes decay and a polish that refreshes your smile
• 15% discount on most dental work you may require – including most cosmetic treatments.
• 12-month guarantee on all restorative work (provided due care has been taken).
• Priority appointments for your convenience.
• Same day assessment of dental emergencies and dental pain.
• Dispensing of most antibiotics.
• Emergency call out.
•Dental insurance for treatment needed anywhere in the world as a result of dental emergency or accidental damage to your teeth.
• Worldwide emergency callout.
• Redundancy protection cover

By taking care of your dental health and attending regular dental appointments you will have fewer fillings, a healthier mouth and are less likely to suffer from toothache.

Find out more about our membership plan…

The Ultimate Teeth Whitening Treatment…

When it comes to whitening your teeth there are many options available. However, it is important to bear in mind that not all tooth whitening systems are created equal!

The teeth whitening system we use at our Leicester clinic is a professional system called Enlighten. Enlighten can whiten even the darkest teeth by several shades, in fact, you can lighten your teeth up to a staggering 16 shades! Enlighten is widely acknowledged as the most effective whitening system in the world. It’s the only one that guarantees a Vita shade B1 for every patient. But don’t worry your teeth won’t look unnaturally white. Sometimes the very white teeth you see on celebrities are often crowns or veneers which are made from porcelain.

We have two choices available for patients wishing to whiten their teeth. Enlighten Ultimate and Enlighten Home. Both of these involve a 2 week home treatment however, the Enlighten Ultimate treatment is followed by a 1 hour in practice visit to the dentist. It works by increasing the tooth‘s permeability to oxygen which breaks down stain molecules.

The dentist will help you to decide which option is most suitable for you depending on the shade of your teeth and what you are hoping to achieve.

How does it work?
The whitening gel is placed into your custom made teeth whitening trays which hold the teeth whitening gel without it leaking into the mouth or being diluted by saliva. The trays are very comfortable to wear and are worn overnight for 14 consecutive nights. The active ingredients in the teeth whitening gel pass through the dental enamel, breaking down stains by chemical oxidation. The process can take some time so it is important to finish the treatment as directed by your dentist.

How long do the results last?
Results can last indefinitely with some very simple maintenance. Wearing the trays for 1 night every other month. Continuing to brush with Tooth Serum will also prolong results.

Will it work for me?
Enlighten teeth whitening has a 98% success rate. As with all teeth whitening systems they cannot lighten fillings, veneers or crowns. Your dentists will check and discuss your suitability at your consultation appointment.

Is it teeth whitening painful?
Sometimes there is some transient sensitivity but this passes once the treatment is complete. Enlighten is the only whitening brand to give you: guaranteed long-lasting whitening results and low sensitivity compared to other whitening systems.

Book an appointment for a free teeth whitening consultation…