With a Smile Makeover, Should You Have Crowns or Veneers?

Should You Have Crowns or Veneers

The teeth of your dreams are not far away with an easy and affordable smile makeover.

Many people today are opting for cosmetic dentistry to improve their teeth, smile and overall look, and with the introduction of new dental technologies, it’s now more affordable and faster than ever. In fact, cosmetic dentistry in Ireland, such as at our clinics, lets you have a smile makeover in just a day. 

But while a smile makeover may seem easy to grasp in terms of what it promises to do, what actually is involved, what choices do you have with the materials that will be used and what can you expect the results to look like? In this blog, we’re going to take a look at smile makeovers and give you the information you need if you’re considering having one. 

What Is a Smile Makeover?

Almost no one has teeth that are perfectly straight or aligned, or the same length. They can jut out at different angles to those beside them, and they can be chipped or broken. Many are also not all that pearly white and can even be yellow or badly stained from foods and drinks that leave stains that no amount of brushing will remove. If you’re a smoker, you probably have a build-up of tar on some of your teeth, too. 

A smile makeover is designed to rectify some, if not all, of these issues, giving you back the teeth you once had and, in many cases, entirely perfect teeth that are almost unrecognisable from the crooked and chipped originals. This dental transformation may only be done on a number of teeth, especially those at the front that are visible, or it may be on all or most — and with cheap cosmetic dentistry now widely available, you may be able to do your entire set of teeth in one go. 

What Types of Procedures Are Available?

There are many options for having a smile makeover, and they’re not always about having crowns or veneers fitted. It may be that your dentist recommends you have teeth whitening done, and this can be performed in the clinic or at home. The James Clinic, for example, has professional teeth whitening kits that you use at home over a number of weeks to whiten your teeth by several shades. This is done after an examination and the creation of a mould that fits your teeth perfectly and in which the whitening solution is placed. 

Another option with smile makeovers is composite bonding. It’s typically used to repair chipped or broken teeth and involves the application of a type of resin to cover up unsightly cracks and gaps between teeth. It’s a non-invasive, fast and lasting procedure that dramatically improves teeth and a person’s smile. For the type of celebrity smile that many people desire, this is achieved with the application of veneers and crowns over the teeth. 

What Are Crowns and Veneers?

Crowns and veneers are almost always made from porcelain now. Sometimes, crowns can also contain metal, but it may show up on the edges of the crowns after several years, leading to a look that’s not aesthetically pleasing, and so these days, it’s mostly porcelain alone that’s used in crowns. 

The main difference between the two is that crowns cover the entire tooth, while veneers are only placed over the front of them. A certain amount of filing is required to remove some of the original tooth in preparation for the placement of both, and usually, less of the tooth is removed when veneers are being used. 

One of the advantages of crowns, however, is that they’re less likely to come loose and fall off compared to veneers, as they’re snapped firmly into place over the teeth. Another benefit of crowns is they help to protect the tooth from decay and other potential problems, as they encase them completely. But veneers are also a great option for a smile makeover, as they can be just as aesthetically pleasing and are easier to apply to the tooth. 

Whatever the case, your dentist will be able to discuss your smile makeover options with you so you get the procedure that’s right for you and gives you a dazzling smile.


If you’re thinking about having a smile makeover and are wondering what procedures are available with cosmetic dentistry in Ireland, contact The James Clinic and our smile makeover experts will give you a consultation and explain everything you need to know.

How Do You Know if a Wisdom Tooth Is Infected?

infected wisdom tooth

Sudden pain and swelling at the back of your mouth can be alarming; it’s most likely due to an infected wisdom tooth. 

What’s wise about having wisdom teeth? Lots. They’re your third and final molars and spring up when you’re in your late teens or sometimes later, such as in your mid-20s. They’re so called because it’s assumed you have a bit more knowledge, and wisdom, by then, compared to when you were a toddler and your baby teeth fell out and were replaced with permanent ones. 

The job of molar teeth — whose name comes from the Latin molaris dens, or “millstone tooth” — is to aid the chewing process by grinding up food and making it suitable for digestion. Over time, they have become developed in all kinds of mammals, including humans, but, unfortunately, when they start erupting, things don’t always go according to plan.

They can come in at wrong angles and cause trouble with other teeth, or become infected. Many people have their wisdom teeth removed because of this, and don’t suffer any consequences by not having them, as their remaining molars are sufficient for grinding food. So how do you know if a wisdom tooth is infected? Let’s take a look at the signs.

What Causes a Wisdom Tooth Infection?

If a wisdom tooth starts erupting and doesn’t come up straight from the jaw, it may leave a small opening that can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria, due to the moist environment in the mouth. This can quickly lead to an infection that may be hard to treat. But even if they do come in properly and are not impacting other teeth, they can still prove problematic. 

This is because of their location — right at the back of the mouth. It can mean they’re harder to reach when brushing your teeth, and if you do manage to brush and floss them, chances are you may not be giving them a proper brush and food particles can get stuck there and cause an infection as they attract bacteria. A buildup of bacteria in the area can result in damage to the wisdom tooth’s enamel and eventual infection in the tooth itself.

Symptoms of an Infected Wisdom Tooth

The first sign of an infected wisdom tooth is usually pain at the back of your mouth, either in or around the wisdom tooth or in the jaw. If it’s not immediately treated, the pain might spread into the throat and neck as well as all over the jaw. You might also have a sore throat, and the lymph glands just under the jaw may become swollen as the clusters of white blood cells they contain fight the invading bacterial infection. 

Your face and jaw may also swell at this time, causing you some alarm and making it difficult to eat, but it’s a sure sign of an infected wisdom tooth. Many people with an infected wisdom tooth also notice a bad taste or smell in their mouth that just won’t go away, and again, this is a result of the bacteria that have taken hold in or around the wisdom tooth and the odours they give off. 

Treatments for Infected Wisdom Teeth

If you have any or all of the above symptoms, it’s important that you seek urgent dental treatment, including from an emergency dentist if it’s an out-of-hours situation. It’s not likely the infection will clear up of its own accord, and you need immediate dental attention to ease your pain and get rid of the bacteria with a course of antibiotics

Once the infection has been dealt with, your dentist might take an X-Ray to study your wisdom teeth in detail and devise a treatment programme just for you. This may involve some work in the area around your infected wisdom tooth, and it could also mean the tooth will need to be extracted. Whatever the case, you’ll soon be back to normal and just as wise. 


If you think you’re having trouble with your wisdom teeth and would like to have them checked, you can make an appointment at The James Clinic now and our friendly and expert dentists will be happy to give you a thorough examination. Get in touch now

Why Invisible Braces Mean No One Will Know You’re Wearing Them

Invisible Braces

Now, your teeth can be corrected without anyone knowing about it.

It used to be that children and also adults dreaded the prospect of having to have braces fitted to straighten their teeth and bring them into better alignment because the clunky metal devices were clearly visible as soon as you opened your mouth to say something, and could lead to taunts or questions about your appearance. Not anymore. 

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way in orthodontics since this type of brace was the only choice. We now have the option of invisible braces that give you the teeth-straightening treatment you need over a year or two but without detracting from your appearance and making you feel self-conscious about wearing them. 

Why Might You Need Dental Braces?

Dental braces are not just about cosmetically improving your appearance so that over time your teeth move together and are better aligned; they’re also about functionality. That’s because a patient’s bite — where their upper and lower teeth meet — may not be perfect and cause an overbite or underbite that needs to be corrected. 

They’re also used in situations where there’s an overcrowding of teeth so that they can be moved apart and lead to better oral health (as, otherwise, pieces of food could get trapped and you might find it hard to clean your teeth properly). Crooked teeth can be straightened over the period braces are worn, and they’re also used to correct a misaligned jaw — a condition known as malocclusion

Whether they’re invisible braces or the usual kind that everyone can see, they might look like small and fragile devices, but they’re strong, robust and highly effective at resolving all these conditions. 

How Are Invisible Braces Different?

The main difference with invisible braces compared to the more traditional type is where they’re placed. Also known as lingual braces, they go behind the teeth, so there’s no possibility anyone is going to see them. They do the job of straightening and aligning teeth just as well but out of sight of everyone. Why should anyone know?

Invisible braces are made using the latest dental technologies and are fully customisable to each patient so that you get the results you want. They’re of particular benefit to people who spend a lot of time with others, whether for studies, work or play, and don’t want traditional braces to detract from their look. 

No One Need Know

This can be an important consideration for teenagers, for instance, who are often sensitive about their developing looks and, at the same time, making new friends — their emerging social lives are just as important as anything — and the teenage years are often when braces are required. It would be a shame not to correct teeth problems at this stage of a young person’s life before they perhaps go on to higher education, enter the workplace and start a family, if they refused to wear usual braces that everyone could see.

It can be the ideal solution for adults who need orthodontic treatment, too, when their dentist recommends they wear braces for a year or more, and invisible braces are widely available in Ireland, including at our Enfield dentist practice. For adults who have jobs where they have to meet a lot of people or give speeches or presentations, visible braces might not be the right fit. With invisible braces, however, they can look as professional and feel as confident as always. 

Something else that might be off-putting to those who have been advised to wear a brace is the cost. Dental braces are among the most expensive dental solutions and typically cost several thousand euros. At The James Clinic, we’re pleased to offer interest-free financing to spread the cost and help everyone who needs braces to get them. 


You can get invisible braces fitted at The James Clinic and also benefit from our interest-free repayment scheme. Contact us now to find out more. 

What Is Dental Bonding and How Much Does It Cost?

dental bonding cost

If you’re looking for a quick, easy and affordable solution to your chipped-tooth problems, dental bonding may be for you.

Many people have teeth they wish were in better condition, and not just in terms of keeping them clean and having them regularly checked out by a dentist. Years of wear and possibly accidents too mean teeth can be chipped, cracked or outright broken. Is there anything you can do about it that doesn’t take long to fix them and doesn’t cost the earth? Yes: it’s called dental bonding.

Dental bonding is a type of cosmetic dentistry, and it’s a form that’s the least expensive while also delivering top results that restore teeth to their former glory and make you look great again. But what exactly is dental bonding and how much does it cost to have this procedure done so that one or more of your teeth are fixed? In this blog, we look at dental bonding and everything it entails so you can consider this cosmetic dentistry solution for yourself. 

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding involves the use of a tooth-coloured composite material that’s usually a resin, and it’s applied to a tooth that needs repairing — this bonds to the tooth, hence its name. Once it’s in place, it’s made into the shape that’s required so that it looks right and restores the look of the tooth. From there, it’s a matter of hardening the resin and then polishing it. 

It’s ideal and mostly only used in small areas, such as for fixing a chip or crack in a tooth and closing gaps between teeth that a patient may not like and would prefer to have closed. Dental bonding can also be used to fill in cavities that have been treated, as it looks natural compared to silver-coloured fillings that dentists often use and are not all that aesthetically pleasing, especially if they’re immediately visible because they’re at the front of the mouth. 

Patients usually don’t need anaesthesia for dental bonding, as it’s just a matter of preparing the surface of the tooth, applying the resin and sculpting it into shape, then hardening it with a special light and polishing the resin. It’s also fairly quick — you can expect your dentist to have it all done in as little as half an hour or up to one hour in some cases — and it generally only requires one trip to the dentist, as follow-up appointments are almost always not necessary.

How Much Does Dental Bonding Cost?

Now we get to the cost of dental bonding, and what you can expect to pay at your dentist. The simple answer is that it depends on the kind of work to be done — how many teeth and how complex the task is. But you can generally expect to pay around €150 per tooth, which is a lot less than having other types of cosmetic dentistry, such as crowns or veneers, which can cost anywhere from €600 each up to €1,000, or even nearly double that in some places. 

And with proper care — such as regularly cleaning your teeth and not smoking or grinding your teeth — you can expect to get many years’ use from your dental bonding. If you do happen to damage it, through a fall or eating something hard, like nuts, all it takes is a quick return to the dentist to have it remedied. 

Dental bonding is the fast and affordable answer to many patients’ cosmetic dental needs. 


If you have cracked or chipped teeth or have gaps between your teeth that you would like to have fixed, contact The James Clinic today and we will talk to you about our dental bonding service that will soon have your teeth restored to perfection.