Composite bonding techniques or ‘etch bonding’ as it is commonly referred to, is a popular cosmetic treatment used to restore teeth or to build a better tooth structure. A tooth coloured resin material is bonded to the existing tooth to reshape it or improve the colour. The tooth is then polished. The treatment is very conservative and can last many years. It is also possible to close large gaps between teeth and restore badly broken-down teeth. In cosmetic cases, it is a completely pain-free procedure and no anaesthetic is required. Spires Oral Care can also provide composite bonding to damaged and discoloured teeth due to fluorosis, especially teeth with white marks on the surface. We remove the blemish, usually without anaesthetic; as the discolouration is normally very superficial, and we restore the tooth so that it appears natural.
A lot of patients attend Spires Dermal Care with concerns that their lips have become thinner over time and complain that they have lost their ‘cupid’s bow’. They also comment on their downturned smile and that they look sad. Unfortunately, our features do change over time and the aging process has a large part to play in this. The ligaments become lax around the mouth and lead to drooping of the corners of the mouth, a thinning of the vermilion border and flattening of the cupid’s bow. Fine wrinkles appear around the mouth in our early 40s; deepening as time goes on. The good news for these patients is that we can volumise the lips and define the margins using dermal filler. This, in turn, helps the reduce the fine lines in the area and exaggerate the cupid’s bow. It may even have an effect on the appearance of the corners of the mouth; although this area may need to be treated separately to produce the best results.
Dr. Anne Gormley is a highly experienced dentist who has been practising for over 30 years after graduating from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne School of Dental Sciences in 1991. She is also a facial aesthetic clinician, having obtained the Level 7 PGCert in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics in 2019 from Northumbria University. She received her MFGDP(UK) qualification in 1996 from the Royal College of Surgeons, completed an Open University module in Paediatric Dentistry from Bristol University and finished a one-year part-time course in implant surgery and prosthetics. Dr. Anne has worked in the Restorative Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Orthodontic Department in the Waveney Hospital.
Dr. Anne specialises in cosmetic dentistry, with a particular interest in Align, Bleach, Bond (ABB). This technique involves straightening the teeth using Invisalign, followed by teeth whitening treatments and composite bonding and veneers. She loves enhancing facial features with non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers, botulinum toxins (also known as “Botox”) and Profhilo. In addition, Dr. Anne also specialises in crown, bridgework and ceramic veneers.