Tooth loss is an issue that affects a lot of people in the UK, with 31% experiencing some form of tooth decay. Missing teeth can cause all sorts of problems, from simple discomfort to more severe issues. Custom dentures may give you back confidence in yourself and your smile. Keep reading to find out how they can help you!

What Causes Tooth Loss?

Tooth decay is a very common cause of tooth loss. Good dental hygiene is an integral part of your daily life. Most people are made aware of how essential it is at a young age, but it’s easy to forget the basics as life gets in the way. Without dental hygiene, bacteria-filled plaque can build up and cause problems. If the plaque is not effectively removed, it will eventually harden into tartar and cause tooth decay. You should educate yourself on keeping your mouth healthy so that you don’t get into this situation. Moreover, attending your regular dental checkups will help you spot any issues early before they lead to tooth decay.
Unfortunately, some people are more predisposed to suffer from tooth decay than others due to genetics. It’s also possible for teeth to get knocked out in various injuries, regardless of how well you look after your oral health. Here at Caterham Smiles, we offer emergency dental appointments for those who need them.

Why Do I Need Dentures?

Dentures are generally classified as either partial or complete. Complete dentures are for those in need of replacing an entire dental arch, whereas partial dentures are ideal for anyone needing to replace just one or two single teeth. Missing teeth can cause discomfort and make it hard for you to eat, speak clearly or taste food properly. With a team of experts to help you feel good about your smile, Caterham Smiles provides the best cosmetic and specialist dental treatments in the area.
Dentures can be an excellent way to make you feel more confident with your appearance. The feeling of having perfect, white teeth is something that everyone wants. You can experience this feeling with dentures, which will also make eating and talking easier than ever before!

What Happens After?

You may experience some minor discomfort after receiving custom dentures, but this will subside after a few days. It’s always a great idea to see your dentist after undergoing the dentures procedure so they can check on everything and make sure you’re doing well.
To prevent pain or discomfort, you should eat softer foods for a few days after your procedure. Cutting up food into small pieces is a great way to avoid dislodging anything when you eat with your dentures.

Visit Caterham Smiles for the Best Dental Care

We don’t want any of our patients to have to suffer through tooth loss. Our dentures treatment here at Caterham Smiles is designed to give you back your confidence and functionality, so you can go back to feeling happy with your smile. Caterham Smiles is always ready to answer any of your questions and book a consultation with you. We’ll get you back to smiling in no time, guaranteed!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry is the best way to improve your teeth’s look, health or appearance. Most people choose to go for Cosmetic Dentistry to improve the look of their teeth and the colour, but they can also be used to help close gaps in your teeth, help your gum health and help to replace chipped or cracked teeth. For the best Cosmetic Dentistry in Caterham, visit Caterham Smiles today.

Smile Makeovers

A smile is the best thing you can wear, so it is essential that you feel happy and confident with yours. Here at Caterham Smiles we have taken the time to research and take an interest in Cosmetic Dentistry procedures giving you a ‘Smile Makeover’. A Smile Makeover can drastically change the way your smile looks and help improve the colour of your teeth, replace any missing teeth you may have, and help with chips or cracks or the shape of your teeth. There is a solution for everyone, and we will consider your facial features, age, characteristics to create the perfect smile for you. We have a team of dentists with years of experience to help and plan your dream, smile with you and ensure that you are 100% happy with the procedure you are going for. 

Teeth Whitening

The most popular form of Cosmetic Dentistry we complete here at Caterham Smiles is Teeth Whitening. Over time your teeth can become yellow or discoloured so Teeth whitening is the process to reverse this. It is the process of lighting the colour of your teeth by changing the colour of the tooth’s enamel through the process of one of our treatment options. Teeth whitening can transform the look of your smile, improving your tooth’s appearance and improving your confidence. 

There are many reasons why your teeth can discolour. The type of foods you eat and the things you drink have the most significant effect. High in starch food can have a big impact, and also drinking a lot of tea, coffee, and wine can cause stains on your teeth. Tobacco also has a significant effect on the colouration of teeth. 

We have two teeth whitening options here at Caterham Smiles. They are Boutique Whitening and Airflow Cleaning. Boutique Whitening, where we take impressions of your teeth where the lab will create custom trays to fit your teeth. There will be some chemicals and whitening products you have to put in the trays and then wear them overnight. The other procedure we do here is called Airflow Cleaning. For this, we use a jet of compressed air, water, and bicarbonate particles, polishing the teeth gently and wiping away stains, creating a bright white smile for only £75. 


Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured Porcelain shells custom-made to fit your teeth. They will be bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They help protect the tooth’s surface and enamel and help to give you a fresh, clean smile. They are bright white, so they will look natural and give your teeth a clean look. Not only do they help improve the colour of the teeth, but they also help to close spaces and enhance the shape of your teeth. 

The process of having veneers fitted is known as a Dental Facelift. They help improve the appearance of your teeth and make them look naturally clean. Veneers can also be used to eliminate gaps between the teeth, making sure you no longer have a ‘gummy smile’ and helping to straighten the look and shape of your teeth.

As the veneers need to be fitted to your natural teeth, we advise that your teeth are relatively intact and minimally restored or filled to be able to receive the best possible outcome from having the veneers treatment. Ensuring that you take care of your veneers and they can resist most forces made by a regular diet. 


For Cosmetic Dentistry in Selsdon, Invisalign is another very popular treatment. By using clear plastic trays or aligners, instead of metal brackets, your teeth can become straight in a much more realistic time scale.

Our Invisalign specialists will provide the best programme for you and will inform you of the duration of your case as well as the pricing options. With Invisalign, you could start seeing results in as little as a few weeks, depending on how complex your case is. However, the procedure usually takes around six months to be fully completed.

White Fillings

Brushing your teeth regularly is the best way to avoid cavities, and if you don’t do so, they will inevitably form. White fillings are always the best option when treating a cavity. There are many different types of fillings, and if you already have Amalgam or Silver fillings and want to change to white, we can replace them. 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Caterham offers a White filling option when treating because they are nearly invisible and natural. They match the colour of your teeth and can even make them appear brighter. They efficiently protect any further decay to the tooth by sealing the hole or crack that caused the cavity and bond the filling to the tooth. They are a long-lasting and the most natural way to have a filling. 

Gum Line Correction

If you feel like you have a ‘gummy smile’, this procedure might be for you. A gummy smile is where there is an excessive amount of gum above the teeth under your lip. This is an embarrassment for many people, but we can help here at Caterham Smiles. The Gum Line correction treatment will help enhance the appearance of your gums and improve gum tissue health, creating a beautiful smile. We can also offer ‘Gum Lift’ treatment, which we use alongside Veneers and Crowns treatments to enhance the look of your teeth and gums. 


Any remaining teeth you may have are extracted on the day of surgery, where 4-6 Implants will be placed, upper arch and lower. Before you go ahead with the procedure, our dental nurses will discuss all alternative treatment options with you.

The All-On-4 treatment method is the most in-depth type of Cosmetic treatment we have available. Essentially it means ‘all teeth are being supported on four dental implants’. Another name for it is ‘Same Day, Same Teeth’. It is a conventional implant that takes around six months plus additional time for recovery. It is a fixed bridge attached to a dental implant where we will have to remove any remaining teeth to fit it. As this is an extensive treatment option, the dentists will discuss any other options with you, having this as a last resort if nothing else is suitable. 

We can arrange for you to have sedation on the day of surgery to help you feel more relaxed and at ease if you are a nervous or anxious patient. The Implants will be placed in your mouth, and an implant-retained Bridge will also be fitted, completely transforming your smile. A lot of aftercare goes with this treatment option, so you must keep it up and listen to our dentists, who will provide you with complete care and advice.

There is a wide range of cosmetic procedure options for you and your smile. We are happy to go through your choices and discuss the best treatment option for you. Please visit or contact us here at Caterham Smiles, and we will be happy to help and provide you with the best treatment and care possible. 

Emergency Dental Appointments

Emergency Dental Appointments

Accidents happen, regardless of how well we look after our oral health. Many people suffer injuries that put their risk at harm and require urgent dental attention. Here at Caterham Smiles, we offer emergency dental appointments for anybody who needs them. After all, nobody should ever have to sacrifice their dental health because they are unable to get an appointment in time! Our dentists can fix any serious issues you are facing before they worsen.

Is my Toothache a Dental Emergency?

So, what constitutes a dental emergency? For the most part, it’s okay to leave dental issues for a week or two as you wait for your regular appointment. However, some cases necessitate more immediate action, particularly if they are impeding your ability to live your life as normal.
Toothache is a relatively common phenomenon that will most likely impact everybody at some point in their lives. Generally, it presents itself as a dull ache that, while uncomfortable, doesn’t drastically impact one’s daily life. However, occasionally people will suffer from more severe forms of toothache that require more immediate attention. If you are suffering intense pain, call Caterham Smiles to book your emergency dental appointment.

What Should I do in the Meantime?

Before booking an emergency appointment, you should always try home remedies to avoid taking dentist appointments that may be more urgent for other cases. Saltwater solutions can act as an antiseptic, removing the bacteria from the affected area and relieving your pain. To make your solution, mix half a teaspoon of table salt with eight ounces of water and swill it around your mouth two to three times per day.
If this doesn’t work, try over the counter medication such as ibuprofen, or apply a cold compress to your cheek to reduce any swelling and inflammation.

What If My Tooth Has Been Knocked Out?

Sometimes, tooth loss becomes unavoidable due to injury. If you have had your tooth chipped, cracked or knocked out, it’s very important to book an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible to restore your tooth. Try to keep hold of the tooth so that your dentist can repair it during your appointment. When bringing it to the clinic, store it in your mouth or a glass of milk, and avoid handling it by the root. Your dentist will bind it to the surrounding teeth for support. Over time, your tooth should heal back into position.
Caterham Smiles offers an extensive range of tooth replacement treatments if your dentist is unable to restore your lost tooth. You can discuss these options with your dentist, and they will recommend the most advisable course of action.

Visit Caterham Smiles for Emergency Dental Appointments

If you’re looking to avoid problems with your teeth, maintaining basic oral health is essential. However, injuries can occur no matter how healthy your mouth is, which is why emergency appointments are sometimes necessary. Contact the friendly team at Caterham Smiles to find out more about our emergency dental service. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.

Teeth Whitening: A Guide to the Most Perfect Smile

Teeth Whitening: A Guide to the Most Perfect Smile

Have you ever wondered why people with white teeth always smile so much? Because it brings out the confidence in people! We see a significantly brighter smile when you get your teeth whitened because discolouration has been lost. As we all face the pressure to have the ‘ideal look’, whitening has become a hugely popular option for people to build self-confidence. This teeth whitening process can give you a smile that affects you not only on the outside but also the way you feel on the inside too. If you have noticed a yellowing to your teeth, this could be for a few reasons – such as your age or genetics! Other external causes of staining can be from drinking lots of red wine or coffee/tea!

So why not consider a brighter smile? Read on about how to get the perfect smile with our guide!

How does teeth whitening work?

Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxides are great for removing stains from your teeth. These bleaching chemicals penetrate deep into the layer where old staining takes place, getting rid of any unwanted brown residue that may have been left behind by coffee or tea, for example! 

With our Boutique Whitening, you will receive consistent and balanced results from your treatment. The dentist will take an impression of your mouth for this process to get the best results; the unique trays are then made for you to wear overnight and at home! This then helps you get rid of any surface staining and will not damage your teeth in the meantime. 

Airflow’s high-pressure stream consisting mainly of water and particles is able to remove any discolouration on our clients’ dental enamel without harming your teeth!

How long does teeth whitening last?

There’s a one-year worth of whitening for most people, but it all depends on how often you get your teeth cleaned and the type of bleaching used. Some may last from six months to more than three years! Teeth whitening is an individual experience because everyone has varying levels and types of genes.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

Many dentists in Caterham offer whitening treatments. Prices will vary depending on what procedure you choose and where your treatments are done, but we can help guide that decision for you! Whatever you decide, you must ensure that a professional dentist has worked with you to whiten your teeth. We offer airflow cleaning for £75 with Caterham Smiles, but teeth whitening depends on the request and necessities per patient.

Can you have teeth whitening whilst pregnant?

The British Dental Association suggests that women wait until after they have given birth before they get their teeth whitened. However, teeth whitening is available for pregnant women, but it must be performed by a dental professional. Therefore, do not perform any home teeth-whitening treatments whilst pregnant (and even when you are not!) because this is unsafe. 

Should I get my teeth whitened?

Do you want a brighter and whiter smile? Teeth whitening can be the best solution for you! With impressive results, this treatment is safe and straightforward and has next to no pain or discomfort. It leaves you feeling beautiful and confident – what is not to love! We suggest this option if dentures and veneers are not suited to your lifestyle or are too expensive and time-consuming to maintain! If you are still unsure, contact us to help you decide what is best for you!

The perfectly bright smile is only round the corner, so contact us today for teeth whitening in Caterham!

Invisalign: What to Expect When You Begin Treatment

Invisalign, also commonly referred to as clear aligners or invisible braces, is an innovative technology designed to straighten teeth without any of the hassles of traditional braces. Caterham Smiles comprises a talented team of professionals, experts in all things Invisalign, who are highly qualified to administer your treatment. If you’re interested in finding out more, get in touch today!

How Does the Invisalign Process Start?

Any patient wishing to undergo Invisalign treatment must first attend an initial consultation with their dentist to determine whether or not Invisalign is the best treatment for them. You must consider several factors, such as your medical history and commitment to the treatment process; if you are unwilling to wear the Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours per day, the treatment is likely not a suitable option. This consultation is also your chance to discuss the cost of the treatment, and you can decide whether or not you think a payment plan would benefit your situation.

Then What?

Once you have confirmed your decision to start the treatment, your dentist will take x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth to send to an Invisalign technician. The technician will use this information to create a 3D model of your teeth and their progression to your desired position. They will then create your bespoke Invisalign trays.

What Happens Once I Get my Aligners?

You will be provided with a series of aligners which must be worn in a specific order. These sets have been designed to shift your teeth into the correct position over the course of your treatment. Each set should be worn for a fortnight before they are swapped out for the next.

We must impress upon our Invisalign patients how important it is to remain consistent with your treatment. If you neglect to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day, it is unlikely that your teeth will move sufficiently to fit the next set of Invisalign trays. This will both halt and massively complicate the entire process. Ideally, the only instances in which you should remove your trays is when eating and brushing your teeth. We also recommend removing them to clean them each night with a soft toothbrush. This will be effective in removing any bacteria, thereby helping you avoid gum disease and other issues.

What Happens After I Finish My Treatment Plan?

Your treatment period may be prolonged if a few stubborn teeth won’t move into position after you finish your last set of aligners. This is not uncommon and just requires a set of refinement trays to tweak those last few teeth into the right place. When your treatment is complete, it’s imperative that you wear retainers each night in order to keep your teeth in position. After the first few months, you can slightly reduce this wear time to a few nights a week. Ideally, you should continue to wear them throughout your life, as it’s always possible for your teeth to move out of place, no matter how old you are. Retainers will combat this and keep them looking perfect!

Visit Caterham Smiles for Invisalign

There’s a reason why Invisalign has become such a popular option over the past few years. It is a much more convenient and attractive option than traditional braces, which can be somewhat unsightly and cause discomfort. Invisalign are virtually invisible and involve no uncomfortable brackets or wires, making it easy for you and others to forget you’re even wearing them! If you’d like to learn more, please get in touch with Caterham Smiles today and speak to one of our friendly team members. They will happily answer any questions and help you book your initial consultation with a dentist.

Preventive Care in Caterham

Preventive Care in Caterham

To maintain excellent dental health, you should always start practising good habits from an early age! No one wants their teeth and gums to suffer the consequences of bad behaviour. This is why Preventive Care must begin sooner rather than later; children are more prone to developing problems such as tooth decay when they don’t take proper care for too long; this can lead to bacteria building up spaces where it shouldn’t belong, which eventually leads loose dentin or even missing patches on your smile if left untreated. So get started now, so we all have healthy smiles with healthy pearly whites by taking advantage of our youth while there’s still time before adult responsibilities set in.

Carrying out Preventive Care in Caterham for my Teeth

Most people think a regular toothbrush will do the trick, but you’ll be wrong. Invest in an electric brush, and your gums stay fresh for longer with its rounded bristles compared to standard ones! We know how important it is to brush your teeth twice a day, so you should start with that. We also advise flossing every day and coming in for regular checkups at Caterham Smiles! It is essential to be checked for both your physical and mental well-being.

If you want a healthy mouth, follow these steps:

  • Attend dentist appointments or dental screenings every six months.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice per day (morning and night).
  • Floss once between each set of teeth in an area called “dental care”.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks when possible because they can lead directly towards cavities/gingivitis/halitosis if not adequately brushed away by cleaning instrumentation such as brushes.

Your mouth is your first impression. We’ll take care of you to make sure you stay fit for business with regular checkups from our dental team, including preventative measures like daily brushing. To avoid costly treatments in the future (like tooth extractions), don’t smoke cigarettes; if you drink alcohol occasionally, then limit yourself to only one drink per day max, and try not to exceed this amount at all costs because excessive drinking leads directly into cavities forming underneath the enamel layer.

At Caterham Smiles, we offer comprehensive dental care services to keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime! Preventive dentistry is accessible in more ways than one. Call us today so our team can recommend the best options depending on what’s going on with you now or later on down the road.