When are braces needed?

If you are concerned about your teeth misalignment and are experiencing some amount of pain or discomfort due to this, then you may need a set of braces. If you are looking for braces in Barnsley, then PDC Dental has a fantastic range to choose from, each type with a different function and set of benefits. We will assess in your consultation which braces are best for you.

Braces in BarnsleyAre braces for adults or children?

Braces are widely used for both adults and children, as crooked teeth can be a problem at any point in your life. If your child, or you yourself, need braces in Barnsley, then we will be able to provide a solution to any level of crooked teeth. We can also assess at a check-up whether there are dormant issues developing in your child’s teeth, and whether we can make any minor adjustments early on. Our treatments at PDC Dental are available for the whole family, so your children can experience the same quality of dental care that you do, from a young age, to ensure their dental health is as good as it can be.

Fixed braces

For severely crooked teeth, and teenagers’ fast-growing teeth, fixed braces will most probably be the best option. Fixed braces can be one of the fastest methods to correct teeth, but due to this can cause some discomfort, and damage to the gums when first installed. Fixed braces can also be undesirable for some people who may be self-conscious about their smile. However, fixed braces are one of the most effective methods, and can realign teeth in a matter of months.


At PDC Dental, we completely understand that fixed braces for adults may not be the most desirable treatment, as they can be uncomfortable and highly visible. Therefore, if you are concerned about getting fixed braces, we have Invisalign as an option. Invisalign works by using a series of plastic braces that are replaced by a tighter model every two weeks, to gradually adjust your teeth. As the plastic is transparent, the treatment will be almost invisible. Unfortunately, Invisalign is only available for fully grown teeth, so is only an option for adults.

Orthodontics at PDC

If you need orthodontic advice for braces in Barnsley, then PDC Dental will be able to provide a solution via a consultation, where we will be able to determine how to achieve your perfect smile. Orthodontics have improved considerably in the past few years, so we can assure you that things are different to how they once were. If you have had a bad experience with dental treatment, then we can reassure you by saying that we treat every patient with empathy and a relaxed approach. We want to dispel the myth that dental treatment is only ever painful or uncomfortable, and create a new experience, where you feel relaxed and cared for during your treatment.

What makes cosmetic dentistry different to regular dentistry?

Regular dentistry is the treatment of dental problems, such as tooth decay or damage. It also deals with the treatment of painful conditions and works to improve the overall health of the mouth. However, cosmetic dentistry is an extension of this, and works to improve the appearance of a healthy mouth.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BarnsleyDo I need cosmetic dentistry?

If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley, then we have a range of treatments available to help you achieve the best smile possible. It is your decision as to whether you want cosmetic dentistry or not and all depends on whether you are happy with your smile or not. If you are not satisfied with your smile, then we recommend looking at our wide range of options available.


If your teeth are perhaps crooked or chipped, then veneers can be a fantastic option for you. Instead of trying to correct your teeth or whiten them, porcelain veneers can be a fantastic way to get your ideal smile. Veneers are attached to the front of the tooth, quite often after a section has been chipped away to fit them and provide space. After they are attached, they will not only provide a clean, white finish, but they will also protect your teeth from damage.

White fillings

If you do not want regular fillings, due to the discolouration of teeth, then we also offer white fillings, which can hide their appearance entirely. This will mean your mouth will retain a natural appearance, rather than a metallic one. We also offer treatment for existing fillings, which we can replace with white fillings for a smoother finish. Cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley is available at PDC Dental from Monday to Friday, so give us a call if you would like any of your fillings replaced.

Teeth Whitening

As part of our cosmetic service, we want to make sure that you are getting everything that you desire from a good customer service. At PDC Dental, we want to make sure that your testimonial is good enough to talk about. After all, if providing a good service, it will reflect well on us. If you are after some cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley, specifically teeth whitening, then that is something PDC Dental offer. It is our aim to provide the most natural and rewarding smile with our treatment, which is why we have a range of 16 shades, so we can ensure you’ll be whitening them as much as you desire. We also provide home kits for a similar whitening process, along with a full guide on how to use it properly and effectively.

Dental implants

For those in need of more drastic reparations to their teeth, we also provide dental implants, which work to replace the tooth entirely by drilling and implanting a screw into the jawbone. This method is extremely effective, and means the false tooth will have an extremely strong foundation in the mouth, and will look and feel like a brand new tooth.

Do I need braces?

If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, then you may need braces to adjust them. We will assess in our consultation, whether the source of your pain or discomfort is from the braces, or an alternative issue. At PDC Dental, it is our responsibility to make sure that you are treated in a comfortable and respectful environment. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry, braces, or invisible braces in Barnsley, then we could be the option

for you.

Invisible Braces in BarnsleyIf I am an adult, can I get braces?

Absolutely. Braces are a necessary solution to teeth that have grown out of place, which is a completely natural, albeit irritating occurrence. There are also multiple forms of braces, each one with a specific purpose and set of positives.

Invisible braces

At PDC dental, we understand that having braces can be a daunting experience, particularly for those who might have had a bad experience in the past. We want you to be as comfortable as possible, and also understand that fixed metal braces might not be the most desirable option for an adult. Therefore, we offer invisible braces, or Invisalign as a treatment.

What is Invisalign, and how does it work?

If you are interested in invisible braces in Barnsley, then come in for a consultation, and we’ll be able to advise whether Invisalign is for you or not. Invisalign works by taking a 3D projection of your teeth and planning out the position for each tooth. Then a series of plastic moulds are created, to be replaced every two weeks, these gradually move closer towards the final projection, adjusting your teeth in the process.

Positives and benefits of invisible braces

The main benefit of Invisalign is that it is virtually invisible on the teeth, so most people won’t be able to tell that you are undergoing dental treatment, let alone wearing braces. Another benefit to Invisalign retainers is that they are fully removable, meaning that if necessary, anything can be eaten or drunk simply by removing the braces. The downsides to Invisalign are that the treatment can be expensive if the teeth are severely crooked, (as more braces will need to be added to the process). Secondly, compared to fixed braces, Invisalign will not be as quick to fix your crooked teeth and may take longer to complete the process. Due to this, not everyone is suitable for Invisalign, but we will cover this in your consultation. If you decide that invisible braces in Barnsley are the right choice for you, then we have some fantastic testimonials and examples on our website to assure you that you will get the results you are promised.

Smile makeover

After an Invisalign treatment, you might be on your way to improving other areas of your smile. At PDC Dental, we offer smile makeovers, which work to assess your entire smile, and work towards a solution using a variety of methods. If your teeth are slightly crooked, then Invisalign may be part of your smile makeover treatment.

3 Key ways invisible braces are different from traditional orthodontic devices

It still comes as a surprise to many of our patients that they can straighten their teeth without the highly visible brackets-and-wire devices.  A more popular system is used today, translucent plastic aligner trays. The surprise becomes more pronounced when they learn that the practical invisibility of these teeth-straightening trays is just the starting point of the advantages and benefits when compared to traditional alternatives. At PDC Dental we ensure we offer our patients quality restorative and cosmetic treatments that produce desired results. Our invisible braces in Barnsley are one of the best ways for our patients to restore confidence in their smiles. Here’s a look at how this treatment differs from other options:Invisible Braces in Barnsley

  1. Application virtually pain-free

The clear aligner tray treatment uses a set of plastic moulded trays to put pressure on teeth in order to move them into the desired position. There is no wire-and-brackets device made of metal applied to teeth and tightened or adjusted to more teeth. Custom-made trays are inserted onto teeth and can be removed and re-inserted by the patient themselves. A patient may at first feel strange at having the device in the mouth but the discomfort is minimal. Getting used to the device is relatively quick.

  1. Hard for food to get stuck in aligner trays

This prodigious advantage (ask anyone who has to remove food particles from brackets and wire) is made possible by the patient being allowed to remove aligner trays before eating. The advantage extends further as patients are not restricted to certain foods and can eat whatever they like. Patients wearing invisible braces in Barnsley are required to make sure they clean their tray (or give it a good rinse at least) before wearing them again. Bacteria can accumulate in the trays as they can on teeth so diligence in maintaining good oral health habits still apply.

  1. Patient responsibility plays a critical role

As these aligner trays are allowed to be removed for a very short period each day, it is up to the patient to ensure that the trays are worn to provide them with the results they seek. Patients are encouraged to wear the trays for 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat or clean teeth. Straightening teeth requires time and if the trays are not worn, they cannot do what they are designed to do.

Throughout the treatment process, the patients will have to wear a set number of trays as determined by the dental practitioner. This means that patients are not required to have a dental practitioner adjust the device as the dental practitioner will instruct how often a new tray will have to be used. Once again, it is up to the patient to ensure they comply with all instructions.

At PDC Dental we believe that your smile is worth the investment you have to make. Whether this is investing time to keep teeth-correcting devices clean, the cost of the device or the effort in enduring the treatment process, the results are worth it.

How cosmetic dentistry offers more than just aesthetic improvements

Cosmetic dental treatments work to restore more than just brilliant smiles. Depending on the particular treatment our patients opt for, they can also improve through cosmetic dental care their physical and mental health in a number of ways. At PDC Dental we have a dedicated team of dental professionals proficient in a range of treatments to whiten teeth, change shape and size of teeth and shift position of teeth. The complex treatment range of our cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley comprise of: smile makeovers, removable teeth-straightening devices, veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants and dentures.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BarnsleyHow cosmetic dental treatments work to restore and maintain oral health

Taking the cue from the word ‘cosmetic’, patients are very familiar with the most sought after benefit of aesthetic dental treatments – that of improving the appearance of smiles; but the other primary benefit – the restorative function of teeth is equally important. Patients can gain a better looking smile at the same time as they reinstate proper bite function, replace broken teeth, fill in gaps between teeth, strengthen weak teeth and restore whiteness to discoloured teeth.

Here are some of the different ways treatments in cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley can benefit you:

  1. Boost in confidence

Veneers, teeth whitening, clear braces and dental implants all work to improve the look of smiles. Even small changes such as brightening teeth can have a major impact on confidence levels and the way patients feel about their smiles and themselves. Higher levels of confidence have an instrumental role to play on quality of life and in relationships with others, be it professional or personal.

  1. Patients are more motivated to give up bad habits

Unhealthy habits such as smoking are just as bad for your oral health as for your lungs. Nicotine in cigarettes causes teeth to yellow and the smoke can pose a risk to gum health, especially for patients recovering from a dental procedure such as dental implants. With many patients considering cosmetic treatments a significant monetary investment, they are encouraged to take better care of their teeth (natural and replacement teeth) and gums and are more likely to adopt healthier habits.

  1. Restore the ability to eat properly

Bad bite issues can make chewing food a challenge and may even cause speech issues. Some patients are known to experience other problems such as chronic headaches. Treatments that correct these issues such as clear braces and tooth implants can improve a patient’s ability to eat properly again, talk and live better.

Patients interested in a procedure but worried about pain and discomfort need not fear. Cosmetic dental care such as teeth whitening is virtually painless. It is important that patients speak of their concerns so that our dentists can offer treatments that provide a pain-free experience and suggest ways that produce quick recovery time.

For more information on the different cosmetic dental treatments we provide and to determine which treatment best suits your purposes, please contact us at PDC Dental.

Cosmetic Dentistry at PDC Dental

At PDC Dental, we offer a wide range of services, general dental care, facial aesthetics, and more. We consider each patient to be special, and treat them as an individual, rather than a statistic. If you need a cosmetic dentist in Barnsley, then we will be able to provide every service and will do so with your welfare in mind.

Cosmetic Dentist in BarnsleyWhat we offer

We offer a huge variety of treatment at PDC Dental, and we strive to provide a solution to any problem that you may have. We understand that your issue may not be as simple as a medical issue, it could be dissatisfaction with your smile, or feeling unconfident about the way you look. For a cosmetic dentist in Barnsley, PDC Dental is a fantastic option, as we have a wide range of cosmetic procedures to choose from, such as teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, and orthodontics.

Smile makeover

At PDC Dental, we understand that a great smile is extremely important in your day to day life, and one that you are not happy with, can have a negative effect. As part of our smile makeover treatment, we can have you with a new smile within just three weeks of our consultation. In our consultation, we will assess and discuss with you what is best for your mouth moving forward. After assessing the oral health of your mouth first, we can then work to adjust certain factors, and bring out the best in your teeth. If you are looking to improve and adjust your teeth with a cosmetic dentist in Barnsley, then our smile makeover service is exactly what you are looking for.

What adjustments can you make with the smile makeover?

Each smile makeover route will be different, depending on the condition of your teeth, and the smile that you would like. We will provide projections of what your smile will look like after the procedures, so you know exactly what you will be receiving with the treatment. A smile makeover may involve removing all old fillings and replacing them with white fillings, or perhaps replacing old dental work entirely. It may involve teeth whitening or replacing certain areas with veneers for a smooth finish. Each treatment will vary, however our dedication and commitment to each patient will remain the same.

Is cosmetic dentistry necessary?

Cosmetic dentistry can be necessary, if you consider your smile an important part of your life. For some, poor dental hygiene may not be an issue, however for many people who might be dealing with the public on a day to day basis, they may want to consider improving the look of their teeth. A smile makeover can also give benefits that people have not foreseen, such as a boost in confidence. Whatever your individual case, please come in or book a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists, who will be able to advise you on the best course moving forward.

Braces in Barnsley: a smile makeover for your teeth

You probably have many questions if you are seriously considering the prospect of braces in Barnsley. Can my local dentist whom I trust oversee the treatment? How long will I have to wear them? Are they uncomfortable? Are there alternatives to conventional methods, braces that do not require me having metal bonded to my teeth? We would like to provide you with all the necessary information that you need to make an informed decision that will change your life for the better.

Braces in BarnsleyFirstly, what are orthodontics?

The field of orthodontics comprises of straightening devices that realign crooked and poorly positioned teeth, and correct malocclusions like crossbites, overbites and underbites.

The act of realignment occurs over a period – between months and years, it depends on how complicated the teeth issues of the wearer are, typically achieved with wires that place pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into the correct and desired position.

When should a person first see an orthodontist?

Although adulthood should not be a deterrent for considering a straightening device, the fact that you have fully developed teeth makes treatment more complicated and lengthy than if you were a child whose teeth and mouth are still growing, and therefore easier to treat.

If you are a parent and notice that your child’s teeth appear abnormally crooked, book an appointment with our orthodontist. The average age for a straightening aid is young adolescence, between 12 and 13, but we will consider children as young as seven if their misalignment is deemed severe enough by us.

The changing world of orthodontics

Over 20 years ago, your options for obtaining straight teeth were limited. You either had good genetics passed down to you or a straightening aid would have been your only other choice if you were not so lucky.

In the days of early orthodontics, whilst a means to an end, the experience of wearing orthodontic devices for a prolonged time received mixed reviews. Treatment times were longer, the brackets larger, making them more physically uncomfortable and unflattering for the user.

Times are different now, and patients have better options and resources available to them.

If you are a highly self-conscious person with a desire for straight teeth but do not want to garner unwanted attention from having metal stuck to your teeth, other more discreet methods straighten your teeth as effectively. Teeth-coloured braces in Barnsley, for example, use ceramic brackets instead of wires that blend in with the rest of your teeth. While clear and removable aligners are the invisible braces used with Invisalign. These two inconspicuous products straighten your teeth without restricting your lifestyle and confidence in any way.

Post-treatment aftercare

The metal from your teeth has been removed, the excess glue cleaned from your enamel, so now what?

You will receive a retainer you have to wear all the time for the first six months and after that only when you sleep, to ensure that your teeth remain in position.

Your dentist will advise you to remove wisdom teeth that have developed post treatment; their presence in your mouth could influence the positioning of your teeth.

Visit us today if you want to transform your smile and teeth!

Why is cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley growing in popularity?

A smile seems pretty inconsequential on its own, but it has far reaching effects if you think about it. It is the difference between creating a good or bad impression with strangers, leads to laughter, which is good for your health, and it can be a huge confidence booster when you get compliments for it.

In this day and age, more people are opting for cosmetic treatments because they want to transform how they look. Our staff at PDC Dental can help you achieve a beautiful smile through a range of treatments designed to change your appearance for the better.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BarnsleyWhat exactly is cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley?

The primary objective of this realm of dentistry is to better your quality of life. Treatments of these kinds are not life or death decisions, but rather a makeover for your teeth and mouth.

Types of treatments

From bleaching teeth to covering partially broken teeth, below are the most popular procedures.

Teeth whitening

Over time, our teeth dull and lose their whiteness, accelerated by habits like drinking and smoking that stain and add to the discolouration.

Teeth whitening is the fastest way to transform your appearance. In two sessions, our oral hygienist lightens your teeth, using a special kind of bleach, by up to ten shades.

Porcelain veneers

If you play contact sports, then you will know how easy it is to damage one or more teeth if you do not wear a mouthguard.

A serious injury might require major reconstruction, but a porcelain veneer can cover minor chips. A veneer is a very thin material that is bonded to the surface of the tooth, closely resembling the size and shape of neighbouring ones. It can stand the test of time with its light and durable nature.

Artificial teeth – dentures and dental implants

So, you have lost a couple of teeth and feel self-conscious about your gummy smile. Choose to have them replaced with a set of artificial teeth. Have a chat with us to find out whether dentures, bridges or dental implants are right for you.

Dental implants are a popular choice and something we recommend if you consider low maintenance vital to you. Being placed at the root of the missing tooth, your new tooth looks, feels and functions like a natural one.

Teeth straightening aids – clear braces and lingual braces

There is debate as to whether braces are cosmetic procedures because misaligned teeth and bad bites can lead to poor health.

That said, the process of having one’s teeth straightened can be uncomfortable and arduous, and some people do not like the thought of having metal brackets glued on their teeth. Products like Invisalign (clear braces) and lingual braces are practically invisible in their own right.  Invisalign straightens teeth using clear aligners that sit comfortably in your mouth. No one will know that you are wearing them, plus you can take them out at any time for a maximum of two hours.

Lingual braces, on the other hand, are the opposite to metal braces in that we attach the braces to the inside of your teeth. The only way that people will see them is if they look into your mouth, or if you open your mouth widely.

Attain that gleaming smile – flaunt perfectly white, regularly shaped and straight teeth, thanks to cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley.

Are invisible braces in Barnsley worth the time and expense?

We know what it is like to be highly aware of your teeth, always worrying about how they look and what others think when you smile, laugh or eat. Living this way has got to impact your happiness and increase your stress.

What if we, at PDC Dental told you there was a way of straightening your teeth? We know you are aware of conventional braces, and realise that you might have reservations because you do not want a metallic metal smile during treatment. Invisible braces in Barnsley, on the other hand, are barely visible to the naked eye and work as effectively as regular metal braces to fix your teeth.

Invisible Braces in BarnsleyThe basics: what is Invisalign?

Invisalign or invisible braces in Barnsley are clear aligner trays that are custom designed to cover your teeth and gums. Every two weeks, we replace the aligners with another set that is differently shaped – this is done to move your teeth into position gradually.

How are the aligners designed to fit my teeth perfectly

In the early days of Invisalign, putty was used to obtain dental impressions of your mouth. Using putty turned out to be a flawed system, because, for various reasons, the results were inaccurate. These inaccuracies led to poorly fitting devices that sat uncomfortably in the person’s mouth.

Then came along the invention of the 3D scanner to produce highly accurate digital dental impressions. The scanner takes up to 6000 photographs in real time, using a non-invasive digital wand that scans every inch of the mouth. These images allow for the orthodontist to map out your treatment programme, giving you a realistic prediction of how your smile might look once treatment is completed.

When you pick up your new retainers every two weeks, you can ask to see scans of your teeth to see how they have moved, and how quickly your treatment is progressing. Seeing these improvements is sure to keep you motivated in your desire for perfectly aligned teeth.

I hear that Invisalign is more expensive than standard braces, why is that?

People tend to be put off by the initial costs of Invisalign, without giving thought to precisely what they are getting.

Regular braces and other teeth straightening devices offer an improved quality of life, post treatment you reap the health benefits of having straight teeth.  That said, the experience can be uncomfortable, having metal on your teeth is less than ideal, and not being able to eat what you like is restrictive on your lifestyle. If you play contact sports where you are likely to be tackled, you might also need to invest in a proper gum guard to prevent injuries to your teeth and wire damage.

The aligner trays you get are removable and discreet. Have them in when you talk to clients at work and wear them out on the field playing sports.  As for diet and lifestyle – eat and drink what you like within reason, but bear in mind brushing your teeth well afterwards is crucial, as certain foods might stain the retainers and change their translucent appearance to a murky colour.

Being an adult with crooked teeth does not have to be a catch 22 situation where you are embarrassed by your naturally crooked teeth, whilst the thought of metal braces is enough to make you feel anxious. Ask us about Invisalign today!

Choosing a cosmetic dentist for your aesthetic needs

Can I go to my local dentist to have cosmetic procedures done or fill a simple cavity with the help of a cosmetic dentist in Barnsley? The answer depends on their qualifications and training. Both undergo training for basic procedures, treatments and general dentistry, but one furthers their education to obtain a specific set of skills that help you to better your smile. Consult with our team at PDC Dental if you are unsure about where to go. We can either treat your problem or refer you to someone who can.

Cosmetic Dentist in BarnsleyUnder what circumstances would I go to the cosmetic dentist in Barnsley?

Put simply, for treatments that better your facial appearance. These include teeth whitening, composite bonding, veneers, dental implants, and some orthodontic work. One could say, and they would be right, that the function of cosmetic procedures is twofold; to enhance your beauty and better your general dental health. Entrust us with helping you look more attractive whilst also keeping you healthy.

While treatments listed under cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry improve your quality of life and prevent the onslaught of certain illnesses, it would be incorrect to classify them as “emergency work”. Fall and break your tooth? Are you suffering from a terrible toothache? Changing their shape and appearance will not help with the initial pain and damage, which is where a general dentist comes in.

At the same time, the object of a general check-up is to detect early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, or to deep clean and polish your teeth – these are straightforward procedures administered by your local dental practitioner and not the work of a cosmetic dentist.

Deciding on the right cosmetic dentist in Barnsley for you

You have decided that you cannot live with an unenviable imperfection – be it stained, crooked or missing teeth – and want to transform your look. How do you find a reputable dentist who will not cause more harm to your teeth, gums and mouth, and at the same time, is not wildly expensive?

Thanks to the ingenuity of Google search engines, you can research dentists at the click of a button. The hard work may be done for you, but you need to learn the difference between an excellent practitioner and a cheap one. A good practitioner might have outstanding customer testimonials and an excellent rating, but there might, suspiciously, be no information on the latter.

The best way to know if a dentist is a right fit or not is to test them out without committing yourself to just one. Consult with a few and consider the following factors:

  • Is their practice inviting and more importantly, clean? Are the waiting rooms bright and airy?
  • Do you feel you have a good rapport with them? Do they take your needs seriously and answer your questions to your satisfaction?
  • Ask them about the equipment and technology they use? Old and out-of-date tools may be a red flag and reason enough for not booking a second appointment.

Changing your look is as easy as whitening your teeth, filling gaps and implanting artificial crowns where natural teeth used to be. Undergoing these procedures will not change your life in extraordinary ways, but having them done will make your everyday living better. Turn judgmental looks from others to ones of appreciation and acceptance. Let your beauty shine through by repairing dental issues.