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Don’t let your ghoulish smile let you down – we can help!

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Research shows that quite a lot of people lack confidence when smiling or when having photographs taken. Being unhappy with the way you look is a very disheartening and common problem and can have a dramatic effect on your life.


Studies agree that a smile is usually the most important and best remembered feature when we meet a new person, so if you are concerned about the impact your smile is having on first impressions, such as at a job interview, business meeting or when having a romantic meeting a smile makeover may be the answer.

Many patients are anxious about seeing a dentist either as a result of past dental experiences or through embarrassment at having not been to a dentist for a while. Here at Sunshine Dental we are very different. We will manage your dental journey with care, consideration and compassion which patients find refreshing.

Sandy describes her recent treatment with us:

“Wonderful, friendly service. Very happy to have found this excellent practice – everyone is super friendly and helpful and put you at your ease, but most importantly they are really patient, listen to your requirements and work wonders on giving you a lovely smile. Highly recommended!”

Not everyone is looking for total perfection which is why at your initial consultation we will listen to your needs and concerns. We will explain all the treatment options available to you and we will plan your treatment to give you the look that YOU want. Whether it may bea routine examination, fillings, orthodontic treatment with braces, tooth whitening, or dental implants.

Dental Implants replace damaged or missing teeth by the use of titanium metal posts or frames which are then positioned into the sockets found within your jawbone, replacing the root of your old tooth.

A smile makeover can not only transform your smile but your whole face, giving you greater confidence to smile naturally.

The alternative to not having a smile makeover is to continue feeling a lack of confidence or discomfort.

A smile makeover doesn’t just transform your mouth, it changes your life!

So, if you would like to go from this to this


Call 0115 9733591 to complete our online contact form to discuss how we can help you.

Mouth Guards

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Do you play a contact sport such as cricket, hockey, rugby?

Do you participate in recreational sports such as mountain biking or skate boarding?

Are you wearing a custom-made mouth guard?

For more information on how Sunshine Dental can protect your teeth and prevent serious mouth injuries see our Mouth Guards services page. 


What is a mouth guard?
Often referred to as a gum shield, mouth guards sit over your teeth while you are playing sports to prevent damage to your teeth and serious mouth and jaw injuries.

Who should wear a mouth guard?
Mouth guards should be used by anyone, children and adults, participating in a sport that involves physical contact or moving objects, such as cricket, hockey and rugby.

Why have a custom-made mouth Guard?
There are several types of mouth guards available, such as boil and bite and take your own impressions, which may be cheaper than a custom-made guard however the materials, comfort, fit and protection of a custom-made guard are far better than the cheaper alternatives.
Cheaper alternatives are often bulky and uncomfortable to wear and can become deformed which means the teeth are not covered effectively.

Our guards are designed and tailor made by our professional clinical dental technician, Roddy, specifically for the person who will be wearing it to provide the best protection and a more comfortable fit. He will take an accurate impression of your mouth and will note how your jaws bite together to ensure it fits your mouth exactly, protecting your teeth and gums properly.

How much does a custom-made mouth guard cost?

The expense of a mouth guard outweighs the cost of not wearing one – the cost of repairing a chipped tooth or replacing lost teeth if knocked out can be several times more than the cost of a mouth guard.

Our prices start from £45 depending on which sport is played and which custom colours are chosen.

We urge everyone who is taking part in a sport that involves contact, a stick or a ball or the chance of falling over or off something that they get a custom-made mouth guard as part of their essential kit.

If you would like more information about mouth guards, you can call us on 0115 9733591 or complete our online contact form to see how we can help.

See our full range of dental services online, including dental implants

Plan your perfect wedding day smile

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With summer just around the corner, it means the wedding season is almost upon us. Your wedding day is likely to be the most photographed day of your life so follow our advice to get your ideal wedding day smile.

Plan your perfect wedding day smile
Six months before the big day both bride and groom should visit the dentist for a thorough examination. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any work that you would like completing such as fillings, tooth whitening, braces or even dental implants. It’s amazing what results we can achieve even in a short period of time.

15941458_654771244647985_4982461065014665625_nImplants will fill gaps with replacement teeth and are a great long term solution. An initial consultation costs £100 with implants starting from £1,350 per implant.

Braces aren’t just for children. With our quick straight teeth system, it is an affordable and gentle way to straighten teeth quickly, prices start from £1,800 per arch, however even though technology has improved, they don’t work overnight so aim to start treatment as soon as you can if you want a perfectly straight smile on your wedding day.

Broken, chipped, cracked or stained teeth can be restored using 12987016_520991301359314_7125482196516877063_na variety of techniques, we can even reshape and recontour teeth, similar to filing your nails so come and ask us how we can give you your perfect wedding smile.

Tooth whitening is a fantastic, quick and inexpensive way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile with minimal intervention. Tooth whitening by a dental professional ensures complete safety and longer lasting results. It takes 2-4 weeks for tooth whitening to be effective but top up gels can be bought nearer the time. The cost of tooth whitening starts at £150 per arch.

So if you think your smile will let you down on those everlasting wedding photos come and have a chat with us, there are many ways in which we can help.

To discuss your needs, call Vikki on 0115 9733591 or complete our online contact form

Are you too embarrassed to have a dental check-up?

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Are you too embarrassed to have a dental check-up?

Reluctant to visit the dentist because you are afraid of what we might say?

Do you feel awkward and self-conscious?

Here at Sunshine Dental we understand that nobody enjoys going to the dentist. For many of us, it’s a necessary evil, with one in four of us dreading it for fear of being “told off”. That will not happen here – we never pass judgement on our patients and are simply here to help you achieve a healthy happy smile.

Sunshine Dental We offer a unique experience in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere and encourage new patients to come and have a cup of coffee with us before even meeting the dentist so you can meet the whole team.

We are trained to help people who are experiencing problems with their teeth and have various ways in which to fix these problems. You will be treated with kindness, patience and understanding and we ensure you won’t feel the overwhelming sense of being out of control. We want your visit to us to be as stress free as possible.

So if it’s been a while since you visited a dentist, why not come and see for yourself how things have changed. With modern surgeries, pleasant reception areas, polite, friendly staff and advances in technology you will find it’s altogether a much gentler experience and much more bearable.

Dental health is very important – not just for keeping our smile in check but for our overall health too. The sticky bacterial plaque that builds up on our teeth if left untreated leads to inflamed and bleeding gums as well as being linked to heart problems and diabetes.

So our do’s and don’ts are:

  • Don’t worry – we are not judges! We are here to professionally guide you to an improved, healthier smile.
  • Do tell us if you are nervous – there are ways we can help you to put you at ease
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we love talking teeth!
  • Do talk about any embarrassing problems you may have such as bad breath or bleeding gums – we have heard it before and by discussing them with us you are one step closer to improving your smile
  • Don’t put off visiting us any longer. Our friendly team is here to offer you tailor-made dental health advice and care, so book that long overdue appointment today by calling 0115 9733591 or complete our online contact form

And remember, if you don’t like going to the dentist you’re not going to the right one!

Visit our testimonials or our Facebook Page to see what our patients say about us.

National No Smoking Day

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Practically everyone knows that smoking can have a deadly impact on your body, however, many people don’t realise the damage smoking causes to our mouths, teeth and gums. If you are looking to give up smoking, National No Smoking Day is a great time to start and improve your oral hygiene.

National No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day, with the aim to help smokers who want to quit smoking. Every puff of smoke that gets into our bodies starts by passing our lips, tongue, teeth and gums, impacting on our oral health by causing tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

A smoker’s mouth is not pretty thanks to the unattractive yellow stains that tar and nicotine leave on our teeth. Over time this discolouration can become more permanent as it seeps into the enamel. Regular hygiene appointments can prevent this from happening. We recommend seeing our dental hygienist every three months.

veneers-before-kerIt’s no surprise that smokers have bad breath and it’s not the kind that can be easily disguised by sucking a mint! More than 4,000 chemicals pass through your mouth every time you smoke, many of which collect on the surface of your mouth. This may cause a dry mouth as well as increasing the risk of gum infections.

The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums fail to heal. Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and for gum disease to progress more rapidly than in non-smokers. Gum disease still remains the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. If you are concerned about your gums or you are finding your teeth are becoming loose – we can help. Why not come and speak to one of the team to find out ways in which we can get your mouth healthy.

Here at Sunshine Dental we encourage you to attend regularly so that any changes in your mouth can be identified such as white patches and ulcers that don’t heal. We routinely carry out oral cancer screening at examination appointments and as dental care professionals, we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice, support and encouragement on stopping smoking. By cutting down or stopping your mouth benefits very quickly and you will notice changes almost immediately. National No Smoking Day is a great time to stop with people all around the world taking action, however, everyone has their own way to stop and you can take the action immediately or at a date that suits you.

If you would like further information our dental services or are worried about your teeth and gums, why not ring us for a friendly chat on 0115 9733591 or complete our online contact form. We are here to help.

At Sunshine Dental we are passionate dental health and also try to raise awareness of Mouth Cancer by participating in Mouth Cancer Action month, and making a difference with National Smile Month.

New Year, New You! Your smile is something worth celebrating

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Our teeth are one of the first things people notice about us – we can help you take care of your oral health as well as finding ways to improve the appearance of your teeth to give you a smile that makes you beam with pride.

A healthy smile starts at home

cheeseEveryone should be brushing their teeth for two minutes every morning and every evening, this will help to keep cavities and gum disease away. The toothbrush head should be half on the tooth and half on the gum but make sure you don’t “scrub” too hard as this can damage the gums, remember gently does it!

Flossing twice a day is essential to prevent the build up of plaque and bacteria. Make sure you don’t just saw in and out, tension the floss at an angle to clean the inside of your teeth. Alternatively you can try interdental brushes like tepe. These are inserted between your teeth and remove 40% more debris than brushing alone – if you are unsure what’s best for you come and see our dental hygienist, Rebecca.

To safeguard against decay, dentists recommend cutting down on your sugar intake, eating no more than four teaspoons a day and avoiding acidic food and drink which erode the enamel of your teeth.

Give yourself a smile makeover

The quickest way to make a dramatic difference to your teeth is by whitening them. A bright white smile helps you look and feel year’s younger, boosting self-esteem. A fast, convenient and affordable way to brighten your smile.

One of the biggest advances in dentistry is the invisible brace. Crooked and overlapping teeth is a key reason for dental problems and it’s never too late to opt for braces in an effort to sort things out. Modern braces are less bulky and painful and are virtually invisible – we offer free consultations to discuss your needs. Call us on 0115 9733591

A generation of Britons haven’t had access to advanced dental technologies, or even good toothpastes and have suffered with advanced decay resulting in unhealthy mouths that are beyond the point of repair. You may think there is no hope but here at Sunshine Dental we have solutions such as hand crafted dentures or implants that will give you your smile back. Call us on 0115 9733591 or complete our online contact form.

Get ready to sparkle with gleaming white teeth that reflect the real you

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Our lifestyle and the aging process can take its toll on our teeth

Our lifestyle and the aging process can take its toll on our teeth. Drinking tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can stain our teeth causing them to look dark and unattractive.

Tooth whitening is a fast, convenient and affordable way to brighten your smile.

Tooth whitening treatments are transformational, adding a sparkle to your smile that can leave you with greater confidence. One of the most important benefits of tooth whitening is that it improves your looks, boosts self esteem and a white bright smile helps you to look and feel years younger. Our tooth whitening treatment can get your smile looking its best by restoring your teeth back to their original colour very quickly without the need for cosmetic dentistry.

Is tooth whitening safe and suitable for everyone?

When performed by a registered dentist, tooth whitening is a quick, safe procedure however it is not suitable for everyone. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, these problems would need to be treated before tooth whitening commences. Our dentist will check first to see if it’s suitable for you and what options are best.

Is tooth whitening painful and are there any side effects?

Tooth whiting has been proven to be safe and effective however a very small percentage of people may feel some minor tooth sensitivity, particularly to very hot or very cold food and drink during treatment. Symptoms usually subside and disappear within a few days of stopping the treatment.

How much does tooth whitening cost?

Tooth whitening is a cosmetic treatment and therefore not available on the NHS. Our cost of £350 includes the taking of impressions to enable our skilled technician, Sian, to make your bespoke custom made trays. Your dentist will see you to fit the trays making sure they are perfect for you before supplying you with the professional tooth whitening gel and thorough instructions. A review appointment a week later is made to ensure you are happy with the procedure and to review the shade of white you want to achieve.

How long does tooth whitening last?

The length of time tooth whitening lasts depends on each individual and their life style choices and diet. It will usually last between 12-18 months but in other cases as long at 2-3 years. If you smoke or frequently eat and drink products that stain your teeth such as red wine, tea & coffee the effect is less likely to last as long. However once you have had trays made top up gels are available to purchase. These are especially effective if you have a special occasion coming up such as a wedding, holiday or job interview.

Are teeth whitening kits sold on the Internet safe to use?

Tooth whitening is only safe when carried out by a registered dental professional who has been fully trained. There are many offers on the internet, looking like a cheaper solution but you may be left with damaged gums and teeth, potentially risking your health. The only safe way of whitening your teeth is by first talking to a dentist.

Do whitening toothpastes work?

Whitening toothpastes don’t stay on the teeth long enough to make any major change, they are really for maintenance. Whitening toothpastes do not permanently alter the colour of the teeth; they simply contain polishing agents that remove deeper stains from the teeth. You should avoid using toothpastes with a gritty texture as these can erode tooth enamel, so avoid ones that contain salt, pumice, silica and mica.

If you would like an honest assessment on how to achieve a whiter, brighter smile contact us on 0115 9733591 or complete our online contact form to see how we can help.

Dentures that perform like natural teeth so you can eat, talk and smile with confidence

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Here at sunshine dental we understand the problems that arise from wearing dentures which is why patient’s from all over the East Midlands are travelling to our practice and implant centre to consult our denture expert, Roddy Patterson

Roddy is at the forefront of dentistry, working as a Clinical Dental Technician – still a relatively unknown profession, that offers huge benefits to patients requiring new dentures.

It is well documented that people who have lost all of their natural teeth experience many social and physical limitations as a consequence of poorly made dentures. So if you are one of those people that avoids laughing and smiling and are embarrassed in social situations we can help you win back your smile.

Using innovative solutions Roddy will work closely with you, looking at the shape of your face, the shape of your jaw, your age, gender and personality to ensure the best, most natural looking denture is made for you.

Not only does he have the expertise but he is passionate about correctly recording your bite, choosing the right teeth for you and recording the movements of your jaw, facial muscles and tongue to reduce the instability of your denture and giving you your smile back helping to improve your quality of life.

Even if you only have a few teeth missing it is important to get them replaced to prevent further damage to your remaining teeth, prevent your remaining teeth from tilting and moving, restore your smile and general appearance, improve your speech, make eating more comfortable and enjoyable.

There are lots of options available to you as partial dentures can be made from gum coloured plastic or a mix of plastic and a light metal alloy.

Metal alloy partial dentures are far less bulky and are lighter and more comfortable in the mouth making them a great long term investment.

Dentures that perform like natural teeth so you can eat, talk and smile with confidenceNew smiles can be created in many ways but what is important is that you know the choices you have and how that allows you to decide what is best for you so that the best possible solution can be delivered giving you more confidence when eating and chewing, more confidence when smiling and laughing and more confidence from improved fit and denture function.

Call us now for a free consultation on 0115 9733591.

It’s never too late to perfect your smile

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Not everyone is born with a perfect smile and having crooked teeth can have a detrimental effect on your self confidence and self esteem – however does the word braces call to mind a teenager with a mouth full of metal? Thankfully that’s not the case anymore.

Quick Straight TeethThe four main factors that stop people getting orthodontic treatment are: Cost, appearance, time and discomfort. The Quick Straight Teeth™ invisible brace system uses either tooth coloured brackets and wires, or clear aligners to ensure once placed in the mouth they are almost invisible. People won’t even know you are wearing a brace.

Teeth can move with age and some adults find their previously straight teeth have become crooked or overcrowded. You may be experiencing jaw pain, or have difficulty in cleaning your teeth properly or you simply may have a smile that you find unattractive.

Getting braces fitted as an adult is becoming much more common and it is never too late to perfect your smile.

What will it cost?

Improving your smile goes beyond just the cosmetic, a good looking smile and a balanced bite is a worthwhile investment to ensure overall long term general and oral health. However here at Sunshine Dental we understand that cost is a very important consideration.

Quick Straight TeethOrthodontic treatment is dependent on individual cases which is why we offer a free initial consultation but if suitable, prices can start from as little as £1,500. We can offer 12 months 0% interest free finance to help you spread the cost subject to terms and conditions.

Quick Straight Teeth™ are one of the most cost effective adult brace systems on offer in the UK but don’t compromise on quality.

How long does it take?

Getting straighter teeth and a beautiful straight smile is quick compared to traditional orthodontic methods, however the length of time it takes is specific and tailored to each individual case. Generally you will see results within 4 – 24 weeks.

We will regularly review your progress to make sure you stay comfortable.


The braces and brackets we use have been designed to ensure optimum wearability and comfort for patients. Your clear braces will not only look discreet, but feel extremely comfortable on your teeth.

Quick Straight Teeth™ can restore your confidence, boost your self-esteem and get you smiling more so if you would like a beautiful new smile come and talk to us – 0115 9733591

Tired of the gooey mess?

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Thousands of people each year struggle with their dentures,  with implant retained dentures you enjoy eating and not worry about dentures slipping.

Tired of the gooey mess?Are you someone with loose or ill-fitting dentures?

Are you fed up with having to use a denture fixative?

Does your tongue dislodge your lower dentures?

Does your lower denture have a mind of its own?

If you have answered yes to any of the above you will know how uncomfortable and embarrassing it is. It can affect your confidence as well as the ability to eat the foods you enjoy or even speak in comfort.

Implant retained dentures can be life changing

By fitting a small number of dental implants, it is possible to securely fix your denture in place without needing to use denture adhesives or without the need for expensive bridgework.

They give patient stability, durability along with improved function which offers peace of mind compared to traditional fitting dentures. This means for you as a patient you will be able to eat and smile with confidence knowing your denture won’t slip, speak freely without fear of any embarrassment and most importantly wear them without any discomfort.

Implant Retained DenturesImplant retained dentures are a cost-effective way of replacing many teeth and by placing implants directly into your jaw it can help to preserve the remaining bone, restoring lip support so that your mouth looks younger and more defined.

So if you are one of many people who is fed up with their dentures and would like to find out how we can help improve your life why not call us now for a free no obligation consultation on 0115 973 3591

At Sunshine Dental, we have experienced staff and equipment to create the ideal and bespoke dentures required. Our implant retained dentures will support your cheeks, mouth and lips with a fuller appearance. Contact us today for more information and if you have any questions.