Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many different treatments that can improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.

  • Tooth whitening
  • Composite Resin Bonding(including SmileFast)
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Ceramic Crowns and bridges
  • Orthodontics
  • Implants

All of these treatments can be provided at Blackrock Dental surgery


SmileFast – Changing lives by Changing smiles

Smile Fast offers predictable results that feature our digital trial smile process, you get to see and feel your new smile before it’s delivered!

We take you through the smile fast journey. Predictable process with life changing results. 

Stage 1: Design your smile 

SmileFast design & Consultation – A digital scan / impressions and photographs will be taken of your teeth. Using this information your new smile will be designed and a digital image will be created for you to approve.

Stage 2: Test drive your new smile 

Smile refine – your new trial smile will be physically placed over your current teeth using temporary material for you to see your smile in real life. Any final tweaks and adjustments can be made to your smile to ensure a perfect next step.

Stage 3:  Deliver your perfect smile

SmileFast direct – Your new smile will be fitted in one appointment; the process is pain free using minimally invasive techniques to deliver your dream smile.

Many people want a new smile but don’t know where to start, the SmileFast system has been produced by dentists to deliver perfect smiles at an affordable price. The process is quicker, it’s digital and predictable with life changing results.

Benefits of SmileFast process…

  • Digitally designed smiles 
  • Predictable results
  • Minimally invasive
  • Customisable bespoke smiles
  • Affordable solutions
  • High quality alternative to porcelain veneers 

How much will a SmileFast treatment cost me?

  • We understand how important it is to know the prices of the treatment that you will need. 
  • The treatment required will be determined by your SmileFast Dentist based on your specific requirements and will vary from person to person.
  • SmileFast Direct is significantly cheaper that the alternative Porcelain veneers.
  • Most practices will offer flexible payment plans to help spread the investment over a longer period or in more manageable instalments to suit your budget and circumstances

For more information ask in practice, follow on social channels @SmileFastOfficial and check out the website

Former Rugby player Jason Robinson talks about his SmileFast journey

Direct composite bonding

Composite Resin Bonding can also be done directly without any lab work and with minimal or no tooth removal and often with no need for local anaesthetic.

Here are some videos to show the type of work completed by Dr Tom Rodgers at Blackrock Dental Surgery

Upper lateral incisors built up with composite resin to create a new smile
Composite resin bonding to fix a broken front tooth
A child’s broken front incisor m,ade new with composite resin bonding
Composite resin Bonding to close gaps and improve appearance and still good 5 years later!
Molar teeth are also restored with composite resin bonding
Old amalgam replaced with composite resin filling


Veneers are a thin porcelain covering that is bonded onto the surfaces of front teeth in order to improve the shape and colour of teeth. Porcelain veneers require some tooth removal but less than is required for crowns.

Porcelain veneer case by Dr Tom Rodgers at Blackrock Dental Surgery

Tooth whitening and porcelain veneer

Below is a slide show of more cases treated by composite resin fillings at Blackrock Dental Surgery

What are tooth-colored fillings made from?

Tooth-coloured fillings are made of composite resins. These are synthetic resins, usually made from a monomer called Bis-GMA. They also contain some fller particles which give a more glass like properties/appearance and a photo initiator which allows immediate setting(hardening) with use of a blue light(light cure).  Light-cured composite resin fillings have been in use since the seventies and are continually being updated and improved.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of tooth-coloured fillings?

Their tooth-like appearance and ability to bond to dentine and particularly to enamel of natural teeth are key properties which make these excellent materials for fillings. The fact that these are bonded to surrounding tooth enamel can strengthen cusps of restored teeth and make them more resistant to fracture than with conventional amalgam fillings.

However there are some disadvantages and limitations. compared to conventional amalgam fillings. Composite resin fillings are technique sensitive, relying on the skill and protocols followed by the dentist and are also dependent upon the site of the restoration as contamination with blood/saliva can affect the quality of the bonding/seal.

Typically these fillings tend to take longer to place due to their technique sensitivity and most times a dental dam will be used to reduce contamination during bonding procedure.

The properties of these types of fillings can be varied according to the need for strength or appearance.

Recent studies have shown that the longevity of composite resin fillings is comparable to that of conventional amalgam fillings when good technique and proper case selection are used.

What types of fillings can be done using composite resin?

Historically composite resins were mainly used for front teeth rather than  the load bearing surfaces of teeth further back.  Improvements in strength of composite resins now allow them to be used to restore back teeth. These type of fillings  can be used to restore teeth in many situations listed below:

  • Restoring decayed teeth.
  • Build up broken/fractured teeth.
  • Replacement of old amalgam fillings on back teeth.
  • Replacement of old fillings after tooth whitening.
  • Cover up unsightly stain/discoloured enamel.
  • Improve appearance at front by closing spaces or changing shape of existing teeth.
  • Building up teeth worn through grinding or acid erosion.

Technique used