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Improving your smile

There are a number of options to improve your smile and enhance your appearance. Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers, and reshaping.


Bleaching is a simple and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while others just want a whiter shade. Discolouration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medications, coffee, tea and cigarettes or it can be caused by your genetic make-up or simply getting older.


Bonding uses tooth-coloured material used to fill in gaps or change the colour of teeth, requiring just a single office visit and lasts several years. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice.


Also known as caps, are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but are the most time consuming.


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic. They are bonded over the front teeth to change their colour or shape and are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or that are chipped, discoloured or unevenly spaced.

Contouring and reshaping

Tooth contouring and reshaping is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite

Which procedure is right for me?

We can answer the questions you may have about all of these techniques. Please contact us for advice

Prior to having any treatment we would discuss with you the best methods to use and then recommend the best course of action.

EmergencyEmergency treatment

If you require emergency treatment outside of our surgery hours, please telephone the Blackburn with Darwen PCT Out of Hours Service on: 0845 5333230.

EmergencyTeeth whitening

Your smile is important. It's one of the first things you notice when you meet someone.

A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful - it can help you feel better about yourself.

Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth.
We use a safe light-activated bleaching process that takes less than an hour.


To find out about our appointment system click here.


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Drakes Dental Care
334 Whalley Range, Blackburn
T: 01254 260266

Mon-Tues-Thurs 9am-5pm
Wed Closed, Fri 10am-1pm

Drakes Dental Care
44 New Bank Road,
Blackburn BB2 6JW
T: 01254 264471

Mon & Thurs 9am-5pm, 5.30-8pm
Tues-Wed-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-1pm

Drakes Dental Care
Brierfield Health Centre,
Arthur St, Brierfield BB9 5SN
T: 01282 606235

Mon to Fri 9am-5pm

Drakes Dental Care
79 Berry Lane, Longridge
T: 01772 783582

Mon to Thurs 9am-5pm
Fri 9am-1pm

Drakes Dental Care
12 Grafton Road, Preston,
Lancashire PR2 6RT
T: 01772 797724

Mon to Thurs 8.45am-5.30pm
Fri 8am-2pm

Blackkburn with Darwen  NHS link
British Dental Association link
British Dental Association link