September 08, 2021
Cosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term which refers to any type of treatment which will improve the appearance of your teeth – hence the use of the term ‘cosmetic’. Usually, these treatments are simple and easy to complete, with high success rates. Cosmetic dental treatments are very popular procedures which many people will opt for to feel more confident, boosting their self-esteem. Many adults will seek treatments such as veneers and teeth whitening for the desirable Hollywood smile. These treatments, however, will also provide long-term solutions for issues such as broken, missing, or weak teeth. Here is a list of just some of the treatments which fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. Many people, with time, will notice their teeth staining. This Is often as a result of drinking and eating foods with staining qualities. Although very tempting, over-the-counter whitening products are generally ineffective and to achieve the desirable pearly white smile, you should consult your dentist for best, long-lasting results. In many countries only a qualified dentist can use carbon peroxide. This will often be combined with desensitising gels. Along with a pair of whitening trays which will be custom-made to fit over your teeth, to ensure maximum comfort and success. Over the course of your treatment, you will notice your teeth appearing several shades whiter. Once complete, your dentist can further recommend products which will ensure your results last as long as possible. Avoiding foods and drinks which are known to stain your teeth is also another good way to keep your teeth white. This includes, tea, coffee, red wine, tomatoes, curry etc.
Veneers have certainly grown in popularity over the last few years thanks to A-listers and reality stars. These are coverings which improve both the colour and shape of your teeth. Many people will also opt for veneers to fill in small gaps, often where braces would not be recommended. The treatment process may take several appointments to get the results just perfect but once complete your teeth will appear uniform and white. Upon an initial appointment your dentist will discuss veneers as a treatment and decide with you whether this is the correct option for you.
Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, white fillings will look much nicer in your mouth fitting seamlessly in with your natural teeth. They also offer a much more reliable bond to the teeth, meaning much less of the healthy tooth will need to be removed. These fillings also do not expand within your mouth and will therefore reduce the risk of your teeth cracking over time. Many people much prefer the appearance of a white filling over the unsightly silver amalgam fillings.
A lesser-known cosmetic dental treatment, cosmetic bonding uses a white filling material to make minor changes to the shape of the teeth that have been worn, chipped, or are mis-aligned. This procedure is completely painless and requires little to no drilling or removal of enamel. The dental bonding resin used in this procedure allows for this treatment to be used in any situation where reshaping is required. This can also be used as a filling material in replacement of the less popular, traditional amalgam fillings.
After speaking with your dentist, they may offer cosmetic bonding as treatment option to improve or fix the following concerns:
• To repair and restore decayed teeth
• Cracked and chipped teeth
• To change the shape of teeth, making them look more even
• To rebuild areas of a tooth which may have been exposed due to gum recession