Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and extracting teeth, as it was for many years. Nowadays many people turn to cosmetic dentistry, or ‘aesthetic dentistry', as a way of improving their appearance, much as they would use cosmetic surgery or even a new hairstyle. The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth.
An attractive smile can boost your self-esteem; give you the confidence to smile and make you feel good about yourself – so it's no wonder more and more individuals are investing in cosmetic dentistry to achieve the smile they've always wanted.
It is no longer the case that cosmetic dentistry is a term for the rich and famous. Every smile is different and therefore when looking for that perfect smile, an individual treatment plan is devised. There are a number of different procedures available that can be used to achieve the desired results and depending on your existing smile and the change you want to achieve, your dentist may use one or a number of procedures.
A simple procedure that can create brighter, whiter teeth and give your smile an instant lift, whitening is a great way to introduce yourself to cosmetic dentistry. Using a take home custom made tray for your teeth to apply the whitening gel.
Losing the colour of your teeth is part of the ageing process. Teeth start to change colour from teenage years. Genetics also play a part in white teeth. If your parents have yellow teeth, you are more likely to follow suit. Whitening is for people who suffer from teeth stained by food, drink - mainly red wine, coffee and tea - and tobacco - without harming their teeth.
A thin porcelain shell like material, a veneer is used as a simple way to create a beautiful smile. Permanently fixed to your own teeth, a veneer looks and acts like it has always been part of your mouth. Providing you with a straighter and healthier looking smile, veneers can be used on all your anterior teeth to improve your smile.
Veneers are a versatile technique used to correct crowding in the mouth, cover badly broken teeth, badly stained teeth, and reshape teeth or to close up gaps.
Veneers are used to increase the dimension of the tooth, thicken them, and make them squarer or longer. Thin slices of porcelain called veneers are shaped and coloured to correspond to the existing teeth. The veneer is bonded onto the front surface of the tooth using a chemical bonding agent.