With cosmetic surgery now more popular than ever, and so many treatments available, it appears that there is very little that dentists can’t do to improve our smiles. However, contrary to common opinion, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about aesthetics and looking good. The term cosmetic is a very general term and can be misleading, as it’s typically associated with aesthetic improvements, but in the case of cosmetic dentistry it provides all-inclusive dental care that covers a wide range of procedures, from teeth straightening, whitening, dental implants and bridges.
The need for patients to have these procedures ranges from a desire to improve a crooked smile to the need for treatment to replace valuable lost teeth with dentures or dental implants. Having a smile you’re unhappy with can have a dramatic effect on your self-esteem and in cases where there is teeth loss or more severe dental diseases, it can also affect speech, eating and the overall appearance and function of the mouth. This is why cosmetic dentistry plays such a vital role in not only improving self-confidence, but also in improving the general health and well-being of patients.
Types of Treatments
There’s a huge range in the types of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help patients of all ages to continue to smile naturally and without feeling self-conscious.
One of the more popular treatments these days is teeth whitening, where your dentist will apply a cleaning peroxide to bleach the teeth and remove unwanted stains or discolouration that can occur from smoking or drinking lots of tea and coffee. The obvious benefits of this being that your teeth colour will be restored and you’ll have a bright and revitalised smile.
If you have crooked teeth that make you feel self-conscious every time you talk or smile, then orthodontic braces could be the way to straighten them. In addition to this improperly aligned teeth can cause further issues with dental hygiene and even eating and speaking if not treated, so having your teeth straightened can help with both of these aspects too.
Dental veneers are also a highly effective treatment for teeth that are cracked, chipped or have gaps. A dental veneer is a thin layer that is applied to the surface of the teeth to help improve the shape, colour and look to give a natural smile.
More extreme cases where a patient has lost one or even several teeth can be treated by fitting dental implants or dentures. Losing any number of teeth can seriously affect how a person looks and feels, so seeking the appropriate cosmetic dental treatment is essential. These procedures will help improve the appearance of the smile with a tooth restoration, but also the patient will benefit from improved speech and overall mouth function. Dental implants have an additional advantage over dentures, as they provide a secure anchor for a replacement tooth or bridge, without damaging the surrounding teeth, which can make them a preferred choice over dentures.
Making The Right Choice
To fully reap the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, such as improved self-esteem, overall well-being and great dental health as well as the improved aesthetics of your smile, it’s always important to make the right choices. Choosing a reputable and experienced dental clinic to carry out the procedures is a must, as well as ensuring that you’re having the right treatment for the right reasons.
A good cosmetic dental clinic should conduct a full examination and talk you through all the options available to you for cosmetic dental treatment, to ensure you make informed choices that suit your needs and your budget. The benefits of seeking the appropriate treatment will be tenfold once you have your smile back.
*For more information on Cosmetic Dentistry – please visit the London City Smiles who provided this article.