The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

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.

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3 Comments

  1. Ursula Ball
    September 16, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I hope to do this next year for my teeth…I tried as much at home with toothpaste and if I want to whiten my teeth…I rather get it done right the 1st time at the dentist!Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

  2. Laura Gale
    September 16, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    The word 'cosmetic' is definitely misleading, because it makes the treatment sound unnecessary and superficial. I had braces when I was eleven. At the time, there were very few people who had braces, and so I felt embarrassed at the thought of wearing a retainer to school… so I didn't. All but one of my teeth have stayed perfectly aligned, but, over the years, one tooth has moved slowly backward. It isn't overly noticeable (or so people tell me) in person. However, it's always the first thing I notice in photos. It's become my biggest insecurity and really puts a downer on my mood when it comes to events and occasions where I know there will be plenty of photo opportunities. I plan on paying for Invisalign treatment next year xxLaura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  3. Someone Critique
    October 9, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I cannot say enough good things about this dentist Manhattan Beach and his staff. In every visit these guys have been thorough, gentle and qualified.

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