Cosmetic dentistry is a fast-growing dental sector with more and more people opting to improve the appearance of their teeth. Basically cosmetic dentistry consists of all those treatments that improve a person's gums, bite and smile. Many treatments are available, and these are usually tailored to each individual patient to ensure the best outcome. Before opting for a treatment, the dentist will provide valuable advice with regards to the patient's individual concerns, expected outcome and budget.
Here are some common types of cosmetic dentistry treatments offered to patients:
This type of dental treatment involves placing a thin porcelain or resin material at the front of the tooth. This material is made to be the exact same colour as the tooth to ensure it blends in and looks unnoticeable. In comparison to dental crowns, veneers blend in more to the patient's teeth.
Veneers may be used to treat the following dental problems:
- Uneven teeth with gaps
- Discoloration on the surface of teeth
- Partially damaged teeth
- Misaligned or odd shaped teeth
Veneers can smooth out those dental problems.
Implants are a popular option that help replace any lost teeth. These are tightly secured in the roots of the jaw and are completely comfortable as long as they are cared for appropriately. A titanium 'screw' is installed where the missing tooth was located. This then takes a few weeks to join with the bone of the jaw. This is followed by an aesthetic crown made out of ceramic secured on top of this titanium 'screw'.
A number of teeth whitening procedures can be undertaken in the dentist's chair. These procedures are safer than over-the-counter whitening strips and devices and protect the enamel of the teeth against damage. Over-the-counter whitening treatments may be cheaper; however, they are often harsh and weaken the teeth.
Many people struggle with confidence and self esteem because of misaligned or crooked teeth. Orthodontics falls into the branch of cosmetic dentistry and aims to restore people's confidence by restoring their smile. Devices used to align teeth include braces and aligners.
Always take advice from a specialist and carry out research before opting for any type of dental procedure. One must also ensure that the dentist they choose is experienced in their respective field. Cost of treatments vary between clinics and some procedures are cheaper than others. However, the more-expensive procedures such as dental implants are longer lasting.