Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular, and less and less expensive.
Advances in natural-looking materials make today’s cosmetic dental treatments vastly superior to those of a few years
ago. But be warned, cosmetic dentistry is not regulated like medical dentistry, almost anybody can call themselves a
cosmetic dentist. If you choose to have cosmetic dentistry, check the credentials of the person carrying it out!
Cosmetic dentistry treatments include:
Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain or composite materials. They are used to conceal minor tooth decay and tooth
damage. They are created in a dental laboratory and are then bonded into place by your cosmetic dentist.
Chipped or broken teeth may be repaired using a procedure called composite bonding.
A dental composite material is applied onto the surface of a tooth. It is then sculpted into shape,
and hardened with a high-intensity light.
Teeth whitening is perhaps the most commonly recommended cosmetic dentistry procedure.
See our section on Teeth Whitening for more information.
Composite or porcelain laminates are bonded to the surface of a tooth to correct and repair chips and cracks will improve a
worn appearance or severe tooth discolouration. Veneers may also be recommended if you have gaps in your teeth or if
you have not had success with teeth whitening.
Dental bridges are false teeth, which are connected to existing teeth, to fill in areas left by missing teeth. This is a much
lower-cost option than dental implants. This procedure is the most common method of permanently replacing missing
teeth, but the reduced cost of dental implants in recent years is making bridge-work less popular than it use to be.
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are used as a part of prosthetic dentistry in order to compensate for
tooth loss. Often the result is not only an enhanced smile, but also a younger appearance, as missing teeth cause the
face to collapse, making you look older.
Smile make-overs involve a comprehensive assessment of your smile in order to improve its overall appearance. Typically
one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, and teeth whitening, will be required
to achieve the look you want.
Full mouth reconstruction:
In conjunction with a smile make-over, this treatment may be used to correct functional problems with your bite, muscles,
teeth and bone structure.
Choosing a cosmetic dentist.
Obviously, cost is a major consideration - but don't be lured into looking for bargains!
This is your health - and it is not worth risking serious problems just to save money.
A good cosmetic dentist is a specialist - an expert in his/her field. And his/her time will cost a lot of money.
It is also very difficult to ascertain just how experienced and "expert" a cosmetic dentist may be.
Ask the clinic/cosmetic dentist if they carry out Full Mouth Reconstructions or Full Smile Makeovers.
These areas of cosmetic dentistry are the preserve of genuine experts. Only the best dentists do them.
If your chosen clinic does not offer this kind of treatment - they may be using inexperienced dentists.
The last thing you need is some novice messing about with your teeth! So choose your clinic carefully!
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