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Cosmetic Dentistry Overview

Cosmetic dentistry is very much in fashion these days. Especially with high profile celebrities that want to look their best at all times. While everyone wants that ‘Hollywood smile’, there are many considerations you need to understand before jumping in.

While top celebrities are prepared to take things to the extreme for their art, including having fake spray tans, hair extensions, Botox treatments and plastic surgery. You don’t need to go to quite such lengths to achieve a life-changing smile.

As professional dentists, we prefer to treat our patients in the real-world. This means delivering more subtle and natural-looking results than what most celebrities strive for.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

A cosmetic dentist is highly specialised to deliver a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments. This includes porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, bridges, gum contouring, teeth whitening and more.

A good dentist will want to make sure your cosmetic treatment is life-changing for the better. But will perform your treatment in a way that is sustainable for your natural teeth and good for your oral health in the long-term.

According to research conducted by the Oral Health Foundation, more than half the adult population in the UK is unhappy with their teeth. This has led many adults to seek out cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers to help improve their smile and to increase their self-confidence.

Taking care of your oral health

Your cosmetic-dentist will be interested in improving and maintaining your oral health in the long-term. They are likely to not give you any cosmetic treatments that you are not suitable for. In some cases, you may even need to have some preliminary treatment before, so you can undergo a cosmetic procedure.

For example, you may have suffered a tooth loss and want to have a dental implant to replace this missing tooth. If your underlying jaw bone isn’t strong enough to support the titanium implant that holds the replacement tooth, then you may need to have a new bone material grafted into your jaw. This will build a strong enough base to hold the implant before your tooth replacement procedure can go ahead.

Instant effect cosmetic treatments

Should you have an issue with chipped or broken teeth, then a common cosmetic dentistry treatment to have would be porcelain veneers or crowns. In most cases, as long as your teeth and gums are healthy enough, you can walk out of your dental surgery with a bright white smile and straight teeth in just one day!

No matter what cosmetic dental treatment you want to have, your dentist will first want to give you a thorough oral examination to make sure that you are healthy enough to receive the cosmetic procedure.

This may involve having a set of X-rays or a scan and photographs taken of your teeth. This will help your dentist to shape your crowns or veneers perfectly to fit your mouth.

If you are considering having some cosmetic dentistry, then we recommend making an appointment with your dentist to have an assessment. This will also allow you to talk through your treatment options to get the best possible treatment and results you desire.

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