Cosmetic dentistry refers to a large array of different dental procedures and techniques that allow patients to have a more aesthetic smile whilst usually not altering the function or bite of the teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry has grown massively in popularity in recent years thanks to the growing availability and lower cost of cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Pretty much everyone can benefit from some form of cosmetic dentistry, whether it be teeth whitening, composite fillings, crowns, veneers or gum contouring, implants. By far the most popular and also the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening. This is a great and very fast way to gain a lighter, brighter and more radiant smile in just a matter of weeks. Teeth whitening procedures often cost under $500 and the results are permanent.
Another very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment is veneers. Veneers are essentially thin tooth facings that are bonded (dentally glued) over the front of teeth to give the appearance of the perfect smile. Veneers can improve the smiles of people with: uneven teeth, stained teeth, misshapen or crooked teeth or teeth that have cracked or been subjected to some form of dental accident or injury. Veneers are made from white coloured ceramic in order to look completely natural, they can also be stained and glazed to match with the patients existing teeth perfectly. Also an even more poplar treatment is clip on veneers
The most advanced and also the most interesting cosmetic dental technology is the CEREC CAD/CAM machine. With CEREC it is possible to create bespoke ceramic bridges, veneers, crowns, on-lays and in-lays in just one appointment, usually lasting for around one hour per tooth. To make a CEREC restoration, the cosmetic dentist will first prepare the natural tooth by filing it down slightly, after this they will scan in an image of the tooth into the CEREC computer where the new tooth is designed. Once designed, the tooth can then be milled out from a block of solid ceramic using the CAM part of the machine. The finished tooth is then stained and glazed in a furnace before being bonded to the natural tooth. A CEREC restoration will look completely natural and will function just like a real tooth too. Studies have shown that CEREC restorations last for well over 25 years and with the correct care and maintenance, could even last a lifetime.
There are many ways in which cosmetic dentistry can be used to give patients the smile of their dreams, the best way to see how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you is to book an appointment with your cosmetic dentist who will be able to advise on which treatments are necessary and can even produce a tailored treatment plan to suit your needs, budget and time frame.