Contouring, whitening, and closing the gap, these are all dental terms that fall under cosmetic dentistry, which has grown in popularity in recent times. Once dubbed as costly endeavours that only a select few could afford, an array of treatments has become available to the masses that aim to improve their quality of life.
You cannot choose the smile you are born with nor can you go back in time to change your genetics, but you can reshape your future with our cosmetic dentist in Southampton.
Who are we? We are Smilemakers, a dental practice, specialising in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and implants whose aim is to enhance your natural beauty by transforming your smile.
The difference between a general dentist and the cosmetic kind
When you need to fill a cavity, you make an appointment with your local dental practitioner. On the other hand, if you want to brighten or straighten your smile, you will visit a specialist equipped with skills that are not taught within general dentistry.
A cosmetic dentist in Southampton‘s role is to change your facial appearance – by colouring your yellow teeth white, realigning your jaw and covering minor tooth chips that once marred your appearance. These treatments will not save your life nor directly contribute to your overall oral health, but they will fuel you with the confidence to reclaim your social life, and increase your self-esteem to the point where you are comfortable smiling in photographs.
The different types of treatments
Our teeth naturally dull as we age, a biological process that is accelerated by smoking, drinking and having a diet laden with sugar and fast food.
You cannot reverse the years of neglect, but you can remove terrible stains, discolourations and marks from your teeth with a couple of teeth whitening sessions, either administered by a professional in the dentist’s chair or yourself in the comfort of your home. The process of lightening your teeth from between three to eight shades varies in duration. This procedure can take one or two sixty minute appoints with us, or approximately four weeks using a DIY kit.
If an accident has left you with a slightly chipped front tooth, a veneer will restore your smile to its former glory. The veneer, a thin, durable shell, is bonded to the surface of your damaged tooth in a surgical procedure. It resembles the colour of the rest of your teeth and is filed down to size to the height and shape of your neighbouring teeth. Veneers can also be used to close minor gaps in place of braces.
Back in the day, braces were seen as uncomfortable and unattractive, but advancements in orthodontics have made them a more viable option for children and adults alike.
In one to two years, you can boast perfectly aligned teeth and a beautiful smile. Not only that, but a straightening aid corrects overbites that, in the past, have created difficulties for some patients when eating, chewing and speaking. Cleaning is also made easier with straighter teeth, so that it is possible to brush in those previously hard-to-reach crevices in your mouth.
Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry has taken the world by storm for various reasons. These days, you do not have to live with imperfection, thanks to different affordable treatments on the market. Go ahead, make that appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Southampton.