Not everyone is happy with their smile or how their teeth look and this can have a major impact on their confidence to interact and socialise in public. Cosmetic dentistry is a field within general dentistry that focuses on the beauty of a smile and covers treatments that enhance, align, and refine the teeth for a more attractive appearance. This includes treatments such as porcelain veneers, white fillings, teeth whitening, orthodontics, clear braces, Cerec and dental implants. These treatments involve special techniques and equipment and a high level of skill by the dental team. We are proud to offer these to our patients here at the practice and have seen many a smile transformed. If you are embarrassed by your teeth it's best to speak to your dentist who can tell you more about the options available and provide you with information about how these can affect your lifestyle while you are undergoing treatment.
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Are your teeth stained, chipped, or not aligned on top of each other? Veneers are a good treatment option to consider because they look like natural teeth and don't require a major procedure. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when braces are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
If you require a filling in your tooth, a cosmetic option would be to choose a white filling material that matches the shade of your surrounding natural teeth. You can also have any existing metallic fillings replaced with tooth-coloured or 'white' fillings. This will allow you to smile without a metallic glint in sight, giving your teeth a more natural appearance overall.
If you are self-conscious about the shade of your teeth or if you have staining on some of your teeth, professional teeth whitening treatment is a safe and recommended option for you to consider.
An effective long-term solution to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite is orthodontics. Orthodontics is a subspecialty area in dentistry that focuses on aligning and straightening teeth using wires and brackets, applying gentle pressure to the teeth to move them into a particular position. The discipline has advanced over decades and today treatment is a lot faster and more comfortable than it was in the past.
Have you lost all or some of your natural teeth? Bridges, dentures and flexible dentures are not the only solutions, thanks to advances in modern dentistry. Have you heard of dental implants? Implant dentistry offers a clinically proven and safe solution to getting a great smile back and being able to bite and chew with confidence.
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Composite bonding can sometimes be used instead of veneers to mask imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, worn edges and slight misalignments.
Whereas veneers are porcelain sheaths that are attached to the front of your teeth, for composite bonding we use composite resin. This is the same material that is used in white fillings. The cosmetic dentist puts it on as a paste and then, once it has bonded to the tooth, shapes it to look like a tooth.
This is a quicker procedure than veneers, but it is not suitable for every tooth or issue. It tends to work best on the biting teeth.
As with veneers, if you are thinking about getting your teeth whitened as well, it is important to get the whitening done first and then match the bonding to the whitened teeth. This is because dental porcelain and composite resin do not respond to whitening gel.
Crowns are custom-made restorations that fit over the entire tooth. They are a way of preserving teeth that have lost a lot of integrity above the gum line but still have strong healthy roots.
We use crowns to preserve the life of teeth that have been heavily decayed, eroded or fractured, or if you have had to have root canal therapy. Crowns are also used to anchor bridges by going over healthy teeth on either side of a gap.
This is the term used to describe a package of cosmetic dentistry treatments. For a smile makeover, we start off with a consultation where we look at your smile as a whole and how it relates to the size and shape of your mouth, lips and face.
We listen to what you would like and also look at what we think needs help, and put together a series of treatments designed to bring out the best in your smile.
How long a smile makeover takes depends on what treatments are involved. If it includes a treatment such as dental implants, the whole process will take a few months. Treatments also have to be carried out in a particular order. For example, veneers can only be prepared once the teeth have been whitened.