If you’re looking for a way to brighten your smile and get the teeth you’ve always dreamed of then cosmetic dental treatments are the way to go. A great smile is one of the most memorable personal features and one that brings with it an added sense of confidence. In this blog, we’ll look at the four most popular cosmetic dental treatments and how they can help you get a smile to be proud of.
Cosmetic dentistry is a great way of improving your natural smile and is also a fantastic way to achieve better oral health. There are many ways that treatments can help improve your smile with some of the most common problems such as:
- Stained or discoloured teeth
- Worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned or gaps in teeth
These are all treatable conditions where cosmetic dentistry can have a big impact on your oral health and the look of your teeth. Let’s take a look at the most popular treatments for tackling these problems.
1. Teeth Whitening
One of the easiest and cheapest cosmetic dental treatments is teeth whitening. For those with stained or discoloured teeth, then whitening can help restore them while removing the staining that has built up from lifestyle factors such as the food you eat and drink. The process is straightforward with many dental practices offering home-whitening kits for customers. Your dentist will be able to show you exactly how many shades whiter your teeth will become prior to treatment. Treatment is also effective for teeth discolouration caused by aging and the loss of enamel.
Teeth whitening is often one of the first cosmetic dental treatments chosen simply because it delivers almost instant results, is very effective and has a low cost. Of course, while teeth whitening will improve the look of your teeth it won’t address any health issues or other dental problems.
2. Dental veneers
For those with damaged, worn, chipped or broken teeth, dental veneers provide a simple way to cover your tooth’s surface and restore your smile to its former glory. Veneers are applied to the front portion of your teeth and are bonded in place with a strong medical grade glue. In preparation for veneers your dentist will remove a small amount of your tooth’s enamel in order to provide a good surface to be bonded to.
Porcelain is one of the most popular materials for veneers and these are custom made to match your existing teeth, or to provide a completely new smile. For people looking for a beautiful and natural looking smile, dental veneers provide a great option.
3. Composite Bonding
This is an alternative to dental veneers and an extremely fast option that is often paired with teeth whitening. Composite can be bonded to your teeth to enhance the appearance and help to cover chips and minor damage in your teeth. This non-invasive procedure can often be carried out in just one visit and will not damage the structure of your teeth unlike veneers and crowns.
Composite bonding is a cheaper alternative to other forms of smile reconstruction and where your teeth have minor imperfections it can be a wonderful choice. As well as fixing minor damage, composite bonding can also be a solution for staining in teeth and fillings and is often combined with teeth whitening to achieve a brighter and whiter smile.
While veneers sit on the front of the teeth, crowns cover the whole surface of the tooth helping to restore it to its original size. Crowns can be used to cover damaged or weakened teeth that can’t be fixed with a filling. One of the advantages of a crown, compared with veneers, is that they offer a structural solution. They can be made from ceramics such as porcelain as well as metals or a combination of both of these substances. Porcelain crowns are the most common types of crown as they can be indistinguishable from your normal teeth.
Dental crowns can last for many years when cared for and are a great choice where your tooth is damaged and can’t be filled using a traditional filling.