Cosmetic dentistry is about so much more than vanity. Improving your smile will lead to improvements in all aspects of your life.
Your smile really is your most important asset. If you stop using it, you miss out on so much.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can be used to treat a range of issues. Some of the most common problems are:
- Stained, discoloured or yellowed teeth
- Crooked, misshapen teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Missing teeth
- Amalgam fillings
- Worn or chipped teeth
So, what cosmetic procedures are available?
In-chair and at-home teeth whitening is a proven method of whitening and lightening teeth. Teeth become stained for a whole range of reasons, including age, lifestyle and diet. If hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, it breaks down and enters the dentine. Laser light is then used to activate the peroxide, and the teeth are bleached to a brighter colour.
This procedure is safe, and the at-home and in-chair treatments have protective measures against the bleach coming in contact with your teeth and gums.
Crowns are used to fix broken, chipped, worn or weakened teeth. A crown looks exactly like a regular tooth, and the process is incredibly simple. Your dentist just has to prepare the worn tooth, before the crown is shaped and fitted to your liking. With CEREC technology, this entire process can be completed in just one visit!
Dental implants are the most effective method for replacing missing teeth. They offer a permanent fix that looks entirely natural in your mouth. To affix an implant, a post will be inserted into your gum.
Once the post has fused with the bone inside your jaw, a crown will be placed on top of the post, and you will have a brand new tooth. Your implant will function exactly the same as a regular tooth, so you can eat, brush and floss as usual. All on 4 implants are an excellent option for anyone with loose current dentures or teeth that have a hopeless prognosis.
Veneers are thin-slivers of tooth-shaped material that are affixed to the front of your existing teeth. They are perfect for reshaping crooked, cracked or misshapen teeth. They are also an ideal option for anyone dealing with discoloured teeth that won’t respond to whitening.
Porcelain is the best material for this application. Firstly, the material matches the teeth, and it is also naturally hardy and stain-resistant. A veneer treatment will take two appointments, as the teeth need to be prepared before the veneers can be bonded.
Digital Smile Design
The problem with cosmetic dental treatments is that there is no way of knowing what your investment will look like. Well, thanks to digital smile design, now you know exactly what you’re paying for.
Basically, your dentist takes a picture of you and then digitally-alters that image to show the effects of cosmetic dentistry. You can see how you will look with dental implants, veneers or even teeth whitening. You can then use this image to chart a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan.
A smile makeover is a perfect option for anyone looking for a more comprehensive cosmetic dental treatment. As a result of dental trauma, age or even lifestyle factors we may end up suffering from a range of dental issues.
Your teeth could be crooked, yellowing and missing. Obviously, one treatment won’t take care of all of these issues, so why not go for a full smile makeover.
You and your dentist can sit down and discuss your goals, organise a digital smile design and then lay out the treatments you need to achieve your dream smile.
With all these cosmetic dentistry procedures available, your dream smile is a genuine possibility. Don’t be put off by the cost. An investment in your smile is one of the best investments you can make.