6 Popular cosmetic dental treatments

Over the last few years, cosmetic dental has evolved to become more affordable and accessible. So, if you’re like many people and not entirely happy with your smile, it may help to know you have options.

Having a beautiful smile is something that many of us consider important to our overall presentation and confidence. Just like eating a healthy diet and exercising helps us to feel and look our best, how we prioritise our teeth and oral health makes a huge difference to our appearance and general well-being.

You’re not the only one you know

Ask around your friends and you’re likely to find that at least a few have had some type of dental work done, especially those with great teeth. Genetics, environment, and good old-fashioned luck play a big role in the type of teeth and smile we have as individuals. Fortunately, we have a range of options when it comes to improving our smile and boosting our confidence.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance and function of the teeth, gums, bite or smile. It is generally focused on one or a range of treatments including crowns, bridges, veneers, tooth whitening, dental implants and tooth-coloured fillings. And although each treatment is different, the goal of cosmetic dentistry is essentially the same – to create a more natural smile, and improve both the look of the teeth and the way they work.

Some cosmetic work is relatively straightforward, for example, tooth whitening, while other treatments are more complex and build on a series of steps that progress towards an end goal such as clear aligners and orthodontics.

Common cosmetic treatments

  1. Teeth whitening – lightens the colour of the teeth.
  2. Crowns/bridges – are a fixed solution to missing or damaged teeth.
  3. Dental veneers – are a thin porcelain or resin facing which are attached to the front of the tooth.
  4. Tooth bonding – where a hard resin is applied to damaged parts of the teeth or to fill gaps.
  5. Dental implants – are a replacement root for a tooth which bond with the bone in the jaw.  A crown is then made to match the surrounding teeth to fill the gap formed by the missing tooth.
  6. Orthodontics – are devices which straighten teeth so they are aligned. Commonly called ‘braces’ orthodontic appliances can be attached to the front or back of the teeth, or made from clear plastic trays known as clear aligners.

Look after the basics first

If you’re considering having cosmetic dental work done, book an appointment with your dentist.  They can examine your mouth and provide you with options to improve your smile. Brushing twice each day, flossing daily, and caring for your teeth and gums are dental care basics. Often, the success of any cosmetic treatment relies on good oral health foundations. Speak with your dentist about what’s right for you and look forward to improving your smile!

Book an appointment with your dentist today to discuss your options for cosmetic or any other dental care.

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