Cosmetic dental treatment is more popular in the UK than ever before. A skilled cosmetic dentist can transform not just the appearance of your smile, but can also provide a significant boost to your confidence and body image.
At Smilemakers in Southampton, a cosmetic dentist will carry out a thorough assessment before recommending the best course of treatment. Quality cosmetic dentistry isn’t about quick fixes or one size fits all treatments; instead, it is about using the wide variety of tools and treatments available to create a fully bespoke smile for each and every patient.
The most common complaint heard by cosmetic dentists is about the colour of the teeth. When we see celebrities on TV or in magazines, we are often wowed by their bright, white teeth, and want the same thing for ourselves. Your cosmetic dentist will establish the cause of your tooth discolouration – the most common reason for stained teeth is visible dental plaque, followed by staining caused by lifestyle factors such as smoking or drinking a lot of red wine.
Tooth discolouration can be addressed by teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or a visit to the hygienist. It can be used as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other treatments, such as cosmetic orthodontics. Straighter teeth are also pretty high on most people’s smile wish lists, and in adults can often be achieved with quick and cosmetically focussed treatments using tooth-coloured or clear appliances.
Mild issues with spacing, tooth positioning, or uneven teeth can be rectified with the use of porcelain veneers. These are micro-thin, individually crafted shells of porcelain that are bonded over the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their appearance. They are often likened to false fingernails for the teeth, but are designed to last much longer.
Missing teeth can be replaced with a cosmetic bridge, or with dental implants – which replace the root portions of one or more lost teeth. Dental implants can be combined with realistic-looking crowns, dentures, or bridgework that will appear so realistic that few people will realise they are not the real thing.
Whatever your concerns with your smile, be they large or small, a skilled cosmetic dentist can help you to realise your smile goals.