Cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry

For many years dentistry was just about drilling and filling and extracting teeth. Now, people boost their confidence or change their looks, just like you would, when you go to the hairdresser to change your hair style.

Cosmetic dentistry is not only about restoring the teeth and mouth to its original condition, but improving the aesthetic look. With cosmetic dentistry, you can lighten the colour, straighten, and reshape and even replace missing teeth.

Treatments might include white (or tooth coloured) fillings, whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges and dental implants.

The fillings today are just as strong as the conventional amalgam fillings, but they are bonded directly to the tooth: and colour matched, so only a "trained eye" can spot it!

Whitening or tooth bleaching, has two methods: "in surgery" or "take home", both methods give the same desired result i.e whiter teeth, but at different rates. Whitening will only change the colour of the enamel of the tooth; it will not whiten fillings or veneers, crowns or bridges.

Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that are cemented to the front of the tooth; these can be used to change the colour, shape and straighten the teeth.

Crowns (also known as caps) are similar to veneers; but they cover the whole tooth and are also used to change the shape, colour and position of the teeth.

Bridges are made to replace a missing tooth (bridge the gap), they have a crown with the false tooth attached to it.

Dental implants are also used to replace missing teeth: but these do not involve any other teeth in the mouth unlike bridges.

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