As human beings we all desire to look our best and our smile plays a vital role in creating that first impression. However, not everyone is blessed with a perfect set of teeth, and that can lead to a lack of confidence while smiling or talking. That’s where cosmetic dentistry comes in. In this article, we’ll explore what cosmetic dentistry is, the various procedures it includes, the benefits it provides and answer the frequently asked questions.
Definition of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on enhancing the appearance of a persons teeth, gums and smile. The procedures involved are primarily elective, meaning they are done to improve the aesthetics of the teeth rather than to address oral health issues. Cosmetic dentistry can include a variety of treatments, including teeth whitening, dental veneers, implants, composite bonding, orthodontic treatment and Invisalign.
Different Procedures of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of procedures, each designed to address specific aesthetic issues. Let’s take a look at the most common ones:
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that aims to remove stains and discolouration from the teeth. This procedure is done by applying a whitening solution to the surface of the teeth and using a special light to activate the solution. Teeth whitening is a quick and effective way to brighten your smile and boost your self-confidence.
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. They are made of porcelain or composite resin, and they can be used to fix a wide range of aesthetic issues, including chipped or cracked teeth, gaps between teeth and severely discoloured teeth.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are a popular cosmetic dentistry option for those who have lost teeth due to injury, decay or other issues.
Composite bonding is a procedure that uses a tooth-coloured composite resin to fix minor cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, or gaps in the teeth. The composite resin is applied to the affected area and shaped to match the surrounding teeth, creating a natural-looking result.
Orthodontic treatment is a cosmetic dental procedure that is used to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. This treatment involves the use of traditional braces or Invisalign which is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. Invisalign is a popular cosmetic dentistry option for those who want to straighten their teeth without the use of traditional braces. Orthodontic treatment can help to improve the appearance of the teeth and enhance overall oral health.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry offers several benefits to patients, including:
It takes a tenth of a second for our brain to make a first-impressed opinion of the new person we meet. When we are happy with the appearance of our teeth and smile, we also likely feel more confident and self-assured; thus it gives us a confidence boost and we come across as being more approachable.
Improves Oral Health
While cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on improving the appearance of teeth, many procedures can also improve oral health. For example, straightening crooked teeth can make it easier to clean them properly, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Enhances Overall Appearance
Cosmetic dentistry can significantly enhance our overall appearance, not just our smile. When our teeth look healthy and attractive, it can create a more youthful and vibrant look, making us feel more confident and positive about how we present ourselves.
Now, let’s answer some of the frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry:
What is the difference between a dentist and a cosmetic dentist?
While both dentists and cosmetic dentists are trained in dentistry, cosmetic dentists have additional training and experience in cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic dentists have the expertise to perform a variety of cosmetic dental procedures that can enhance the appearance of teeth, gums and the overall smile.
What is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure?
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure, as it is quick, painless, and can provide noticeable results. However, the popularity of other procedures such as dental veneers and Invisalign is also on the rise.
Why do you need cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry can enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile, boost your self-confidence, and even improve your oral health. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth or feel self-conscious when smiling or talking, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile you desire.
Are cosmetic dentistry procedures painful?
Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are not painful, and patients typically experience minimal discomfort. However, some procedures such as dental implant surgery or orthodontic treatment may cause mild discomfort, but it can be managed with over the counter pain medication.
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on enhancing the appearance of teeth, gums, and smile in general. The procedures involved are primarily elective and include teeth whitening, dental veneers, implants, composite bonding and orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic dentistry offers several benefits, including boosting self-confidence, improving oral health and enhancing overall appearance. If you are unhappy with the look of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry may be an excellent option to consider.
Dr. Anne Gormley is a highly experienced dentist who has been practising for over 30 years after graduating from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne School of Dental Sciences in 1991. She is also a facial aesthetic clinician, having obtained the Level 7 PGCert in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics in 2019 from Northumbria University. She received her MFGDP(UK) qualification in 1996 from the Royal College of Surgeons, completed an Open University module in Paediatric Dentistry from Bristol University and finished a one-year part-time course in implant surgery and prosthetics. Dr. Anne has worked in the Restorative Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Orthodontic Department in the Waveney Hospital.
Dr. Anne specialises in cosmetic dentistry, with a particular interest in Align, Bleach, Bond (ABB). This technique involves straightening the teeth using Invisalign, followed by teeth whitening treatments and composite bonding and veneers. She loves enhancing facial features with non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers, botulinum toxins (also known as “Botox”) and Profhilo. In addition, Dr. Anne also specialises in crown, bridgework and ceramic veneers.