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Is Cosmetic Dentistry right for you?

Are you embarrassed to smile? Do you hide behind your hand when you smile? Do you avoid photos at all costs? Having a smile you hate can not only cause you embarrassment, but it can also give you low self-esteem and affect how you conduct your daily life.
Thankfully cosmetic dentistry is becoming ever more popular and can really help improve a person’s quality of life. If you’re interested in finding out more, we’ve detailed some of the most popular treatments that many dentists are now undertaking.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Our teeth are prone to staining from the things we eat and drink. Coffee, tea, red wine and smoking all take their toll on the colour of our teeth. Teeth whitening is a simple, quick and cost friendly way that will give you a brighter, bolder smile. From home bleaching kits you can buy from your dentist to Power Whitening undertaken in the dental surgery that takes less than an hour, there are plenty of options for you to explore. Philips has a great product which many dentists use called Zoom, follow the link for more details:

Dental Veneers
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. The veneers are matched to the same colour of your own teeth, which makes the transformation subtle. During the process about half a millimeter of enamel from the tooth will be removed, and the thick shells are bonded onto the front of the teeth. This procedure can change the colour, shape, size or length of your teeth.

Dental Implants
If you have lost a tooth through an accident or from gum disease you may want to opt for dental implants. Dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots which are placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The replacement tooth is then screwed onto the new post once it has healed. Dental implants are a great option to replace one tooth or several missing teeth.

Dental Bonding

In this procedure a natural tooth-colored plastic material is applied to the tooth and hardened using an ultraviolet or laser light to bond the material to the tooth. The tooth will be altered to fit your smile by trimming, shaping and polishing it. This treatment is used specifically for decayed, chipped, cracked or uneven teeth.

Dental Crown

shutterstock_539034556A dental crown is otherwise recognized as a cap which fills and replaces the entire damaged tooth above the gum line. This is to help restore the shape, size, strength and appearance of the tooth. Their function is to stop a weak tooth from breaking or cracking. Crowns can be made from metal, resin, ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are known as indirect fillings, which are made from gold, porcelain or composite materials made to fill decayed and damaged teeth. The inlays and onlays will be made and bonded into position. An “inlay” is bonded in the center of a tooth whereas the “onlay” fills one or two areas of the tooth or covers the biting surface. This treatment is an alternative to a dental crown.

Visit the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website to find a registered cosmetic dentist near you:

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