An Introduction To Cosmetic Dentistry

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There are many reasons to consider cosmetic dentistry, ranging from correcting damage through to enhancing the look and feel.

Whatever it is that is motivating you to improve your teeth, there is Dental Care Network dental practice to suit you. We have a wide network of professional dentists across the country, encompassing a comprehensive range of modern cosmetic procedures.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of restorative dentistry that aims to improve the beauty, harmony and symmetry of the natural teeth and gums. This includes bone grafting, gum grafting and, in some cases, orthodontics.

Treatments offered include teeth whitening, white fillings, dental veneers, dental implants, dental crowns, dental bridges, orthodontics (braces, Invisalign), dentures and gum lifting. These can all help to change the appearance of your smile.

It can whiten dull or discoloured teeth, change the appearance, size and length of existing teeth, as well as replace missing teeth.

What does a cosmetic dentist do?

Your cosmetic dentist can help you improve the aesthetic look of your teeth. It is best to talk to him or her about your needs so you can achieve the look you desire.

This means you can improve chipped, discoloured, crooked or gapped teeth. Cosmetic dentists can use micro-abrasion, veneers, bonding, crowns and implants.

What are the most popular cosmetic dental procedures?

Some of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures involve replacing silver fillings with tooth-coloured ones, bleaching to remove stains and lighten the natural tooth colour, bonding, veneers, micro-abrasion, crowns and dental implants.

Cosmetic dentistry for various dental issues

1. Stained or discoloured teeth

If you want to improve your confidence with a smile makeover, you could consider whitening. This can lighten your teeth and best results can be achieved by visiting your dentist. A professional clean can help to whiten your teeth by removing surface staining. However, if the staining is below the surface, you may need to consider other ways to whiten your teeth.

Your cosmetic dentist may talk you through your options, including Zoom Whitening. It is important not to try this at home as whitening products used incorrectly  can cause sensitivity.

Micro-abrasion is another option that can lighten discoloured enamel by gently removing  it using an abrasive or acid-based paste. Some enamel may be heavily discoloured throughout requiring the use of a tooth coloured filling material such as porcelain in order to mask it. You will need to consult a cosmetic dentist for this procedure.

2. Chipped teeth

If you have a chipped tooth you want to fix, you will benefit from cosmetic dentistry.

Bonding can be used to treat chips, gaps and discoloured teeth. Your dentist will apply resin fillings to your tooth. The colour will be matched to your natural shade so it will be indistinguishable.

3. Cavities and cracks

Rather than using more obvious silver fillings, your dentist can opt for tooth-coloured fillings which will match the natural colour of your teeth.

Crowns can also be used to repair your teeth. These caps are permanently bonded to your teeth and designed to match the look of your existing and natural teeth.

4. Uneven teeth

Veneers can be used to correct crooked or uneven teeth. These consist of tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin facings bonded to the front of your teeth.

These are more conservative than crowns, making them a great choice for those with oddly shaped or misaligned teeth. The other option is orthodontics to bring your teeth back into alignment, using Invisalign, braces or other options.

5. Gaps between the teeth

Veneers are also a good choice for those with small gaps between their teeth. The veneers used should be slightly wider than the teeth. This treatment option is best for those with small gaps so as to avoid the front teeth  looking abnormally large.

Otherwise, braces can be used to straighten teeth or move them back into place.

6. Broken or crooked teeth

Broken or crooked teeth can be uncomfortable and cause pain. Dental crowns can restore the integrity and strength of your existing teeth while providing a great aesthetic appearance.

Crowns and veneers can give you a natural look, complementing the natural colour and alignment of your existing teeth.

Bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry option for those with broken and crooked teeth as it can fill gaps between them and align crooked teeth as well as repair cracks and tooth decay.

Invisalign aligners can also be used to correct crooked teeth. These are a more discreet form of braces that can be used.

7. Others

Cosmetic dentistry can also include other measures to improve your smile, such as dental implants that can be used to replace missing teeth and avoid the use of a partial denture.

Orthodontic treatment can also be used to fix overlapping, crooked or severely gapped teeth that may require more than cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry and oral health

While one of the aims of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of teeth, it can also help to boost your oral health.

Cosmetic treatments that focus on alignment can help to change your bite, making your mouth healthier. Not only that but straight teeth can help you to brush more thoroughly, improving your oral health and helping you to reach cracks and crevices where food particles could get trapped.

Dental implants can also be used to improve your oral health as they can prevent further bone loss at the site of the missing tooth/teeth and protect the surrounding teeth from increased wear and tear.

Health fund coverage for cosmetic dental treatment

Not all private insurance plans will cover cosmetic dental treatment, so it pays to read the fine print. You may also have to opt for ancillary cover as it may not be included in your general treatment policies. There may also be a clause that states dental coverage will only be included if needed for health reasons, rather than cosmetic.

Payment options

Your DCN dentist may be able to help you with payment plans. Contact your local DCN dentist and have a chat to see what they can offer. This depends on the amount and type of work you will have done and their standard practices.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements and let one of our dental practices give you something to smile about. Read more on all of our cosmetic dentistry treatments in Dentipedia.

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