When we think of a traditional dentist, we will create a picture of someone who deals with routine check-ups, oral hygiene and fixing issues such as tooth decay by the use of fillings. For most people, this is as far as their involvement with their dentist goes. However, our regular dentist does more than these routine tasks. They also help to spot the early signs of trouble, diagnose issues that have developed and also go a long way to help with the prevention of dental issues developing.
Your local dental practice that you attend may also offer far more than your regular 6-monthly check-ups. Many dental surgeries these days are diversifying to offer a whole range of cosmetic dental treatments that can help you achieve the healthy smile that you deserve.
Cosmetic dentistry concentrates more on fixing and improving the look and feel of your teeth. Most often your regular dentist may recommended you for cosmetic treatment to help solve issues like chipped or crooked teeth, missing teeth or heavy discolouration that can be reversed through teeth whitening treatments.
What are some of the types of Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment?
This treatment is carried out when your teeth have grown crooked or your teeth have been subject to years of wear and grinding that prevent your teeth from biting and chewing properly. Following treatment, patients will be left with a more effective bite alignment and straighter teeth.
Dental bonding is a process where badly damaged teeth that have become chipped, cracked and broken are given a makeover. Your teeth are given an overlay that coats the surface of your teeth with a protective covering. This is usually made out of porcelain or enamel-like composite resin that looks just like your natural teeth. The treatment is great for filling in wide gaps between teeth as well as for repairing chipped or broken teeth where there is no need to remove the damaged tooth completely.
Dental braces are no longer just for children teeth! Adults can also benefit from having dental braces fitted to help straighten out their crooked or misaligned teeth. Braces can help to not only straighten teeth and improve your smile, but they can also help to adjust an irregular bite to make your teeth function properly.
Modern dental braces are nothing like the scary tangle of wires that children were subjected to years ago. These days dentists will use hidden or invisible braces that work by placing a steady pressure to the teeth to gradually move them into their proper alignment.
Your dentist or orthodontist will use the type of dental brace that best suits your needs. You would need to have a thorough dental examination first and a set of x-rays to make sure that your underlying jawbone and tooth roots are all healthy and able to take the treatments. The actual process can be a long one depending on the amount of realignment needed, but the results are well worth your patience.
Dental bridges, also known as partial dentures, can be used to replace any missing teeth you have, or even help to close up a gap between your teeth. Modern bridges use strong enamel-like materials to mimic your natural teeth and most people will not be able to tell that you are wearing one. Most bridges can last for many years when looked after properly, but you need to take special care of them and pay particular attention to your oral hygiene to prevent any further issues developing.
These are just a few common cosmetic dental treatments that are offered by cosmetic dentists these days. Many will offer more procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, odontoplasty, teeth whitening, and specialist treatments such as gum grafts to help reduce gum recession and tooth sensitivity.