Considered an asset in today’s dog-eat-dog world, the ‘celebrity smile’ has become an aesthetic measure of success that far supersedes any film reel or modelling portfolio; in fact, a ‘smile makeover’ is now as conventional a treatment as Botox – only dental intervention can actually benefit your health. Beauty critics attribute the rising popularity of cosmetic dental procedures to a generation vainly self-obsessed, however, cosmetic dentists attest it is a culmination of fast food culture; increased health awareness and the desire to ‘be successful’ that has motivated a proportionate rise in those seeking cosmetic dentistry treatment.
From the eradication of unsightly stains, to gum contouring and non-surgical face-lifts, cosmetic dentistry realises some truly face-saving benefits – the intervention of a cosmetic dentist could even delay the signs of aging! If you’re intent on making an everlasting impression or simply intent on insuring your teeth for the future, you’re certainly an ideal candidate, but do you actually know what’s on offer? Cosmetic dentistry is a diverse field of treatment not merely limited to premium whitening or veneer procedures – whether you suffer unsightly gaps or crooked front teeth, we’ve long moved on from fixed ‘train tracks’ and uncomfortable standard retainers.
Teeth whitening is a booming procedure offered by practically every cosmetic dentist in the UK. According to a study conducted by Crest in 2007, over 68% of survey respondents associated pristine white teeth with professional success, while over 59% concurred the procedure gave them a confidence boost – integral in many of today’s competitive professional industries. Several variations of cosmetic whitening exist, ranging from a simple descale and bleaching, to the application of dental veneers or porcelain crowns. Contrary to belief, veneers aren’t always applied as a quick-fix alternative to whitening. Veneers are often sought to ‘cover up’ the damage or wear to teeth caused by aging, grinding and minor accidents. Crowns tend to be reserved for patients with cavity issues, particularly if such cavities pose a threat to the health of the tooth itself. A veneer is primarily applied for cosmetic and aesthetic benefit, whereas a crown usually caps the entire tooth, protecting it from further decay and/or wear.
Cosmetic straightening of the teeth comes in a close second to whitening, as one of the most popular modern procedures for young, image conscious adults – most of whom probably declined the offer of an affixed brace during their teens. Cosmetic straightening has long evolved from what many call “train track braces”. Developments such as Invasalign, the Inman Aligner, the Clearstep System and lingual retainers are popular non-visible, on-going treatments for realignment of teeth and surgical intervention is actually quite rare. Surprisingly, these cosmetic straightening methods can also be used to rectify minor problems, relative to just one or two crooked teeth.
You’ve probably heard word of ‘dermal fillers’ from the mouths of celebrities and it can be a great treatment for stalling the signs of aging. Cosmetic dermal fillers have nothing to do with the oral interior; it is a treatment largely sought by those with wrinkles and depressions around the mouth area. Some cosmetic dentists have extended their services to include this treatment – the most popular being Restylane, a non-synthetic filler made from constituent chemicals found already in the skin. Restylane isn’t for everyone, but when combined with the recently enhanced oral work in maturer patients, has a surprisingly noticeable impact. If you thought cosmetic dentistry was an exclusive benefit for wealthy celebrities – think again. A cosmetic dentist needn’t be outrageously expensive and that small investment you make, will yield an amazing boost for both your self-confidence, and those all important first impressions.