What Can A Cosmetic Dentist Do For You?

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.

Cosmetic Dentists Smile Care Cosmetic CentreFrom 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.

Can A Cosmetic Dentist Really Give Me A Model Smile?

What constitutes a model smile? For most of us, pearly-white gnashers of perfect symmetry epitomise the million dollar smile, while for others, gently rounded, beautifully aligned teeth are considered fashionably and socially adequate. Cosmetic dentistry is the only specialised industry concentrated on the visual improvement of teeth, rather than just oral health. Cosmetic intervention may not be able to entirely replicate the ‘look’ of a particular celebrity or example; however the outcomes are often as good, if not better than hoped for.

Smile Care Cosmetic Centre PlymouthEveryone has a unique idea of the ‘perfect smile’, however most agree that two primary factors are responsible – whitening and alignment. Surprisingly few adolescents are blessed with evenly spaced, non overlapping teeth, requiring early dental aids such as a brace or retainer if teeth are to be aligned by adulthood. Influenced by peers or bogged down by name-calling, many teens do not complete the course of treatment, leading to disproportionate alignment and crooked teeth later in life. This is reflected in the rising number of image-conscious young adults seeking cosmetic dentistry, in the hope of a fashionable, quick fix solution. The good news is that, for the majority, cosmetic dentistry can and will significantly change the look of your mouth and teeth for the better and in some cases, even the shape of the face!

Characteristically, a model smile is defined by white teeth and upper/lower jaw symmetry, along with no visible gap between the tooth and gum line. Gums tend to be exuberantly pink, perfectly off-setting the dazzling whiteness of teeth, which are visibly rounded at the corners. Few people actually possess such model examples of perfect teeth, the shape alone created with the aid of shaped veneers or porcelain inlays bound to the tooth. Bonding is an extremely popular treatment for recreating the illusion of a healthy tooth-to-gum seal and rendering a smooth tooth surface, with the simple application of composite resin. It can subsequently be shaped, refined and polished to ‘blend in’ with other teeth. Dental contouring is a common follow-up treatment, effectively reshaping or rounding off other teeth to compliment a bonding treatment. The result is an extremely natural, yet almost symmetrical finish providing you opt for both upper and lower front tooth treatment.

Accelerated orthodontics refers to the speedy process of tooth realignment, with the aid of a night/invisi-brace or retainer. Invisalign is a phenomenally successful mode of orthodontic treatment, gradually evolving the alignment of teeth using a pre-cast model. In contrast to the braces of old, this method generally achieves a markedly improved look in 3-7 months (half of the time needed for fixed braces). Better still; the brace is pretty much invisible to the naked eye, making it an ideal solution for image conscious young adults.

Cosmetic dentistry is a viable option for those seeking to improve their “look”, however it must be stressed that few treatments yield results overnight. Laser and bleach whitening require a series of successive treatments (taking anywhere between 3-12 months) and even veneer application necessitates a degree of whitening treatment prior to fitting. With the right cosmetic dentist, a model smile is achievable – providing you have the patience to see it through.