Cosmetic dentistry is the process of treating teeth to improve their appearance and not necessarily for any health purposes. It has become increasingly popular over the last twenty years, as people have begun to realise the importance and benefits of having a healthy looking and attractive smile.
There are many different treatments that can be used to improve the appearance of the teeth. It is also possible to utilise a number of treatments in conjunction as part of a wider smile makeover. One of the most well-known and widely practised cosmetic treatments is teeth whitening. This involves treating teeth that are affected by discolouration and staining. Teeth whitening treatments use an active gel containing hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates the enamel and returns the discoloured areas to a whiter state. This will make the teeth look cleaner and healthier and have the subconscious effect of making you look younger.
Other treatments include having cosmetic bonding applied to the teeth to replace enamel that may have been worn away over time. Cosmetic bonding is a composite resin that is mixed to look like the colour of the existing enamel. It is then applied to the required areas of the teeth before being set hard with the heat of the dental laser.
City of London dentists can also use dental restorations made of ceramics to restore the appearance of damaged or unhealthy looking teeth. Porcelain veneers and crowns are caps that are cemented over the top of exiting teeth to improve their aesthetic appearance. A whole set of veneers will completely transform the appearance of even the most unattractive teeth in as little as one afternoon. Ask your dentist to find out more about the array of cosmetic dentistry treatments available and how they could benefit your teeth.