Over the last twenty years, a vast array of new cosmetic dental procedures have been introduced that can make you teeth more aesthetically attractive. Cosmetic dentistry has made it possible for those of us not blessed with naturally straight and white teeth to achieve our dream smile.
For patients who suffer from cracked, chipped or broken teeth, a treatment called composite dental bonding can restore the appearance of teeth while maintaining the integrity and strength of your natural teeth. Dental bonding involves using a resin paste, made up to closely resemble the natural colour of the patient’s teeth, which is sculpted into the desired shape. When the dentist is happy with the appearance the resin can be set hard using the intense heat of a laser. Dental bonding can also be used to correct problems with unevenly spaced teeth and also thinly applied to cover discolouration caused by staining and fluorosis.
For teeth that are too badly damaged or discoloured to correct by dental bonding the dentist may opt to use the very latest in porcelain veneers. In the past, veneers were often a last resort because they required a significant portion of the tooth to be worn away to accommodate the chunky and often unrealistic looking veneer. Today, using the very latest in computer aided manufacture and design, veneers can be created that are as thin as contact lenses. These can fit over the top of existing teeth with minimal preparation and provide an incredibly realistic translucent appearance. For severely discoloured or worn teeth, a whole row of veneers can be applied completely transforming the appearance of the smile in only one session.
Another very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure is whitening. By applying peroxide gel to the teeth, the dentist can restore the original white colour of teeth that tends to fade as we get older.
By using one or a combination of these procedures (often known as a smile makeover) a cosmetic dentist is able to produce the patient’s desired smile. There are very few occasions where the dentist is unable to overcome existing dental difficulties to produce the desired effect. Whatever the dental concern you may have, talk to a London W1 dentist about cosmetic dentistry and they will be able to advise which procedures would be most effective for your teeth.