Cosmetic dentistry

More and more people around the world are going under the knife in order to improve their appearance. It is now becoming more popular also for people to spend money on improving the aesthetics of their smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry that is carried out strictly for aesthetic purposes. It can be combined with restorative dentistry but usually it is used to improve the looks of teeth and not their function.
Probably the most popular and simple way to get a better and more radiant smile is to undergo a teeth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening relies on hydrogen peroxide based gel to bleach out stains and imperfections on the surface of teeth. It is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that is growing rapidly, especially in the USA.
Other popular cosmetic dentistry treatments include veneers, composite bonding and gum reshaping.
Veneers are a slightly more intrusive cosmetic treatment than teeth whitening as they require the surface of the natural tooth to be filed down slightly. Veneers are essentially tooth facings that are designed to look great and produce an aesthetically pleasing smile. They are not the cheapest cosmetic treatment though and prices will differ from one cosmetic dentist to the next.
Some cosmetic dentistry cased can cost tens of thousands of pounds. It is a very lucrative market for dentists who are looking to use their skill to make a lot of money. The success of a cosmetic dentistry procedure does greatly depend on the skill of the particular dentist though and some cosmetic dentists are really not up to scratch.
Cosmetic dentistry has benefitted greatly in recent years from the huge advance in technologies and dental treatments available. Teeth whitening systems for example allow people to have lovely smile without much effort. Probably the best and most exciting advance in cosmetic dentistry to date is the invention of the CEREC CAD/CAM machine. CEREC is a same day crowns and veneers system which is used by only a handful of the best cosmetic dentists. It allows veneers and crowns to be designed, produced and fitted in less than one hour per restoration.
Cosmetic dentistry has also benefited from advances in things such as sedation and injections. Many nervous patients are too scared to go to their cosmetic dentist for fear of needing a big injection or experiencing pain. Dental drills and injections are now much more advanced than they used to be and as a result nervous patients are able to undergo cosmetic treatments thanks to inventions such as ‘the wand’ which is a painless injection system.
Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve anyone’s smile, regardless of their individual problems. There is a range of treatments available to suit everyone and pretty much every person can benefit from cosmetic dentistry.

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