Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

Modern dental treatment can be expensive but the benefits can be huge

If you have been having problems with your teeth over a period of time, there is a good chance that someone may have recommended seeing a cosmetic dentist. On hearing those words, you may well have dismissed it as being ridiculous; after all, you need more than a cosmetic procedure, right? Well, you may be surprised to know that a cosmetic dentist does far more than simple 'cosmetic' procedures. Yes, their focus is on restoration of the teeth, and in a manner that also makes them look nice, but don't be fooled by the 'cosmetic tag', these guys have a serious and in depth knowledge of dental issues and in most cases, will have completed far more training than a standard dentist. So, let's have a look at some of the treatments that they do:

Cosmetic Treatments

Perhaps the best known cosmetic treatment is the tooth whitening procedure. This simple yet effective treatment is both quick and affordable and can whiten the teeth significantly with instant results being noticeable. Dental veneers are also often used when a simple tooth whitening is not sufficient for badly stained teeth.

Another lesser known treatment is the gummy smile, where people’s gums have grown to high on their teeth. This is rectified either using a scalpel or a laser to contour them to make them look natural.

Non-Cosmetic Treatments

We should be careful here, as all treatments are in some way cosmetic, but these cover those treatments which also give extra functionality to a person as opposed to simply looking good. Dental implants are perhaps the most popular and successful treatment done by a reputable cosmetic dentist. This procedure allows a replacement tooth to be placed into the jaw itself to replace a missing tooth. It is an excellent if expensive procedure that offers a replacement tooth that will last for twenty years or more.

Invisible Braces

Whilst invisible braces are used to even out crooked teeth, there is an important function that as well as looking better, it enables people to chew and bite better and minimises the risk of jaw problems and uneven wearing of the teeth further down the line. there are many different types of invisible braces such as Invisalign and the Six Month Smile.

Mini Implants For Denture Retention

Dental implants are used to hold dentures in place and stop them becoming loose. This is usually used with a full arch rather than with partial dentures.