Many people dream of possessing perfect teeth and wonder how they could achieve a beautiful smile when their teeth are crooked stained, or even missing. Unlike several decades ago, when cosmetic dentistry was a world known only to celebrities and those with a financial advantage, contemporary dental treatments are now incredibly accessible, allowing people to enhance their smiles. Here are just some of the treatments a patient may be able to select to correct or modify their teeth.
Clear braces are a preferable option for many patients as they straighten and correct the position of teeth while being discreet. This particular brand of virtually invisible braces is used in the orthodontics department by reputable dentists throughout the UK and is popular with both patients and dental professionals. Some practices provide the option of digital scanning to assess the initial aligners required and a patient will then be fitted with the appropriate aligners in addition to being assessed regularly and provided with appropriate removable or fixed aligners. The end result if noticeably straighter teeth in a relatively short period of time. To gain access to such treatment a patient should consult with an accredited orthodontist.
Stained and discoloured teeth can be a cause for concern for many dental patients who are keen to make the most of their smile. Many people turn to over-the counter teeth-whitening products only to find that the results are minimal to non-existent. Teeth whitening conducted in an appropriate dental practice can provide long-lasting results and is usually a procedure that can be done in one sitting with home-whitening treatment continued at home.
When discolouration is coupled with crooked teeth, patients may wish to consider veneers. These thin layers of porcelain or composite material are bonded to teeth that have first had enamel removed from the surface of the patient’s teeth. Veneers are very popular as they are long-lasting and, when applied correctly by a certified professional, look natural. Veneers can be used to correct the position of teeth and to give teeth a uniform appearance. They can also be used to cover stained or yellow teeth.
Missing teeth can draw unwanted attention which is why many patients opt to have their teeth permanently replaced with the help of dental implants. Secured to a bone or bones in the jaw, implants are used to hold dental prosthetics in position. Accident victims or those that have one or several teeth missing for other reasons may need dental implants to assist with eating and even speaking properly. Implants can last for several years and when cared for appropriately, prosthetics are also a long-term option.
Although cosmetic dentistry can appear to be an expensive option, many dental practices offer patients instalment payment options. When considering any of the above treatments or any other form of cosmetic dentistry, it is imperative that patients discuss payment options prior to agreeing to the receipt of treatment.