When people think about cosmetic dentistry, they immediately imagine the aesthetic improvements it can bring to a smile. However, what fewer people realise is that many cosmetic procedures also provide health benefits, both for your mouth and your whole body.
Some 48% of UK adults are dissatisfied with the current appearance of their smile. This can affect body image, self-esteem, and confidence, which in turn can impact negatively upon relationships in the professional and personal spheres.
Edinburgh Dental Specialists offers a vast array of cosmetic dentistry options, designed to address any concerns patients have about their smile’s appearance, whether they are large or small.
One of the biggest aesthetic concerns is with the alignment of the teeth. More adults than ever before are seeking tooth straightening treatment later in life, whether they missed out on NHS orthodontics as a child or had treatment but neglected to wear their retainer for long enough.
Adult tooth straightening doesn’t have to involve metal braces. A discreet fixed appliance or a clear, removable aligner can be used to improve tooth alignment without treatment being obvious. Straightening the teeth makes them easier to clean, which can cut the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, and the general health problems associated with these conditions.
Brighter, whiter teeth is also one of the biggest requests in cosmetic dentistry. There are several options to lighten tooth colour, and the journey begins with ascertaining what has caused the discolouration.
The biggest cause is visible dental plaque, which is very bad news because plaque causes gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. A dental hygienist will remove all traces of plaque and will help you to improve your home cleaning routine.
Teeth whitening is suitable for many common tooth stains such as those caused by smoking or drinking a lot of coffee. Often, brightening your smile can be the perfect catalyst to help you quit smoking for good.
In cases of permanent staining, a porcelain veneer, a tooth-coloured composite filling or crown may be recommended, depending on the location of the tooth and your personal preference.