While general dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry is all about improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth and smile. However, cosmetic dentistry is not only for the rich and famous. There is a wide variety of procedures with different price ranges through which everyone can be benefitted. Cosmetic dentistry can offer a solution to major dental problems through subtle or major changes in the teeth and gums.
Patients who want to improve the appearance or function of their teeth, often choose veneers, teeth whitening, or dental crowns. An experienced cosmetic dentist in Harley Street, such as those at Harley Street Dental Clinic, will examine the patient’s teeth thoroughly and create a customised treatment plan to suit their individual needs. Cosmetic dentistry treatments are versatile and can also be combined to create a smile makeover.
Veneers are thin, custom-made, porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their overall appearance. Veneers are quite versatile since they can restore chipped, cracked, discoloured, slightly misaligned or gapped teeth, without altering the tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers, in particular, are a better choice than composite veneers since they are longer lasting and have a more natural appearance due to the better diffusion of light on porcelain. Because they are so natural looking, porcelain veneers are recommended when several teeth are being restored.
Teeth whitening is a popular and cost-effective cosmetic treatment that helps remove stains from the teeth and restore their brightness. Patients can choose between power whitening at the dental practice in less than an hour and home whitening with custom-made trays. In both cases, a Harley Street cosmetic dentist will supervise the procedure.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped protective caps that are placed over teeth to replace the entire external portion of the tooth and enhance its appearance and function. Just like veneers, dental crowns come in different materials. A cosmetic dentist in Harley Street will recommend porcelain crowns, because they can be coloured and shaped to closely match a patient’s natural teeth.