If you are unhappy with your smile and its appearance makes you feel self-conscious about the way it looks, then you may be considering cosmetic dentistry in order to have a smile you are proud to show off. The term cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of dental procedures that can correct several conditions that may make you feel ashamed or unhappy with your smile.
Similar to any type of cosmetic procedure, you may have a few questions or concerns before deciding to go ahead with any work. One such concern you may have is whether or not cosmetic dentistry is safe. Cosmetic dentistry is dental work which is considered not a necessity but more of a personal choice, so before deciding to go ahead with work that your teeth don’t need for health reasons, you need to be sure that the procedures you are considering are perfectly safe.
Cosmetic dentistry uses many of the same treatment methods that regular dental work requires but they are used to create and aesthetically pleasing smile rather than to provide any health benefits. However, both these things are not exclusive as often fixing teeth issues for health reasons can make them look more attractive and vice versa.
As cosmetic dentistry involves much the same treatment methods as regular dental treatment, the risk involved are much the same. For work, which involves orthodontic and dental braces, the risks are minimal to none. The metal braces simply help to realign any crooked or misaligned teeth slowly and methodically. Dental bridges and dentures help to fill in any gaps or missing teeth to help to give you a healthy and complete smile.
Cosmetic teeth whitening is becoming a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure which many people turn to, to brighten their smile and get rid of any stains or discolouration on their teeth. Cosmetic whitening often involves bleaching the teeth and the procedure may need to be repeated over time to keep the teeth looking bright and healthy. The side effects of teeth whitening can be increased sensitivity in the teeth if you already suffer with sensitive teeth. However, this can be combatted with the use of a lower concentration of bleach over a longer period of time.
Dental veneers can be used to help align crooked teeth, reduce gaps between teeth and are also used when teeth are badly stained and whitening won’t help. Veneers are dental caps, which are permanently fixed on top of the existing tooth to help create the perfect smile. The procedure involved in using dental veneers can include shaving down and removal of some of the tooth structure. The dental veneer then covers this but the trauma to the tooth can sometimes result in root canals needing to be performed sometime in the future if your dentist causes too much trauma to the tooth. Dental veneers are a permanent solution to any
imperfections in your smile, so you need to be 100% sure that they are what you want before going ahead with any treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry comes with very few to no major health risks as long as you choose to use a fully licenced and qualified dentist. It is a good idea to have a look at any previous cosmetic dentistry work your dentist has carried out as what your dentist considers the perfect smile may not be exactly what you have in mind. Make sure you have an in depth discussion with your dentist before going ahead with any cosmetic dentistry to make sure he understands your desires wishes as one of the only risks involved with cosmetic dentistry is not getting the overall results you are happy with.
Article supplied by London City Smiles, specialists in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry procedures.