A cosmetic dentist is a doctor who focuses on improving the visual appearance, health and function of a patients smile. They practice cosmetic dentistry which involves several dental treatments designed to enhance a smile aesthetically.
Treatments conducted by a cosmetic dentist are usually aimed at improving a patient’s self-esteem and boosting confidence.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
If you are concerned about the look of your smile, a cosmetic dentist can help you by using one or more of the following treatments:
Porcelain veneers cover the front part of your tooth that is visible when you smile. They are tooth shaped and are very thin, usually no thicker than 1mm.
Veneers help to improve a variety of concerns such as discoloured, chipped, crooked, widely spaced or worn-down teeth. By covering the front surface of your tooth, a veneer can provide the ideal colour and shape.
If looked after properly, porcelain veneers should last for longer than 10 years.
Composite veneers have the same function as porcelain veneers; however, they are made from a tooth coloured resin. While this means they require less preparation, they are more likely to stain, and chip compared to porcelain veneers.
Composite veneers are a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. However, they also have a shorter lifespan, lasting 3 to 5 years.
Teeth whitening is a quick and affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile. Many cosmetic dentists offer this treatment to help whiten your smile.
In-chair teeth whitening involves applying a bleach solution to the teeth for up to 75 minutes. When undertaking in-chair whitening, the dentist will apply a special rubber gauze to protect your gums, lips and cheeks.
Once applied to the teeth, the whitening solution is activated through a blue UV light. By heating the solution, it helps to penetrate deeper into the tooth enamel.
At the White Bite, we use Philips Zoom! In-chair teeth whitening. This is a high-quality product which has been proven by Philips to whiten teeth by up to 8 shades.
To help maintain your whitening treatment for longer, we also offer take home whitening kits. They include custom-made trays, whitening tubes and instructions.
A cosmetic dentist may also provide smile makeovers. A smile makeover involves one or more treatments to improve the appearance of a smile.
For example, a patient may receive porcelain veneer treatment to the top 8 teeth and undergo whitening treatment to the bottom teeth. By combining treatments, the outlook of the entire smile is improved.
Treatments used in a smile makeover are determined on a case by case basis. This is due to the patient’s individual situation, needs and budget.
A cosmetic dentist may recommend dental implants for patients with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are highly revered due to their long-lasting nature and ability to feel and function as a normal tooth would.
They may also be used to secure a dental bridge or to provide extra stability for a full or partial denture.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge comprises of two or more connected teeth which is anchored in place by one or two dental crowns. A bridge may also hold a fake tooth to cover a gap where there are no teeth.
In cases where there are many missing teeth a dental implant may be used to help secure a dental bridge in place.
Tooth Coloured Fillings
Tooth coloured filings are used to seal off the biting surface of a tooth from bacteria and therefore prevent further decay. However, in cosmetic dentistry, tooth coloured fillings may also be used to replace amalgam fillings.
Amalgam fillings are an outdated metal material previously used for fillings. To improve the appearance of your smile, you may choose to replace these fillings with healthier tooth coloured fillings.
This way, when you smile the metal won’t show and it will be practically impossible to tell you have had fillings.
To straighten teeth, there are several orthodontic treatment options available. They are:
- Orthopaedic appliances and;
Invisalign is a clear aligner system which straightens teeth discreetly. Every 2 weeks you will receive a new set of aligners to correct the positioning of the teeth. Invisalign must be worn for at least 21 hours a day but can be taken out for meals or to clean the teeth. As Invisalign can be easily removed, it is not a recommended treatment option for children.
Orthopaedic appliances are designed for children, they help to correct cross bites and widen the upper jaw. The appliance is tailor-made for each patient.
Braces are bonded to the teeth and are connected via a wire. Overtime this wire is replaced (usually with a stronger wire) to straighten teeth. Braces are suitable for patients of any age.
Why Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?
A cosmetic dentist is highly trained and has ample experience in the treatments outlined above. As they focus on cosmetic dentistry, they would have a substantial portfolio of their previous work.
Further, a cosmetic dentist focuses on the appearance of a smile rather than just the health of your smile. This means, if you are feeling insecure about your smile, they can help you by designing a smile you can be proud of.
If you are looking to improve the outlook of your smile, give our friendly team a call to discuss your options today. Want to get started right away? Fill in our free online consultation.