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Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of improving a patient’s smile using a variety of techniques and treatments. Often general dentistry can be a form of cosmetic dentistry, such as white fillings, however, cosmetic dentistry is a separate form of dentistry which is committed purely to creating your best smile in Southampton.
If you are not sure what cosmetic treatment you would like, but want your smile to be improved, then many dental practices will offer a smile makeover treatment. The makeover will consider several of your features, such as your mouth shape and skin tone, and give you advice on what the best form of treatment would be. The aim of a smile makeover is to look at your entire appearance, and help your smile complement the entirety of your face.
Teeth whitening is one of the main treatments in cosmetic dentistry, as it is extremely low risk with a high reward. Teeth whitening treatments can be done at home too, both from online treatments and treatments given by a dentist. They can also be done in a dental practice and can also be administered to a specific tooth. This means that if you have one or a few teeth that are discoloured, then you don’t have to worry about affecting the other teeth in the process.
Cosmetic bonding is a similar level to teeth whitening in terms of risk and application; however, this will need to be administered by a professional dentist. Cosmetic bonding uses a specific tooth-coloured resin to repair and reconstruct certain parts of the enamel and restore a natural look to the teeth. If you have slightly chipped or cracked teeth, then cosmetic bonding can be a fantastic option if you do not feel like your teeth need to be replaced.
Veneers are another great option that may be the answer that you are looking for. If your roots and gums are healthy, but perhaps the crowns of your teeth are chipped or cracked, or maybe just unsightly, then veneers could be an option. Veneers are made from porcelain, which not only provides a fantastic look to your teeth aesthetically, but also significant damage protection, as porcelain is extremely durable.
Veneers are attached directly onto the enamel with an adhesive. The enamel is first drilled away slightly in order to provide a rougher surface for the veneer to bond with. It also provides a small amount of space for the veneers to fit into the mouth, so that they will look like your natural teeth.
Braces are another great option for your teeth, as they do not require any surgery, but can give you extremely straight teeth. Braces are available in many forms, and each has a specific set of benefits. If you are looking for effective results, then fixed braces are the most effective form of braces that you can find. However, many adults will go for Invisalign or other invisible braces, which means they can correct their smile without anything obvious showing of their treatment.