Aesthetic and Cosmetic dentistry

Aesthetic and Cosmetic dentistry

Posted by IDC Team | 31st May 2024 | Team News

Aesthetic, often called, cosmetic dentistry can be your answer to unlocking new found confidence.

In today’s image-conscious society, the quest for a perfect smile has become a top priority for many individuals. Aesthetic dentistry, once considered a luxury reserved for the elite, has now become an accessible service to everyone. From subtle enhancements to complete transformations, aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry offers a myriad of solutions to address a wide range of dental imperfections.

In this blog, we will delve into the world of cosmetic dentistry, exploring its various avenues, benefits and considerations.

Understanding aesthetic dentistry
Aesthetic dentistry encompasses a variety of procedures aimed at improving the aesthetic appearance of a person’s smile. Unlike traditional dentistry, which primarily focuses on oral hygiene and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry is associated with enhancing the overall aesthetics and appearance of the smile.

Common cosmetic dental procedures

  1. Teeth whitening. One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, teeth whitening helps to remove stains and discolouration. This helps to restore a brighter, more youthful appearance to the smile. Generally, teeth whitening is performed at home using custom made whitening trays which can significantly boost self-confidence and improve overall facial aesthetics. Here at Inspired Dental Care, we have partnered with Enlighten® whitening, a market-leading teeth whitening provider – guaranteed to give outstanding results.
  2. Dental Veneers. Dental veneers are thin, custom-made ‘covers’ crafted from porcelain or composite resin that are bonded directly to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers can effectively conceal a variety of imperfections including chips, cracks, gaps and discolouration whilst also enhancing the size, shape and symmetry of teeth.
  3. Dental Implants. For individuals with missing teeth, dental implants offer a fixed solution that mimics the look, feel and function of natural teeth. Dental implants consist of titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for the attachment of lifelike prosthetic teeth. We are proud to work with Straumann®, the number one implant provider worldwide and the only implant provider that gives a lifetime guarantee.
  4. Composite (edge) Bonding. Composite edge bonding involves the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin to repair minor imperfections such as chips and gaps between teeth. This versatile procedure can also be used to reshape misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth, providing a seamless and natural looking result. Our clinicians are extremely talented and undergo regular training to enhance their techniques in this popular procedure.
  5. Orthodontics. Orthodontics is a way of correcting misalign teeth and today there are alternatives to traditional fixed braces. At Inspired Dental Care, we offer Invisalign®, a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that utilises a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten misalign teeth and correct bite issues. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® offers a discreet and convenient alternative that allows patients to maintain their normal lifestyle with minimal disruption.

Benefits of cosmetic dentistry

  1. Enhanced self-confidence. A beautiful smile can significantly impact a person’s self-esteem and overall sense of wellbeing. By addressing dental imperfections, cosmetic dentistry can help individuals feel more confident in their appearance, leading to improved social interactions and increased success in both personal and professional endeavours.
  2. Improved oral health. Many cosmetic dental procedures not only enhance the aesthetics of the smile but also contribute to better oral health. For example, straightening misaligned teeth with Invisalign® can improve bite alignment and reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
  3. Longlasting results. With proper care and maintenance, the results of cosmetic dentistry can last for many years, providing patients with a lasting investment in their oral health and overall quality of life. Routine dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential for preserving the longevity of cosmetic dental treatments.

Considerations
Before undergoing any aesthetic or cosmetic dental treatments, it is important to consult with an expert to discuss your goals, expectations and treatment options. Things to think about are:

  1. Budget. Cosmetic dental procedures vary in cost, so it important to determine a budget and explore financing options if necessary.
  2. Oral health. Good oral health is essential for the success of cosmetic dental procedures. Patients with untreated dental decay, gum disease or other health issues may need to address these concerns before pursuing cosmetic treatments.
  3. Realistic expectations. While cosmetic dentistry can produce transformative results, it is important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved. Your dentist can provide guidance on the best treatment plan to achieve your desired outcome.
  4. Maintenance. Some cosmetic dental procedures may require ongoing maintenance to preserve their results. It is important to discuss long-term care and maintenance requirements with your dentist before undergoing treatment.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of solutions for individuals seeking to improve the appearance of their smile. Whether you are looking to brighten your teeth, straighten misaligned teeth or replace missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help to achieve the smile of your dreams. By understanding the various procedures, benefits and considerations involved, you can make informed decisions about your dental care and unlock a newfound sense of confidence and self-assurance. Remember, a beautiful smile is not just a cosmetic enhancement – it reflects your inner happiness and vitality!

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our experienced treatment coordinators.

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