cosmetic-dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

General Dentistry Versus Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry is the term Dentists use to describe dental treatments and procedures that  improve the appearance, but not necessarily the health of your teeth. This basically means that Cosmetic Dental procedures are non-essential, but they do offer a wide range of benefits, including making regular cleaning easier, improving a patient’s confidence and even reducing teeth grinding. Many Cosmetic Dentists are also Orthodontists, specializing in the straightening of teeth. below we explain the main Cosmetic Dentistry procedures that we provide:

Improvements in Cosmetic Procedures

Across the whole field of dentistry, modern improvements have made procedures and treatment quicker, more effective and in many cases pain free. Laser Teeth Whitening and gum treatments are painless and don’t require anesthetic. For more complicated procedures such as implants, we offer sedation and use state-of-the-art equipment which reduces treatment and recovery times. Specific improvements to the field of Cosmetic Dentistry procedures in particular, mean that getting that perfect smile is now pain and anxiety free.

Confidence & Your Smile

Why is Cosmetic Dentistry growing in popularity? Why do people in ever growing numbers elect for dental work that isn’t necessarily going to improve their overall dental health? The answer is quite simply quality of life. A smile really is worth a thousand words when it comes to self-confidence in your work, a night out with friends / family and of course, that dreaded first date. Knowing you’re confident in your smile makes everything easier. The fact is, it’s easier to smile when you aren’t embarrassed about crooked, stained or chipped teeth. That unsightly gap or those receding gums can be fixed in almost every case by Cosmetic Dentistry procedures. Beyond simply removing the need to hide unsightly teeth, Cosmetic Dentistry can actually give you something to smile about, and improve your overall confidence. The main Cosmetic Dentistry procedures that we offer are explained below.

Teeth Whitening Treatments

There are a number of different types of Teeth Whitening procedures available, from bleaching to laser treatments that can lighten your teeth by up to 16 shades. We basically breakdown Teeth Whitening into two broad categories, 1). In-surgery procedures carried out by a Dentist and 2). At-home procedures. For more details on Teeth Whitening offered by 110 Total Dentistry goto our Teeth Whitening page.

Orthodontics (Straightening Teeth)

We offer both traditional braces and modern Invisalign teeth straightening treatments. Depending upon your personal requirements, your dentist will recommend the right treatment approach.

Veneers

Veneers are exactly how they sound, thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of a tooth to restore it’s appearance. For example in cases where a single tooth or a group of teeth has been discoloured more than others, or as an alternative to orthodontics Veneers will be used. Veneers have improved over time and we are now able to match Veneers precisely to your real teeth colour so no one will ever notice the difference. The treatment requires shaving off a part of your tooth and be warned that eventually the veneer will require replacement or repair as the porcelain wares away.

Crowns & Bridges

Bridges fill space between large gaps and missing teeth and are not exclusively cosmetic. As a more affordable, less invasive procedure to implants and orthodontics, they help to improve the appearance of teeth without replacing or straightening. Similarly, Crowns help to cap and repair chipped or cracked teeth, restoring them to their normal shape. CERAC porcelain crowns can be completed in one visit and sometimes assist in large fillings.

Implants

In severe cases of tooth decay, or due to injury or age, one or several teeth may require replacement. Implant technology has improved over the years and now false teeth can match the rest of your smile for a natural appearance. Implants in modern dentistry have taken the place that dentures used to occupy as the first option when replacing missing teeth. For more information on Implants please visit our Implants page.

Bruxism (Grinding Teeth)

There are a number of different causes which create teeth grinding, or bruxism. Cosmetic procedures are not the only solution to Bruxism, porcelain inlays or onlays and straightening treatments many also help to improve your bite and limit unconscious grinding.