Dentistry has come a very long way in modern times. Not only are we now able to easily and rapidly respond to dental problems as they arise in patients, the majority of the population is now aware of the importance of good dental hygiene, and the necessary products to look after our teeth and gums are widespread and affordable.

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Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures which are performed with the intention of improving the appearance of the mouth, teeth, and gums but usually do not address an underlying health issue. Cosmetic dental procedures are usually, although not always, elective procedures undertaken to improve an individual’s confidence and self-image.

Below we take a look at the five most common cosmetic dental procedures and what they are used for.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are more commonly referred to as ‘indirect fillings’. They are used in cases where a tooth requires filling but extensive structural damage and decay to the tooth itself means that it cannot be filled. Wherever possible, the inlay is applied directly to the surface of the tooth. If this isn’t possible, due to damage to the tooth cusps, then an onlay is instead used.

The inlays and onlays themselves are manufactured in dedicated laboratories from a special resin-like material. Specialist dental cement is then used to fix them in place.

Composite Bonding

Repairing teeth that have been damaged, discoloured, or decayed is easy for the modern dentist. Composite bonding is a material which looks very similar to tooth enamel and consequently can be used to repair teeth without making it obvious that work has been done.

After removing any decayed tooth, the dentist will proceed to use the composite bonding material to sculpt a tooth, before curing it using a high intensity light and setting the mould. Composite bonding is one of the cheaper cosmetic dental procedures and is an effective way of repairing a tooth without making it obvious.

If you think you could benefit from composite bonding then check out the Perfect Smile Spa who offer composite bonding alongside a range of other treatments.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the oldest and best known cosmetic dental procedures. As the name implies, it involves using different methods in order to make teeth appear whiter. Those who have, or used to, smoke for a number of years often find tar stains on their teeth which are difficult to remove. Teeth whitening treatments can help with these.

Other people pick up blemishes to their teeth as their life goes on and some people seem to be just more susceptible to staining on their teeth. Teeth whitening treatments come in a variety of different strengths, with the strongest treatments being reserved for the most stubborn cases.

Cosmetic dental procedures serve a number of functions. In some cases, they can assist in restoring functionality to a patient, other times they can make a world of difference to a patient’s confidence regarding their appearance. If you think you could benefit from cosmetic dental work then consult with a professional today.