Cosmetic dentistry comes in different forms: teeth whitening, closing teeth gaps, shaping and even replacing teeth. Depending on the procedure that meets your particular needs, cosmetic dentistry can definitely make you look better.
If you’re in Northern Ireland, cosmetic dentistry is a great service to go for if a great smile is what you’re after. Read on to know more about the procedures.
Teeth whitening services benefit those who have stained or discoloured teeth due to consumption of tea and coffee, smoking, or even because of certain medications. What the dentist will do is perform a chemical process wherein your teeth will be bleached.
Bleaching can come in two ways: your dentist can give you instructions for the process to be done at home, or for the procedure to be done inside his clinic.
Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent process, though; you still have to perform oral hygiene procedures to make sure your pearly whites will stay for a long time.
A Northern Ireland cosmetic dentistry service can also provide patients with crowns. A crown, also referred to as a cap, covers a tooth completely so its shape and appearance can be restored.
Crowns help by protecting weak teeth, cover teeth with large fillings, cover discoloured and misshapen teeth, and hold dental bridges in place. There are different materials that a crown can be made from, such as resin, metal, porcelain or ceramic materials.
A crown can be costly, though, so it may not be recommended by your dentist unless it’s the best method to go for.
Veneers are custom shells usually made of porcelain and are used to cover the teeth to change their colour and/or shape. They are less costly compared to crowns, but the last longer when compared to bonding.
Veneers improve teeth that are permanently stained, poorly shaped, slightly crooked, and are improperly spaced. Your dentist will check your tooth out, buff it and then cement the veneer in place.
Unlike other options, having veneers inserted isn’t as easy; you’ll have to have a second visit to your dentist to install them completely.
Having implants is one of the most complex solutions – it requires an expensive and involved procedure – but serves as a long-term solution for missing teeth.
There are three parts of an implant: the crown created by the dentist for a natural-looking appearance, the titanium metal that’s fused to the jawbone, and an abutment that fits over the implant part sticking out of the gums.
Implants can replace your teeth completely; those who have experienced bone loss can also take advantage of implants by having the dentist graft the bone for the implants to have something to adhere to.