Cosmetic Dentistry refers to dental treatment that is designed to improve the appearance of your smile and the way that this is achieved is continually changing and evolving. At Complete Dental Care all of our staff regularly update their skills and attend further training to ensure that we are up to date with the latest techniques and skills.
In the 1990s Cosmetic Dentistry will have conjured images of the infamous Hollywood smile that was created with porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns. This certainly is one method to creating a straight and white smile however it requires a degree of shaping of your natural teeth before hand. In some instances a large amount of your tooth may need to be removed to achieve the ideal appearance. Also these will need to be replace at an approximate interval of 10 to 15 years.
In this century whilst we will still place cosmetic veneers and metal free cosmetic crowns, we now try to carry out minimally invasive treatment. There is much more thought and time placed in planning treatment for successful outcomes and also keeping in mind long term maintenance. Ideally the less we need to do to your teeth the better.
One of the more modern concepts of cosmetic dentistry is ‘progressive smile design’. This uses the simple concepts of: If require to firstly straightening the teeth with cosmetic braces. One the teeth are straight we carry out professional teeth whitening and then we can reassess your smile to determine what else would need to be done. For many people braces and tooth whitening alone will be enough but for some people we will need to provide cosmetic bonding. This is a method to subtly improve the appearance and shape of your teeth by bonding cosmetic white fillings in certain area. When we are doing this we ensure to match the filling with your tooth so that you cannot see any joins afterwards. If you already have large fillings in your teeth or if they are very discoloured of chipped then we may need to provide cosmetic veneers or cosmetic crowns. We use e-max veneers and e-max crowns for our cosmetic cases as the final restoration is very strong and it is possible to achieve an excellent appearance.
There are many different techniques and treatments that we can provide to improve your smile and above is a brief description of some of the ways we can do this. If you would like to find out how we can help you then contact us for a free consultation and we can begin your journey to a beautiful smile.