Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a wide range of different treatments that can improve the appearance of your teeth. Getting a cosmetic treatment for your teeth can have a huge impact on the way you feel about your appearance. It can allow you to laugh, talk and smile more confidently.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Most dental treatments have a cosmetic element as they can help us to look and feel better. If you get a filling then it will probably make your decayed tooth look better. However, the main purpose of this treatment would be to prevent further decay. The cosmetic effect would simply be an added benefit. In the case of a cosmetic dental treatment, the aesthetic effects would be the main reason for having the treatment.
Sometimes it is clear that a treatment is purely cosmetic. For example, stain removal or whitening treatments won’t have any health benefits so they are only performed to improve the appearance of your teeth. However, other treatments can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Orthodontic treatments often perform both functions. Some people may need to get braces to correct problems with their bite or to reduce the risk of tooth decay caused by overlapping teeth. However, others may only want braces to correct a slight cosmetic issue that is unlikely to cause any medical problems.
The difference between medical and cosmetic dental treatments isn’t always clear-cut but it can be important in some circumstances. It can limit access to certain treatments for patients in the UK who are visiting NHS dentists. If a treatment is considered purely cosmetic then you will usually need to pay for private care. For example, if you have a missing or damaged tooth then you may be able to get a bridge or dentures though the NHS. If you wanted to have a dental implant instead then you would need to pay to have the treatment performed privately as it isn’t considered medically necessary by the NHS since there are more affordable alternatives.
Types of Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Cosmetic treatments can address many different issues with your teeth, from their colour to the way they are positioned in your mouth. Some of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments at Frays Dental in Uxbridge include:
- Tooth whitening or cleaning to remove staining and discolouration
- Minor dental repairs that aren’t needed for medical reasons (e.g. for small chips)
- Dental bonding or veneers to cover discoloured or damaged surfaces
- Orthodontic treatments to reposition or straighten teeth
- Dental implants to replace damaged or unsightly teeth
Many of these procedures can be performed by your usual dentist. You might have them alongside or as part of treatments that are needed for medical reasons. You can also visit Frays Dental for a smile makeover if you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth. You will be assessed by an experienced dentist who can recommend the best cosmetic treatments for your teeth. The recommendations might include simple steps such as professional cleaning to tackle staining or specialist procedures such as getting dental implants.