5 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures to Consider
Did you know that your smile is worth as much as ?16,000?
According to researchers, it is! In a way that when you smile, your brain feels the same level of happiness as it will when you receive this kind of amount.
Were you also aware that a single smile gives your brain a mood boost the same level as 2,000 bars of chocolate do? But you wouldn’t (and probably can’t) eat that much chocolate, whereas you can easily put on a smile.
It’s no wonder many people invest on their smiles and cosmetic dentistry services – the British alone spends about ?1 billion on private dentists yearly.
There’s also the fact that smiling is far healthier too, since it helps generate 100% organic feel good and pain-relieving endorphins.
All these should be enough for you to consider cosmetic dental care. But which ones? Here are five to start with!
1. Teeth Whitening
In a survey of 666 respondents, two-fifths said that they were unsatisfied with their teeth’s appearance.
It’s because of this dissatisfaction that led to 47% of them choosing to undergo dental cosmetic procedures. 48% who haven’t yet said they have plans of getting work done on their teeth. And for those surveyed who had already undergone treatment, the most popular procedure was teeth whitening, accounting for nearly a quarter of the respondents.
All these highlight the importance of whiter smiles, not only because they make people look more attractive, but also because indicates optimal oral health. It can affect even your prospective relationships, what with thousands of singles regarding teeth as a person’s most vital asset.
This is one reason you’ll find so many at-home teeth whitening products lining up grocery shelves and pharmacies. After all, on a global scale, teeth whiteners are nearly ?5.5 billion-industry.
But seeing that you want the safest, quickest, and most-effective way to remove teeth stains and reduce discolouration, it’s best you go to a licensed cosmetic dentist. And just so you know, only dental professionals can provide such procedures legally.
In England alone, 28% of adults suffer from some form of tooth decay. A huge contributor to this is failure to go to the dentist for routine check-ups. In fact, as many as 50% of adults in the UK meet this criterion.
In case you’re one of these individuals, it’s likely that one (or several) of your teeth has become so decayed that a filling or a root canal can no longer save it. In this case, you should first consider a dental crown rather than having it extracted right away.
A crown can repair or reinforce the damage left by cavities, which means that not only will you have healthier, stronger teeth; you’ll also have a much better-looking smile. Keep in mind though, that materials used in making crowns vary, so if you want it to look as natural as possible, opt for ceramic or porcelain.
Veneers are a popular go-to for people with tooth discolouration and staining, minor crookedness, and smaller tooth gaps. The dentist slips these wafer-thin shells made usually with porcelain materials onto the surface of the affected teeth, securing it in place. As a result, you’ll have teeth that look more natural in colour and a straighter smile too!
Some patients undergo teeth whitening prior to getting a veneer, allowing them to get the most out of both procedures. You may even opt for a veneer as a fix for a minor chip in your tooth.
For some people, a gapped-tooth smile looks great (think celebrities like Elijah Wood, Madonna, and Samuel Jackson among many others). But for many others, it’s off-putting.
If you’re one of them and you unluckily have gaps in between your teeth, a dental bridge may just be the solution you’re looking for. This works whether the gap is natural or left by missing/extracted teeth. It’s also an alternative to crowns and veneers.
Basically, these are permanently attached to the neighbouring teeth to cover the gap left by a lost tooth. Not only does it enhance your smile; it also helps you chew and bite better. In fact, it can even help you speak better!
Furthermore, a dental bridge helps reduce the possibility of remaining teeth movement. In people who’ve lost one or more teeth, this is a common occurrence that can lead to more expensive treatments. Just think of how much adult dental braces cost on average: ?2,000 – ?2,500.
That’s a lot of money that you could otherwise spend on more important things. And there’s also the fact that dental braces can cause discomfort and embarrassment in many adults. So, rather than risk your remaining teeth (and your wallet), consider getting a dental bridge.
5. Complete Smile Makeover
If you suffer from numerous dental cosmetic flaws (like tooth discolouration, chipped tooth, and/or gapped-tooth), you should consider taking advantage of a complete smile makeover. The process involves the combination of any of the four previously discussed popular cosmetic dental procedures. It’s a great way to resolve all the flaws of your smile.
At the same time, this also gives you the opportunity to save money and time when seeking multiple practitioners. With smile makeovers often already including white fillings, teeth whitening, quick-acting aligners (or braces), veneers, and crowns, this is one opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure
Always keep in mind that cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about looking good, it’s also about feeling good and improving your self-confidence. A whiter, straighter smile can tell a lot about your health and personality after all. It may even be the only advantage you need to secure that job position you’ve always dreamed of!
So, as soon as you’re ready, let us help. We have 20 practice locations nationwide, so feel free to check out which one is closest to you.