Common cosmetic dentistry procedures and their benefits


4 minutes

27 May 2024

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Cosmetic dentistry often brings to mind sparkling white teeth and flawless smiles, but its impact extends far beyond aesthetics. Beyond enhancing appearances, it can boost confidence, self-esteem, and even contribute to better overall oral health. To delve deeper into cosmetic dentistry’s benefits and understand the available procedures, we spoke with EGM – Clinical Excellence, HBF Dental, Dr Troy McGowan

What is cosmetic dentistry?

“Cosmetic dentistry focuses on enhancing the appearance of teeth, gums, and bite alignment, often through elective procedures that aim to improve aesthetics rather than just functionality,” explains Dr Troy.

These procedures can transform a person’s smile, whether by whitening, repairing chips or cracks, reshaping teeth, or closing gaps.

“Far more involved than what are often thought of as simple, superficial procedures, cosmetic dentistry can profoundly impact a person’s self-image and interactions with others,” says Dr Troy.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures

Dr Troy takes us through some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Teeth whitening: This involves professional treatments, such as in-office bleaching or take-home whitening kits, to remove stains and discoloration, resulting in a noticeably brighter smile.

Dental bonding: Bonding involves applying a tooth-coloured composite resin to repair chips, cracks, or gaps in teeth, enhancing appearance and functionality.

Veneers: Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front surface of teeth to conceal imperfections, such as stains, misalignment, or other irregularities.

Dental crowns: Crowns, or caps, are tooth-shaped restorations that cover damaged or weakened teeth, restoring their appearance, strength, and function.

Dental implants: Implants are surgically placed artificial tooth roots that support crowns, bridges, or dentures, providing a durable and natural-looking solution for missing teeth.

Orthodontic treatments: Options like braces or clear aligners can correct crooked teeth and bite alignment issues, leading to a straighter and easier to maintain smile.

Gum contouring: This procedure reshapes or removes excess gum tissue, revealing more of the tooth's surface and creating a more balanced smile.

Benefits of cosmetic dentistry

“Cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth and gums, resulting in a more vibrant and youthful smile,” explains Dr Troy. This improvement can boost self-confidence and make individuals feel more at ease in social and professional settings.

With proper care, cosmetic dental treatments can provide lasting results, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of an improved smile for years to come,” adds Dr Troy.

Considerations and precautions

“Like any other medical procedure, cosmetic dentistry requires careful consultation and planning,” says Dr Troy. Before undergoing any treatment, it’s important to discuss your goals, expectations, and budget with a qualified dentist experienced in providing cosmetic procedures. Costs can vary widely on the type and complexity of the procedure.

“it’s also crucial to maintain realistic expectations. Results can depend on factors such as tooth structure, oral health, and lifestyle habits,’ explains Dr Troy To ensure longevity of your cosmetic dental work, remember the basics: regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.

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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.