One of the most popular treatments at the moment in cosmetic dentistry is a smile makeover. This can involve a wide variety of procedures designed to improve your smile and can mean different things to different people.
The most common assumption is that the treatment is always aimed at getting that perfect ‘Hollywood’ smile, but many patients simply want to make improvements on their current look. This could be a teeth-whitening procedure or the replacement of amalgam fillings with composite or porcelain.
For patients from London wanting a celebrity smile the treatment can involve porcelain veneers. This is similar to a false fingernail, which is placed on top of the teeth, usually for aesthetic purposes. They are held in place by a strong glue-like bonding agent and help make the teeth look healthy and natural. They can also improve the position and shape of your smile.
The dentist initially removes a very thin sliver of the enamel on the outside of the tooth and then makes a mould of the mouth. The patient is then given a temporary veneer to wear until the permanent one is made. This procedure is usually completed within two hours.
Chemical teeth whitening can be done at different levels and for different costs. One of the lowest cost options is a home whitening kit. This involves placing a gel into a tray, which you can wear in your sleep or for a few hours during the day. This is cheaper but takes up more time and is not as effective as procedures undertaken by your dental practitioner.
Whitening treatment can also be done using a chemical bleaching technique that can take several visits to complete. Another treatment becoming more popular in recent years is a one-hour ‘power whitening’ procedure. Gums and lips are covered and then a gel is applied to your teeth. A light is then shone on the teeth to activate the gel, penetrating the teeth and breaking up stains and discolouration.
One thing is for sure: whatever level you choose and whatever your reasons for having it done, studies show that recipients of such treatment are much more confident with their smile.