Cosmetic dentistry treatments are advertised more and more frequently. But what do these treatments entail, and how do they differ from regular dentist treatments? We are dedicating the month of February to cosmetic dentistry and dating (Valentine’s is only around the corner!) and this post explains the basic information you need to understand the role of cosmetic treatments in dentistry.
Looking after your teeth by brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist will ensure your teeth stay healthy. However, other factors such as age, grinding teeth and food and tobacco stains can mean teeth no longer look their best. This is where cosmetic dentistry comes in. Whereas NHS dentistry covers all treatments aimed at stabilising your oral health (see our infographic on NHS treatments), cosmetic treatments cover every aspect of improving the appearance of your teeth, and many dentists now offer cosmetic dentistry as part of their service.
Celebrity culture has ensured that dentist treatments such as teeth straightening and teeth whitening are in the public consciousness. These treatments are part of the most commonly administered cosmetic treatments, and cover (as the names suggest) restoring the teeth’s alignment and natural white colour. Look out for an infographic this month with more details. Please note that you should always ask to be informed about your dentists qualifications in the area in which you require treatment.
The condition of the smile can affect confidence, self-esteem and what others think of us. Several studies have confirmed the importance of a good smile in various social situations, and some also believe that people with better teeth have more sex! We will publish more information on the importance of the appearance of the teeth in the coming weeks, but for now we can just settle on establishing that cosmetic dentistry is not limited to vanity, but is more to do with feeling better about yourself. When you have a smile to be proud of it means you smile more often – which can create improved outcomes in many areas of your life. Cosmetic dentistry is also used to restore the appearance of the teeth and jaw following accidents and trauma.
Cosmetic dentistry is not covered by the NHS. Some treatments can seem relatively expensive, however many dentists now offer convenient ways to pay, such as interest free payments. If you feel you may benefit from cosmetic dental treatments, speak to your dentist about the treatment options available. Remember that cosmetic dentistry is carried out by dentists that set their own prices, so at times it can be worth shopping around for a price comparison. Certain dentists also specialise in children’s cosmetic dentistry, anti-wrinkle treatments (for example Botox, in areas around the mouth and in other areas of the face) and anti-ageing cosmetic dentistry.
No matter what provider you choose, you can be sure that an investment into a cosmetic dentistry treatment can provide dramatic results.