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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are very few people in the world who are lucky enough to have “perfect” teeth. The general ideal when it comes to judging someone’s grin features some very specific factors – such as the size and length of the teeth, their shape, their colour, the height of the “gum line”, whether there is symmetry between one side of the mouth and the other, whether the teeth have gaps between them or are in anyway uneven, and whether the teeth are visibly worn or damaged. Naturally, with so many criteria to meet, it’s understandable that the majority of us are unhappy with the appearance of our teeth – and sometimes their ability to perform their function. This is where cosmetic dentistry comes in.

It’s almost impossible to trace the origins of cosmetic dentistry, although the earliest “dentures” that have been discovered date back to the iron age. Since that time, humans have sought to perfect or modify the way their teeth look and perform. Naturally, the practice is now worlds away from the use of ivory, bone and wood in prosthetic teeth. With the ability to perform procedures that rely on microscopic adjustments, specialists can sculpt completely lifelike smile enhancers, such as porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges and entire sets of dentures – all of which look completely natural in both shape, size and colour. The practice of creating these items individually has progressed in huge leaps in just the last few years.

Veneers were once a staple of old school Hollywood and earned themselves a dubious reputation thanks to the enormous, synthetic looking, blindingly white smiles seen on celebrities of the time. Nowadays, a lot has changed. Incredible recent advances mean that each veneer can be individually crafted to match the other natural teeth perfectly. They can be applied to the front surface of each affected tooth in order to adjust the shape, size and colour, perfect the symmetry of the smile and even improve the bite to allow for easier eating and speech. Crowns are similar to veneers in most ways, save that they surround the whole tooth, replacing sections that have been broken off of badly chipped, and bridges are formed of one or more complete prosthetic “teeth”, anchored to the surrounding natural teeth to replace a gap that has been left when one has been lost.

Other treatments that are available via cosmetic dentistry include chemical and laser whitening and the use of braces and aligners to guide an individual’s natural teeth into a straighter, more even appearance. Laser or diamond-edged contouring of the teeth and gums is also possible to make the smile appear more even.

Cosmetic dentistry is practiced by highly qualified specialists, at a myriad of surgeries across the country. Different practices offer particular specialists, many offering special care for nervous dental patients included in the service.

To hear more about the services available via cosmetic dentistry specialists Kiln Lane Dental, simply call them today on 01744 25776 and request a free consultation to discuss your needs and requirements. If you’re unhappy with your smile, you’ll be surprised at the excellent options available to perfect your look.