Both men and women rate smiles and teeth as the second most important attractive feature, with personality in the top slot, so the Oral Health Foundation tells us.
That our awareness of this concept has risen in previous years is borne out by the fact that a quarter of Brits have undergone some form of cosmetic dentistry, with the industry worth about £2 billion, according to market research company Mintel.
So what does aesthetic dentistry have to offer the discerning dental patient both now and potentially in the not-too-distant future?
Tooth whitening London has become one of the most popular treatments, as the approved bleaching process is relatively affordable and effective.
While some cosmetic dentist london will advocate more futuristic-looking “power” bleaching in the cosmetic dental practice, whereby a light is shone to stimulate the active ingredient, others will consider home-whitening the best bet; it all depends on individual circumstances.
The key to a successful outcome is to consult with a fully qualified dental professional registered with the General Dental Council. It is important to note that it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist, or a dental hygienist or therapist working to a dentist’s prescription, to carry out tooth whitening, so beware anyone claiming otherwise.
Meanwhile, for many the idea of orthodontic treatment brings to mind years of discomfort and unattractive metal stuck on to the teeth.
Today’s technology, however, allows that perception to be placed in the dim and distant past, with short-term teeth straightening claiming a well-earned place among the growing uptake of life-enhancing treatments.
Suitable for adults who require relatively simple tooth movement, aesthetic results can be achieved in about six months using a series of almost imperceptible removable aligners, so not only will most people not notice, but also there will be no limitations on the wearer’s ability to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy throughout the process.
It’s no secret that cosmetic veneers london have been the go-to for many a celebrity looking to improve their smile in one easy step, and it is equally accessible to any one of us looking to correct defects such as gaps between teeth, discolouration and crooked smiles.
Cosmetic Veneers London are individually handcrafted by dental technicians and placed on top of the existing teeth, creating a natural and lasting smile; if looked after well, they can last a good ten to fifteen years.
What’s more, new materials have allowed veneers to become thinner and thinner, so no tooth preparation is required and therefore the outer surface of the teeth does not need to be trimmed back. There are, however, some limitations and considerations beyond aesthetics, so they are not suitable for everyone.
The concept of lasers in cosmetic dentistry london might seem like it belongs in the future, but they are already being used to good effect to enhance cosmetic treatments.
For example, a patient opting for veneers may well benefit both aesthetically and functionally if they have a low or uneven gum line. Reshaping the gums can help achieve a neater look, more in proportion with the teeth.
“Fabricating items layer upon layer, 3D printers enable replacement teeth to be created to an exacting, natural-looking standard”
A simple procedure for a qualified cosmetic dentist or gum specialist to carry out, soft tissue gum sculpting using a laser typically requires one visit of about an hour. Local anaesthesia is usually administered to the area to be treated, and the laser then used to trim, reshape and re-seal the gums, as necessary. However, it should be pointed out that the use of lasers by dentists is not regulated.
3D tooth printing
Perhaps one of the most exciting innovations in the pipeline is that of 3D tooth printing. In the past cosmetic dentist london with the right technology have been able to create new teeth chairside using scanners, 3D-modelling software and a block of a suitable material such as one made of ceramic.
However, 3D printers are poised to offer a revolution in tooth creation. Fabricating items layer upon layer, 3D printers enable replacement teeth to be created to an exacting, natural-looking standard.
As with any new technology, time and cost barriers are slowly being overcome, while a necessary next step is to ascertain the efficacy of these teeth within the oral cavity, to check how they fare alongside millions of microbes. To this end, the possibility of fabricating 3D teeth with antimicrobial properties is already being explored…read more