A beautiful smile has many benefits; however, people who are too embarrassed to smile are missing out on those benefits. Unlike general dentistry, which focuses on prevention and remediation, the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the smile by focusing on the shape, size, alignment, colour, and position of the teeth.
In Farnham, cosmetic dentistry is practised by many dental practices, including Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic. Patients who wish to enhance their smile and improve their oral function with cosmetic dentistry in Farnham, can choose from different cosmetic dentistry treatments including teeth whitening, teeth straightening, cosmetic bonding and white fillings among others. Each treatment is customised, and patients can benefit from more than one treatment for a complete smile makeover.
Teeth whitening is a safe that uses a dental bleaching solution to brighten the teeth by several shades. Teeth whitening uses custom-made, bleaching trays that need to be applied to the teeth with sufficient tooth-whitening gel for a few hours every day. Results can be seen after two weeks approximately, though patients may choose to wear the trays up to four weeks, depending on their smile goals.
Patients who are put off by the idea of wearing metal braces can benefit from cosmetic teeth straightening options such as Incognito lingual braces or Invisalign. Incognito braces are hidden behind the teeth, whereas Invisalign aligners are transparent and can be removed to eat and brush the teeth. In some cases, patients can straighten their teeth with custom-made porcelain veneers.
Cosmetic bonding and teeth reshaping
Cosmetic bonding uses a composite resin material to cover and reshape chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth. Bonding is often used in combination with reshaping to cover discolouration, pits and grooves on the teeth.
White (or tooth-coloured) fillings are a popular choice when it comes to matching a patient’s natural tooth colour. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are made of metal, white fillings consist of plastic and glass particles that are sculpted directly on the surface of the teeth. Once in place, they are hardened by applying a high-intensity light. White fillings are durable and restore chewing and biting power efficiently without compromising aesthetics.