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Cosmetic Dentistry

Turn back the clock with cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is for everyone. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to reward yourself with a beautiful smile. The good news is that modern treatments can be less invasive and more affordable than you might think.

Why cosmetic dentistry can make us look younger

As we get older, it’s natural for our teeth to suffer as a result of the wear and tear of daily use. It’s inevitable that our teeth will become stained after a lifetime of drinking tea, coffee, juices, sodas and red wine, and eating foods that stain such as tomato sauces, beetroot, curries and fruits. We may even have chipped teeth or unevenly coloured tooth enamel.

It wasn’t that long ago that cosmetic dentistry was not a priority in the UK. The population simply learned to live with crooked smiles, crowded teeth, stains and gaps. That’s how the term ‘English teeth’ came about. It’s a derogatory term that refers to what is perceived as poor oral hygiene (although interestingly, one 2015 survey concluded that the British take care of their oral health as well as, and sometimes better than, the Americans do).

The popularity of social media and the selfie – and also, perhaps, because we now spend so much of our time in virtual meetings or on video and calls – means we’re more aware of our appearance and have therefore become more conscious of our teeth. With advances in cosmetic dental technology, smile makeovers have become extremely popular, especially among the younger generations.

It is therefore an unconscious assumption that it’s mainly older people who have crooked, damaged or stained teeth. So by association, if someone has straight white teeth, they must be younger. That is why investing in cosmetic dentistry can turn back the clock to make you look younger.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry covers procedures that result in aesthetic improvements. It is work that isn’t necessary for oral health but will result in a smile makeover. Cosmetic dentistry could be as straightforward as teeth whitening or as complex and invasive as dental implants.

Teeth whitening – Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. It allows you to whiten the shade of your teeth as much or as little as you want and can be done in the clinic, at home, or through a combination of in-clinic and at-home treatments. It is a quick and effective way of improving your smile without breaking the bank.

Invisible braces – Straightening crooked teeth is easier and more effective than ever before with today’s custom-made invisible aligners. They are discreet, light and easy to wear. They don’t affect your speech, and you’ll have no restrictions on what you can eat or drink while you use them to straighten your teeth. This is why they offer effective teeth straightening for adults of any age who want straighter teeth and a perfect smile.

Veneers – Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are placed over a tooth to change its shape, colour or position. Porcelain veneers can be used for cosmetic contouring on a single tooth to bring it into line with the rest of your teeth, or they can be used on multiple teeth to make them uniformly straight and white.

Dental implants – Rather than using dentures to replace missing teeth, these days implants provide an impressive and more permanent alternative. Titanium implants are fixed into the bone, and dental crowns are attached to the implants. An implant can support one tooth or multiple teeth, and you will need no more than six to support an entire set of teeth. Once the implants are fitted, you can treat them like your normal teeth and will not have to remove them at night.

We offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments as well as a full range of restorative treatments. We have payment plan options and 0% private dental finance available, which makes our cosmetic dentistry treatments more affordable. Book your free consultation with our dental team.