When we hear the word dentist, we often think about dental treatments that aim to restore or replace a deficiency, such as a chipped or missing tooth or treating tooth decay to name a few examples. However, a visit to the dentist can also be to improve the appearance of your teeth, using dental treatments within cosmetic dentistry. So if you are having problems and you would like more information on how to improve your smile, you may want to visit a dental practice where a cosmetic dentist in Bromley will be able to assist you on your journey to a better one.
Cosmetic dentistry – an introduction
Cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry which focuses on improving how your teeth look. Although not always considered essential dental procedures, in some cases, these treatments can also provide restorative benefits. These cosmetic treatments work to either align, enhance or whiten your teeth providing an overall improvement to your smile. A cosmetic dentist is experienced enough to carry out the most suitable treatment in order to meet your aesthetic needs and leave you with your desired smile.
Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures available for patients include inlays and onlays, which are used to repair a cavity or a tooth which has been damaged, teeth whitening, and white fillings. Another popular cosmetic dental treatment which is offered by many dental practices in Bromley is the fitting of porcelain veneers.
What you should know about porcelain veneers
If you have noticed that your teeth are chipped, stained or crooked, you might be considering investing in porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dental treatment option, as they are both a quick and effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are made out of thin tooth coloured ‘shells’ that are placed on top of your teeth and bonded with resin cement.
To prepare your teeth for this procedure, the dentist will first remove some of the enamel on your teeth. This is in order for your veneers to look more natural and not ‘bulky’ along with ensuring that the veneers have a suitable surface to be bonded onto.
Once this is done, the cosmetic dentist will take an impression of your teeth which is then sent off to the dental laboratory in order for the porcelain veneers to be made. When your bespoke veneers have been made, you will be invited back to the dental practice for them to be bonded to your teeth.
Depending on how you want your teeth to look, the veneers can also be made to make your teeth appear longer or closer together. Porcelain veneers can be made for a single tooth, or for a whole set. This process is often part of a smile makeover.
Along with improving the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers are made to be strong and resilient, meaning that they are a long lasting and effective dental treatment which is less likely to stain. It is important to note that this is an almost permanent dental treatment