Cosmetic Dentistry

What is an Cosmetic Dentistry?

cosmetic dentistry involves undergoing elective dentistry which is not required purely for oral health reasons but to make ones teeth appear more attractive. However what one person considers to be a beautiful smile another may not agree. Cosmetic dentistry carried out by a true cosmetic dentist is an art form where they create or change a person's smile to meet that individuals requirements. To some people a dazzling white smile looks fake whereas to others the whiter the better.

The majority of people that undergo cosmetic dentistry in search of that perfect smile or the "hollywood smile" which is a well proportioned, perfectly aligned smile with no gaps, every tooth perfectly formed in proportion to the neighboring teeth and whiter than white.

The demand for cosmetic dentistry has risen in recent years due to increased public interest which has been propelled by the media in reality TV shows such as Extreeme Makeover and Glossy magazines. Many celebrities have had smile makeovers which has also increased consumer awareness about cosmetic dentistry.

What are the most popuar cosmetic dentistry treatments:

Teeth whitening

Most cosmetic dentists say that thier most popular treatments is Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching. This is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures for your teeth and can make a dramatic difference to your smile in as little as one hour.

Porcelain Veneers - smile makeovers

The classical holywood smile involves using crafted shells of porcelain that are bonded over the front surfaces of your teeth to give them a straight, white appearance.

Cosmetic Orthodontics - teeth striaghtening procedures:

Teeth straightening is a very popular cosmetic procedure as it is not invasive and can make your smile much more attractive. Treatments are used to correct crooked teeth, close gaps, correct bucked teeth, overbites and underbites. There are now a wide variety of cosmetic orthodontic treatments available from the classic metal train track braces to clear or nearly invisible braces:

  • Metal (train track ) braces - these are metal wires and brackets that are fitted by an orthodontist and straighten your teeth.

  • Inman Aligner - a removable brace that can straighten mild to moderate orthodontic problems in as little as 6-8 weeks.

  • 6 Month Smiles - a treatment that involves tooth coloured wires and brackets and focuses on moving the teeth that show when you smile rather than corecting your bite. treatment times are reduced from 2 years to 6 months for the same cosmetic result

  • Invisalign - invisible or clear aligners are worn that move your teeth over time, these can be removed to clean your teeth and eat. Invisalign is a very popular treatment. Invisalign Express is for mild cases and uses a maximum of 10 aligners to achive results in 5-6 months

  • Damon braces - these are low friction or friction free braces that move teeth quicker than conventional braces.


How much does Cosmetic Dentistry cost?

This depends on many factors such as :

  • The dentist who is carrying the treatment out
  • The location of the clinic
  • The type of procedure you have having
  • The quality of materials that the dentist uses

In general terms the more experienced a cosmetic dentist the more he / she will charge for their time. It is advisable to ask a cosmetic dentist to show you a portfolio of their work before commiting to undergo any extensive cosmetic work and you should also understand all the associated risks involved.