Cosmetic Dentistry in Southampton – A Guide

Finding it hard to smile in pictures? Or do you feel conscious about your teeth when speaking to people? If you can relate to any of these scenarios, visiting a cosmetic dentist may be an option for you. Each year, more and more individuals are now going to their dentist not only for traditional treatment but to transform their teeth into a smile they desire. These treatments focus on the appearance of your smile by aligning, refining and enhancing your teeth. 

Types of treatments

Before booking an appointment for your desired treatment, it is advisable to speak to your dentist about the types of procedures available and what treatment is suitable for you. For example, if you have a chipped tooth, getting porcelain veneers may be an option for you. They are made to look like natural teeth and does not require a major procedure. If you do not like the idea of veneers, a quicker and more common treatment to consider is composite bonding, which uses composite resin to mask imperfections such as cracks and gaps.  

You may be feeling self-conscious about the shade of your teeth. If this is the case, you may consider teeth whitening treatment. A procedure that should only be carried out by a dentist or a regulated dental professional such as a dental hygienist, teeth whitening aims to lighten your teeth by bleaching. Although the treatment may not leave your teeth brilliantly white, it can lighten your teeth by several shades. Teeth whitening may also not be suitable for everyone. For example, if a patient is suffering from gum disease or has crowns, it would be advised for them to not take on the treatment.

For teeth that have decayed or fractured, your dentist may recommend getting a crown. Crowns aim to preserve the health of a tooth which still has healthy strong roots. Made from acrylic or porcelain, they are fused with metal in order to withstand biting pressure.

Many dental practices also offer a Smile Makeover, which consists of a combination of different treatments in order to improve your smile. In your consultation, you dentist will note what you like and do not like about the current appearance of your teeth and look at your smile. Then, depending on your goals, the dentist will recommend a series of treatments that they believe will give you your desired smile.

How to maintain your treatment

In order to get the best results following your desired treatment, modifying your oral hygiene habits will help you to maintain your new smile for years to come. Flossing is very important in order to remove plaque build-up and debris which ultimately prevents tooth decay. Changing your diet to avoid foods which are high in sugar can also prevent cavities which could damage the restoration of your teeth. It is also advisable to avoid excessive alcohol consumption as alcohol can ruin your dental work and limit the consumption of beverages such as coffee and tea which can stain your teeth.

All in all, treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth is an investment which you can be certain will have you leaving your dentist smiling from ear to ear.