Generally, cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that concentrates on improving the appearance, rather than the health of the teeth. However, regardless of this, many cosmetic dentists will not or cannot work on teeth to improve the appearance if the teeth are in fact badly rotted or missing. They must be a fairly healthy condition so that the cosmetic side actually has an effect. The mere fact of something being cosmetic is largely geared toward nothing other than beautification.
When people decorate their homes to sell them, they say that the changes were purely cosmetic and this means that they gave the house a coat of paint and some new carpet, rather than fix any structural issues or fit a new kitchen. They made it look pretty but there could be underlying problems. The same applies to teeth and there are many ways to cosmetically enhance the teeth to improve or perfect the smile.
Ethics and Training
There are some ethical issues regarding some ‘dentists’ who call themselves ‘cosmetic dentists’. This is largely because their quality of training is called into question. For instance the American Dental Association will not official recognize any form of cosmetic dentistry as dentistry. In the UK it is referred to mainly as orthodontics but is always undertaken by a trained dentist who specializing in corrective dentistry. Some of the main areas cosmetic dentists in Cheshire, or London or Manchester will undertake is veneers, gum lifts, dental bridges, teeth cleaning and teeth whitening. These procedures are relatively non-complex and can be performed in a couple of hours in surgery and without too much discomfort afterward.
Improving your Smile
If you are not happy with your teeth or some aspect of your smile you can do some things to improve it, by visiting your dentist for a consultation. They can tell you which procedures will be of use to use and which ones are a waste of money. Most cosmetic procedures are not available on the NHS, so you will have to ‘go private’ on this one. Speak to your dentist and ask about what they recommend. They may suggest that a simply cleaning will help, or they may suggest a whitening session, but more expensive options like veneers will cost you more.
Improving the appearance of your teeth is important for many people, the Westgate Dental Practice provides complete treatment for cosmetic dentistry in Cheshire.