People visit their dentist for all sorts of reasons that relate to oral healthcare. Of course, some of these are to do with cosmetic procedures as well as ones that directly relate to health. Although cosmetic dentistry is focused on the appearance of teeth, it should not be thought of as a lesser service that is offered by dental professionals. On the contrary, cosmetic dentistry is very often conducted after major trauma in order to repair the appearance of a smile, for example. What are the most common services offered by a typical cosmetic dentist in Australia these days?
A very popular form of cosmetic dentistry across the Western world today is teeth whitening. With a full set of healthy-looking white teeth, your confidence can grow and grow. Although teeth bleaching kits are available for home use, it is considered by many to better to see a professional who can apply the whitening agents directly onto the tooth enamel for you instead. In some cases, teeth whitening is carried out in order to make your teeth look more uniform rather than just whiter, something that might be needed after other certain forms of medical treatment which have discoloured one or two of your teeth.
Dental veneers are fitted in order to improve the appearance of a smile. These are small prosthetics which are glued onto your front-facing teeth, the incisors and canines, using a specialist adhesive designed to work in the mouth. Although they don't alter the appearance of your actual teeth, they are the things that people see when you smile. Dental veneers look very natural don't get in the way of biting and chewing because they are made of very tough materials. That said, they need to be expertly fitted so that they will remain in place for a considerable length of time.
Another important part of a cosmetic dentist's services is dental bonding. This is a process whereby a small amount of resin is placed onto your tooth, which is then shaped by the dentist to improve the appearance of it. The process of dental bonding can be used to correct the look of misaligned teeth. In addition, it can be recommended to cover up cracks and chips in your incisors. Once the bonding agent has been applied, it ends up going hard and creating a very durable material that is as tough as healthy enamel.