There are several possible reasons why someone may wish to visit a cosmetic dentist Soho, after all, there are several treatments which can be carried out that fall under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella. From teeth whitening to Invisalign and beyond, cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity and availability. Perhaps a patient works in a central location and would like to find a practice near to their workplace where they could undergo treatment.
So, what is cosmetic dentistry? As previously mentioned, cosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term which several treatments can fall under, and this does vary from practice to practice. For the purpose of this article, cosmetic dentistry will be used to describe elective dental treatments.
Invisalign aligners are one branch of cosmetic dentistry which is reasonably well known in this modern society. Having helped realign 14 million smiles and counting, that is hardly surprising. Invisalign aligners are a series of aligners, worn consecutively, to gradually move the teeth from one position to another. The aim of this treatment is to bring the teeth into greater alignment, and treatment can generally be expected to last between 6 and 24 months (although this is subject to individual need).
Each aligner differs slightly from the previous one, and they should be worn for at least 22 out of 24 hours per day. They are made from SmartTrack material to create a snug yet flexible fit, promoting comfort for the patient. This material can be laser trimmed to minimise the likelihood of rubbing against the gums. Straighter teeth are not only desirable for improved self-confidence, but having straighter teeth can help a person to keep their teeth and gums well cleaned, promoting good oral health.
Teeth whitening treatments are among the fastest ways to change the aesthetics of a person’s smile. It is not uncommon for patients to undergo teeth whitening treatments in preparation for upcoming events. These can include (but are by no means limited to) weddings, photoshoots, or graduations. Sometimes, teeth whitening treatments become part of a person’s self-care routine, in a similar fashion to microblading or lash extensions. This is something which seems to be increasing in popularity, particularly within younger generations.
Where a patient wishes to correct the shape of a tooth, for example where a chip is present, veneers could be a good option to consider. These are another aspect of cosmetic dentistry, and can be used for a number of purposes. As well as being an option for correcting small dental problems, they can be used as a method of whitening the teeth, and even creating a straighter appearance where slight crookedness is an issue.
Veneers can be used for any number of teeth, whether just one, or a whole set. The material they are created from can be adapted to closely match the shape and colour of surrounding natural teeth. Or where a whole set of veneers is chosen, the patient may choose a lighter shade in order to achieve a brighter look. Before undergoing any treatment, a consultation with a qualified practitioner is paramount for making an informed decision based on the current health and position of a patient’s teeth.