Although many blame social media for the rise in people’s awareness of their appearance, it could be argued that younger generations especially have always been concerned about how they look. It is true however that people can be inspired by those they see on social media and by relatively easy access to procedures that can enhance their looks. Cosmetic dentistry has certainly seen a rise in popularity over the past few years and there are several treatments that can help a person look and feel their best.
Why do people want cosmetic dentistry?
If a person’s teeth are crooked, overlapping, gapped or even missing, then this can be extremely noticeable which can cause them to become self-conscious about their appearance. Treatments can be conducted by a local dentist in Southampton, and can be done so quickly with visible results either immediately or in just a matter of months, which is why so many people choose to enhance the appearance of their teeth. Although it would be preferable to believe that appearance does not matter, having badly positioned teeth can affect a person’s job prospects and their personal life which is why people are delighted that contemporary cosmetic dentistry is so accessible.
Transparent braces are a fantastic option for adults as they differ from those associated with childhood teeth correction. Clear braces are discreet while providing results in months rather than years. Although clear aligners need to be kept in the mouth for at least 20 hours a day to remain effective, patients know that the results will give them the teeth they have always wanted and are therefore happy to have this treatment. It is usual for retainers (small strips of metal) to be attached to the back of teeth once the straightening process has finished, so that the teeth do not revert to their previously crooked state.
Thin sheets of porcelain or composite materials can be used to correct the position of teeth and to cover stained teeth or damaged teeth. As the procedure is completed in a matter of weeks, this is a popular treatment for those that want a Hollywood smile as quickly as possible. Veneers can last around 10 years as long as they are cared for appropriately and there are no other issues.
Patients that have had their teeth knocked out in an accident and have otherwise healthy gums and good oral health, can choose to have dental implants. Implants of this nature need to be in a healthy environment and therefore patients will be advised to stop smoking and to cut down on alcohol consumption. The implant is a replacement for the tooth root and will be fixed to the jawbone. A prosthetic tooth or crowns or bridgework will then be attached to the implant. Dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for, which is one of the many reasons patients opt for this procedure. The prosthetic teeth however may need to be replaced on occasion.