In recent years, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, whether you wish to brighten your smile or close gaps and replace teeth. Dentists, now more than ever, have a wide array of tools and techniques for improving the look of your teeth. Before you decide whether to undergo any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to know the risks and benefits of what you can expect.
Here we will talk you through the aesthetic dentistry we offer at Swedish Dental to help you make informed decisions on which type of procedure best suits you.
What is Aesthetic Dentistry?
Aesthetic Dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry as it’s also known, is a term that refers to dental work that focuses on the appearance of teeth. Aesthetic and restorative dentistry helps improve and correct tooth colour, alignment, shape, and overall smile.
Arguably, most dental procedures are performed for a nicer aesthetic or the beautification of your smile. However, some methods are more about form than function, for example, orthodontics. Orthodontics has aesthetic benefits, but it’s also functional, whereas teeth whitening or applying veneers are purely for aesthetics.
Options for improving the look of your teeth
At Swedish Dental, we take pride in providing patients with a beautiful natural smile that will not only boost their self-esteem but feel comfortable. Our experts will guide you in choosing the best option for you. Below is what we offer for aesthetic dentistry:
Teeth can become discoloured for several reasons, whether from smoking, having an unhealthy diet or even becoming sick. If you feel that your teeth are more discoloured than they were before, or if you’re hoping to gain a brighter smile, we can help you get it. Here is how our teeth whitening process works:
Get in touch with our team at Swedish Dental, and one of our specialists will first examine your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth to ensure there are no risks involved. Risks could include cavities or infections that may get in the way of your whitening treatment. If we find any risks or possible infections, we will treat them before your whitening treatment begins. Next, we will take an imprint to create a mould. From this mould, we will then give you a custom mouthguard and whitening tubes so you can whiten your teeth at home. You will need to do this daily for 5-7 days, and after just one week, you’ll have a brighter, whiter smile!
We understand that tooth discolouration is not always in our control, and we aim to help you reach the shade you want with our tooth whitening process. If you’re concerned about your teeth’ discolouration, visit our Contact Us page and help us help you.
An Inman Aligner is an excellent solution to straightening crowded or protruding front teeth.
An Inman Aligner is a simple removable retainer that is used to align the front teeth in a safe and precise way. Inman Aligners can be used as an independent treatment or after traditional metal braces keep teeth aligned long-term. As a separate treatment, these aligners can be used to prepare the teeth before further cosmetic dental procedures.
The Inman Aligner itself has coil springs that gently oppose each other, allowing the teeth to move into their desired position. Depending on your natural teeth or starting point, this process can typically take 6 – 18 weeks, although your dentist can give you a better idea of what to expect once they examine you.
A dental bridge is a procedure to replace lost teeth. There are many different types of a dental bridge. If you’d like more information on dental bridges, we recommend reading our article on the Dental Bridges vs Implants. Here is how the process of dental bridges works:
First, our dentistry team will examine your mouth to ensure a dental bridge is a safe option for you. Similarly, we will treat any infections, cavities, or periodontitis that we find before proceeding with the dental bridge with any oral examination. We will prep and take an imprint of your teeth for the teeth surrounding the gap to depict the opening accurately. This imprint is then taken to our technician to produce a high-quality bridge to fill the hole correctly. Your dentist will then attach this bridge to the prepared teeth and make sure everything is lined up correctly.
Another option for improving the look of your teeth with aesthetic dentistry is porcelain veneers, sometimes known as dental veneers. These veneers are thin, custom-fit pieces of either porcelain or resin composite that fill the gaps where your teeth would be. Typically, veneers are popular because they visibly improve the look of your existing teeth by the shape, colour, length, and more.
It’s key to bear in mind that some dental procedures can take longer and require multiple trips to the dentist. The first step is to book a consultation. The second is to measure the length and width and choose a white shade that matches the existing teeth. The veneers are then made, and the third appointment is to bond the veneers to the tooth.
In dental care, there will be many new developments in treatments, materials, and techniques that help give you a wider choice of options for achieving the results you want. Our team at Swedish Dental are committed to ensuring your smile is as naturally beautiful as possible. We understand that it can take time to find the right treatment for you, and it’s vital for us to ensure you are comfortable with the treatment.