Have you noticed something new at your dental clinic? Has the list of treatments that they offer expanded over the last few years to include treatments that you don’t recognise? Veneers? Whitening? What are all these new things?
Welcome to the world of cosmetic dentistry. It’s got a different focus from the general dentistry treatments most of us grew up with. This is a step beyond fillings and gum disease. This is about having a beautiful smile.
There are naturally-occurring problems that dental clinics such as Blue Sky Cosmetic Dentistry in Belfast deal with every day.
A cosmetic dentist is trained in general dentistry, but they have done added training to focus more on the appearance of the smile, teeth and gums. If you go to a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, they will be looking at the alignment and appearance of your teeth, asking themselves questions like:
- ‘Has this person got too many teeth?’ – a condition which is known as over-crowding.
- ‘Do their teeth lean far in or too far out?’ – the technical term for this is misalignment.
- ‘Can I see too much gum when the patient smiles?’ – a feature, which is, no kidding, called gummy smile.
Then there is the damage our teeth acquire as we go through life:
- Teeth become stained and discoloured from tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine and ageing. They lose their sparkle;
- Teeth can be knocked out, or fall out, or have to be removed due to infection or too many fillings;
- Chips and cracks and worn edges;
- Teeth get filled with unsightly amalgam, which can make you self-conscious when you laugh.
These are all common problems, and getting them fixed with cosmetic dentistry is no longer seen as self-indulgent. This is because it is being increasingly recognised that a great smile of sparkling, evenly-toned, straight, healthy-looking teeth gives you a feeling of well-being.
You also get to less chance of oral infection as straighter teeth in good condition are easier to keep clean and so avoid infection.
When you smile, your body releases the feel-good chemicals serotonin and beta-endorphins, which make you feel happy and more likely to smile more, so you feel happier, which means you smile more, and so the cycle goes on.
So, if you are interested in a better smile, let go of the idea that you are being vain. You are, in fact, doing something that could greatly enrich your life.