There are many reasons why a person would choose to receive cosmetic dentistry treatment. A patient may want treatment after being involved in an accident that resulted in them losing one or more teeth and they could be interested in having dental implants. In other circumstances, a person may have overlapping or crooked teeth and want to have the position of their teeth corrected with the assistance of braces or veneers. Whatever the reason or treatment, there is a lot of information about cosmetic dentistry that many people are not aware of. Here are some interesting cosmetic dentistry facts that can serve to clarify and inform patients about many of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Dental prosthetics can be used instead of dentures
When a person loses even just one tooth, if it allows for a noticeable gap, it can make them extremely self-conscious. Replacement of the missing tooth, or several teeth can be achieved with the assistance of a metal implant that is placed into the jawbone, and a prosthetic tooth that is attached to this implant. When a person has lost three or more teeth, they can be offered an implant-retained bridge which will hold the crowns in place, ridding the mouth of the gap. The implants remain indefinitely and when cared for correctly, prosthetic teeth can last for many years.
There is such a thing as ‘invisible braces’
One of the things that stops people from seeking teeth-straightening treatment is that they don’t want to wear noticeable metal braces. Fortunately, products such as Invisalign allow patients a more discreet option in the form of clear aligners. It is now usual for a digital impression to be taken of a patient’s mouth to ascertain the precise dimensions required for their individual clear brace. The aligners will be changed regularly so their teeth move into the correct position. Patients can also opt for braces that are attached to the back of teeth, making them ‘invisible’. A qualified and experienced dental professional will be able to determine which type of tooth-straightening treatment is best for each particular patient.
It is not necessarily better to have dental work abroad
Many private clinics in the UK offer monthly payment options for some treatments, enabling patients access to affordable payment plans. During the past decades, the price of cosmetic dentistry has become more affordable and it is not only celebrities and the well-to-do that can afford to make the most of their smiles. It is important for patients to find a dentist that will be happy to discuss all costs throughout treatment so there are no surprises when treatment is finished. Although some people still believe it is better to go abroad for treatment, it can be a dangerous step to take as it is not guaranteed that dentists abroad will be aware of all your medical needs. In fact, there are reports that patients that have sought dental treatment abroad have suffered at the hands of inferior clinicians who do not have the experience of qualifications to conduct treatment correctly.