5 Great Cosmetic Treatments that Dentists Provide

The dentist is no longer a place simply for getting cavities filled or root canals performed, it is now often where cosmetic procedures are offered. These can vary from teeth straightening and whitening to facial treatments such as Botox and Juvaderm.

Teeth whitening and straightening are services which can create an enormous difference in a person’s self-confidence: discoloured or crooked teeth may be something which causes people to be uncomfortable in their skin and in their self-conscious – especially those in the public eye. Similarly, Botox and Juvaderm – anti-aging treatments – are procedures which boost self-confidence.

cosmetic dental treatment types

Here are five typical treatments that you will find at your local dentists.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is the application of a whitening gel which restores the tooth’s natural white colour.

Tooth whitening can also be done either in the office by a professional or at home. It is worth noting that the whitening gel may cause sensitivity.

A course can take up to 2 – 3 weeks to get teeth to their whitest.

Tooth Veneers

These can be used to restore the weakened surface of a tooth or aesthetically, to improve their whiteness. The latter is usually done only if the same results cannot be had from tooth whitening, as it is more destructive than the gel.

The average lifespan of a porcelain veneer is about 10 years. Clear veneers are contact lens-thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.)

Teeth Straightening

Banish crooked teeth with clear braces, an aesthetically-pleasing alternative to traditional aligners. These are made specifically for each client. As new aligners are fitted, the teeth move into proper alignment.

The Inman aligner, available at most cosmetic dentists, takes only 6 to 16 weeks to complete a full transformation. This appliance is removable and contains titanium coil springs which pull the teeth gently but firmly into position.

Botox Treatments

Many cosmetic dentists are offering consultations and procedures involving Botox. Botox actively works to clear wrinkles caused by age and muscle activity. It reduces the appearance of these age-lines significantly.

Juvaderm Treatments

Juvaderm is another anti-aging product available from cosmetic dentistry clinics which can smooth away small wrinkles and lines. It is often used to plump the lips. Juvaderm restores a more youthful appearance. Its effects last roughly 12 to 18 months.

By James Christie

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