A smile is universal, communicating feelings of joy and friendliness that transcends language and cultural barriers. It is no wonder then that first impressions can be transformed on the strength of a smile. Cosmetic dentistry is all about giving patients the smile they have always wanted.
A cosmetic dentist in Harley Street, such as at Harley Street Dental Clinic, is armed with an array of different cosmetic dental techniques that can be used in isolation or combination to transform a patient’s smile. Here are some common procedures available today.
Over the years the teeth can discolor and accumulate stains. Whether through eating certain highly pigmented foods, such as blueberries, drinking wine and coffee, or smoking, the effects can rob teeth of their natural gleam. Teeth whitening aims to restore this through the use of a whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide. This can be done over 2-3 weeks at home using custom-made gel trays or in the dental practice in around an hour. The effects are temporary but can be prolonged by avoiding certain foods and quitting smoking.
Not all stains to teeth can be removed with whitening. In these instances, veneers can provide a solution. Discolored, chipped or misshapen teeth can be given a new-look with veneers. These thin porcelain shells are placed on the fronts of the teeth, after removing a thin layer of enamel to create room for the veneers and a slightly roughened surface on which they can be attached with a dental adhesive. A cosmetic dentist in Harley Street will ensure that the final result blends in with the surrounding teeth for a natural look.
A gummy smile can be resolved with a gum lift. This procedure sculpts the gum line to create the ideal balance between teeth and gums. In most instances this is done using a laser but in more extensive cases dental surgery may be required.
There are many more cosmetic dental procedures available, each with different pros and cons that a cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can run through. For a comprehensive assessment of what is needed to achieve that dream smile, patients can opt for a smile makeover.