It’s all well and good having a set of healthy teeth that do a great job of eating and speaking, but if someone is too embarrassed to smile, then they are still missing out on an important function of their mouth. When a person knows how important smiling is to their health and well-being, it is no wonder that in Northern Ireland cosmetic dentistry is so popular.
Smiling is the body’s trigger to send serotonin, a natural feel-good chemical, into the system, and thereby set in motion an upward cycle of feeling good and smiling more, so feeling even better and smiling even more. No wonder then that so many reputable dental practices, such as Blue Sky Dentistry, do a brisk trade in cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland.
More than just a good feeling
As well as promoting happiness, a set of straight teeth in good condition is far easier to keep clean. There are no nooks and crannies, cracks and chips where plaque can build up and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. So, an investment in cosmetic dentistry in Northern Ireland is also an investment in keeping one’s own teeth for as long as possible, maybe even for life.
A variety of options
The most popular cosmetic treatment is teeth whitening. This doesn’t change the structure of the teeth in any way, so it won’t make them easier to keep clean. It will however make the patient keener to keep them clean, and get the most out of the money they spent on whitening. And it will certainly get the patient smiling more often.
Veneers and cosmetic bonding are treatments used to cover over imperfections, such as chips, cracks, mild misalignments, gaps and worn edges. They are more invasive. Veneers require the removal of a very thin layer of enamel, but they can get rid of those pesky nooks and crannies, and, once again, will get the patient smiling more frequently.
Many adults also choose to get their teeth straightened with discreet braces. Others may choose to get their gums lasered to bring them into a more harmonious ratio with their teeth. A combination of treatments is known as a smile makeover.