Time was it was enough if teeth worked properly and no one was all that bothered if they were a bit chipped, or twisted, or stained. Not any more. In the 21st century, people are noticing the state of other people’s teeth more than ever, and having a good set of healthy looking, orderly teeth is almost a prerequisite for certain jobs and for dating.
This is because it is so much easier to get one’s teeth fixed than it used to be. So, often, if a patient is having some kind of remedial work done, then it may be finished off with cosmetic dentistry in Edinburgh. Cosmetic dentistry treatments cover all aspects of a good smile, and are available from most reputable dental clinics, including Edinburgh Dental Specialists.
Teeth whitening is the most popular treatment when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Edinburgh. Having white teeth can take years off a person’s smile, as we subconsciously associate yellowed, duller teeth with age. This is because teeth get stained over time by tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and so on, and also because brushing for years wears the enamel thin and the yellowed dentine underneath starts to show through. Whitening is non-invasive, but it cannot change restorations, such as veneers, so people who are having both need to get their teeth whitened first and the restorations colour-matched afterwards.
This is a more invasive kind of cosmetic dentistry in Edinburgh, as these tiny porcelain sheaths require the removal of a very thin layer of enamel. Veneers are bonded over the fronts of damaged teeth to create a new surface. They can cover chips, cracks, worn edges and even mild misalignments. They can be used to fill in gaps between teeth and make small teeth look bigger. Some people have every single tooth done, some just the ones that need it. Veneers are highly durable, and, if they are looked after, can last for more than 10 years. The front biting teeth can also be repaired with cosmetic bonding, which is more cost-effective and less invasive, using white filling material that is sculpted over the teeth to hide damage.