People can wander around for years with teeth they don’t much like. Cracks, chips, worn edges, discolouration, twists and leans, even too much gum – all can play a part in chipping away at someone’s self-esteem. They may hold their hands over their faces, or smile with closed lips, sometimes give up smiling altogether. What they need is a good cosmetic dentist in Bromley to put them right.
A cosmetic dentist in Bromley is primarily concerned with dental treatments aimed at making the teeth look better, but even so, they can also improve patients’ oral health, almost as a by-product of their main aim of enhancing aesthetics. Let’s take a look at some treatments offered by dentists such as Bromley Dental Practice.
Veneers and cosmetic bonding
Two very popular ways to cover over imperfections. Veneers are tiny sheaths of porcelain that are shaped and sized to blend in with the surrounding teeth. They are fitted over the front of teeth that have been carefully prepared by removing a very thin layer of enamel to create a bonding surface and make sure the veneers lie flush with neighbouring teeth.
Cosmetic bonding does the same job but the dentist puts it over the teeth as a paste that is cured with a UV light and then sculpted.
An easy way to improve how teeth look without changing their structure in any way. Whitening is provided by hydrogen peroxide. A stronger version can be used by the cosmetic dentist in Bromley, or a take-home version is also available, which is weaker and takes longer.
When there is too much gum on show, excess tissue can be removed with a laser that seals as it cuts. The result is teeth that look longer.
Braces or clear aligners straighten teeth that are mildly or moderately out of alignment. This treatment has the dual advantage of making teeth look better and also last longer, as there are fewer nooks and crannies in which gum disease-causing plaque can build up.
Treatments can be carried out singly, or in a package called a smile makeover.