Cosmetic dentistry differs from traditional dentistry. In the United Kingdom, cosmetic dentistry is offered by private dental practices and not on the NHS (National Health Service). NHS dentists focus on teeth and gums, helping patients manage their oral health, repair problems and reduce the risk of gum disease.
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t regarded as urgent dentistry; it is only offered by private specialist dentists and is available to anyone who wants to improve their mouth or tooth appearance, thereby improving their smile. According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, appearance is growing as an important factor for thousands of people. Their smile, how they look and how they feel about themselves draws them to cosmetic dentistry to get the imperfections fixed, boosting their self confidence and self-esteem dramatically.
The best way to understand it is NHS dentistry or traditional dentistry focuses on the tooth and gums, while cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile. This type of dentistry covers everything from small and subtle changes to major oral surgery and is often used to treat crooked, chipped, discoloured and missing teeth.
There are a number of procedures offered by cosmetic dentists throughout the world. One of the most common treatments, which remain in high demand throughout the world, is tooth whitening. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that tooth whitening procedures can only be carried out by dental professionals in the United Kingdom. It is illegal for beauticians and other companies to offer these services.
Something that many people don’t realise is that white teeth are not actually natural. Teeth are actually an off-white colour, but with tooth whitening procedures being readily available and television celebrities showcasing their pearly whites, the demand for lighter teeth is growing on a daily basis.
Dr Tariq Drabu did advise that tooth whitening procedures are carried out in the dental practice or under the strict guidance of a dentist. They lighten the teeth’s natural colour by a few shades, making patients feel more confident and better about their appearance.
The next common procedure which is used to hide crooked, cracked and discoloured teeth is dental veneers. Veneers are made using a paper thin material, usually a porcelain or composite material. They are then bonded to the front of the tooth and feel completely nature. Veneers are used to hide imperfections, improving self-confidence. There are hundreds of celebrities that have used veneers to hide gaps in their teeth, crooked teeth and other imperfections. They can also be used to hide stains and discolouration or to whiten teeth to a chosen whiteness.
With veneers, some of the enamel is removed from the front of the teeth and then the veneer is set in place. Because it is paper thin, it fits to the front of the tooth, without sticking forward, making it feel completely natural.
Crowns are another common cosmetic dentistry procedure, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. Crowns are used to hide imperfections and cover cracks and breaks in the tooth. They cover the natural tooth and blend in with the rest of the mouth, making them look completely natural, while improving the overall appearance of the mouth.
The final and one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures is dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a titanium screw, which is screwed into the jaw bone and topped with a crown, which replaces the tooth. The crown is matched to your tooth colour so it looks natural. Dental implants are strong and durable and can last, making them the ideal choice if you have one or more front or side teeth missing that you are concerned about.