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What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry has been defined as:

“Dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and your smile.”

Cosmetic dentistry procedures can deliver smile enhancements that simply want you to smile more through enhanced confidence and self-esteem.

These procedures go from a simple colour correction right through to the most complex dental implant procedures.  

Importantly, cosmetic dentistry often also improves dental functionality as well as enhancing your appearance.  It can give you a great smile as well as the ability to to eat normally.

A good way of looking at cosmetic dentistry as compared to traditional dentistry is as follows.

Traditional dentistry focuses on:
  • Oral hygiene
  • Diagnosing oral disease
  • Preventing oral disease
  • Treating oral disease

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on:
  • Aesthetic Restoration
  • Improving your smile
  • Improving your mouth’s overall functionality while maintaining a natural appearance

Cosmetic dentistry has advanced greatly in recent times and current trends include improved tooth coloured materials, and minimally invasive procedures which focus on retaining as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. This leads to greater longevity of the finished product.

All types of dentistry can have a focus on being ‘cosmetic’ and at Southside Implant Centre we take all care and every effort to reproduce nature and create that perfect smile when we are asked to fix your teeth. We want you to be able to smile with confidence and be proud to show off your teeth.

Given good overall oral hygiene and regular maintenance you will achieve a life-long result.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
  • Inlays/onlays
  • Composite bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Smile makeovers
  • Full mouth reconstruction

Apart from treating your dental problem, good quality Cosmetic dentistry will aid in prevention of further problems by copying nature’s design, ensuring easy care and maintenance.

Some patients have voiced concerns about the costs of Cosmetic Dentistry, but what we’ve found is that they have found the improvement in their smile and self confidence well worth the expense.

Good Cosmetic Dentistry can also prevent the ongoing costs of chronic disease.

It is a case for that old adage – A stitch in time saves nine.

In later papers I will look at the specifics of the various types of cosmetic dental procedures to give you a greater insight into the why, when and how for all aspects of cosmetics dentistry.

As always if you are considering cosmetic dental surgery a cosmetic dental surgeon will be able to guide you on the right dental implant for your needs.  You will be advised of your options and the right procedure for your needs.

If you are looking for cosmetic dental surgery in Sydney please call Southside Implant Centre on 9525 7725, Click to enquire on Dental Implant Costs here or view our completed Dental Implant galley.

Being fully informed makes you fully empowered to make the right decision.


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