A nice smile does far more to charm the socks of anyone you meet, and most people in Derby would agree. Many personalities invest more on their pearly whites than any other part of their body, and to good effect. Aside from regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene, the path to the perfect smile lies in cosmetic dentistry.
Here are brief descriptions of the most common types by Dove Dental Care.
It could be genetics, age, or lifestyle. Whatever the reason, your teeth may be discoloured or too yellow for beauty. Teeth whitening treatment can solve this problem. Three techniques are available, but for each, a bleaching chemical such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is used. The effect lasts for about 6 months.
- Laser – (£600-£800) one session, 1.5 hours
- Kick start laser – (£500 a session) two sessions in two weeks
- Home kit – (£500 per kit) nightly for three weeks
Veneers are very thin coatings of porcelain overlaid on the teeth to change its appearance. It covers chips, stains, and gaps in the teeth. It can also change the size, shape, and thickness of the tooth. The dentist can tint the veneer material to mimic the natural colour of your teeth. A typical treatment requires two appointments and costs between £350 and £450 per veneer. With reasonable treatment, they should last up to 20 years.
Orthodontic treatment, or the use of fixed braces, is the usual method for fixing crooked, crowded, or tilted teeth. Costs start at £5,000 and typically take 12 to 36 months for the treatment, after which the patient has to wear retainers for 1.5 times longer than their orthodontic treatment. A quicker way is cosmetic straightening, which involves minor surgery using a device to reshape the gum before installing veneers. This method gives the appearance of straighter teeth. The costs start at £600.
As you can see, cosmetic dentistry can be costly. However, it is worth it – you cannot put a price on the perfect smile.