Cosmetic dentistry focuses on dental aesthetics, that is to say improving the colour, position, shape, size and alignment of teeth to enhance the whole smile. When it’s done well it can significantly improve your quality of life too.
Our experience is that a beautiful smile really does contribute towards a happy life. Straighter and more even teeth are easier to keep clean and there is more motivation to maintain oral hygiene if you know that when you smile, you shine.
It is important to us at Orchard Dental to undertake cosmetic dentistry in a responsible and holistic way. We would never consider undertaking cosmetic work without first assuring ourselves of the long term health and sustainability of your teeth and gums.
The treatments we can undertake to improve your smile really depend on the suitability of your teeth. There is no one-size-fits all answer. We need to fully understand your hopes and needs and assess you individually.
The extremes of cosmetic dentistry, represented by TV celebrities with implausibly white teeth and unnaturally straight veneers, may have taken hold of popular culture, but we prefer dentistry to be life changing in a subtler way.
According to the Oral Health Foundation, about half the population (48%) are unhappy with their teeth, with discolouration the most common reason.
A quarter of Brits have had some kind of cosmetic dentistry, with 18 per cent choosing veneers, according to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, yet claims against dentists involving porcelain veneers doubled between 2005 and 2010.
We’re interested in your long term oral health as well as your short term looks, and so when it comes to a treatment like veneers, for example, we’re clear about the implications for the natural tooth tissue underneath.
In cases where teeth have already been damaged, veneers may be the best decision, and they can even strengthen weakened teeth, but at Orchard Dental we will always make an extra effort to make sure treatments like this are the right decision for you.
We think everyone deserves to be able to find a safe and responsible provider of cosmetic dentistry.