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25 March 2019

5 Surprising Facts About Cosmetic Dentistry, Manchester Patients Should Know

Let’s face it, self-image has a lot to do with how we feel about the way we look, in particular our smile. So if you’re not happy with your smile, then cosmetic dentistry could well be the answer.

In fact according to one particular survey, us Brits spent a staggering £2.4 Billion on cosmetic dentistry in cities like Manchester, London, and Birmingham in 2018 alone. Moreover, with one quarter of Britons having has some form of cosmetic dentistry, it’s no wonder that the industry is on the rise.

So if you’re considering seeking a private dentist in Manchester or a Manchester gum clinic to improve your smile, here are 5 surprising facts you really should know.

Cosmetic dentistry is necessary in many cases

Many people are under the impression that cosmetic dental procedures aren’t always necessary and instead are carried out for aesthetic benefit rather than physical benefit. However, it stands to reason that while broken, chipped or crooked teeth don’t look good, they can also impact on your dental and overall health causing disease, pain and eventually further tooth loss.

Therefore, undergoing cosmetic dental techniques such as porcelain veneers not only helps to restore a perfect symmetrical smile, but it also helps to protect any vulnerable teeth, thus preventing further dental problems from occurring. As you can see, restorative dental work and cosmetic dentistry actually do go hand in hand.

Fact – porcelain veneers was the second most popular form of cosmetic dentistry in the UK in 2018, after teeth whitening!

Cosmetic dentistry can and should look natural

Contrary to popular belief the ethos of good cosmetic dentistry in Manchester is to deliver the most natural looking smile. In fact did you know that the idea behind great aesthetic dentistry is to enhance the natural appearance of the face, rather than to produce a blindingly white smile that stands out for all the wrong reasons? Less is definitely more when it comes enhancing a smile.

Take teeth whitening for example, aside from looking overly absurd, super white teeth could be perceived as being heavily treated to the point where it could lead to a weakening of the enamel. Today, the trend is to whiten the teeth just to the point of appearing naturally healthy.

Moreover, the latest porcelain veneers are super thin, but retain their strength and durability resulting in a better, more natural look, while the latest dental crowns can even be made with natural blemishes and imperfections to blend in flawlessly with the rest of your smile. These days, a more natural look for patients really is the way to go.

Cosmetic dentistry in Manchester doesn’t have to be time consuming and costly

You’d be forgiven for thinking that when undergoing cosmetic dental procedures you’ll be spending lots of time in the dental chair while wracking up a bill akin to the GDP of a small country!

While it’s true that many cosmetic dental procedures are pricey, treatments like porcelain veneers will usually last for at least 10 years, and more likely beyond. The same can be said for dental crowns which have a shelf life of 10-15 years or more, so for many, it’s a one-time payment only. Aside from this, many dentists including us here at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics, offer a variety of flexible payment options where patients can spread the cost of treatment.

As for time spent undergoing treatment….

It’s true that some cosmetic dentistry treatments take longer than others, but much is being done to minimise chair time. New flapless surgery techniques for example minimise the dental implant surgery process for the patient, while the latest chairside professional teeth whitening takes around 45 -60 minutes in total. Patients can have temporary veneers fitted in just one sitting, while laser gum contouring at a Manchester gum clinic may take between 20 minutes and 2 hours depending upon the amount of gum that needs removing/reshaping.

In fact, the majority of cosmetic dental treatments are designed to take no longer than more conventional treatments such as tooth fillings, dental check-up’s and wisdom teeth removal. This is partly why they’re so popular.

Modern cosmetic dentistry goes way beyond your teeth

It’s true that modern dentistry has moved away from purely taking care of the teeth and now, greater focus is being placed on anti-ageing treatments that compliment a great looking smile.

As time passes, facial structures change and the tissues that surround the oral cavity are at the centre of those changes. Loss of soft tissue volume, a shrinking jaw bone and loss of skin elasticity all detract from a perfect smile, all of which are unfortunate bi-products of the ageing process. This is why many dentists including our very own cosmetic dentist here in Manchester take a special interest in the latest facial rejuvenation techniques.

Nowadays, we use the latest hyaluronic dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections in order to enhance lip lines, tighten skin and to give volume to the face to bring out the very best in your smile.

Non-surgical aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry it seems are more closely linked than you might think; and this brings us nicely into our final fact…

Cosmetic dentistry is both an art and a science

It’s true! While many dental procedures address the state and health of teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry here in Manchester aims to complement the overall dental health and well-being of a patient. Yet in many cases, what works for one patient might not be right for another. So as well as recommend procedures, we look at facial shape, symmetry, and the facial tone of each patient to ensure the right treatment for them.

Unfortunately there’s no one size fits all treatment, and this is where the ‘art’ part comes in. As a result we utilise any number of sound dental techniques accompanied by a smattering of artistic know-how to make any aesthetic changes necessary to boost your self-confidence and bring about the very best all-round natural facial transformations.

If you’re seeking out cosmetic dentistry in Manchester to improve aspects of your smile, then come and talk to Church Road dental and Cosmetics. We’re a private dentist in Manchester who takes a special interest in creating amazing smiles. Why not take the first steps and book a consultation with Dr Karim and the team today. Call us on 0161 486 0743.

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