Oral health and cosmetic dentistry in Belfast

Dentist looking at an x-ray online displayed on a desktop monitorCosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that refers to any treatment that improves the appearance of teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry is not only about aesthetics. Cosmetic dentists are presented with the challenge of providing beautiful teeth while maintaining their proper function.

Dentistry has changed significantly in recent years and many people have turned to cosmetic dentistry in Belfast in order to boost their confidence and self-esteem and improve their oral health at the same time. Popular cosmetic dentistry treatments include teeth whitening, veneers and white fillings offered by many dental practices, including Blue Sky in Belfast. Cosmetic dentistry has redefined the way we perceive oral health in several ways.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, performed either at the dental practice or at home. Teeth whitening should occur after a thorough cleaning since plaque, tartar and other bacteria can interact with the bleaching agents and have a negative effect on the whitening process.

Power whitening is ideal for busy patients who want to have their teeth whitened in less than an hour. The dentist will apply the bleaching gel directly on the patient’s teeth, while protecting the gums with a special barrier. The bleaching process is activated by a special light placed over the teeth. Home whitening, on the other hand, is achieved through a series of custom-made bleaching trays the patients has to wear for a few hours a day. Results can be seen within the first 2 weeks.

Dental veneers and white fillings

Dental treatments like white fillings and veneers are not only used to fix cavities or support broken teeth but can also be used to improve the look of healthy teeth. These treatments are minimally invasive and can significantly alter thecolour, shape, or size of the teeth for patients who do not wish to have more complex dental procedures.

Veneers are small, porcelain shells applied directly to the surface of the teeth, while white fillings can improve the look and function of teeth without compromising the tooth enamel. Veneers and white fillings look natural because they are made of materials that diffuse the light in the same way as natural teeth.