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What is a Cosmetic Dentist ?

The simple answer is that he or she is a qualified dentist who can perform dental work which will improve the appearance of your teeth and smile although it is possible that the actual function of your teeth is not improved greatly. In many ways, the term “cosmetic” used in this context, refers to an “on the surface” improvement. However,  some cosmetic dentistry procedures do have a tremendous impact on the performance and function of your teeth. Many thanks to our friends at for their input to the following :

There can be no doubt that cosmetic dentistry is more popular and fashionable than ever before with many people desiring “Hollywood” smiles . This has produced an unprecedented demand for cosmetic dental procedures and Dentalfx in Glasgow are at the forefront of many advanced techniques. Let’s take a look at a few of the terms contained under the umbrella of the term “cosmetic dentistry” :

Dental Crowns

– also known as dental caps, can be made out of resin, metal or ceramic material and completely cover an existing tooth, giving a far better appearance . These are usually placed when a patient has a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth problem, or a weakened tooth or teeth. Dental crowns are also used widely to restore broken and worn teeth or to hold a dental bridge more firmly in place , and are also used in dental implant and root canal treatment. Dental crown treatment may require a couple of visits, and may appear relatively expensive, however they can last a very long time with good maintenance.

Teeth whitening

is the single most popular form of cosmetic dentist treatment on the planet. Basically, over a period of time, the surface of the teeth become discoloured due to the effects of heavily staining food and drinks, smoking and also some medications people take which have teeth discolouring side effects. Although many cosmetic dentists now perform laser whitening, at Dentalfx the procedure is still one where a custom mouthguard is manufactured and a prescribed amount of teeth whitening solution is applied over a period of time into the mouthguard and onto the teeth, all of which can be done at home, and usually results in an excellent outcome. Stephen Jacobs, the lead practitioner at Dentalfx Glasgow, is not yet convinced as to the safety of the laser whitening procedure and therefore prefers to dispense the “old fashioned” teeth whitening trays and solutions, at least until the evidence is more robust for the laser treatment.

We will continue an analysis of cosmetic dentistry procedures in another post in the future.