Creating More Confident Smiles

August 4, 2018   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Dental
Cosmetic dental veneers in different shades

What goes into a winning smile? A great head of hair? A fantastic new outfit? Probably not. The answer is inevitably, a set of healthy-looking teeth. Unfortunately, over the years the teeth can accumulate stains, chips and cracks that mean they no longer look their best. For some patients, their teeth may never have been something they would write home about, perhaps because they are misshapen, too spaced out or crooked. Whatever the dental imperfection, cosmetic dentistry in Edinburgh is up to the task of resolving it.

There are many practices across the city that offer cosmetic dentistry in Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Dental Specialists. Patients can visit such a dental practice for teeth whitening, invisible braces, veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays. Let’s take a closer look at some of these treatments and the dental issues that they can solve.

Teeth whitening

In the UK, only a dental professional can safely provide teeth whitening services. This is because the active ingredient in the whitening gel, hydrogen peroxide, can damage tissues if not applied correctly. A dentist will create custom-made teeth trays into which the gel is placed. These trays ensure maximum contact between the gel and the teeth and avoid leakage of the gel, which can damage surrounding tissues. The gel then gets to work removing surface stains and discolouration.


Certain kinds of stains can’t be removed with teeth whitening. That’s when veneers can help. These thin porcelain sheaths fit over the fronts of the teeth to transform their size, shape and colour. A thin layer of the enamel of the teeth to be treated must be removed first. This creates a slightly roughened surface onto which the veneers will be fixed. With good dental care, veneers can last for 10 years or more.

Invisible braces

This treatment is more of a commitment than veneers or teeth whitening but the results can last a lifetime, making this a worthwhile investment in Edinburgh cosmetic dentistry. These clear braces come in fixed and removable varieties. They allow adults with mild to moderate misalignments of their teeth to achieve straighter teeth without everyone noticing their braces.

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