Today, there are so many ways that you can keep your smile sparkling. Cosmetic dentistry works to improve the appearance of your teeth, whether they are stained, misaligned or missing so that you can have that smile you always wanted.
1. Dental implants
Dental implants are the perfect and long-term solution for missing teeth. They are made from porcelain, so they blend perfectly with your teeth, giving you confidence and a gleaming smile.
They are long-lasting, strong and durable, meaning they are a cost-effective tooth replacement option for patients.
A dental implant is anchored seamlessly into your natural bone and requires minimal maintenance, which makes it an easy option that fixes your smile. Read more here.
When your teeth become stained, broken or misshapen, veneers are a simple way to regain your perfect smile.
Veneers are made from a thin layer of porcelain and are used to cover a tooth or to fill minor gaps between teeth. This can enhance the appearance of your smile, but it can also help prevent any damage or decay.
Cosmetic uses for veneers:
- Discoloured teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are unevenly shaped or chipped
Veneers are a simple and low maintenance quick fix that can brighten your smile.
Read about the benefits of veneers.
3. Teeth whitening
Teeth can become stained or discoloured for many reasons. What you eat or drink, if you smoke, your age, trauma or medication can all contribute to a change in the colour of your teeth.
A smile that looks healthy and white can boost your confidence and self-esteem. Teeth whitening is therefore a simple process that can make your teeth glisten, so you can regain your smile.
The teeth whitening process bleaches your teeth, breaking down the stains, and making your teeth look brighter and whiter without removing any of the tooth surface.
What are my options?
Firstly, a rubber shield or a gel will be put onto your gums to protect them. The whitening product – usually made from either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide – will be inserted into a tray that fits into your mouth like a gum shield.
During the process, the active ingredient will break down and oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth, and the colour of the tooth becomes lighter.
Laser or power whitening
A rubber guard is placed over your teeth to protect your gums. Then, a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth, and a laser or light is shone onto your teeth to stimulate the chemical reaction.
This is a quick whitening solution because the light speeds up the process and the colour changes in less time.
Laser whitening can change your teeth colour up to six times lighter. Read more to discover the best whitening option for you.
4. Cosmetic braces
More and more adults are opting for cosmetic braces to help solve minor problems like misaligned or overcrowded teeth.
Cosmetic braces function in the same way as orthodontic braces, but a cosmetic brace tends to look more aesthetically pleasing.
Some cosmetic aligners are designed to realign the front teeth only or are only suitable for minor orthodontic needs. There are a variety of cosmetic braces that are now available:
Six Month Smiles
These aligners focus on the front teeth, and the results are much quicker than conventional braces. Six Month Smiles use a clear bracket and tooth-coloured wires so they are less noticeable and discreet.
Invisalign straightens your teeth extremely discreetly and can solve a wide range of dental issues. They are removable too, so do not interfere with eating, or can be removed for photographs. They are also comfortable to wear during the night.
The beauty with Invisalign is, while your teeth are being straightened, you can still smile confidently!