Whether your teeth are stained, chipped, uneven or missing, there are so many ways that you can keep your smile sparkling.
Cosmetic dentistry works to improve the appearance of your teeth, so that you can have the smile you have always wanted.
What options are available?
1. Dental implants
Dental implants are a reliable and long-term solution for missing teeth.
Because they are made of porcelain, they blend perfectly with your teeth, giving you confidence and a gleaming smile.
Long-lasting, strong and durable, veneers are easy to maintain and are a cost-effective tooth replacement option for patients.
When your teeth become stained, broken or misshapen, veneers are a simple way to regain your perfect smile.
Veneers are made of porcelain that either cover the tooth, or fill minor gaps between teeth.
They match the colour of your teeth, so they look and feel natural.
They enhance the appearance of your smile as well as protect the teeth from damage or decay.
Cosmetic uses for veneers include:
- 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.
3. Teeth whitening
The appearance of your teeth is very dependent on what you ear and drink, if you smoke, your age or your medication.
If your smile is discoloured, it can affect your quality of life and your confidence.
Teeth whitening is becoming increasingly popular – it is a simple process that can help make your teeth sparkle, and boost your self-esteem.
The teeth whitening process bleaches your teeth, breaking down the stains, and making your teeth look brighter and whiter without removing or damaging the tooth’s surface.
Read more about which whitening option is best for you.
4. Professional bleaching
Bleching is a form of teeth whitening and is another method used to achieve a happy smile.
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 will fit 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.
5. Laser or power whitening
Another whitening treatment, laser or power whitening is a solution to those pesky stains that are getting you down.
Firstly, 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 shades brighter.
6. Cosmetic braces
An increasing percentage of adults are opting for cosmetic braces to help solve minor problems like misaligned or overcrowded teeth that are affecting their self-content.
Cosmetic braces function in the same way as orthodontic braces, but a cosmetic brace tends to be 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: Read more.
7. Six Month Smiles
These aligners focus on the front teeth predominantly, 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.
As the name suggests, results are quick and visible within 6 months. Learn more here.
Invisalign straightens your teeth invisibly and is used to solve a range of dental alignment problems.
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 – they are discreet and invisible aligners.