5 Options For Achieving Your Dream Smile
Studies show that nearly half of British people are unhappy with their teeth. It is no wonder that so many of us are looking for cosmetic dental treatment. Achieving your dream smile can take time, and thankfully, there are many different options to choose from. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the last few years, which means that it is easier than ever to get the smile of your dreams. What cosmetic treatments you opt for will, ultimately, be down to the current condition of your teeth and what your dentist recommends. So, if you are thinking of getting some cosmetic work done, but are not sure what your options are, then we have compiled this list of treatments that could work for you.
When it comes to cosmetic dental treatments, veneers are one of the main options that people have heard of. Veneers are popular among celebrities, and it is often perceived that veneers are the only way to get that Hollywood smile. While they are certainly not the only options, veneers do a great job in giving patients perfectly even and white teeth. The process of veneers is not too intrusive, and it works by the dentist placing a very thin piece of porcelain or ceramic to the teeth. In order for them to fit properly, your dentist will have to shave down your teeth slightly, just so the veneers fit naturally on the tooth. It is important to remember veneers are a permanent procedure, so you need to be sure that you want them before you go through with the treatment.
The next treatment we are going to discuss is orthodontics. Orthodontics is a broad term but essentially it is the treatment of straightening or aligning the teeth. Everyone’s teeth are different, meaning that they do not necessarily always grow straight. Some people may suffer from gaps in their teeth and others may have overlapping teeth. If this is the case, then orthodontics would be your best option. When it comes to orthodontic treatments, the main two are fixed metal braces and clear aligners. Metal braces are what most people are familiar with, but they are not always ideal. If you are seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, then you may be after something that is less visible, which is where clear aligners come in. They work just the same as metal braces as they can fix gaps in your teeth, but they are practically invisible and there are no food restrictions.
Implants are a cosmetic dental treatment that aims to replace missing teeth. Implants can work with replacing just a single tooth or if you have multiple teeth that are missing. The procedure for implants is surgical and invasive, so this treatment certainly isn’t for everyone. Under local anaesthetic, the dentist will cut open the gum and drill into the jawbone. Once they have done this, a small screw is fitted into the bone and then you have to wait for the bone to fuse to the implant screw. After this, the dentist will bring you back to the surgery and the fake tooth will be fitted onto the screw and then a small composite will be placed over the tooth so that it blends in with the surrounding teeth. If your main smile concern is that you are missing teeth, then implants are definitely your best option.
Crowns are a good option if you are trying to fix a tooth that is broken. Broken teeth can interrupt the aesthetic of someone’s smile, so, if you have some broken teeth that need fixing, then crowns could be a good option for you. A crown is essentially a 360-degree cap on the tooth that will blend it with the rest of the teeth. In order for the crown to fit properly, the tooth will need to be shaved down to a small stub and then the crown can be fitted on top. This is a permanent procedure, so you need to be sure this is what you want.
Teeth whitening is another good cosmetic dental treatment that can help you achieve your dream smile. Teeth will naturally stain as we get older and often it is through no fault of our own. Your teeth go through a lot and if you eat certain food all the time, you may end up with some staining. If this is the case and you want to get rid of the staining, then teeth whitening is your best option. Teeth whitening works by applying a small amount of bleach to the teeth which, over time, makes the teeth whiter. Generally, teeth whitening is not harmful to the teeth, so long as you get the whitening from your dentists. More recently, teeth whitening kits have been available online, which can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums.