Everyone would like to have a perfect smile, but nature is rarely so accommodating. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones who never needed braces, the rough-and-tumble of life, along with habits such as smoking or drinking coee, invariably result in chips, stains, or an overall dingy appearance.
Until fairly recently, there wasn't a lot the average person could do to improve the appearance of teeth beyond having them cleaned once or twice a year. In the last two decades, however, improvements in dental materials and restorative techniques have made it possible for most of us to have close to model-perfect teeth that resist color changes and are almost as strong as the originals. If you have been considering ways to brighten your smile or correct imperfections, there’s never been a better time to do it. These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.
Bleaching Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coee, tea and cigarettes. Discolouration also can be hereditary or due simply to getting older. Bleaching should only be performed by a trained dentist, in the oce or, under dental supervision, at home. Many patients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient. Bonding
Bonding is tooth-coloured material used to ll in gaps or change the color of teeth. Requiring a single oce visit, bonding lasts several years. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-coloured filling for small cavities. Additionally, it can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape. Crowns
Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. They are used in cases where other procedures will not be efective. Veneers Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth.
Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discoloured, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.
Contouring and reshaping Tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. Tooth reshaping and contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite. It is common for bonding to be combined with tooth reshaping.
Many other procedures and techniques are available that Cosmetic Dentists are using to give you the smile you wish achieve. The best advice that I can give you is:
“Choose the most conservative procedure, as the dental treatments are often irreversible.”
If any doubt, please contact us for a free, no obligation answer/consultation.
Dr Sam Afshar DDS (Swe) MScs (KCL London).
British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry,
Accredited Implantology surgeon,
Principal Royal Arsenal Dentists