How many times have you looked in the mirror thinking that you would like to do something about those teeth? Are you considering dental procedures for a winning smile and wondering what that really entails?
It may be that there is a slight chip on a front tooth or that they have become discoloured from coffee, tea or smoking. Maybe you suffered tooth decay at some point in the past and didn’t have the financial wherewithal for proper cosmetic repair. For whatever reason you are less than happy with those teeth, it’s time you did something about it. Perhaps one of the following cosmetic dental procedures will give you that winning smile you’ve been dreaming of all these years.
Cosmetic dental procedures relate to dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums or bite. Generally, this means restoring teeth and gums to good health and yes, that may include beautifully white and even teeth that form the basis of a winning smile. Cosmetic beauty procedures, on the other hand, are often invasive medical treatments designed to change someone’s physical appearance, often in a not very natural way such as Botox or breast enlargement, for example.
Veneers are probably the easiest-to-understand cosmetic dental procedure of all. If you think about the last time you had your kitchen cupboards resurfaced, you will remember the wood grain veneers the carpenter covered those cupboard doors with. That’s the same principle when having a dental veneer procedure. The dentist will begin by filing down the surface (enamel) of your teeth. This will be done gently so as not to remove too much of the surface.
Veneers are a cost-effective procedure when teeth are so severely discoloured that no amount of bleaching can bring them up to the desired whiteness. Then an impression is made and that is sent off to a lab for your bespoke veneers to be made. In the meantime, you will be provided with a temporary set of veneers that you will simply return when yours come back from the lab.
Your dentist will schedule a time for you to come in and the truth is, you will walk out a different person than you came in. Look at that winning smile you are not ashamed to flash!
2. Invisalign Invisible Braces
If you went through your younger years with teeth that were misaligned to some greater or lesser degree, you probably needed braces. Unfortunately, you refused those ugly metal braces that many of your friends were wearing. You didn’t want to be the subject of bullying and sarcastic remarks that were levelled at your brace-wearing friends.
Today there is an amazing new product on the market that serves in the same way as those antiquated braces, but they are all but invisible to the naked eye. Invisalign braces do exactly what you would expect them to do! They straighten and realign your teeth while no one is the wiser. You can wear Invisalign braces up to 22 hours a day.
Crowns are really nothing new. Usually, crowns are the final stage of a root canal, and they are essentially the top of the tooth that protruded from the gum. The materials used when crafting crowns are either porcelain or ceramic. Both blend just as nicely with your natural teeth, so it really is up to you and your dentist when choosing the material you want your crowns made of.
4. Teeth Whitening/Bleaching
Of all the most common cosmetic dental procedures, teeth whitening is by far the most popular.
Sometimes referred to as teeth bleaching, this is a procedure you can easily do at home, but you may be sorely disappointed. Most of the OTC teeth whitening products are inferior in strength to what you will find in a dentist’s office. Additionally, if you use home kits or beauty salon teeth whitening, the mouthguard provided may not fit properly so some of the bleaching gel may leak out onto your gums and into your mouth, causing blistering and sensitivity and possibly other health issues
If your teeth are seriously discoloured, it would be advisable to book an appointment with a professional cosmetic dentist. Unfortunately, teeth whitening is not available on the NHS, but strongly advise using a dental professional rather than home kits or at salons by people who are not properly qualified
You could book an appointment with a private cosmetic dentist Essex knowing you will get a safe, effective treatment by a qualified professional.
These are the most common cosmetic dental procedures for a winning smile, any one of them being a procedure of choice. Listen to your dentist and then go from there. It’s your winning smile, so you choose the procedure that best fits your needs.