Cosmetic Dentistry: Five Ways to Improve Your Smile

1. Colour

If your teeth are discolored, yellow or stained, there a few steps you can take.

  • If you have tobacco, coffee or wine stains, it is just a matter of having your teeth professionally cleaned.
  • If your teeth are sound with no fillings or exposed dentine, then ask us about teeth whitening methods that would be suitable for you.
  • If you have old fillings that have become rough and stained due to wear and tear, replace them to get more even-colored teeth.

In extreme cases of deep-seated discoloration, you may need porcelain veneers or even crowns to improve the color of your smile.

2. Shape

Porcelain veneers and crowns can do more than improve color, they can also mask the shape of malformed teeth. With the new generation of porcelains, veneers and crowns can give a natural, translucent appearance to your teeth. They can also be long lasting if you don't have habits like gnashing of teeth or cracking of ice cubes and bones. A discussion with our dentist will let you know what is possible in improving the shape of individual teeth.

In some cases, a simple addition of tooth-colored filling or bonding may be all that is needed.

3. Position

If teeth are crooked, the best thing to do is to straighten them by moving them gently through the jaw bone. This can be done with conventional fixed braces for teeth. If you are concerned about image especially when meeting clients, or if the thought of having metal and wires fixed to your teeth seem too much to bear, there is the new Invisalign system that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gently move the teeth – without anyone knowing. As the aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning, it does offer convenience and less discomfort than metal braces.

For those who really can't wait for their teeth to be straightened with braces or aligners, there might be quick fixes with veneers and crowns. But remember that these invariably mean irreversibly cutting sound teeth to mask the position of teeth.

4. Gaps left by Lost teeth

Showing gaps between teeth even back teeth can make one look prematurely old. Traditional dentures can give very satisfactory results at relatively low cost. Bridges and implants can allow artificial teeth to feel like one's own, as they don't need to be removed for cleaning. A consultation with our dentist will let you understand the best way to replace lost teeth within constraints of budget, time and oral condition.

5. Hygiene

Even if you have no issues with the color, shape, or position of your teeth, there is one aspect of an attractive smile that nobody can ignore: hygiene. Lack of hygiene can cause not only tooth decay but gum disease.

Keep your pearly white teeth beautiful and your gums in the pink of health by keeping them clean. This means brushing and flossing them daily. Daily home maintenance must be supported with regular professional care that includes checks of your fillings or dentures and removal of hardened deposits like tartar that inevitably builds up with time. What out more about how we maintain your smile.

6. Broken or Chipped Teeth

Broken or chipped teeth can be remedied with veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over the tooth and bonded into place. Veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years and costs can range from $300 to $350 per tooth. Veneers can help with such problems as discoloration, chipped or broken teeth and slightly crooked teeth and gaps.

The dentist will remove the enamel from the tooth to be covered with the veneer and a dental impression will be taken. The veneer will be adjusted and shaped to the tooth before being permanently bonded. If the veneer is to widen a narrow tooth, no trimming of the tooth may need to be done. The downside of veneers is that they can chip or fall off and the tooth or teeth covered can become sensitive to hot and cold. To prevent breakage or chipping, excessive pressure should not be put on the tooth, such as nail biting or chewing of ice and hard candies. Veneers are not recommended for those who grind their teeth.

Cosmetic contouring, a less expensive procedure, involves the removal of a small amount of tooth structure to help achieve a more desirable appearance. The chipped or broken areas are smoothed and can be shaped round or square to be more harmonious with the other teeth. Cosmetic contouring is an option for those with minor problems, such as a small chip or teeth that are worn down.

Crowns are more extensive than veneers. Crowns cover the entire visible part of the tooth, while veneers usually only cover the parts that show when you smile. Crowns are used for badly broken or chipped teeth. and the patient will visit the dentist several times before the permanent crown is placed. The tooth is first filed down and a dental impression is made. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth so it isn’t exposed. Once the permanent crown is made, it will be cemented in place.

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