Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Is it affecting your confidence? There is no reason to settle for a smile you are unhappy with. There are a number of recommendations to improve the appearance of your smile and to get you smiling again – showing your teeth!
1. Tooth whitening at the dentist
Perhaps you are dissatisfied with your teeth because they are discoloured. They may be displaying a yellow, brown or grey colour. If this is the case, then tooth whitening at your dentist may be the most appropriate solution.
This process is simple and can be conducted in one appointment at your dental professional, or on an ongoing basis for the maximum results. It includes the dentist protecting your gums, applying a bleaching gel to the teeth, and activating this gel using a light in the clinic. This gel may be removed, and the process repeated, under the supervision and experienced care of your dental specialist.
The end result? Brighter, whiter teeth.
2. Dental veneers at the dentist
However, tooth whitening alone will not change the shape of your teeth. If you would also like teeth that are a better shape, without gaps, and straight and full without any visible defects, then you may also wish to consider dental veneers at your dentist. Veneers are a popular and effective method for masking chipped, discoloured, stained, uneven, worn down, misshapen or crooked teeth.
Dental veneers are a thin shell, commonly made of porcelain or composite resin. They are applied to the surface of the teeth and are designed to carefully blend in with the surrounding teeth, to create the appearance of a natural tooth. What’s better, they are a long-lasting and sturdy option that will retain its shine.
3. Visit your dentist regularly
By regularly attending the dentist, you can help to safeguard the longevity of your teeth in the long-run, and preserve their appearance while reducing the risk of them starting to have cosmetic faults as time goes on. Teeth are vulnerable to decay, damage and infection, and all of these risks can be mitigated by regular trips to the dental specialist.
Your dentist will be able to identify the risks to your mouth, and provide timely treatment that is both standard, and targeted to the risks unique to you. This can include fissure caps or fissure sealants to reduce the risk of decay; removal of plaque to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease; and dental fillings to prevent decay from spreading and potentially necessitating a root canal or the removal of a tooth.
They can also provide advice on how to improve your diet to improve and maintain your teeth; on how to properly take care of your teeth at home; and on what sort of mouth protection you need when playing sports. They can even create you a custom mouthguard for ultimate protection during sports, or during sleep if it is clear you grind your teeth.
4. Talk to your dentist about orthodontic options
Do you have teeth that are overlapped and crowded? Do your bottom teeth or top teeth jut out, or does your upper jaw or lower jaw protrude? Do you have spaces between the teeth? Are they crooked and not front-on in the mouth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from orthodontic treatment as offered by your dentist.
There are two main orthodontic treatments available. Firstly, braces. Braces are a popular treatment method for correcting minor to major alignment issues in the mouth. However, there is also an alternative in Invisalign, which is a highly popular option for adults who would rather not have braces. Invisalign is custom designed for you by your dentist and consists of a series of clear aligners that you will wear in turn, and which will gradually correct your minor alignment issues.
This option is popular among adults who do not wish to be undertaking visible treatment, and who want the option of removing their device temporarily to eat or for other purposes.
5. Dental crowns, dental bridges and dental implants
If your teeth have sustained damage or are incomplete or missing, then you may need more advanced forms of cosmetic or restorative dentistry at your dentist such as dental crowns, dental bridges and dental implants. Dental crowns are a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its appearance and functionality and help the natural tooth to persevere.
Dental bridges and dental implants may be necessary when a tooth cannot be recovered and must be extracted, or when you have missing teeth already. Bridges are a row of crowns that secures over neighbouring teeth to bridge the gap. Implants secure an implant into the jawbone, upon which a crown is attached, ensuring a life-like result.
Your dental professional will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate for these procedures. These methods of restorative dentistry just go to show how effective modern dentistry is at restoring your smile. Even if you are doubtful, you may find that your dentist has a smile solution for you.
Visiting the dentist to improve your smile
If you are eager to improve your smile, the best approach of all is to talk to your dentist about options for improving your smile. They will consider your circumstances, your budget, your oral health, and other factors to provide you with a plan for improving your smile using cosmetic, preventative, and restorative dentistry.