Eight ways to get a better smile

When you smile, do you feel confident about your teeth or self-conscious? If it’s the latter, then don’t worry because you’re not alone: It’s common for people to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth when smiling. Thankfully, dentistry can help. This post presents some of the ways dentists can improve the appearance of your teeth and thereby give you a more confident smile.

1. Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening brings a dazzle to your smile. The effect of this treatment can last up to a few months and is more effective on yellowed teeth.

However, be wary of toothpastes that claim to whiten your teeth. These toothpastes rarely contain any bleaching agent, and instead use abrasive agents such as silica. These abrasives are designed only to remove surface stains, and over time they thin the enamel layer and will make the dark dentin layer underneath the enamel more noticeable.

2. Braces

If you’re cursed with crooked teeth then braces can do wonders for your smile. You will typically need to wear the braces for a period of six months to two years. Afterwards your teeth will be permanently straight and you’ll be able to smile with more confidence.

3. Dental crowns

Crowns are a solution for teeth that are badly discoloured or misshapen. Crowns are caps that fit onto your teeth and are then bound using dental cement. Crowns improve not just appearance of teeth, but can also strengthen weak teeth as well. However, the preparation work for a crown can involve removing parts of teeth that are still healthy. Since crowns are not as strong as healthy teeth, they should therefore only be applied when the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

4. Porcelain veneers

A veneer is a like a crown but just for the front of your teeth. They look natural and can help to improve the appearance of your smile. However, like dental crowns, veneers require the removal of healthy teeth material in order to accommodate them.

5. Dental bonding

Dental bonding is less intrusive than dental crowns and veneers because no removal of healthy tooth enamel is required. Dental bonding involves the application of resin material to the tooth using adhesives. The material is tooth-coloured and helps to hide flaws on the front of your teeth.

6. Dental implants

Implants are the solution to replace missing teeth. They are made of titanium and other materials. If you have a tooth or several teeth missing, then implants are the long-term solution to improve your smile.

7. Regular dentist check-ups

Regular visits to the dentist help to maintain your teeth and smile smile. Your dentist can check for gum disease and can also give your teeth a deep clean. This will also help prevent problems later down the road.

8. Brushing and flossing

Although this isn’t a dental procedure, we’re including brushing and flossing here anyway because they are both so important. Brushing and flossing help to reduce plaque and keep your teeth healthy. This is one of the most fundamental things you can do for your smile.

We offer a range of treatments to improve your smile. Contact us today to find out more.


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