On a daily basis, the teeth are exposed to a lot of activities like sporting events, food and sadly, accidents. These activities, together with old age, contribute to the wear and tear of the teeth. When the teeth becomes weak, that is when we begin to experience teeth and gum disease that affects the nature of our smile. No matter the type of problem you have with your smile, your dentist is capable of changing your smile for the better. Even if your primary concern is teeth whitening, you can contact a teeth whitening dentist in London for help.
Here are 6 ways your dentist can change your smile.
- Dental implants
Most people, especially those advanced in age suffer from tooth loss. Usually, one or more of their teeth are missing as a result of different factors. With dental implants, such problem can be rectified. Dental implants are a huge procedure, and can cause a lot of impact, to your speech, smile, eating and overall health, but the question is, what exactly is a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of titanium or ceramic post and an artificial crown. The titanium or ceramic post is installed into the jaw and acts as a root for the artificial crown to be placed on it. It is a fixed solution for dental problems such as missing tooth or teeth, however, not everyone is a candidate for it. Since it is a procedure that involves drilling into the gums, people who have gum disease or any type of disease that slows down healing like diabetes are not good candidates for the procedure. Additionally, people who smoke are not good candidates as well because smoking can cause complications with the procedure.
- Dental veneers
Dental veneers are used by the dentist to correct minor imperfections and flaws like stained teeth, slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, crack or chips in teeth. They are thin restorations that are added to the front of the teeth. Dental veneers are of two types:
- Porcelain veneers
- Composite veneers
Porcelain veneers are customised or custom-made to suit your teeth, while composite resin veneers are built up in the mouth.
If you want to change the shape of your teeth or brighten it up, the dentist will select a veneer in the shade that matches your natural teeth color or in a shade that is lighter, and shape them according to the way you want it. Dental veneers are useful for correcting minor crookedness, however, if you have a more serious misalignment or crooked teeth, a different orthodontic treatment will be recommended.
- Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening may not offer the same health benefits that other treatment options offer, however, it is still one of the most popular dental procedures that people go through to improve their smile. Teeth whitening procedure involves using bleaching gels to remove stains and discolouration from the teeth. This can either be carried out in the dental clinic by your dentist, or you can do it yourself at home with the help of a home kit provided by your dentist.
Teeth discoloration can be caused by different factors; however, if your teeth are discoloured due to some serious underlying issues, then that problem has to be resolved first before you can proceed with teeth whitening. This is important because not all stained teeth can be whitened through the bleaching gel. During examination, your dentist will determine if bleaching gel will work on you or not.
When it comes to the use of home-whitening kits, you should place the bleaching gel and the tray that comes along with it will be placed on your teeth for a given period of time. You should begin to see visible results in one or two weeks depending on the level of whitening you want.
- Dental crowns
Dental crowns are used to straighten damaged or discoloured teeth by fitting the artificial crown over the existing teeth structure in order to improve its appearance and function. Dental crowns can be placed after a root canal treatment or placed in order to support a dental bridge.
For a natural look, dental crowns can be made with porcelain or ceramic materials in the same colour as your natural teeth. Or they can be made from metal and coated with porcelain material or metal alloys. You can get your dental crowns fitted in just two dental visits, or you can get them fitted on the same day if your dentist offers same-day crowns. These same-day crowns can be manufactured in the dental clinic and placed during one visit.
- Dental bridges
Dental bridges are another way to replace missing tooth or teeth just like dental implants. In simple terms, dental bridges are artificial teeth attached and placed between two crowns. The teeth on either side of the gap act as support for the bridge that will be placed and will have to be prepped before the bridge is placed.
Dental bridges are a temporary treatment option as opposed to dental implants that are permanent. However, the dental bridges are very good choices if the tooth next to the gap has fillings or require crowns. Nonetheless, if you have missing tooth or teeth, your dentist can help you decide if dental bridges, implants or any other treatment options will be suitable for you.
Braces are worn to correct misaligned and crooked teeth, but they are not just for children. These days, adults can wear braces too to correct their misaligned and crooked teeth. Contacting the right orthodontist will help you get the right braces or aligners to move your teeth and jaws into the desired position while adjustments are made over the course of the treatment by your dentist. When your misaligned teeth are moved to its desired position, it will be much easier to maintain oral hygiene and prevent outbreak of oral and gum disease.
Depending on the type of teeth straightening you need or how badly crooked your teeth are, treatment can take as short as a couple of months to be completed, or as long as a year or more.
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