Brightening your smile can be a tricky goal to achieve, particularly if you want significant results. There are lots of whitening toothpastes on the market, and with everyday use you can sometimes achieve a whiter effect. However, whitening toothpaste needs to be used every day to maintain results and once you stop using it you will see the results fade. The only way to guarantee a better and longer lasting result is to opt for a cosmetic dental treatment such as veneers or tooth whitening.
Cosmetic dental treatments can seem like a big step to some people, but the key is to find a friendly local dental surgery that can explain the procedures available to you and make sure that you are happy and knowledgeable before you make any decisions.
Veneers are a permanent cosmetic dental treatment which consist of a fine layer of porcelain that is fitted over the existing surface of your teeth. Porcelain is the perfect material for veneers, as it is similar in appearance to natural teeth and can be created in lots of natural shades, allowing you to pick the perfect colour or match one or two unevenly covered teeth to your existing smile. To prepare for veneers to be fitted, it may sometimes be necessary to remove some of the surface enamel of the teeth to be covered. This allows the veneers to adhere sufficiently, when they are attached with strong bonding glue. Once they are fitted, they cannot be removed and are a good option for patients who want a permanent cosmetic dental treatment.
If you’re after brighter, whiter teeth, but don’t fancy the permanence of veneers, then why not consider tooth whitening as a low maintenance form of cosmetic dental treatment? You can have your teeth whitened at any good dental practice and this is a simple procedure that is suitable for most patients with healthy teeth. As tooth whitening involves bleach, it is not suitable for people with gum disease or cavities. Similarly, heavy smokers and pregnant women should also avoid the procedure – if you are unsure then make a consultation appointment with your dentist to discuss the options available to you. You will also need to discuss the effect that you hope to achieve and your dentist will need to check the health and current colour of your teeth. Mottled or greyish teeth are often more difficult to whiten than yellow or brown teeth, so you should take professional advice before beginning any course of treatment. If you have badly stained teeth or want to achieve a very white result, then you may need to visit the dentist a few times to have repeat treatments, which lighten teeth gradually over each visit. Alternatively, you can try ‘at home whitening’ – your dentist will create a custom made mould for your teeth which can then be fitted at home on a daily basis, for as little as three minutes! Perfect if you want a whiter smile simply and quickly! cosmetic dental treatment is a great way to achieve the results that you want, and will boost your confidence by making just one small change to your teeth.