With 48% of the UK population unhappy with their smile, more and more people are looking at cosmetic dentistry as a viable means of correcting their dental problems and creating a more confident and happier smile. Everyone loves the quote ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and in fact, smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system. But many people don’t want to smile when they have teeth that are missing or discoloured. This is where a cosmetic dentist, such as one at Harley Street Dental Clinic, can help.
Teeth whitening procedures are growing in popularity, as a quick and affordable way to rejuvenate your smile. Just like hair and skin colour, tooth colour varies widely from person to person. Teeth become discoloured for many reasons. Tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can create a yellow look to your teeth and can affect your confidence and ability to smile.
Sometimes, certain medications can also give them a grey look. If the blood vessels and nerves inside teeth receive any damage, due to injury or decay, they can become darker too. The ageing process is another major contributor to teeth discolouration.
Teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment when carried out by a dental professional. Generic over-the-counter kits are however not as safe or as reliable. Professional teeth whitening can either be carried out in the dental practice or at home using custom-made gel trays that fit over your teeth.
If a more serious improvement to your smile is required, then it may be worth considering veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells designed to fit over the front portions of your teeth. A minimal amount of enamel is shaved off to create room for your veneers to fit on top of your teeth.
Due to the strength and realistic appearance of the porcelain, this dental treatment is renowned for its long-lasting and natural-looking results. In fact, with proper oral hygiene – such as regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings – porcelain veneers have been known to last decades.
Ultimately, with porcelain veneers in place, patients can disguise a multitude of dental imperfections and enjoy a healthier looking smile.