Cosmetic dentistry explored: quick ways to brighten your smile
Cosmetic dentistry comprises a wide selection of treatments designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of a smile. Imperial Dental Care in Harrow offers a wide selection of cosmetic treatments, designed to create the smile you’ve always dreamt of.
It’s sad to learn that almost half of the adult population of the UK is unhappy with the current appearance of their smile. The biggest concern is with the colour of the teeth, with some 66% unhappy with their tooth shade. If this applies to you, there is no need to suffer in silence; cosmetic dentistry has many solutions, often requiring just a couple of visits to the dental practice.
Come into our Harrow dental practice for a consultation about stained or otherwise discoloured teeth and the first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is to ascertain what is causing the problem. Then they will talk through the best ways to rectify the situation.
Below are some common causes of tooth discolouration, along with what your cosmetic dentist can do:
Many things can stain our teeth. Drinking a lot of tea, coffee, or red wine often leads to tooth staining, whilst smoking is also a major culprit. Some medicines and medicated mouthwashes also have the unwanted side-effect of temporarily staining the teeth.
In these circumstances, teeth whitening is often the perfect solution. This involves using a special gentle dental bleaching agent to gently permeate the teeth and lift common stains. It must only be carried out by a dental professional, to ensure your treatment is safe and effective. Typical treatment times range from a fortnight for home whitening to a single hour for power whitening here in our Harrow dental practice.
Permanent discolouration, for example caused by dental trauma, can be improved with porcelain veneers. These thin porcelain shells are placed over the surfaces of the teeth to boost their appearance. Two-three appointments are usually required for veneers.
Metal crowns and fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-coloured alternatives. Composite fillings, porcelain crowns, inlays or onlays can all be used. Fillings usually need one appointment, crowns, inlays and onlays at least two.