How cosmetic dentistry can brighten up your smile

Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of ways to brighten the appearance of your smile. With 68% of UK adults currently unhappy with the colour of their teeth, it is no surprise that cosmetic dental treatment is growing in popularity. In many cases it is possible for your dentist to brighten up your smile in just a few short appointments.

cosmetic-dentistryWhen you come into Downham Market Dental Care for a smile brightening consultation, the first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is to establish the root cause of the problem. There are numerous causes of tooth discolouration, so your dentist needs to establish what is behind yours in order to provide the most effective treatment.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry, and is suitable for removing common stains such as those caused by coffee, red wine, smoking, and some medications. So long as it is carried out by a dentist it is a reliable and safe method of tackling tooth staining.

There are two options for teeth whitening treatment at Downham Market Dental Care. The first is power whitening, which takes as little as an hour, and is carried out here at the practice by your dentist. A special light is used to activate whitening gel on your teeth after your gums and lips have been shielded.

The second option is home whitening, which takes a little longer with an average treatment time of two weeks. However, it produces excellent results and is carried out in the comfort of your own home by using bespoke whitening trays overnight.

Porcelain veneers

These micro-thin shells of porcelain can cover a multitude of cosmetic issues with the front teeth, including permanent discolouration (such as that caused by dental trauma). Veneers usually require two or three appointments.

Tooth-coloured crowns, fillings, onlays and inlays

Old discoloured or metal tooth restorations can be safely replaced with tooth-coloured alternatives. White fillings usually need a single appointment, whilst inlays, onlays, and crowns require at least two. Your dentist will make sure your restorations match the natural colour of your teeth and blend in seamlessly.

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