Ways a cosmetic dentist can brighten up your smile
If, like 64% of the UK’s adult population, you are dissatisfied with the current colour of your teeth, a cosmetic dentist can help. Clarence House Dental Care in Watton offers a full range of cosmetic dental services, with many ways to bring the brightness back to your smile.
The first thing your Watton cosmetic dentist will do is to establish the nature of your tooth discolouration. It may surprise you to learn that the most common reason for teeth being discoloured is visible dental plaque – 66% of us have plaque on show. This doesn’t just add a regrettable yellow or brown tinge to our smiles, it’s also very dangerous, because plaque causes both tooth decay and gum disease, which if left untreated can even lead to tooth loss.
If plaque is the reason for your tooth staining, a visit to the hygienist will soon have you smiling again. As well as getting rid of all traces of plaque, the hygienist will help you to develop a more effective home cleaning routine – changing the type of toothbrush you use, for example, or using an interdental brush to clean between the teeth – so that the problem doesn’t happen again.
Even those with good oral hygiene can suffer from stained teeth. Lifestyle factors, including smoking or drinking a lot of coffee, can cause the teeth to become stained, as can some medicines, mouthwashes, and medical conditions.
For this type of staining, teeth whitening with a cosmetic dentist is an excellent option. This involves using a special bleaching gel to gently permeate the teeth and remove common stains. Remember you must only have this treatment on a dentist’s prescription (a hygienist can carry out teeth whitening treatment under supervision of a dentist). To do otherwise could cause serious damage to your mouth, leaving you more than stains to worry about.
For permanent discolouration, your cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain veneers – thin shells placed over the surfaces of the teeth. And if visible metal fillings are the issue, we can replace them with tooth-coloured fillings, inlays, onlays, or crowns.