Your smile says a lot about you and makes a lasting impression on those who see it. A bright white smile is usually seen as a sign of youth, good health, and caring for one’s appearance. Those who are not satisfied with their smile are often self-conscious. A beautiful smile, on the other hand, can boost your self-confidence.
Making the most of your smile is important. The most obvious means of improving your smile involves proper dental hygiene and limiting things like coffee, tea, and red wine. Smoking can cause stains and damage gums, so giving up smoking is highly recommended. Here are some other options available for improving your smile:
Teeth whitening, this procedure involves the application of a bleaching agent to your teeth which is then activated by ultraviolet light. Getting the results you seek may take multiple sessions, each lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. The popularity of bright white teeth is seen in the number of over-the-counter bleaching kits, toothpastes, and mouthwashes available in stores. Don’t be fooled though—these treatments are not as effective as professional whitening.
Once the subject of many coming-of-age teen movies and books, braces have come a long way. Braces can be quite colourful and trendy or can even be nearly invisible using ceramic or Invisalign options. If you have veneers (see below) you will still have to use old-fashioned metal braces, since ceramic ones will not adhere to them.
Custom-made plastic or porcelain molding that covers your stained, chipped teeth and fill in gaps, veneers can correct a wide range of issues and can be used to whiten teeth that cannot be bleached. They typically last from 10 to 15 years. Less expensive synthetic composite veneers are available, but only last 5 to7 years.
Gum tissue can become damaged and scarred from periodontal disease. Gum surgery can replace this damaged tissue with that taken from the palate.
Possibly the quickest and least-expensive means of filling in chips or cracks in your teeth, bonding involves matching the bonding material to the shade of your teeth and then applying it. It is then smoothed and hardened with an ultraviolet light.
Crowns often follow a root canal and serve to protect the original tooth. Made from enamel, resin, or porcelain, crowns can also be used to reinforce and stabilize a tooth if it is cracking or has other structural issues.
As the name implies, bridges cross a gap between teeth. This is done using two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with one or more false teeth in between.
Dental implants are a cosmetic procedure used to repair damaged or missing teeth. The procedure involves the insertion of a metal post into the jaw where the new tooth will be placed. A crown is then cemented on top of the post. This procedure can become quite expenses if additional work is required, such as strengthening the jawbone or lifting the sinus cavity.
Dentures & Partial dentures, these replacements for missing teeth are usually made from porcelain or an acrylic resin and can be a partial or full set depending on how many teeth you are missing. A good pair will look like your natural teeth, though you may need to use an adhesive to help them stick to your gums.
Your smile can be one of your greatest assets and can help make an excellent first impression. Give yourself the confidence that a bright smile can bring.
At Norburn Dental Centre, our team of professionals have the cutting-edge equipment, experience, and skill to handle all types of dental emergencies.