There are many reasons why you might be unhappy with the appearance of your smile, such as discoloured, uneven, worn or crooked teeth – and you can find out if there is something we can do to help by asking your dentist about a smile makeover.
This simply means an assessment of how everything looks now, in relation to your mouth and lips, and what you would like to achieve. Your dentist will be able to tell you what the possibilities are in your particular case and develop a treatment plan if you wish.
It could be as simple as tooth whitening and cosmetic recontouring, or more complex dental implants, crowns and veneers, or orthodontic tooth straightening.
There are lots of possibilities! So please tell your dentist if there is anything you don’t like about your smile.
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective yet very simple way of lightening the colour of teeth without harming them. It cannot change the actual colour of your teeth but can noticeably lighten the existing colour by several shades.
What does the procedure involve?
The most common, effective, and cost effective method is tray whitening. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and use this to make a tray which fits into your mouth like a gum shield.
You will be instructed how to apply the whitening gel using the tray. The tray is worn with the gel for a few hours each day, usually at night while sleeping, or alternatively for 1-2 hours during the day, for about 3 weeks or until the desired shade is achieved.
How long does the procedure take?
You will need 2 or 3 visits to your dentist. At your first appointment your dentist will check your teeth to make sure there is no active decay or leaking fillings. If there is, or if you need to see the hygienist for professional cleaning, this will be dealt with first. If all is well, the next step is to take impressions for the trays to be made.
At your next appointment you will be given all the material, advice and instructions you need to proceed over the next 2-4 weeks or so.
Why should I whiten my teeth?
Everyone is different and, just as our hair and skin colour varies, so do our teeth. Some teeth have a yellowish tinge, some are more beige – very few are actually ‘white’. But the main problem is that teeth tend to darken with age as well as becoming stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine. There could also be tiny cracks in the tooth enamel which take up the stain.
The vast majority of patients are very pleased with the results they see. However treatment results can vary depending on the original shade of the teeth. In some cases it may take longer than the usual 3 weeks to achieve a good result. For example, if your teeth are dark because you had the antibiotic tetracycline at an early age, then you may need to continue treatment for a lot longer until you are happy with the result.
The effect lasts for about 2 years. However since your teeth will again tend to darken slightly over time, we recommend “topping up” with your trays and gel once or twice a month to maintain the whiter shade you have achieved.
Some people find that their teeth are sensitive during treatment and for the first few days afterwards. This does wear off after a short while and there are ways of reducing the sensitivity, if needed, during the treatment. Your dentist will advise you about this.
When might whitening not work?
Whitening can only lighten your tooth colour and it works only on natural teeth. Whitening will not work on any crowns, veneers or bridges. If these are stained, or the wrong colour, they may need replacing. Also, tooth whitening procedures will not change the shade of fillings; so any visible fillings may need to be replaced after tooth whitening. Your dentist will advise you about this before you begin.
What about whitening toothpaste?
There are now several whitening toothpastes you can buy. Although they do not affect the natural colour of the tooth, they can be effective in removing staining and therefore in improving the overall appearance of the teeth. Whitening toothpaste may also help to keep up the appearance, once teeth have been professionally whitened.
10 ways to improve your smile:
Have a simple clean or more thorough hygiene visit(s). Diseased inflamed gums don´t look attractive and neither do stained teeth. Also fresh breath can be achieved with a simple clean.
- Tooth Whitening:
Whitening is an excellent solution to make your smile beautiful. It is a safe, quick and non invasive method to instantly facelift the smile.
- Replace discoloured fillings:
Unsightly silver coloured /mercury based fillings can easily be replaced with life like indistinguishable white fillings or ceramics. Also discoloured mismatching and old tooth colour fillings can be replaced with superior tooth colour fillings to satisfy the demands of the most discerning client.
- Cosmetic re-contouring:
Chipped uneven teeth can be easily mended or adjusted for a more attractive smile. The placement of white filling material can create the illusion of symmetry and alter unsightly arrangement of teeth. This method is conservative of tooth tissue.
Veneers are thin porcelain facings that are bonded to the teeth to improve appearance, are durable and long lasting. Veneers can majorly alter a smile. In some cases it can even protect the teeth from tear and wear and can take years off your smile. It is an attractive option for people who are not interested in orthodontic braces to straighten teeth. The whole procedure can be completed in one week and produce ultimate aesthetics.
- Cosmetic gum contouring:
Small gum contouring can have amazing effect on your smile. Gummy smiles usually gives the appearance of short teeth, recontouring the gums with symmetry can greatly enhance your looks.
- Crowns that look like teeth:
If you can tell that it is a crown – its a bad crown. Life like, high quality crowns with no black or grey areas around the gums, allowing light to go through, replacing artificial looking, dull crowns, will instantly restore your confidence. Our crowns are made by highly skilled and talented lab technicians.
We can easily bond tooth coloured filling material to change the shape and colour of crooked, spaced or discoloured teeth.
We can fill the gaps and make the adjacent teeth look better too.
We can replace missing teeth with implants. The success rate today of this type of treatment is very high and predictable.