Improving Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry
If you're unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you most likely go to great lengths to hide your mouth when you smile or talk. Unfortunately for some, it may even be that you've stopped smiling altogether to avoid showing your teeth. It saddens us deeply when patients feel self conscious about their smile, and we strive to give them one they can take pride in. Having a great smile is the perfect way to improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence, letting you live the best life possible.
The first step to a beautiful smile is a discussion with your dentist about your treatment options and what outcome you're hoping to achieve.
The most common cosmetic procedures to improve a smile include:
Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the colour of your natural teeth.
Veneers: Dental veneers are an excellent choice for treating teeth that are chipped, discoloured, slightly crooked or to close small gaps between your teeth. Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin.
Crowns & bridges: A crown is a great option for a tooth that has been broken, or has a large cavity or restoration. Not only will a crown strengthen the tooth, it will improve the look of it also. Dental bridges can close a gap where a tooth is missing to improve your smile. Crowns and bridges can be made to match the look and colour of your natural teeth for a seamless smile.
Orthodontic treatment: If your teeth are crowded, most often the best way to improve your smile is to have your teeth straightened.
Taking good care of your teeth is essential to sustain a healthy smile and to keep your teeth looking great. This means maintaining a strict oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Being mindful of your diet is also important to keeping your teeth healthy and preventing stains or discolouration. Highly coloured foods are most likely to stain your teeth, so a good tip to remember is that if it stains your shirt it can do the same to your smile. The last thing you want is for your perfect smile to be damaged, so don't forget to wear a mouthguard if you're playing sports.
Once you've achieved a smile you're happy with, the best way to maintain it is by visiting your dentist regularly. Every 6 months, your dentist will perform an examination to monitor your teeth for any signs of decay, and give them a professional clean to help with any build up and stains.
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