If you don’t like your smile, and hate it when someone asks you to say “cheese” for a photograph, you are not alone. Some 48% of UK adults are unhappy with the way their current smile looks, and 75% of us feel awkward smiling for pictures. By visiting a reputable cosmetic dentist, you can solve the issues with your smile – whether you want a Hollywood set of pearly whites, or just want to improve the look of a chipped front tooth.
Stained and discoloured teeth are the single biggest complaint – afflicting 64% of us. There are a number of causes of tooth discolouration, from everyday stains caused by tea, coffee, or smoking to permanent discolouration of a tooth following dental trauma.
The first thing to do if you are worried about stained teeth is to visit your hygienist, however, as dental plaque is the most common cause of tooth staining, and also has serious implications for your dental health, because it leads to gum disease and tooth decay. If a professional tooth clean doesn’t produce the bright, white smile you’re after, a cosmetic dentistry consultation can help.
Vogue Dental Care in Luton offers two ways to combat stained and discoloured teeth. The first is teeth whitening treatment, which is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry and must by law only be delivered by a dentist or a hygienist/hygiene therapist on a dentist’s prescription.
Teeth whitening treatment uses special dental bleaching gel and may involve carrying out the procedure yourself at home, having a whitening session in a dental practice, or a combination of both. It is suitable for common tooth stains including:
- Red wine
- Coffee and tea
- Side-effects of some medicines/medicated mouthwashes
When teeth are permanently discoloured, which can sometimes happen after injuries or root canal treatments, teeth whitening won’t work. In that case, your dentist may recommend using porcelain veneers, which are like false fingernails for the teeth and can create a beautiful, natural result.
If obvious metal fillings or crowns are affecting your smile, these can now be replaced with strong and durable tooth-coloured alternatives – often, in the case of fillings, in one appointment.