Beauty - top tips to get that perfect smile

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 October 2014

Get that perfect smile

Get that perfect smile


Want to look younger? A cosmetic dentist may be the answer

A dental makeover is one route to a more youthful look which is why treatments such as tooth whitening and veneers have become increasingly popular.

The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) claims that most of us believe a beautiful smile is a route to success in personal life and career. However, like all cosmetic procedures there are pros and cons to weigh up before making any decision.

Q: What is cosmetic dentistry?

A: Cosmetic dentistry, or aesthetic dentistry treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments include veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth-coloured fillings, implants and tooth whitening.

Q: What is a veneer?

A: Veneers are thin slices of porcelain. These are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of your front teeth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail.

Q: Can my dentist make veneers to match my other teeth?

A: Yes. Most people undergo tooth whitening to create a whiter smile before getting their veneers made to match their natural teeth.

Q: What is tooth whitening?

A: Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface or damaging it.

Q: How long does teeth whitening last for?

A: The effects of tooth whitening vary from person to person and the results are thought to last up to several years. The results are less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products known to stain your teeth.

Q: Is it better to have in surgery tooth whitening or home whitening trays?

A: Both treatments are effective, and recent studies suggest that by combining both treatments you can achieve the best whitening results.

Q: How long does it take to get an implant?

A: Treatment times for implants vary, as no one person is the same. All implant treatment is individually tailored and you can expect treatment time start to finish often to vary from 3-6 months.

Q: What is the difference between an implant and a crown?

A: An implant is a gold standard treatment choice for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. A crown is fabricated to replace the crown of a tooth already in the mouth, and both can be used to restore a broken down tooth and or improve your smile.

Q: My teeth are crooked and I’m unhappy with them...what can I do apart from traditional braces?

A: There are many different orthodontic systems available, and depending on how crooked your teeth are or what result you are after, will determine which type of treatment you need. In certain braces are hidden behind teeth or you can have a removable appliance that can straighten your teeth giving you the option to remove it as and when needed.

Q: What is tooth jewellery?

A: Tooth jewellery involves sticking small jewels onto the teeth using dental cement. They should be fitted by a dentist, who can easily remove them if necessary.

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