If 2012 is your big year don’t forget to plan for a smile makeover
Whether you’re a potential Olympian, bride-to-be, graduating, looking for a new job or just ‘moving on’ don’t forget to plan for a smile makeover in 2012.
For decades visiting Americans have repeated the mantra ‘Brits have bad teeth’, but with modern cosmetic dentistry there are so many options available that no one need ‘accept’ the smile they have.
One of the quickest and easiest treatments is professional tooth whitening. Your initial appointment will give the dentist a chance to talk you through the process and for you to decide upon the shade you want to achieve. An examination of your mouth will ensure that you have no undetected dental problems, before impressions (casts) of your teeth are made. These casts are used to create your bespoke whitening trays, which hold the whitening gel close to the surface of your teeth. At your second appointment the dentist will check the fit of the trays and show you how to apply the gel. Once you’re confident, you can take the trays and gel home and whiten your teeth as and when it suits you most. Many people wear the trays in bed at night, personally I wear them when I’m baking – it stops me snacking on the cake mix!
Whitening can take between four and six weeks, depending on the original colour of your teeth. The final affect can last for up to two years (avoiding food and drink that stain your teeth will help), but the bonus with this system is the ability to ‘top-up’ the whitening effect as and when you need it. We always stock whitening gel, at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic
, so there is no reason why you can’t maintain your new whiter, brighter tooth colour indefinitely!
For anyone with ‘gappy’ or crooked teeth cosmetic bonding and shaping is a minimally invasive treatment option. White composite, the same material we use for tooth-coloured fillings, can be bonded to your teeth, building up the adjacent teeth and filling unsightly gaps. Crooked teeth can be made to appear more even, by gently removing excess tooth enamel. Working only on the edge of the teeth, where there are no nerves, your dentist will use a dental burr, to file away excess tooth. I’ve personally tried this treatment, having the pointed ends of my large canine’s filed off and the adjacent teeth (which are naturally very small), built up to fill the gaps and make my canines appear smaller. I didn’t need any local anaesthetic, and for the first time ever my teeth look white, even and regular!
We have more than 22 years experience of cosmetic dentistry and we always aim to balance the health of your teeth and smile, with achieving the best possible cosmetic outcome. Every mouth is individual, so all cosmetic treatment starts with a consultation – our dentists can learn about you and your dream smile and you can learn about the options available. After the consultation we’ll send you a full treatment plan, which outlines the appointments you will need and the costs involved. Why not make 2012 the year you look for excuses to smile, every day!