Teeth take quite a battering through the years. They chomp down on tough, chewy and crunchy food, they clash together day in day out and they occasionally get used to tear open a packet or even open a bottle top, however ill-advised. It is, therefore, no wonder that they can begin to look worse for wear. Today there are solutions available to many of the dental imperfections that mar patients’ teeth and they all fall under cosmetic dentistry.
In Leybourne, cosmetic dentistry at dental practices such as One Smile Oral Care, has helped patients achieve more confident smiles. There are many roads to improving the aesthetics of a smile and each journey depends on the particular needs of the patient. Two popular treatments are veneers and teeth whitening.
Teeth can accumulate stains and discolour due to smoking, certain medications and foods or drinks that are highly pigmented, such as coffee, wine and blueberries. These surface stains can be lifted off using a whitening gel applied to the teeth at the dental clinic. It takes around an hour for the effects to appear. The final shade of white depends on the initial level of discolouration and the patient’s preferences. Although the results are not permanent, avoiding the lifestyle habits that caused the staining can prolong the effects of teeth whitening.
Not all stains can be removed by teeth whitening. But cosmetic dentistry in Leybourne has another solution to offer: veneers. These thin porcelain shells are fixed onto the fronts of the teeth and can be custom-made according the size, shape, and colour that best suits the patient’s smile. Some minor preparatory work is needed to prepare the fronts of the teeth for veneers, namely removing a thin layer of the outer enamel coating. With good care, veneers can last for 10 years or more.
Not just teeth
Cosmetic dentistry in Leybourne doesn’t just target the teeth. A gummy smile can be addressed by removing the excess gum so that the teeth appear longer and the ratio between teeth and gums is more balanced.
Patients can have a combination of cosmetic dental treatments but should always have teeth whitening done before getting veneers, as veneers cannot be whitened.