The rise and rise of cosmetic dentistry continues across the UK, and indeed the world. Driven in part by the popularity of such treatment among celebrities, more and more adults are choosing to make an investment in improving the appearance of their smile.
Tooth colour is the biggest complaint among UK patients. Teeth are easily stained, and the first thing a cosmetic dentist will do if this is your issue is to establish what led to the discolouration. The biggest single cause is visible dental plaque, which is dangerous to your health as well as damaging to your smile.
Visiting the dental hygienist will help to get rid of plaque and stop it happening again. Meanwhile, in the case of common stains caused by tea, red wine, or smoking, teeth whitening is usually an effective solution – and one which you must consult a professional dentist for.
Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent offers professional teeth whitening, as well as ways to deal with more permanent stains – such as those that arise after dental trauma or some cases of root canal treatment. Porcelain veneers offer an excellent way to improve the appearance of permanently discoloured teeth, and so much more besides.
A veneer is a thin shell of medical-grade porcelain that is placed over the front surface of one or more teeth, and held in place with a strong dental bonding agent. One veneer can improve the appearance of a problem tooth, whilst a full set can be used to create a smile makeover.
Each veneer is individually crafted to fit each tooth perfectly, and your dentist will also be careful to make sure they look entirely natural – matching a single veneer to the colour of your other teeth, or creating an authentic brightening effect in the case of a smile makeover.
As well as discoloured teeth, veneers can improve the appearance of:
- Teeth with small chips
- Uneven teeth
- Short teeth
- Some cases of a gummy smile
- Minor spacing and alignment issues
Placing veneers does require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel, but an experienced cosmetic dentist will ensure your veneers are made to the exact same thickness as the enamel that was removed.