Ways to upgrade your smile
Your smile is one of the first things that people will notice about you, and a healthy-looking smile is a happy one.
Whether you want to fill a gap or remove those pesky coffee stains, there are many ways to maintain or improve the appearance of your teeth.
Filling the gap with dental implants
In the past, the only solutions to missing teeth were removable dentures or a dental bridge. A dental implant is an ideal tooth replacement option for many patients because it integrates seamlessly with your natural bone.
Today there are a number of options to replace teeth and fix your smile:
- Implant bridge
- Implant crown
- Implant-supported denture
A dental implant will replace a natural tooth root, which will then support a replacement tooth with a denture, crown or bridge.
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants – both crowns and bridges – are permanent and durable, and their natural look and feel will boost your confidence, and fix your smile.
They are a long-term solution to missing teeth, and they require minimal maintenance other than good oral hygiene, making them a cost-effective option.
Bridge the gap
A dental bridge is a denture which is held in place by the teeth on either side of the gap. Bridges, like implants, are typically made from porcelain which makes them blend aesthetically with the rest of your teeth.
There are four options for dental bridges to help improve your smile:
- Traditional – a false tooth held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto the teeth on either side of the gap.
- Cantilever – a denture held in place by a dental crown, and attached to only one abutment tooth. PDF.
- Maryland – a Maryland bridge uses the natural teeth on either side of the gap to hold the denture in place. More.
- Implant-supported – this kind of bridge uses dental implants rather than crowns or natural teeth in order to hold the bridge in position. More.
Brighten your smile
Teeth can become stained or discoloured as a result of many different reasons. Though minor discolourations can be solved by whitening, a more permanent gleaming smile can be achieved through porcelain veneers. Read more about implants.
Veneers are a thin coating of porcelain fitted over a tooth. Not only can this improve the look of your smile, but it can also protect your teeth from damage or decay.
Because veneers are porcelain, they do not stain. However, the cement used to fit the veneers might become a little stained over time. This can be easily remedied by visiting your dentist, who will clean out the cement for you.
Porcelain veneers can solve:
- Worn down or damaged teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
Your smile is massively improved with veneers, and you do not need to change the way you care for your teeth – just maintain good oral hygiene by washing, brushing and flossing, and your veneers will stay shiny and white.
Alignment solutions for a straight smile
Braces can often look complicated, but the idea is very simple – they adjust and realign your teeth for a straighter smile. Most braces are made of ceramic, metal or plastic and designed to be as comfortable as possible.
Braces can correct:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Spacing between teeth
- An under or overbite
- Appearance of your smile
It can take time and patience during the orthodontic process, but the results are worth it! Read more about our beauty products here.