Are you always unhappy with your pictures? Do you avoid having your photos taken? It could be true for several people who are not happy with their teeth, which one of the most important and noticeable facial features. The two most common reasons for a person to hide their smile are:
- They may not like the look of their teeth
- They may have undesirable gaps between some teeth.
Irrespective of the reason, our cosmetic dentist would have several different treatment options that could help improve the condition of your teeth. In fact, the earlier you consult a cosmetic dentist, the better. He or she can give you a detailed analysis of what is wrong and what treatments could be undertaken to correct the situation.
Some of the most common corrective cosmetic dentistry procedures to get a smile makeover include:
1- Porcelain Veneers or Crowns for Gaps in Teeth
A common problem with majority of the patients who are worried about their smile is ‘gaps’. At times, people are born with such gaps in their teeth – that is, the problem is genetic. A gap could sometimes indicate a requirement for orthodontia and at other times they occur as a result of teeth which have been lost or damaged.
In both kinds of situations, dental treatments can help minimise or remove the gap completely. In most cases, we would recommend porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers to fill up the space.
2- Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
Some people are shy to smile because of big and unattractive spaces, which are visible in the mouth. These are usually due to some missing teeth. Cosmetic dentists may be able to resolve this problem with dental implants, which could greatly improve your smile. A bridge may also be used to fill up an awkward space.
3- Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most common and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments. It is a fast, painless and inexpensive means of transforming your smile and making you look younger and healthier. Tooth discolouration can be caused by smoking, drinking coffee, eating some foods, or simply as a result of the natural aging process.
Bleaching, or whitening, teeth to a lighter, natural, shade can promote a more youthful look, and there are many teeth whitening products and treatments available. The most effective, long-lasting and safe methods of teeth whitening are performed by cosmetic dentists.
4- Gum Lifts
Also known as a gingivectomy, a gum lift is a cosmetic dentistry procedure where the gums are reshaped to result in a more aesthetically pleasing smile. In most cases, people will choose a gum lift if they have a ‘gummy’ smile, where the gums have not fully receded after the adult teeth erupt, or in cases where people’s lips allow a lot of gum to show when they smile.
Gum lifts are generally only needed on the front teeth – as these are more visible when smiling and speaking – and technological dentistry advancements have ensured that gum lift treatments are now far less invasive and painful than they have been in the past. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry professionals use lasers to reshape the gums, resulting in minimal bleeding, and faster healing times.