So, What are Your Options if you Want a Brighter Smile?

My smile is my favourite accessory – after all, it never goes out of fashion to have a grin going from ear to ear, but it’s easy to sometimes forget about our teeth and what they go through. They fight off sugary drinks and alcohol, acidic fruit and the tops of pens. We open packets and bottles with them and grind them in our sleep, so it’s no wonder they see a bit of wear and tear if we don’t give them our full love and attention. I’ve talked before taking care of your teeth, but here are some tips to regaining that sparkling smile you once had if you are no longer happy with your pearly whites.

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Get Them Whitened

Whether you want to get your teeth whitened in a dental practice or would prefer to do it yourself, you’ve got loads of options. There are, of course, toothpastes which help the whitening process, but there are other products out there which can help along the way. Charcoal and coconut oil are fashionable tooth whiteners right now, but a cosmetic dentist could give a professional whitening treatment over a series of weeks, which will give you a lasting finish.

Invest In Veneers

Veneers are a layer of material which cover your teeth and improve the aesthetic of your smile and look. If your teeth are really bad, or you would just prefer to invest in something a bit more permanent than whitening, this could be the solution for you. Veneers are, usually, either porcelain or composite, with each having their own benefits. Prices can and will vary depending on your dentist, but a consultation will give you a full brief and breakdown of the costs and procedure.

Straighten Them Out

Most of us were unfortunate enough to braces when we were teenagers – as if acne and awkwardness weren’t bad enough! It also happens that most of us, being teenagers, didn’t stick to the routine of popping the retainer in once the train tracks had come off, and now we have wonky teeth all over again. Going through that pain or walking into meetings with some mouth bling isn’t very appealing, is it? However, if you opt for a treatment like Invisalign, you’ll be able to get a great smile without anybody even noticing!

Get Implants

If you have to have some teeth removed, implants are a great way of getting your smile back to normal quickly. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone where your original tooth used to be and are made of titanium, meaning they rarely need to be replaced. A crown is fixed to the implant which looks like a natural tooth, and it must be treated and cleaned as you would treat your normal teeth! Patients are required to be healthy for this procedure and meet general medical requirements. Enquire with your dentist and see what your options are!

Of course, brushing regularly, flossing and using mouthwash are all part of keeping your teeth healthy and looking great, but sometimes we can be too busy to book in our annual dental appointment, and things can slide. Remember that your dentist is there to help you, not scare you!

Amie Scott

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