Anyone who has ever experienced problems with their teeth will know how challenging these issues can be. While teeth can perform their core function, the habits we develop to overcome the aesthetic problems can be extremely distressing. For example, many people find that they feel the need to hold a hand over their mouth when they speak; in the most extreme cases, people will outright avoid smiling altogether.
Given that living with aesthetic teeth issues can be hugely detrimental to self-confidence, it’s no surprise that many people choose to transform their teeth once and for all with high-quality dental work. Modern dentistry offers a truly breathtaking array of cosmetic treatment options – which is incredibly encouraging, but also a little confusing. To provide a little clarity, below, we’ve sought to explain four of the most popular treatments, starting with…
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Gum contouring is a procedure that – as one would expect, given the name – seeks to alter the shape of gums, be that reducing or adding to the size of gums. A safe, relatively simple procedure, gum contouring is designed to create teeth that benefit from a more ‘elegant’ shape. In most cases, gum contouring is permanent, though further touch-ups are possible in the (rare) cases where the gum tissue relapses into its original shape.
Dental implants are the perfect choice for anyone with missing teeth. Suitable for the vast majority of individuals, dental implants are considered to be superior to dentures or similar treatments as they offer a highly reliable result; implants are a long-lasting, permanent solution, functioning identically to normal teeth and usually lasting for at least 20 years.
Invisible braces are the perfect choice for anyone seeking to alter the arrangement of their teeth; for example, to close gaps or ensure teeth sit straighter. As one would expect, the braces are invisible when worn, and most wearers soon forget they are wearing braces at all. Invisible braces usually need to be worn for six to nine months to see results. When the treatment is complete, nightly use of a retainer is generally recommended; if this is done, then alterations to the teeth are usually permanent.
Teeth whitening is one of the best known cosmetic dental procedures, offering incredible results that are next-to-impossible to achieve with conventional brushing. Professional teeth whitening is incredibly effective, brightening teeth and adding shine in order to benefit the overall aesthetic.
Teeth whitening is not without its downsides – for one thing, the procedure is not permanent, and will likely need to be repeated every six to 12 months for maximum benefits. However, it does offer the ability to achieve a quick, relatively simple transformation. As a result, teeth whitening has become a popular choice either in conjunction with other procedures (such as dental implants or invisible braces) in order to achieve a full “smile makeover”, or as a standalone treatment.
By exploring the options above, anyone seeking to transform their smile can be hopeful of a fantastic outcome – both in terms of the appearance of their teeth, and their sense of self-esteem.