A smile is most likely the first thing you’ll notice about a person. And a simple smile also includes flushing those pearly whites (although toothless baby smiles are over-the-top cute). This is where cosmetic dentistry comes in, that’s if you want to have that toothy Hollywood grin. The best thing is that with today’s technology, you can do anything you want with your dentals; from teeth whitening and having perfectly even teeth to smile transformation.
In my quest for whatever beauty treatments I can find out there, I caught up with the lovely Dr. Nancy Botros, GP Dentist at Snowdonia Medical Centre, who assured that dazzling white and perfectly even teeth are no longer the privileges of Hollywood elites. Also, despite how it sounds, “Cosmetic Dentistry” doesn’t have to be a full mouth reconstruction (so no need to be scared).
Small and Quick Treatments for Smile Transformation
There are different treatments that can be combined to achieve that Hollywood smile makeover. Dr. Nancy says that aside from the obvious teeth whitening tactics, some key cosmetic dentistry techniques for smile transformation are used to help you achieve that “Hollywood grin”, which she has outlined below.
Porcelain Veneers for Teeth Whitening
Veneers are thin, V-shaped pieces of porcelain that are bonded to your natural teeth. They’re so thin that they fit right into your smile and don’t add bulk to your teeth or make them seem misshapen. They also appear similar to natural enamel instead of standing out as dental work. A complete smile transformation and teeth whitening can be achieved by a full set of veneers, which includes changing the shape, size, shade, or symmetry of your front teeth.
Gum Bleaching, also known as gum depigmentation, is a procedure used in cosmetic dentistry to lighten or remove black spots or patches on the gums caused by melanin. With advanced lasers, gums can be treated to become bright pink in one single visit, with follow-up treatment after 2-3 years.
Straight teeth are something we all want, but only a few of us naturally possess. Even if we get braces as kids, lack of retainer wear, receding gums, or tooth loss will likely lead to shifting teeth and the return of a crooked grin. Invisalign is ideal for many people with a mild to moderate malocclusion. It allows you to quietly straighten your teeth without making treatment obvious to those around them.
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When a tooth is worn out or damaged, veneers or bonding aren’t enough to rebuild. Porcelain crowns create new tooth structure and strengthen your smile. Many adults find that their teeth haven’t held up as well as they’d like over the years. Choosing crowns gives them a second chance at a happy, beautiful smile.
While tooth loss is declining, it’s still a significant problem for many adults. Periodontal disease is usually the cause, but a continued decline in your smile doesn’t need to be the result. Even celebrities fall prey to dental problems. When they do, implants allow them to restore the entire teeth in the most secure and health-conscious way possible. These, in addition to smile transformation, can also play a part in teeth whitening.