Have you ever looked at your teeth and thought there might be room for improvement? Whether it’s the niggle of crooked chompers, a gappy smile, missing or discoloured teeth, there will be a solution. Several studies have revealed the confidence-boosting benefits of having teeth you’re proud of, which means your toothy makeover is not just about your teeth – but your general wellbeing. The good news? The experienced dentists at Pacific Smiles are well versed in the arts of dental wizardry, transforming your teeth into the pearly whites you’ve always dreamed of. Read on for just a few of the nifty ways you could give your teeth a cosmetic makeover.
If ever there was a way to dress up your teeth, it’s veneers. These thin porcelain or composite resin facings are bonded to the front of the tooth, instantly transforming their appearance. They’re between 0.3 and 0.5 mm thick (read: very thin) which means less of the natural tooth is removed to apply them. While not suitable for all situations, veneers can address a myriad of concerns from crooked, crowded and malformed teeth to the permanently discoloured. You can disguise a single tooth or more for a completely made-over smile.
You may not have ever considered dental implants – before the fateful day you bit into an astoundingly crispy baguette that seemingly decimated your chomper. There’s nothing like losing a tooth to make you want to smile less (or at least with your mouth closed). Enter dental implants, a genius invention which allows you to ‘replace’ lost teeth. Think of them as artificial roots which are securely anchored to the jaw. These medical-titanium-grade cylindrical devices are implanted at the site of a lost tooth where they biologically bond with the bone (in a word: durable) and are capped with a ceramic crown that has been customised to match your other teeth. It’s dental magic at its best.
You may not wear them on your head (and there’s not a precious gemstone in sight) but having dental crowns can still help you feel like royalty. They have the ability to strengthen and fix broken, chipped or discoloured teeth, as well as modifying the shape. They’re custom made (typically requiring two appointments – the first involves preparing your tooth and applying a temporary crown, the second, your personal crown will be properly fitted). Dental crowns sit over the existing tooth and replace the natural crown (the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums). They work wonders for teeth that have been weakened or structurally compromised and also offer excellent results when it comes to improving appearance. Don’t be surprised if post-crown, people are so impressed by the state of your teeth that they’re compelled to bow and curtsey.
Thanks to the advances of orthodontic technology, you have more options than ever before to straighten your teeth. From traditional metal braces to dental aligners (featuring barely-there clear trays) straightening your teeth not only boosts your confidence – the use of these devices can align your teeth, lips and jaws to achieve facial balance. There’s more to it than just a positive cosmetic result – when your teeth are crooked, or crowded they can be more difficult to clean, which can lead to a whole host of other issues (including decay, gum disease and, gasp – tooth loss). So straightening those pearly whites is not only an investment in your outer beauty – but in the health of your teeth in general. Sounds like a win-win.
If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, click here for more information or visit pacificsmilesdental.com.au to find cosmetic and orthodontic options available at your nearest centre. With numerous locations offering a comprehensive range of services, you’ll find the exceptional care and expertise you deserve.