With many of us reaching the age where we have spent a lot of our adult lives putting other’s needs first it may be time to start thinking about you by focusing on your smile.
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. The happy hormones. Together these three neurotransmitters make us feel good from head to toe.
However, if the colour, shape or condition of your teeth has caused you embarrassment, prevented you from smiling or affected your confidence, you might want to look into how advances in dentistry might help you smile again and release those happy hormones.
There are plenty of options to assist if you have any of the following issues;
NB: Procedures above are for information purposes only. A full examination and detailed assessment by a qualified dental practitioner is required prior to treatment.
Teeth cleaning & polishing: this is the simplest and easiest way to keep your teeth free from plaque bacteria and surface stains. Regular six monthly check-up and professional cleaning can work miracles to rejuvenate your smile.
Teeth Whitening: is an effective way to transform your smile when you have teeth that have staining or discolouration that can’t be removed by cleaning alone. Your dentist will be able to advise you if you are suitable for treatment. Teeth whitening is often carried out in the comfort of your own home using teeth whitening trays that are custom made to fit your mouth. Teeth whitening gel is applied into the trays and worn for an hour each day until the desired tooth colour is reached. The mouth must be free from tooth decay and gum disease prior to whitening the teeth. The colour of existing fillings, crowns, veneers or other dental restorations are not affected by teeth whitening.
Veneers: are a thin layer of ceramic material bonded to the surface of the teeth to improve the shape, colour or aesthetics of your smile. Veneers requires nil or minimal amount to tooth enamel to be prepared. They are often made from porcelain or resin composite material and the type used will depend on your dentist’s assessment, preference and budget. They can assist with teeth that are broken, chipped, stained or discoloured, crooked, misaligned or have gaps or crowding.
Crowns: are used to cover an existing tooth that may have decay too large to fill or may be broken or have shape irregularity. Made from ceramic, they provide strength and aesthetics to fully restore the function and look of your teeth. They require more tooth preparation than veneers and are particularly suitable for teeth that are badly decayed, broken down or have existing large fillings.
Dental Implants: are used to replace missing teeth in the mouth. Unlike dentures (plates) they are fixed into the jaws and can replace a single tooth or a full set of teeth. Implants come the closest in terms of function and feel of natural teeth. They can help return quality of life to people who have lost one or more teeth and are no longer able to function with comfort as they once did.
Aligners/Braces: assist with straightening your teeth using conventional braces or clear aligners creating the smile you have always wanted. Different orthodontic options should be discussed with your dentist to work out what is most suitable, however having an understanding of each option will assist with your decision.
In consultation with your dentist there are many ways to have a smile you can be proud of. Now is the time to focus on your smile!