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Do you find yourself hiding your teeth in photographs because of yellow teeth? Do you smile behind your hand because of chipped or mishappen teeth? If you are sick of dental flaws preventing you from living your best life, then it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry. Modern technology makes fixing cosmetic dental problems much easier than in the past, so more and more patients can achieve that beautiful smile they’ve always dreamed of. In this blog we explore four common cosmetic dentistry concerns and how your dentist can treat them.
Teeth discolouration is a natural part of aging and can be exacerbated by the consumption of staining beverages such as wine, coffee and tea, as well as smoking and vaping. Even acidic foods and beverages can compromise our pearly whites, causing enamel erosion and teeth yellowing. If you are self-conscious of discoloured teeth, there are whitening treatments available.
Professional teeth whitening is generally split into two categories, in-chair whitening and take home whitening kits. At Dental Haus we offer both treatments. We offer Zoom Teeth Whitening, a professional, in-chair teeth whitening treatment which can whiten your teeth up to eight shades whiter in one appointment. We also offer Pola Teeth Whitening Kits, which allow you to enhance your smile in the comfort of your own home.
While the enamel of your teeth is very strong, it’s not indestructible. Whether it’s the result of biting down on a hard food, opening a package with your teeth, or taking a blow to the face, all these things can result in a chipped tooth. Not only can chipped teeth make you self-conscious, but they can also compromise your dental health, leading to further damage and dental infections.
Luckily there are a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments available to fix chipped teeth. Depending on the extent of the chip, your dentist may use cosmetic bonding or a porcelain veneer to restore your tooth’s appearance and function. Composite bonding uses a resin based composite material, which is moulded to fit the tooth before being hardened with a special light. Dental veneers are thin custom-made porcelain capping, designed to cover the front surface of your teeth, bringing back it’s natural appearance.
Irregularly Shaped Teeth
Irregularly shaped teeth can result from a range of factors, including genetic influences, thumb or pacifier sucking as a child, bruxism (teeth grinding) or dental trauma or injury. Regardless of the cause, mishappen teeth are a common dental issue. While in many cases the issue is purely cosmetic, in some cases irregularly shaped teeth can put you at higher risk of damage and decay.
Like the treatment for chipped teeth, fixing irregularly shaped teeth usually involves preparing the tooth and placing composite or porcelain veneers. Your dentist may even suggest a same-day dental crown, which is a porcelain capping placed over your existing tooth for protection or cosmetic enhancement.
Spaces Or Gaps Between Teeth
Spaces or gaps between teeth are more than a cosmetic concern; they can also impact the overall functionality of your teeth. Many adults avoid getting the orthodontic treatment they need because they don’t like the thought of braces and struggling with a mouth full of metal wires and brackets.
Thankfully the world of orthodontics has been transformed by Invisalign clear aligners. This treatment involves a series of virtually invisible aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position, helping to close unsightly gaps and correcting misalignments. One of the most sought-after orthodontic treatments, Invisalign is effective at permanently straightening teeth and perfecting smiles.