A brighter smile is the number one request made of cosmetic dentists in the UK. There are numerous factors that contribute to tooth discolouration, and the first thing a dentist will do when you visit them for a tooth lightening consultation is to work out what the reason behind yours is.
It’s an alarming statistic that the single biggest cause of tooth discolouration is visible plaque. This isn’t just bad news for how your smile looks – plaque is dangerous, causing both gum disease and tooth decay, which can cause tooth loss and have serious implications for your general as well as your oral health.
Plaque can be easily remedied by a visit to the hygienist. Whilst most people know that the hygienist will professionally clean your teeth with either a scale and polish or air polishing, they will also provide you with fully personalised advice on how to improve your home cleaning routine, so that you can be plaque free for life.
For common stains such as those caused by tea and coffee, tooth whitening treatment is a popular option. Burwell Dental Surgery in Newmarket offers professional whitening treatment to combat such stains. As with all cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening treatment should only be carried out by a fully qualified dental professional, to ensure safety as well as excellent results.
Most people are suitable for tooth whitening treatment but if for any reason you are not – for example, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or the discolouration of your teeth is permanent – cosmetic dentistry also offers a range of other options to brighten your smile.
Porcelain veneers are commonly used to improve permanently discoloured teeth, as well as to correct a wide range of other aesthetic issues. These thin shells of porcelain are bonded over the front surfaces of the teeth to create a beautiful, bright, yet natural-looking smile makeover.
Composite bonding, which involves the use of white filling material to enhance tooth appearance, is one of the fastest ways to brighten a smile, usually requiring just one visit to your dentist. When metal fillings appear in the smile line, they can also be replaced with this composite material, or with a porcelain inlay or onlay.