If you’re thinking of receiving treatments to help improve the appearance of your teeth but you want to know more about the treatment options out there, then take a look at our post below. We’re going to guide you through different treatments that help to correct any potential flaws your wish to change about your teeth, as well as help you to learn more about what the procedures involve. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.
Crowns And Veneers
If you want to improve the look of your teeth as a whole, then the most effective method can be to have crowns or veneers fitted. You may be wondering what the difference is between the two, and while they both achieve similar results, they involve different methods. Veneers involve a porcelain or resin cover being created for the front face of your teeth to improve and adapt their appearance. Crowns, however, use the same materials but cover the tooth as a whole, rather than just the front face. This means that crowns are generally more expensive to have fitted than veneers. It will depend on your unique circumstances as to whether you are better off choosing crowns or veneers. But generally, crowns are a better choice for those that have damage to their teeth and need the support and coverage that crowns can offer. If your teeth are generally in good health and there is no damage present, then you could be fine opting for veneers. Veneers are therefore used more purely for aesthetic purposes, whereas crowns can help both aesthetically and help with tooth health and support.
If you’re happy with the shape and health of your teeth, but want to achieve a brighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile, then whitening can help you achieve what you’re looking for. The best option available for tooth whitening that will help you to achieve the best results is by getting your teeth whitened by a dental professional. The results from professional whitening should last at least 6 months, but with the right care and upkeep can be closer to 2 years. You should also be able to spend time discussing with your dentist the exact kind of results you’re hoping to achieve. For example, some people may want only a subtle whitening effect, whereas others may prefer a brighter, whiter look. Either way, your whitening will be adapted to help achieve what you have in mind. At-home whitening kits are another option if you’re looking to save some pennies, but you should bear in mind that you are unlikely to see the same results or longevity as with professional whitening.
If you’re hoping to achieve a straighter smile and improve the positioning of your teeth, then consider having braces fitted. Braces don’t have to be like the image many people will have in their mind’s eye of big metallic braces. In fact, you can now get removable braces, from Straight My Teeth, that you can take out yourself as and when you choose. You can also get braces that are transparent, so you don’t have to worry about them being noticeable throughout your treatment. As well as improving the appearance of your teeth, braces can also help with dental issues such as overcrowding, protruding teeth, overbite and underbite, and closing gaps between teeth.
Aligners work in a very similar way to braces; however, they are not quite as effective for changing the positioning of teeth as braces are. Aligners should be considered by those that only require minor alignment of their teeth, rather than more significant corrections. Aligners are clear so will not be obvious to others that you are wearing them. They are also removable and can be taken out when you are sleeping or eating. The amount of time you will need to wear your aligners will be decided by your dental professional and could be prolonged to help you achieve the best results. Aligners are very often combined with whitening treatments to help people achieve a more aesthetically appealing smile, without the need for veneers or crowns.
Inlays And Onlays
An inlay or onlay is created and fitted by a dental professional to help support repair and filling following damage to a tooth from issues such as decay. An inlay is often needed when the damage to the tooth is severe enough that it can’t support a filling being added to it. If the damage to the tooth is more significant, there might be a need for an onlay, which essentially replaces the structure of the missing tooth rather than just sitting on top like an inlay. Generally, onlays are designed to fit well with the rest of the natural surrounding teeth using porcelain or composite resin. However, it is sometimes also possible to opt for a gold or silver onlay too.