We’ve never been so conscious of our smiles as we are today thanks to the rise in popularity of Instagram selfies and frequent use of video conferencing platforms. If you’re in the 53% of people who brush twice a day, your teeth may not be a cause for concern. But, if you feel embarrassed about the state of your teeth, you’re not alone. More than 50% of Australians feel self-conscious about their teeth and almost two thirds, given the chance, would do something to change them.
Aesthetic dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry, includes dental treatments which change the colour, position, size, shape or alignment of your teeth. Overall, aesthetic dentistry can improve the look of your teeth, gums, bite or smile. However, vanity aside, these dental treatments can also have functional and psychological benefits which prove their worth.
Brighten your smile
As the name suggests, teeth whitening lightens stained or discoloured teeth. A current social trend has fuelled the desire for straight and shockingly bright white teeth. But, while use-at-home toothpastes and DIY kits are available at most supermarkets and chemists, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has warned against using these readily available products. In recent research, the ADA found that not only are some manufacturers suggest their products are safer alternatives to dentist’s methods, but their products often contain nasty chemicals that can dissolve your teeth enamel.
When it comes to brightening your smile, your dentist is best qualified to determine if you need teeth whitening. If you suffer from discolouration, they can diagnose the cause and recommend an effective treatment to achieve a natural-looking shade of white. If in-chair whitening is recommended, your dentist will first create moulds of your top and bottom teeth. These moulds are then used to make custom trays which fit over your teeth, much like a mouthguard. Bleaching gel is then applied to the trays which are placed in your mouth and left to activate for up to 30 minutes.
Often, you dentist will give you instructions on how to repeat the treatment at home. As a result, you’ll likely notice a difference in as little as 4 weeks. This modern method is the safest way to whiten your teeth with fast results closely monitored by your dentist.
Redesign your bite
Nothing looks as close to your natural, healthy white teeth than veneers. Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain or resin layers which are attached to the front of your teeth. After they’re fitted properly, veneers cover any dental imperfection such as gaps between teeth, chipped, crowded-in, crooked or oddly-shaped teeth. Porcelain veneers are also resistant to stains and react well to tooth whitening methods.
While veneers can be an expensive treatment depending on how many you need, results are permanent. And with proper care, porcelain veneers can last a lifetime which make them a good long term investment.
Align your teeth
Treatment for crooked teeth has come a long way since the days of metal braces. Modern technology has influenced the straightening procedure which means today, braces are less obtrusive and designed for practicality. Options now include ceramic (clear) braces, lingual (inside) braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign®. If you have crooked teeth, these options give you the ability to continue with your daily life, free of embarrassment or discomfort.
The benefits of straight teeth are two-fold. Not only can straightening treatments boost confidence in your appearance, but they can also allow you to speak clearly, brush and floss more easily, and assist with chewing.
Talk to Gosford Family Dentist
Aesthetic dentistry can not only change your appearance but motivate you to maintain a consistent health care routine. If you’re interested in a treatment to makeover your smile, contact our friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist. After an initial consultation, our dentists will recommend the best treatment for a natural-looking result worth the investment. Enquire here.