Having white, bright teeth can help a person to look and feel younger and more attractive. There is a range of options for achieving this with the help of a dentist St John’s Wood. The most appropriate choice depends on the degree of staining and yellowing and the oral health in general. Treatments that can transform the smile from so-so to clean and bright include a professional clean, teeth whitening and veneers.
Many people mistakenly think that going to see the dentist is simply a matter of checking for cavities and other dental issues. However, if a visit to the hygienist is included as part of the check-up, the smile can be visibly improved.
A thorough professional clean, or scale and polish as it is known, can be instrumental in improving the appearance of the teeth. If done regularly, the teeth can be kept stain free and retain their natural whiteness. This treatment has the added benefit of helping to maintain good oral health and minimise the need for other dental intervention.
If regular brushing at home and seeing the hygienist does not eliminate all stains and the teeth still look a little yellow, then teeth whitening may be an appropriate treatment. Anyone considering teeth whitening should consult with the dentist to check that they are a suitable candidate. Most patients can get this treatment, but there are some exceptions.
When the decision has been made to go ahead with professional whitening, the dentist will create a record of the shape, position and size of the teeth. This is done by taking impressions, which is achieved by biting into a mould or by undergoing a digital scan. Once this record has been created, it is then sent off to the laboratory for the creation of tailor-made trays.
The patient then returns to the dental surgery to collect their trays alongside a whitening solution. The solution is applied to the trays which are then worn during sleep for a couple of weeks. Some dentists offer additional treatments such as a pre-whitening serum and an in-surgery treatment at the end of the two weeks, both of which can help to deliver even whiter and brighter teeth.
Some patients have a significant degree of staining and yellowing that does not respond as well to other treatments as they would like. In addition, they may have other issues such as misshapen or misaligned teeth that they wish to be corrected. In these cases, treatment with veneers may be the best option.
Veneers are a very comprehensive makeover for the teeth. They are ultra-thin pieces of porcelain that are applied to the teeth to make them look more uniform and whiter and stain-free in the process. Treatment with veneers can usually be completed in just two or three appointments, which makes it ideal for those who want to improve the smile, but who do not have a lot of time to spare. The results are immediate, which also makes veneers very appealing.