In a world that is increasingly image conscious, we all want to look our best.
Good hair, great clothes, gorgeous skin, what about your smile?
5-10 years ago, the solution would be to place maybe 8-10 porcelain veneers on the upper teeth and maybe the same on the lower teeth. A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is made by a skilled technician that is stuck to the front surface of the tooth. It can make a discoloured tooth or heavily filled tooth look like a natural tooth and no one would know that they aren’t your natural teeth.
Many thousands of smiles have been transformed by porcelain veneers and they certainly have a place in modern dentistry. However, a set of veneers don’t last forever and will need to be replaced about every 10 years. Every time this is done a little bit more of your tooth may be removed, in the end, you may need more extensive treatment.
Many people who want to improve their smile already have lovely teeth, just not in the right place and increasingly we have to ask ourselves if cutting these teeth is the right thing to do. The move is now away from veneers if the teeth have no fillings, are a good shape and good colour, it is much better to move the teeth into the right position and maybe whiten and tidy up the edges.
Oh no, not ugly metal braces????????
No, not anymore, there are many systems that can be used to straighten your teeth that are either discrete or invisible, no one needs to know that you are wearing a brace.
- Ceramic braces
- Braces on the inside of your teeth such as Incognito
- Clear braces such as Invisalign
- Rapid removable braces such as the Inman Aligner
- Short term braces such as 6 Months Smiles
You could have straight teeth before you know it, just think, a beautiful smile with all your own teeth, now that is a truly 21st Century solution.