Whether you are experiencing dental health problems, or you simply want to improve the appearance of your teeth, we have got you covered. In this post, we will be covering some of the main topics around dental health, as well as options to correct things such as staining as poor alignment. If you’d like to find out more, then keep reading.
Ways to Improve Your Smile
Professional Or At-Home Whitening?
You’re probably aware that you are able to have dental whitening both provided by your dentist, as well as through at-home kits and products. But if you’re on the fence deciding which option to go with, then you need to balance out the benefits against each other.
For example, if you want the whitening results to be long-lasting, then your best option is to go through professional whitening from your dentist. However, if you’re looking to save money, then at-home kits can still give you great results but will require far more regular treatments.
The types of products that can improve the whiteness of your teeth range from toothpaste to memberships such as UV and gel kits. Make sure to read reviews before purchasing whitening kits to make sure you’re purchasing a reputable product.
Braces Or Aligners?
Braces and aligners both give similar results but have a number of differences. Braces need to be fitted by our dentist and can only be removed by them. They are usually made from metal or ceramic material and are fitted across your teeth to hold them in place and gradually change the alignment of your teeth.
Aligners do the same thing as a brace, however, they are a clear casing that is designed to be fitted over your teeth. Many people may prefer aligners due to the fact they can be removed by the wearer whenever needed and they are more subtle in appearance than braces. Aligners only tend to be appropriate for those with minor misalignment though, so if your teeth are severely overcrowded and misaligned then braces will need to be used. You can also choose day or night time aligners, depending on your preference.
Some people choose to wear their aligners during the night as they need to be removed for things such as eating. Aligners can also slightly affect your ability to speak clearly so might be impractical for your professional life. On the other hand, some people find the very slight discomfort involved with aligners off-putting during the night. So, it’s really down to your own personal preferences and needs.
How Can A Chipped Tooth Be Repaired?
If you have chipped your tooth, the best option for you to fix it is to have something called bonding. This involves a dentist placing a resin coating over the surface of your natural tooth to replace the missing area that has been chipped off. Bonding is a better option for this scenario than other options such as veneers and crowns as that would involve having to cover more than one tooth.
If you’re concerned that the bonding will stick out from the rest of your teeth, there is no need to worry. Your dentist will closely match the color of the resin used to make the bonding to the natural shade of your teeth and will check it’s an exact match before fitting the bonding.
What Are Dental Implants?
If you have missing teeth or the roots of your teeth have become damaged, then dental implants of your best option to fix it. A screw-like structure made usually from highly durable titanium is placed into the jaw as a replacement for where the natural root of the tooth would be. This helps to make sure that the implant is secure and long-lasting.
The replacement implant will be closely matched to your other teeth if there are any, to make sure they blend in naturally. Your dentist should work closely with you to help you achieve the kind of look you would like from your replacement implants so you can smile confidently again.
When Is A Root Canal Needed?
A root canal usually occurs due to damage to teeth from an infection in your gums. The dentist will take an X-ray of your teeth, which will be able to show them whether there is damage present that needs correcting.
Root canals can help solve problems such as pain and sensitivity to hot and cold, making it easier to eat and drink again. Usually, a local anesthetic is used to numb any pain. However, if you’re very nervous, then you could discuss with your dentist having general anesthesia for the treatment process. Despite some initial swelling and discomfort immediately after the treatment, the process will get rid of the pain from having a tooth infection, and greatly improve your quality of life.