Ask your dentist about quick ways to brighten up your smile

Cosmetic DentistryWhen it comes to cosmetic dentistry, a bright, white smile is top of most people’s wish list. A dentist has many ways available to them to brighten and lighten your smile. Many of these procedures take a lot less time than you might imagine.

The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments, carried out by a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist. This includes a number of ways to boost the appearance of your smile in just a few short visits.

The first thing a dentist will do is to establish what has caused the discolouration of your teeth. It may surprise you to learn that the most common cause of adult tooth staining in the UK is visible dental plaque. This is bad news not just for the appearance of your smile, but also for your oral and general health, because it causes gum disease and tooth decay. Fortunately, it can be easily rectified with a visit to the hygienist.

Another common complaint among patients is visible metal fillings. These are very strong and durable, but can become discoloured and will add an unwanted metal glint to your smile if they are near the front of your mouth.

Metal fillings can be safely removed and replaced with tooth-coloured (white) fillings, which can usually be done in a single appointment, or with porcelain inlays or onlays, which usually requires two visits to the dentist. Similarly, a metal crown can be replaced with a tooth-coloured alternative.

Teeth whitening is the most commonly requested procedure from a cosmetic dentist. It is an effective solution to everyday stains such as those caused by tea or coffee, nicotine, or as a side-effect of some medications. As long as a dentist performs the treatment, it is both safe and rapid.

Permanent tooth discolouration – for example that caused by dental trauma – can be improved with the use of porcelain veneers. One of these thin, hand-crafted porcelain shells can be used to bring a single discoloured tooth into line with your other teeth, whilst a full set can create a smile makeover.