Have you ever thought about adding some polish to your smile?
In today’s society, we’re truly fortunate that the practice of dentistry has come as far as it has. So many more options are now available to us. We have wole new worlds of oral care and granting our one and only natural set of teeth greater longevity. Teeth whitening, various types of dental implants and possible necessity of porcelain veneers are very common procedures in the everyday dental chair and it’s a good bet that you’ll need at least one in your lifetime.
One common practice in today’s world is the process of teeth whitening. Our teeth absorb the pigmentation of pretty much everything we eat, tinging them to a variety of colours.
For this reason, people are eager to seek out methods to restore the pearly tone of their teeth. Performed properly, it’s an incredibly safe process. The pores of our teeth open up to expel the colour, but the teeth will actually rehydrate and restore minerals on their own naturally.
If whitening your teeth is your goal, there are a whole slew of products at your disposal to choose from. What’s important is the device you choose in particular. Your best bet is probably a custom-fitted whitening tray designed to fit your teeth alone. It’s a little pricey, but it’s ultimately the safest and most efficient method. It’s also far more permanent than laser or UV-treated whitening, which can also worsen tooth sensitivity and must be repeated multiple times, becoming more of a chore than anything else. One other problem is that veneers cannot be whitened, so they’ll inevitably stick out after a whitening process.
Veneers are another interesting, but normal process when dealing with common dentistry. Also known as porcelain laminates, these thin, tiny pieces of wafer-like material are affixed to your teeth to improve their shape or repair them after damage. They’re composed of either porcelain or resin composite materials, although the porcelain is preferred among most practitioners due to their high resistance to staining.
They’re custom made to fit your teeth as needed and are designed to perfectly match the current colour tone of your teeth at the time, which is a double-edged sword. It matches the colour perfectly, but if your teeth become stained, the veneer cannot be whitened with the teeth, as mentioned above, so the addition will become very noticeable.
However, they’re still a very useful procedure, and hold a variety of uses for repairs. Worn down or chipped teeth, root canal discolouration, misaligned or weirdly shaped teeth, or even large gaps between the teeth. They take a while to put on, though.
Finally, dental implants, another common practice, though not quite as common as the first two. This is a surgical procedure designed to help correct tooth loss from any number of causes such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, or even facial injury. These implants create a strong, false root for a new, artificial tooth or tooth implant, such as a crown. It’s designed to be permanent and to match your own existing teeth.
They’re a far more comfortable, natural-feeling option than removable dentures, which can affect speech as well, they’re durable and more stable, custom made to fit snugly in with other teeth, and don’t require the modification of existing teeth in order to be inserted. And since they can’t be removed like dentures can, they’re far more convenient for everyday life. Even better, once implanted, they can be cared for and used just like normal teeth. But again, just like with veneers, implants generally can’t be whitened. And in this case, it’s even more noticeable since your whole tooth is going to stick out next to the brighter teeth next to it, so proper oral hygiene and limitation of heavily discoloring foods is strongly recommended.
Regarding all three procedures, tooth whitening is undoubtedly the most common and most sought after. But like with any procedure, it’s important to pay attention to your circumstances regarding your teeth and if veneers or implants are at all factors to consider, then tooth whitening might not be the most viable of options for you. However, it’s very easy to seek out more information on all three simply by talking with your dentist. They will ultimately have the best recommendations for your particular care, as well as the treatments with the best possible results for you. You only get one natural set of teeth throughout your life.