Latest cosmetic dentistry techniques
Having stained or skew teeth can be an uncomfortable social disability. You cover your mouth or force yourself to keep your mouth closed when you laugh or smile instead of just smiling naturally. You feel self-conscious, and you’re acutely aware of the fact that your teeth spoil your looks.
Because your problem is not strictly speaking a medical issue, you may feel bad about ‘troubling’ your dentist with your cosmetic issues, but nobody, least of all your SE Calgary cosmetic dentist, would blame you for raising your problem in the hope of finding a solution. Of course, there are the good, old-fashioned solutions including caps, crowns, veneers and braces, but new advances have added to your dentist’s arsenal of solutions for cosmetic dental problems.
Apart from using coconut oil, a slow means of whitening your teeth that doesn’t work for everyone, the ‘home remedies’ for tooth whitening that you’ll find on so many ‘natural health’ websites are very bad for your teeth and can damage the enamel. Do not attempt them, no matter how innocuous they may sound, it simply isn’t worth harming your teeth for the sake of a few weeks of whiter teeth!
Instead, invest in your smile by choosing one of the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. For stains, pure laser or kick-start laser treatment will be sufficient, but if your teeth are naturally discoloured or uneven, you may have to opt for the latest in porcelain veneers.
Pure laser treatment
Never try to whiten your teeth using peroxide, it damages the sensitive tissues inside your mouth. But with the help of your local dentist in Calgary SE and laser technology, your teeth can be whitened safely using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The dentist will apply a paste to your teeth and then use a laser to activate the peroxide in the paste so that it removes the stains. When the paste is washed away, you have a new, bright smile. The whole process takes around ninety minutes, and you won’t need a repeat treatment for the next three to six months or more.
Kick start laser
This process is very similar to the pure laser treatment. However, in this process, you will wear a special mouth guard to keep the whitener in contact with your teeth. This appliance has to be made specially to fit your mouth, so you will have to visit the surgery twice: once to get an impression made for your customized mouth guard and a second visit for the whitening process itself. Despite this, kick start laser is somewhat cheaper than pure laser treatment and the end result is the same. Enjoy your dazzlingly white teeth for three to six months before new stains appear and the treatment is repeated.
New veneers last longer
Although traditional veneers used to need fairly regular replacement, the latest veneers will last you between 15 and 20 years if you look after them. Veneers are pasted onto the surface of the teeth in order to conceal blemishes and don’t require a lot of drilling before they can be applied. Getting veneers will involve two visits to your dentist’s surgery – a sacrifice worth making for a sparkling end result.
Wearing old-fashioned braces is uncomfortable, and you have to put up with feeling as self-conscious about the wires as you do about showing your skew teeth, but now you can have your teeth straightened without resorting to this uncomfortable option.
This new development works just like braces – slowly pushing your teeth into alignment, but instead of wearing wires, you get a practically invisible aligner made from comfortable, medical-grade plastic that fits over your teeth and that can be removed when necessary. You are provided with a set of different aligners that will cover the duration of your treatment, and every two weeks, you simply change to the next aligner in your set.
Once again, veneers provide an alternative for making your teeth look better. If your gums need to be reshaped, this will be done using an electrosurge unit to alter your gums to match the new veneers. Getting veneers will take two to three visits to your dentist depending on whether gum re-shaping needs to be done.
A perfect smile
Improve your personal confidence as well as your appearance by exploring the latest cosmetic dentistry options available to you with your dentist. You’ll be glad you did!