Smile makeovers: creating the ideal smile for every face

Contrary to what some people believe, cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to involve lengthy or invasive procedures. At South Benfleet Dental Care we are of the belief that everyone deserves a smile to be proud of. If you are unhappy with any aspect of yours, a smile makeover consultation could be the perfect answer.

smile-makeoverNearly half of the UK population (48%) dislike the way that their current smile looks. The biggest complaint is about the colour of the teeth (64%). If this is the reason behind your unhappiness, cosmetic dentistry offers a number of solutions.

When you come into South Benfleet Dental Care for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, your dentist will spend some time getting to know a bit about you, what you dislike about your current smile, and what your ideal smile would look like.

After performing a thorough clinical examination, they will talk you through all the relevant treatment options to achieve your smile goals. It may involve a single procedure or a combination of two or more; whatever your concerns and needs, your cosmetic dentist will create you a fully personalised treatment plan, detailing the order and length of any procedures you may need, so that there are no unexpected surprises further down the line.

To brighten up your teeth, the dentist needs to establish what the root cause behind any staining or discolouration is. Teeth become stained easily through a range of modern lifestyle factors – diet, smoking, even using some medicated mouthwashes or as a side-effect of some medications.

For this type of staining, teeth whitening is an excellent option. As long as it is carried out by a professional dentist, whitening is gentle, fast-acting, predictable, and safe.

Permanent tooth discolouration requires a different approach. Porcelain veneers are a staple of the smile makeover process. They can mask a permanently stained tooth, as well as improving the appearance of teeth suffering from a range of other issues, from small chips to minor issues with spacing/alignment.

In the case of visible metal fillings, a dentist can safely remove these and replace them with composite tooth-coloured fillings or, when extra strength is needed, with a porcelain inlay or onlay.