Smile this Christmas with Drs. Nicolas & AspMarch 9, 2020 7:49 am
If you feel self-conscious about your smile – there’s no need. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of ways to change the appearance of your teeth quickly and easily. Whether you want to change the colour, shape, size, or positioning– or all of them – there is a procedure to match. Don’t let worry spoil your fun this Christmas – find out about the key procedures on offer, and you can laugh and smile over the whole festive season.
Daily brushing, flossing, and mouth-rinsing aren’t always enough to keep teeth in tip-top shape. A scale and polish remove surface stains, and tartar and plaque – the sticky substances that attract bacteria and can cause tooth decay. First, the scaling process uses ultrasonic vibrations to remove deposits. Then, polishing removes the stains and makes teeth smooth and glossy. After a scale and polish, your teeth will be cleaner, and they will look and feel much better. They may even look a little whiter too.
Teeth whitening nowadays is a very simple, fuss-free procedure, usually taking less than an hour. It removes the stains and discoloration caused by food, drink, or smoking. Drs. Nicolas & Asp offers Zoom whitening from Philips, which can whiten upto 8 shades lighter. In your appointment the dentist or hygienist will use a shield to protect your gums, then apply the bleach. It’s normally all done in 45 minutes. If you prefer, the Zoom kit can also be applied at home – it takes a bit longer, but it is the same product and just as effective. The whitening effect last from six months to a year, depending on how well you look after it.
- Enamel shaping
Here, existing tooth enamel is filed or shaped, only as needed. It’s quick and pain-free, and usually takes only a few minutes in the dentist’s chair. It can fix issues like small chips, a slight overlapping, or a rough edge. It’s particularly good if you have slightly ragged edges to your front teeth. You will see the difference immediately.
- Veneers and bonding
Both these procedures involve fitting material to the front of the teeth. Veneers can hide a multitude of sins including gaps, chipped or misshapen teeth, and bad discoloration. They are durable and natural-looking and completed across three visits. They’re also surprisingly affordable. Bonding is similar, but instead of a shell uses a tooth-colored resin, which is bonded to the front of the tooth and hardened using ultraviolet light. It can be completed in just one visit.
The Hollywood Smile means a complete makeover for your mouth! Drs. Nicolas & Asp use a product called Digital Smile Design, which looks at your smile and designs a holistic solution. This might involve whitening, veneers, crowns, or enamel shaping– whatever is needed to get your smile looking the way you want it. This complete treatment can also help correct more serious problems like an incorrect bite – leaving you with a smile that not only looks brilliant but feels comfortable too.
A dental crown is an increasingly popular way to solve tooth problems. Here, a specially-tailored cap is used to cover the tooth underneath. It’s made just for you – no one else. This process is used to cover larger chips, very noticeable fillings, or significantly damaged teeth. One of the best benefits of a crown is that it can make the underlying tooth stronger. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is generally used for back teeth, whereas porcelain-only is best for a seamless colour match, and is used for front teeth.
- Dental health
It’s really important to know that your dental health comes first. Before any cosmetic treatment is carried out, the dentist might need to check for any underlying problems. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t a substitute for seeing a dentist every six months – and regular dental appointments are the best way to make sure you have a naturally dazzling smile.
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