Smile restoration refers to any treatment or procedure that aims to improve the appearance of a person’s dentition. This can range from simple teeth whitening to more complex procedures such as dental implants Leicester or veneers. For many people, the thought of undergoing smile restoration can be intimidating, but with the right treatment plan and our practice, Smile Care Dental Clinic, the process can be relatively straightforward and rewarding.
While orthodontists are commonly associated with smile restoration, they are not the only dental professionals who can help with the appearance of your smile.
Dental bonding and contouring
One option for smile restoration with us is dental bonding and contouring. This involves the use of a composite resin material, which is applied to the enamel surface and shaped to improve its appearance. Dental bonding can be used to fix chips, gaps, and discolouration in the teeth, and can also be used to lengthen or reshape teeth that are too short or uneven.
The process of bonding is relatively quick and can often be completed in a single visit to our dentist. The composite resin used in bonding is matched to the colour of your natural teeth, so the results can be very natural looking. Bonding is not as durable as other options, such as veneers, and may need to be redone after a few years. However, it is a relatively affordable and non-invasive option for those looking to make small improvements to their smile.
Veneers provide another option for smile restoration. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are fabricated to fit over the more visible surfaces of the teeth. They are made of porcelain or composite material and can be used to improve the shape, size, and colour of the teeth.
Veneers are a more permanent solution than bonding, as they are adhered to the surface of the teeth and can last for up to 15 years with proper care. They are also more resistant to staining and wear than bonding. However, they are a more invasive option as they require the removal of a small amount of enamel from the front of the teeth by our dentist in order to fit the veneers.
For those who are missing one or more adjacent teeth, dental implants Leicester may be a suitable option for smile restoration. Oral implants are artificial teeth that are anchored to the jawbone using a titanium post. They are a long lasting and natural-looking solution for missing teeth and can be used to support a single crown, a bridge, or even a full set of dentures.
The process of getting dental implants Leicester involves a surgical procedure to place the titanium post in the jawbone. Once the post has healed, a crown or other restoration is attached to the top of the post by our dentist. Oral implants are a more involved and costly option than bonding or veneers, but they offer a permanent, natural-looking restoration and are often the most cost-effective solution for missing teeth.
For those looking to improve the colour of their teeth, teeth whitening may be a suitable option. Teeth whitening involves the use of a bleaching agent to remove stains and discolouration from the surface of the teeth.
There are a variety of teeth whitening options available from us including at-home kits and professional treatments at our dental surgery. At-home kits typically involve the use of a whitening gel that is applied to the teeth using a tray or strips.