A Quick Fix for Your Smile Dampener
These 6 common smile imperfections may be hard on the eye, but they can be easy to fix – you just need to know how.
It seems like Christmas and New Year just passed, but Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day are almost upon us! With the fun and feasts continuing into February, we know you want to look your best. To help you along, we’ve rounded up six common smile dampeners and their quick fixes to turn your frown upside down!
Shut that gap
If you have loosely spaced teeth, you know how awkward those gaps can be. While this type of crooked teeth usually requires straightening via Invisalign or braces, certain cases can be concealed. Small gaps between your front teeth, for example, can be hidden with the strategic placement of porcelain veneers or the use of dental bonding. Both are similar in that they are thin cover-ups for your teeth, although veneers tend to be more stain resistant and last longer. Veneers and dental bonding are quick, simple, and effective, and only require a couple of dentist visits (ranging from one to three) to complete.
Cover it up
Is a chip in your tooth giving you a chip on your shoulder? A chipped tooth affects the symmetry of your smile, and draws attention where you want it least. The good news is that chipped teeth, or even broken ones, actually, can be covered up with porcelain veneers or dental bonding – just like gappy teeth. These treatments work best in areas where there is low bite pressure, like the front teeth.
Maybe your smile dampener is an overly large or misshapen tooth. In that case, you are better off getting your teeth in shape, rather than covering them up. With tooth contouring, your dentist can reshape your teeth by removing tiny amounts of tooth enamel. This is usually done with a sanding drill but if the thought of that sends shivers down your spine, look for a dentist equipped with laser technology! With lasers, the procedure is typically faster and more comfortable, with minimal pain and bleeding, if any at all. You just need to set aside time for a single dentist visit to get this done.
Find your balance
The gummy smile is a common complaint. Whether due to a short upper lip, excessive gum tissue or small teeth, suffers find that they show too much gum when they smile. The ratio of gum to tooth is off, and that throws their smile off balance. If this sounds like you, it’s time to start learning about gum contouring. It’s similar to tooth contouring, except, this time, you’re in it to reshape your gums. Gum contouring is also great for straightening out uneven gum lines, which can affect the aesthetics of your smile. One visit is all it takes!
No more spots
If you have white or brown spots on your teeth despite brushing like a mad man (which you shouldn’t do, by the way), you may have fluorosis. That’s a cosmetic condition caused by overexposure to fluoride in your childhood. You could cover up the affected teeth with porcelain veneers, but if you’re looking to clean out the spots, the only way is through a stain removal polishing process — even dental whitening won’t work. Don’t be discouraged though, fluorosis spots can be quickly and easily buffed away, as long as you have time for two dentist visits.
White is the new black
The other form of enamel discolouration that affects almost everyone is yellowing. Unlike fluorosis, which appears as spots, stains or blotches, you’re dealing with an overall yellowish tint across your teeth. The reasons for this are many (from genetics to lifestyle) — almost as many as the dental whitening options available to you. Of all the options, we recommend chairside whitening, which is performed by a qualified dentist. Chairside whitening is the fastest, safest, and most effective way to brighten up your pearlies. You’re looking at teeth that are up to eight shades whiter in under 90 minutes; what’s not to love?
Talk to your dentist about your smile imperfections so you can get them fixed before they get you down. If you’d like the team at i.Dental to share their smile-making expertise with you, make an appointment now!