5 ways to overhaul your smile!

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A smile makeover can transform not just the way we look, but also the way we feel and even improve our health!

Surveys suggest an enhanced smile increases our chances of progressing further up the career ladder and improve our relationship opportunities, too – that is, if we’re looking for a new partner!

Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us and, with a new, improved version, we inevitably feel more confident and more photogenic – so it’s an easy fix if we are seeking treatments to help us look our best for a major milestone or upcoming and important occasion.

There is a whole suite of dental treatments that can restore damaged or missing teeth, fill unsightly gaps and whiten teeth, straighten a smile or make it appear less gummy, giving us a more youthful appearance. And there is no upper age limit to having a smile makeover either! Thanks largely to our fascination with celebrity lifestyles, social media and TV makeover shows, many more of us are aware of what we can achieve with the help of a cosmetic dental clinic.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of us believe a smile is an important social asset and that people who have had a smile makeover are ‘more attractive, intelligent, happy, successful in their career, friendly, interesting, kind, wealthy, and appealing to the opposite sex’.

As an anti-ageing cosmetic procedure, a smile makeover is a more affordable way to turning back the years so, just what treatments should we be looking for – and how best to achieve the smile we desire?

Your dental clinic can advise on what treatments are best suited to you so be sure to book a consultation with them before settling on your options. Every smile makeover should be specifically tailored to your mouth as well as meeting your aspirations – one size does not fit all!

Here, we list the top five cosmetic treatments designed to enhance a smile.

1. Replacement of old silver fillings

Amalgam fillings can age a smile when they show and dental technology has moved on tremendously in the last decade or so, with white fillings a much more aesthetically pleasing option. Modern filling materials create a more natural restoration so ask your dental clinic about replacing old fillings with white resin or porcelain fillings.

2. Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening brightens a smile and is a great anti-ageing treatment. It is very often an integral part of any smile makeover and, with little effort and at little cost, you can achieve fabulous results. In most cases, maintenance is simple and requires you to wear a custom-made whitening tray once every two to three months. Other methods to maintain white teeth include using whitening toothpastes or whitening strips – and be sure to avoid foods and drink that stain teeth. Quit smoking, too – not just to maintain a bright, white healthy smile, but for the sake of your health as well!

3. Cosmetic teeth straightening

Cfast is a fast and gentle cosmetic treatment designed to straighten teeth in as little as four to six months. With more and more adults looking to improve their smile, the appeal of Cfast is that it not only offers excellent results quickly (compared to other orthodontic braces and aligners), it’s also very affordable. And because the system focuses on the top and bottom front six teeth – the ‘social six’ – in can correct front tooth alignment problems quickly and unobtrusively.

4. Veneers

Dental veneers are designed to disguise cracked, chipped, misaligned or missing teeth in order to create a desired smile. A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth – much like a false fingernail fits over a natural nail. They can reshape a tooth, lighten its colour and improve its position.

5. Implants

Dental implants are a relatively new cosmetic treatment that can make a huge difference to our smiles – and beyond. Dental implants act as foundation or substitutes for missing teeth that are fitted into the jaw to help in teeth restorations. An investment in a new smile in this way is a sound one – and dental implants can make a difference not only to a smile but also to our overall health, our comfort and confidence.

To find out what treatments you need to achieve a perfect smile, click the appointment button!

If you would like an appointment with Dr Elaine Ng to discuss Oral Appliance Therapy, please call 6733 9882 or click here.