Older Southampton residents may recall that visiting a Southampton dentist in their youth often meant that they left with an ugly silver metallic filling or, if the tooth couldn’t be filled then most likely it would be extracted. Although this treatment was effective, the results were less than appealing.
Thankfully today’s modern dentistry offers for more than just fillings and extractions, although of course there will sometimes be a need for these treatments. Once all essential dental work has been carried out, however, there are a number of dental options that help keep a patient’s teeth healthy and looking good too.
English teeth have always been a bit of a joke, with our American cousins regarding us as a nation of people with crooked, dingy looking teeth. Fortunately times have changed and Brits are embracing straight white smiles, as they know the benefits that a great looking healthy smile can bring.
Even adults, who didn’t want to wear ugly metal braces when they were kids, are now actively seeking orthodontic treatment thanks to the variety of discreet and virtually invisible brace systems that are now available. No longer do they have to rely on metal tram line braces but can choose from innovative systems such as Invisalign which uses a series of clear plastic trays to ease the teeth into their correct position. Designed to be removed for eating and cleaning the teeth, they make it easier to maintain oral hygiene. Other discreet styles such as Lingual braces have the wires fixed to the back of the teeth, so that no-one can see them.
Not only are braces more discreet, as in the case of Invisalign and Lingual braces, but they also move teeth faster too, with some like Six Month Smiles achieving great results in less than six months. With a multitude of dental brace systems available, there’s something to suit all needs and budgets.
Having gone to the trouble of getting your teeth straightened then it makes sense that you’d want to keep them looking white and attractive too. Discolouration occurs with age but is also caused by our love for drinking tea, coffee, and red wine. As a cosmetic dentist in Southampton we regularly carry out whitening treatments to enhance a patients smile. We use both the Zoom and Enlighten teeth whitening treatments which can be carried out in the clinic and takes around an hour, or you can ask for a home kit, which means you can whiten your teeth over the course of a few weeks, safely and effectively at home. If your teeth are particularly badly stained or slightly chipped, then it may be preferential to be fitted with porcelain veneers which is a permanent treatment that conceals unsightly teeth behind a thin porcelain shell which fixes to the front of teeth, a bit like a false nails fit over fingernails.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile then come and speak with Smilemakers and we can discuss your dental options. Call us today on 02380 442626 to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas Darling or contact us using the form on our website at www.smilemakers.co.uk.