Everyone wants a sparkling million-dollar smile because they feel it will get them that job promotion or that spouse or that elusive business deal. The normal color of teeth varies across races and is affected by various factors, such as skin complexion, eye color, age etc. Generally speaking, it’s safe to say that not everyone is designed to have white teeth. But just in case you feel the need to, here is how your dentist will give you a whiter grill.
These are thin laminates that are bonded onto the outer surface of your teeth. Very common in Hollywood, they are usually the least invasive way of having a brand-new smile. No prep veneers for example, mean that the outer part of the tooth is not trimmed to create room for the veneer.
•Full coverage crowns
Sometimes, it is not feasible anymore to try and place veneers; for example, if the teeth are discolored and broken down by bacteria or acid, it may be necessary to use a full coverage crown on the tooth. Some of these are made from the same material as veneers and are able to appear just as beautiful. They are stronger and usually more long lasting than veneers.
Certain times, we opt to bleach teeth that have picked up stains over the years. Bleaching involves placing a strong chemical on the tooth surface, which breaks down the stains through a process called oxidation, thereby leaving the tooth brighter than it was before. Bleaching might take 2,3 or even 5 appointments to achieve a satisfactory result that the client is happy with. Bleaching can also be done at home.
The most important thing to remember is that the cleanliness of your teeth and gums is more important than how white they are.
Dr Trevor T. Kwagala is a dental surgeon and the General Secretary of The Uganda Dental Association.
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