Teeth whitening in London is hugely popular, and with good reason as the results can be very effective, but this procedure is often used as part of a larger smile makeover. While tooth whitening is ideal for people who have perfectly aligned teeth, and who are happy with the shape and size, this certainly doesn’t apply to all of us. More often than not it can be necessary to combine teeth whitening with another dental treatment such as veneers.
Veneers are ultrathin slips of porcelain designed to fit perfectly over the front surface of your teeth. They are ideal for teeth that are discoloured or stained in a way that cannot be rectified through normal whitening treatments, and can help disguise minor imperfections such as chips or cracks in teeth, or teeth that are heavily worn. They can also help minimise or even close up gaps in between teeth, and can be used to give a more pleasing shape to the tooth.
Crowns are used to restore teeth that are extensively decayed or damaged, and which have lost a substantial part of their structure. Unlike a veneer, a crown covers the entire tooth, protecting the remaining tooth from further damage or decay. The crown can be made from a number of different materials, but all-ceramic crowns that don’t contain any metal will give the best aesthetic results and are well worth the extra cost.
Dental implants use the latest technology to replace missing teeth in the most permanent way possible. A titanium post is inserted into the jawbone, enabling a crown to be placed over the top, replacing the missing tooth.
Teeth whitening should be Done First
If you are considering having a smile makeover, then you should have your teeth whitened by Dr Wyman Chan before any other type of treatment. This is because it’s far easier and much more successful to accurately match veneers and crowns to teeth that have been bleached, rather than trying to bleach teeth to match these restorations. You’ll also benefit from having a full examination prior to the whitening treatment, and once your teeth have been bleached you may even decide that a more extensive smile makeover is not really necessary. While it’s nice to have perfectly aligned teeth that are beautifully shaped, it’s also quite nice to keep the character in a smile, and to maybe keep an aspect that makes it uniquely yours.
More people are interested in achieving a whiter smile through tooth whitening in London, so it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that this is a dental treatment, albeit a purely cosmetic one. The General Dental Council is responsible for regulating dental professionals in the UK, and regards teeth whitening in London as being a form of dentistry that is best carried out by a dentist such as Dr Chan, or another dental professional such as a hygienist who is using products prescribed by a dentist. Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but they can only do that if they looked after properly.