3 Ways to Improve Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

While you may freely adjust every other part of your appearance, it's easy to forget about your smile. Beyond taking good daily care of your teeth and attending your biannual dental checkups, it may feel like there's little you can do to improve the quality of your smile. However, there's a lot you can achieve with cosmetic dentistry — and it's no more painful or invasive than any other repair you'd have done at the dentist. Here are the top three procedures you can choose from.

1. Whitening

Many people use whitening toothpaste to improve the brightness of their smiles, but it's also possible to have your teeth whitened by your dentist. This simple procedure involves using a safe amount of an agent such as hydrogen peroxide on your teeth. This oxidises the enamel, making it lighter in colour, and makes your teeth look pearly white. When conducted by a professional, it's a perfectly safe procedure — and very quick.

2. Realignment

If your teeth aren't perfectly even — and whose are, naturally? — then you may be able to benefit from orthodontic treatment. This can be done either with a traditional metal brace or an invisible alternative called Invisalign. The two procedures perform exactly the same function; the only difference is that braces are visible and Invisalign is not. The cost of the treatment reflects this — but if you have always been put off having your teeth aligned by the look of braces, this may be the perfect option for you.

3. Crowns & Bridges

If you have a large gap in your teeth which you'd prefer to go without, then this can easily be fixed with a bridge. This simple procedure simply involves fitting a cap over the two nearby teeth and positioning a realistic false tooth between them. Crowns can also be used to repair damage to your teeth, restoring them to a neat and undamaged shape. If you've ever chipped or lost a tooth, either of these options could be perfect for restoring your smile.

And that's not all. In fact, there is a whole range of different cosmetic procedures that your dentist will likely offer. As such, if any of these procedures interests you, or if there's something else you'd like to fix about the appearance of your smile, you should make an appointment with your dentist. They will be able to advise you on which procedures are right for you and what improvements you can expect. For more information, contact local professionals like Mitcham Dental Clinic.