If you like are less than happy with the appearance of your teeth, you may have started to consider investing in some cosmetic dental treatments. The problem is that it can be a rather daunting prospect trying to decide if cosmetic dental treatments are right for you. In these circumstances, it is always helpful to find out as much information as possible about the benefits and potential risks involved. It is also helpful to know what to expect during the process before making your decisions about what treatments you want.
One of the main challenges that you may encounter is the sheer range of treatments on offer. It is important to remember that cosmetic treatments focus on the appearance of your smile and are designed to improve their overall appearance by restoring, aligning, whitening or even replacing your teeth. When you consult a dentist such as Edinburgh Dental Specialists about a cosmetic treatment such as teeth whitening, white fillings or porcelain veneers, they will be able to advise you on how these treatments will work best for you.
You may be disappointed to learn that it is not always possible to whiten teeth which have become discoloured. Teeth whitening treatments can only work on superficial stains on the surface of your teeth, these are stains from drinking tea, coffee, red wine and cola or perhaps from smoking. Your teeth can become discoloured due to certain medications such as some antibiotics or because the tooth has been injured in some way.
In these circumstances a teeth whitening treatment will have no effect. If this is the case, your dentist may advise you that the best way to improve the appearance of teeth affected in this way would be to have porcelain veneers fitted. These can be used to restore them to a better colour. If you are considering having a number of treatments such as teeth whitening, white fillings and veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth, you should start with the teeth whitening treatment first. The reason for this is that once they have been matched to the colour of your teeth, this colour cannot be changed with a whitening treatment.