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4 simple ways to upgrade your smile this summer

With a plethora of new and exciting treatments on the market designed to help you get the results of your dreams, that perfect set of teeth could be yours within anywhere from a few hours to a few months.

By LLM Reporters  |  June 6, 2022
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There’s nothing like a perfect set of pearly whites to boost your confidence, and a brilliant smile has the power to light up any room. But if you weren’t blessed with naturally straight, white and even teeth, it might be a source of self consciousness that has been plaguing you for some years already.

If you’re at an age when traditional braces don’t feel like an option any more, or your dental issues go beyond the simple, then it can be hard to know what route to take when it comes to making over your smile. But, with a plethora of new and exciting treatments on the market designed to help you get the results of your dreams, that perfect set of teeth could be yours within anywhere from a few hours to a few months.

So, if you’re looking to splash out on a gift to yourself that’s guaranteed to have you feeling like a million dollars, then these easy tooth upgrades are just the ticket.

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There’s nothing like a perfect set of pearly whites to boost your confidence, and a brilliant smile has the power to light up any room

Clear aligners

Always wanted straighter teeth but don’t want to wear traditional braces? Then it might be time to consider clear aligners. A quicker and easier means of upgrading your smile, you can expect results in as little as six months. Impress Orthodontics will book you in for a free oral health kick to assess your current situation or send you an impressions kit to take moulds of your teeth and gums at home, then create a personalised treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.

Aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day, which means only removing them to eat, drink and clean your teeth – but when you consider how much easier the entire process is than repeated trips to the dentist for adjustments over a two-year period, as was once the only option, it’s worth the effort.

With Impress, follow ups with your dentist are done digitally, via a handy mobile app, with guidance provided throughout the treatment process to ensure you get the results you desire – and there are a range of monthly payment plans available.

Composite bonding

Tired of unsightly gaps, cracks and fractures in and between your teeth? Composite bonding is fast becoming a popular solution, and can improve the overall look of your teeth in as little as an hour, allowing you to leave your appointment already enjoying the results.

The treatment is based around the addition of a composite resin to teeth to restore their original appearance, fix any minor issues and at times, improve shape and length. So, if some of your teeth are longer than others, then it’s a great choice for evening out your smile. The colour of the resin is matched to your teeth to ensure it looks as natural as possible, and the resin is hardened during your appointment so that you can comfortably eat and drink by the time you leave – no down-time required.

Veneers
Veneers are essentially thin shells that are crafted from tooth-coloured materials and are fitted over the front of your current teeth, which must have a small amount of enamel removed from them beforehand to make room

Veneers

Sometimes, when teeth are particularly overcrowded, misshapen, damaged or decayed, it can be easier to start again from scratch. Dental veneers have proven popular amongst the rich and famous over recent years, and provide a complete smile makeover for those who need one, allowing you to choose the look, shape and even shade of your teeth before having them custom made to fit.

Veneers are essentially thin shells that are crafted from tooth-coloured materials and are fitted over the front of your current teeth, which must have a small amount of enamel removed from them beforehand to make room. This procedure isn’t for everyone, and is rather more extreme than many of the other available solutions, but it’s a great option for those who require more substantial correction than whitening, straightening or bonding can offer.

Whitening

If you’re happy with the alignment of your teeth and don’t have any other dental issues to deal with, then one of the simplest ways to boost your smile is with a whitening treatment. These are best done by a qualified dentist, but these days, there are plenty of at-home treatments you can try, too. These tend to be less potent and require regular use to see the desired results, but are the perfect option for those with busy lifestyles.

Tooth strips and at-home whitening trays all require just a few minutes of your time, once a week – but be sure to read the instructions first to know what to expect and consult with your dentist before you begin for their advice.