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Cosmetic Dentistry: The Most Effective Ways You Can Improve Your Smile

When you look at images of Hollywood celebrities, they all seem to have something in common; bright, shining smiles. Beautiful teeth are very much associated with attractiveness, youth and good health; which can leave you feeling depressed if you know your teeth aren’t really looking their best.

Smoking, poor diet and damage to the tooth enamel can cause teeth to decay, discolour and crack. If this sounds like you, and you’re sick of hiding your teeth behind an awkward, close-lipped smile every time you pose for the camera, it might be time to make some changes!

Top Cosmetic Solutions to Improve Your Smile

  • Teeth Whitening. If your teeth are stained, you might be the ideal candidate for teeth whitening. It’s a relatively simple process, which involves applying peroxide on to the enamel of the tooth to open the pores, then applying a whitening solution to refresh the layer underneath (called dentin). Yellow-hued teeth respond particularly well to this treatment.
  • Veneers. If you feel self-conscious about gaps between your teeth, or if your teeth are crooked, chipped or worn, you may want to explore the option of veneers. Veneers are custom-made shells, designed to sit over the tooth and improve their appearance. They’re entirely convincing and look exactly like real, natural teeth.
  • Crowns. Crowns are used to completely cover a tooth, so they’re ideal if you’ve got teeth that are badly broken, or if you have a large, unsightly filling. They’re also ideal for those who have had root canal surgery.
  • Bridges. If you’re embarrassed because of a missing tooth, bridges provide the perfect answer. It’s basically an artificial tooth, which is anchored into place using the surrounding teeth; quite literally forming a ‘bridge’ over the gap.
  • Porcelain inlays. Porcelain inlays are designed to fit snugly within the tooth, and offer a good alternative to crowns.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth It?

Ultimately, this is a question that only you can answer. If your teeth are only mildly discoloured, or if it’s only one tooth that’s very slightly cracked, you may decide that it’s not worth the cost involved to book yourself for cosmetic surgery.

If, however, you find that your self-confidence is low as a result of your teeth, or that you feel regularly embarrassed by their appearance, cosmetic surgery can provide an excellent solution.

If you’ve got questions, the best thing to do is book an appointment with your local dentist, which will enable you to discuss your options further. If you choose a reputable dentist, they’ll be completely honest with you, and offer the best solution for your specific tooth complaint.

Reliable Cosmetic Dentist in Ballincollig, Cork

If you’re feeling worried about staining or discoloration, or are concerned about the appearance of a cracked or missing tooth, book an appointment with Guiney Dental today. We offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments designed to help improve the appearance of your teeth, and at your initial consultation, we’ll recommend the best course of action to help bring confidence back to your smile.


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