Teeth Whitening & Cosmetic Dentistry The Simon Cowell Way

2011 July 25
by Asha Sood

Healthy white teeth and a natural looking smile can make you look great…Simon Cowell and his celebrity white smile however, may not necessarily be an image to which you aspire.

So how to do you get a youthful white smile that gets you noticed for the right reasons?

Professional Teeth Whitening can produce good results when carried out well but almost as unattractive as discoloured teeth, beware the over-bleached smile. Teeth can turn translucent and almost blue when they have been whitened too much. Furthermore, overbleaching without correct supervision and misuse of strong products can damage your teeth and gums.

If you are considering teeth whitening, it is advisable to undergo the treatment under professional and dental supervision. You should be free of dental cavities, mouth sores or any other dentally related problems before undertaking teeth whitening treatment and waiting six months between treatments is the guideline recommendation.

Porcelain veneers are also widely utilized as a popular choice in creating straighter, whiter and younger looking teeth and smiles.To prevent a fake-looking and over white smile, the shade of the veneers should be carefully selected to ensure it is not too opaque and also, to personally fit in with your teeth and face. In addition to the obvious clinical and aesthetic analysis of your teeth and mouth, a good cosmetic dentist will consider your skin tone, hair and eye colour as well as the symmetry and shape of your face when crafting your veneers. These considerations, alongside the shape, shade, colour and size of your veneers, will determine the final result;and also,whether your smile looks beautifully natural and like it belongs to your face or whether you end up with a set of very dazzling white teeth which get noticed over and above everything else!

When you visit your cosmetic dentist for your consultation, it’s a good idea to have a list of your expectations and what end result you are hoping to achieve. Also, take along photographs of yourself from your younger days which will provide your cosmetic dentist with a visual representation to work with (although remember it’s unlikely he/she has discovered the holy grail to the fountain of youth!).Additionally, photographs from magazines of smiles you like as well as dislike are a useful guide.

Whether it be subtle or dramatic, colour change to complete smile transformation, it is possible to achieve a beautiful smile. Teeth whitening is more affordable than porcelain veneers and achieves colour change. How long this lasts will depends on your lifestyle: White wine or red, fizzy cola or water, cigarettes or chewing gum. Porcelain veneers are more costly, achieve colour change as well as changing shape, size and alignment of teeth and have more longevity, often lasting up to 15 years.

Above all, one of the most important considerations is achieving the desired final outcome. After all, ‘Wow, you have a lovely smile!’ is a much greater compliment than ‘Wow, have you had your teeth done?’

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