The start of a new year is a time when many of us take stock. We reflect on the year that has gone by, thinking about the things that have gone well and those that could have gone better. We look to the new year with hopes and wishes for what it will bring. Many of us make resolutions about the things we’d like to change. After a festive period of excesses, these are often linked to diet and exercise, and detoxing ourselves. For some, a new year marks the start of new beginnings, or new projects – the time to finally take on something that you’ve been thinking about for a while. If you’ve been thinking about making changes to your appearance, why not let the start of 2018 be the beginning of this? Here at Ock Street we offer a range of treatments that you might consider as you look to improve your appearance.
Tooth whitening can help improve the appearance of teeth that have become discoloured over time, helping to return them to their original colour. There are several ways that tooth whitening can be administered: the most common is professional bleaching. Bleaching entails a special product being applied to your teeth using a bespoke tray, which fits in your mouth a bit like a gum shield. Treatment takes roughly three to four weeks and comprises of dental visits and treatments at home. In addition to bleaching, there are options such as laser treatment, or ‘power whitening’ which may be considered.
Described as being a bit like a ‘cover’ for a tooth, a veneer is a thin layer of porcelain, or of a natural coloured ‘composite’ material, which is fitted tightly over the surface of the tooth. Veneers help to improve the appearance of your teeth, for example if they have become discoloured, chipped, or if there are gaps or misalignments you would like to disguise. Your tooth (or teeth) will firstly be prepared by the dentist, during which they will gather information needed to make your veneer. At the second visit, your veneer will be fitted.
Crowns, which are sometimes referred to as ‘caps’, are artificial restorations which are created for individual teeth. They are fitted over the top of teeth, and give the tooth strength whilst also restoring shape. Made out of a variety of materials such as porcelain, glass and ceramic, crowns can be used to repair damaged teeth, support weak teeth, improve the appearance of discoloured teeth, or to hold a denture or bridge in place. Teeth need careful preparation before moulds can be taken. On the basis of these moulds, crowns are created. Once these are satisfactory, they can be attached to your tooth using a special dental adhesive or cement.
These are just a few of the options that are available through your dental team at Ock Street. If you are planning on 2018 being the year that you make changes to your appearance, then give us a call to arrange a consultation, or have a look on our website for more information.