Four Ways your Dentist can Improve your Smile

Many people are dissatisfied with minor cosmetic issues with their smile, but they do not need to accept their smile as it is. You’ll find there are many modern solutions available to improve the appearance of your smile, as well as your oral health.

In this article, we will discuss four popular methods for smile improvement for relatively minor smile issues, starting with a preventative option.

Regular dental check ups

By taking preventative measures to improve your oral health, you can preserve the appearance of your teeth, and prevent future cosmetic issues from arising. Regular visits to your dentist for a six-monthly check-up will ensure your teeth and gums receive the attention they require to stay healthy and well.

Your Dental professional will be able to detect any issues that are developing, and treat them early before more expensive treatments are required. The prime example of this is in treating tooth decay early using a filling, rather than having to perform a root canal procedure with a dental crown, because of infected dental pulp due to advanced decay.

Your dentist will be able to provide tailored advice on your oral hygiene routine, and detect any gaps in your home routine that may be compromising your oral health. They will also undertake a clean and polish of your teeth. This not only leaves the teeth feeling pleasantly clean; but by removing plaque from the teeth and along the gum line, it also reduces the likelihood of unsightly decay and gum disease from developing.

Teeth whitening

Over time as we eat and drink and our teeth undergo wear and tear, it is common from our front teeth that form our smile to become discoloured. They may become yellow or brown, which is often due to staining, or more of a grey colour, which may be due to dental erosion – the dental professional will be able to investigate the precise cause.

There are certain behaviours you can undertake to reduce tooth staining in the first place, such as regulating your coffee or red wine consumption, or quitting smoking, but once teeth are discoloured, brushing and flossing or a late change of habit will not be enough to turn the tide.


Did you have braces as a child? Many people either decided against braces when young, or their old orthodontic work has ceased to be effective. In many cases, adults may find themselves with minor alignment issues, such as crowded teeth, teeth that are spaced too far apart, and overbites and underbites.

Braces may not be an appealing solution to adults, but you may also be an eligible candidate for affordable Invisalign. Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that many people prefer because it can be removed, allowing full teeth cleaning; it is invisible, and doesn’t affect appearance while in use; and it has less of an impact on lifestyle.

By transitioning through a series of clear aligners that are customised to your teeth and which map out their journey from crooked to straight, you may just be able to achieve your dream smile.

Dental crowns and porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening may be able to change the colour of the tooth, but it cannot change their shape. This is where affordable veneers may be sought out by your dentist. Dental veneers are a thin shell usually made of porcelain or ceramic that is matched to the desired colour of teeth, and connected to the tooth surface with a dental cement after minor preparations of the underlying tooth have been undertaken to ensure a firm bonding surface.

Dental crowns may be required in cases where the teeth have undergone damage or wear and tear. They may be an appropriate solution in cases of severe tooth decay, tooth fractures or breaks, broken or large fillings, or following root canal treatment. Dental crowns are a tooth-like cap that is placed over the top of a reduced natural tooth (typically), to restore appearance, protect the underlying teeth, and restore function to the bite.

In this article, we have discussed a number of treatments available . This list is by no means exhaustive, and does not address how to treat missing teeth that we will discuss in another blog soon.

Stay connected with Shell Cove Dental for information about children’s dentistry, smile makeovers, and other services.