When someone asks you to “say cheese” for a photograph, what do you do? Grimace? Pull a funny face? Give your best tight-lipped smile? If you’ve said yes to any of these options, you are not alone – a surprisingly high number of people in the UK hate being asked to smile for a photograph, because they are embarrassed or ashamed about the state of their teeth.
In fact, a recent study for the British Dental Health Foundation revealed that almost 70% of us never smile in a photograph, whilst 34% of men and 13% of women retouch every selfie they take – a lot of work for the Instagram generation!
Cosmetic dentistry is increasing in popularity in the UK. At Broadway Dental Clinic in Loughton there are numerous aesthetic dental treatments on offer designed to improve any imperfections that may be causing you to hide your smile. Everyone deserves a smile to be proud of, and quality cosmetic dental treatment involves creating the perfect smile to suit both your personality and your face.
The number one smile complaint in the UK is with the colour of the teeth. Tooth discolouration has numerous causes, from visible dental plaque to stains caused by lifestyle factors – smoking, drinking a lot of red wine, tea, or coffee, for example. Whilst the former requires a visit to a dental hygienist, the latter can be improved with a course of professional teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening treatment is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world, and it’s easy to see why. So long as it is carried out by a dental professional it is one of the quickest and easiest ways to brighten up a smile.
There are a variety of teeth whitening procedures available, and in some cases it can take just an hour to complete. Remember, you must consult a dentist whichever option you are interested in, to ensure treatment is not just effective, but safe.
Permanent tooth staining can be addressed with porcelain veneers, another of cosmetic dentistry’s most popular procedures. Veneers are thin porcelain shells placed over the surfaces of the teeth. As well as discolouration, they can improve the look of a wide range of cosmetic complaints.