Two tips for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth

If you are unhappy with the way that your teeth look, here are a couple of tips that you might find useful.

Gently lighten your teeth at home

Whilst it is not usually possible to drastically change the appearance of your teeth at home, there are things that you can do to subtly improve the way that they look.

For example, by taking steps to lighten your teeth, you can not only make them look whiter and healthier but can also draw attention away from any crooked or chipped teeth (as the uniform colour helps to disguise these other visual irregularities).

There are several steps you can take to lighten the colour of your teeth. First and foremost, consider investing in a high-quality electric toothbrush; these devices can oscillate thousands of times per minute and, as a result, are usually more effective at removing stains than their manual counterparts.

Additionally, try to eliminate or reduce the number of tannin-rich drinks you consume on a daily basis; black tea, red wine and coffee all contain tannins, which can leave an unsightly, yellowish tinge on the surface of your teeth that is very difficult to remove with a toothbrush.

It's also important to floss (ideally, after every meal). The reason for this is as follows; the bristles of your toothbrush may not fully remove the food particles that are trapped between your teeth.

If these particles are left for too long, the plaque bacteria on your teeth will use them to produce an acid that will destroy your enamel and expose the brownish-yellow dentin underneath it. Discolouration of this kind can only be disguised by applying veneers or crowns to the affected teeth.

Speak to a dentist about your concerns

If you want to dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth, you should consider booking a consultation with a dentist that specialises in aesthetic dental care.

During your consultation, they will examine your teeth and ask you what you want to achieve in terms of altering their appearance.

Based on this discussion and the examination, they will then recommend one or more dental treatments. If, for example, your teeth overlap and are chipped, they may advise you to have orthodontic treatment and get a veneer fitted on your chipped tooth.

Similarly, if you are missing one or more of your teeth, they may recommend that you get a denture or a dental implant made to replace these teeth.