Did you see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp playing Willie Wonka with a set of unnervingly perfect teeth? This is the look you are going to want to avoid when you go for cosmetic dentistry. Perfect does not really happen in the natural world, and the trouble with artificial teeth is that they can look wrong for the mouth they are in. This is why good technicians are in high demand; for their skills, which can create teeth that look like they belong to the wearer.
Although beauty is all about symmetry, no one looks perfect. Although we may hanker after perfection, what we really want is to look healthy but natural. That’s why people who have had themselves evened out too much look so strange. A good dentist, like One Smile Oral Care in West Malling, will work with a skilled and experienced technician to make natural-looking teeth restorations out of porcelain.
Porcelain is the material of choice these days for artificial crowns and veneers. It can be coloured and shaped, and is also very long lasting.
As we get older, if we are diligent with our daily oral care and regular dental check-ups, our teeth will remain healthy. Their appearance will change, however. Years of chewing, drinking and brushing will thin the enamel, and then yellower dentine below will show through. Our teeth will lose that pearly white look. Also, our gums tend to recede, making us ‘long in the tooth’. A good technician can replicate the colour and receding gums look of older teeth, along with the flatter biting surfaces.
You can get porcelain veneers and crowns made in any size, shape or colour. If you want as close a resemblance as possible to lost teeth, see if you can find a good photo of your smile and take it along to your dentist. The technician can use it as a guide when they create your new teeth. You can get impressions made of your teeth. Impressions are often made if you need a mouth guard, perhaps because you grind your teeth at night, or if you play a sport like rugby. Keep them in a safe place just in case in the future you need to have your teeth recreated.