Common Tooth Complaints and How to Fix Them

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A person’s smile can be one of their greatest assets. When it's in good condition, it can result in greater self-confidence and increased ability to socialise, succeed in a career and even greater success at finding love. The dentist in Tunbridge Wells understands that, and thus provides a whole host of ways to get the smile up to scratch. This guide explores a variety of issues that people can have with their teeth, and how the dentist in Tunbridge Wells can help to resolve them. 

Teeth that are crooked, overcrowded or protruding 
Whilst many people get their teeth straightened when they are teenagers or young adults, some do not get this opportunity. They can mistakenly think that they have missed their chance to have the straight teeth they have always wanted. Fortunately, more people than ever before are now getting orthodontic treatment as adults and later in life. There is no longer a stigma attached to wearing braces, and it is considered commonplace to have them at any age. Thankfully, modern means of teeth straightening are more subtle than ever. Six-month smiles make use of clear brackets and wires that match the colour of the teeth. Though these braces are still visible, they are barely noticeable. This and the fact that the treatment can be completed so rapidly means that people who get braces later in life are delighted with this option. Those who do not wish their braces to be at all noticeable to others whilst still getting great results should consider Invisalign. Invisalign is made up of completely clear plastic trays that are worn over the teeth. The process for these braces is also relatively quick. In many cases, treatment can be completed in a matter of months rather than a year or two. 

Missing teeth 
Having a tooth or teeth missing can be very detrimental to a person’s confidence. The situation may even cause them to withdraw socially due to being so self-conscious. In days gone by, the only option to replace missing teeth was to get dentures. Today, many people are choosing to correct their smile with the help of dental implants. Implants are direct replacements for the roots of the teeth and are used to provide a permanent stable base for artificial teeth. They give a very natural look that often lasts a lifetime, with none of the associated issues that come with dentures such as a loss in facial structure due to the shrinkage of gums. 

Stained teeth 
Staining and yellowing of the teeth are common, but it is easily resolved. A professional clean, or scale and polish from the dental hygienist can make much more of a difference to these issues than people realise. If the teeth still are not up to white bright standards, then professional whitening from the dentist is a great choice. It is a painless and completely safe procedure that delivers great results. The patient is fitted with special mouth trays that match their teeth exactly and given a whitening gel to use alongside them. It is then simply a case of wearing the trays at night for a few weeks until the desired results have been achieved.

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