There are so many cosmetic procedures available that is it helpful to start asking yourself a few of the following questions to begin to narrow down your options.
What do you notice about your smile?
The biggest guide to what you will have done is asking yourself what plays on your mind. Where do your eyes go to when you smile at yourself in the mirror? And if anything is causing you discomfort such as misaligned teeth then that will be an important factor as well. It may be that your dentist can meet all of your needs at once. It is worth booking an appointment to have a face to face discussion at a clinic such as Smylife in Manchester.
What will it cost?
Many cosmetic procedures can set you back a few pennies and most will not be eligible for NHS funding so you will need to pay for it yourself. There is some good news though. Many dental practices offer finance options to help spread the cost. This means you do not have to wait and save for treatment and for many people it expands the range of what they can do. Also, cosmetic treatments often have the benefit of improving oral health and the effectiveness of hygiene practices so they could save you money in the long run.
How often will I need to repeat it?
Some treatments like braces take a relatively long time. Somewhere between 6 months and 2 years for most people with plenty of visits to the dentist. After that, you will need to wear a retainer for at least a year. But the results will last a lifetime and improve your overall oral health as well and so could potentially end up saving you time.
Other treatments like teeth whitening can be done quickly. Sometimes in a day at the clinic or over the course of 2 – 3 weeks with home whitening kits supplied by your dental professional. The results are stunning but not permanent and their longevity depends on factors such as what you eat or whether you smoke and so on. As a guide though, you will need to top up for a day or two every couple of months to sustain the effect.