Restoring Ageing Teeth

A recently asked dental question from nearby Waltham Cross.

In today’s blog, we thought that we would discuss a question that we recently received. Sometimes the general queries that we receive may be useful for others too, and we share an example of this type of enquiry with you. Of course, specifics and personal information are never shared but this type of “frequently asked question” can be really helpful for other patient’s general research.

Q. I’m in my middle age and whilst my teeth are healthy, they don’t look as great as they once did. They have gone darker and have a few chips and other minor things wrong with the way that they look. I’m not sure I want to undergo numerous treatments to put these right but I am interested in the Snap On Smile that you offer. I’d particularly like to know if it can be worn all of the time?

Hi there .. thanks for the question. Your problem is not uncommon, and, as you are probably aware, there are a number of treatments available to correct these issues and we’ll come back to those in a moment.

To answer your question about the Snap On Smile; it is not designed to be worn permanently but to be worn, for example, when you are out socialising. There is no reason that it couldn’t be worn for slightly longer periods of time, but it is important to remember that it is covering your natural teeth and will therefore need to be removed so that you can clean your teeth. Failure to remove it would result in buildup of bacteria between the teeth and Snap On Smile which could result in decay or gum disease. We have had many positive reports from patients, but generally, they are not used as a permanent solution and certainly are not designed to do so.

With regards to the other treatments that we offer which can help restore your smile to its former glory, there is no need to undergo these all in one go. It sounds as though you might be more comfortable doing this in stages and this is typically the route that many patients prefer.

What we would recommend is that you arrange to have a consultation with one of the cosmetic dentists at our Cheshunt practice to discuss your situation. We will also give you a thorough oral health check too to make sure that your mouth is healthy.

We will be pleased to discuss the Snap On Smile with you, but, from your email, it doesn’t sound likely that you would need too many procedures to restore your teeth to a state that you are happy with. A possible treatment, from your description, would be a teeth whitening procedure. These are not only fast acting but you can go from dull coloured teeth to bright white ones in the space of just one hour if you select our in house whitening system.

We are always happy to see new patients and we are sure that you will find us to be a friendly and welcoming practice. Why not give us a call on 01992 643 388 and arrange a time to call in to see us to discuss your requirements? We look forward to seeing you!