A beautiful smile makes you look instantly confident. Not convinced? Take your cue from Hollywood celebrities. When they flash their megawatt smiles for the cameras, the whole world is at their feet. With the wide range of dental procedures – from teeth whitening and veneers, to inlays and outlays – available, there is no excuse not to flash a perfect smile.

Tips on teeth whitening and how to get the perfect smile

HOW TO GET THE PERFECT SMILE

Whitening
External surface stains from poor oral hygiene, tobacco, coffee and curry can stain your teeth, as can internal stains from teeth decay or trauma. Teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, removes stains from discoloured teeth through chemical means.

Veneers
They close gaps between teeth and correct the shape of your teeth. These custom-made shells, crafted from thin plastic resin or porcelain, are fitted onto the front side of teeth.

Inlays and onlays
Like veneers, these custom-fit dental restorations are also made of plastic resin or porcelain, and replace decayed tooth structures or old fillings. An inlay fits within the teeth, while an outlay covers the chewing surface.

Crowns
They restore badly decayed and fractured teeth or teeth with large fillings. A crown is essentially a cap placed over a tooth, and held in place by dental adhesive or cement. Crowns are also used to correct minor problems such as uneven tooth spacing, irregular tooth shapes or discoloration.

Check with your dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, and any tooth decay treated before you undergo any sort of teeth whitening procedure.

Special thanks to the Department of Restorative Dentistry, National Dental Centre of Singapore. The National Dental Centre of Singapore – The Specialty Centre that meets all your oral healthcare needs. For more information, go to www.ndc.com.sg or call 6324 8802.

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