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Show Us Your Pearly Whites: Upgrade Your Smile The Right Way

It’s embarrassing, right?

You don’t like smiling because you don’t like the way your teeth look. It’s frustrating. People think you’re an unhappy person, but you’re really just self-conscious. Here’s how to upgrade your smile and stop being ashamed of your beautiful smile.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is something you’re probably familiar with. It’s a process by which you bleach your teeth so that they appear whiter. Sometimes, the chemical solutions used are as simply as hydrogen peroxide. Other times, stronger, or different, chemicals are used. The end-result and goal is the same.

The problem is that home bleaching kits don’t always get the job done. And, when they do, they don’t always get the job done very well.

A dentist can use special equipment and procedures to whiten your teeth — procedures that you can’t replicate at home. The results are consistent and significant.


A crown is a device that’s used for a couple of different reasons. Let’s say you have a damaged tooth. Maybe you chipped it when you fell. Or, maybe you bit down on something really hard and it cracked. Whatever the cause, the tooth will never be the same again.

A dentist can potentially fix this problem by placing a crown over top of the damaged tooth. The side benefit of this is that your tooth with look amazing. So, if you didn’t have a great smile before, or if you weren’t really happy with the way the tooth looked, you can pretty much erase that problem from your life.

It’s something they do all the time at FreshDental.co.uk.

Crowns typically cost between £800 and £1,000 each, making it an expensive option. But, it may be covered by insurance.

Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a cover for your tooth. It’s a wafer-thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin. It covers the front of your existing tooth. After the dentist removes roughly a half-millimeter of enamel from your existing tooth, the veneer is bonded to it with special cement. It effectively changes the color of the tooth to match the veneer. Veneers can be made to match your existing teeth so that it doesn’t look unnatural. These are often referred to as “Hollywood teeth” because of the fact that they are expensive, and it’s a common procedure for actors.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a process where a tooth-colored putty-like resin is used in conjunction with your teeth to create a hardened surface on the outer layer of the tooth. A resin is applied, and then cured with UV light. This process can repair some types of decaying, chipping, cracking, and misshapen teeth.

It’s a great option when you need amalgam or silver fillings but you don’t want to have fillings put in for one reason or another. Bonding typically takes up to an hour to complete and is relatively inexpensive.

Inlays and Onlays

When your teeth are decayed or damaged, and you don’t have many options, you might want to use an inlay or onlay. They are indirect fillings that are made from gold, porcelain, or a composite material. They fill decayed or damaged teeth, and are molded into place during an office visit. However, the onlays are made in a lab away from your dentist’s office.

When the material is bonded in the center of a tooth, it’s called an “inlay.” When it includes one or more points of your tooth, or when it covers the biting surface, they call it an “onlay.” This process is preferable to tooth extraction or drilling because it preserves what’s left of the original tooth.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is something you get when your tooth is no longer viable. For example, let’s say you injured your tooth and it split right down the middle. Or, it cracked and the only option is to have it extracted. The problem now is: what do you put in its place? The answer is: an implant.

Implants consist of titanium or some other non-reactive and hypoallergenic metal, which is inserted into the jaw bone. As the jawbone heals, it grows up around the metal implant and anchors it securely in place. This provides a foundation for a replacement tooth. The procedure can be very expensive, however, ranging from £1,000 to £3,000.


Regardless of the procedure you get, you should always talk to your dentist before making a decision. He or she can help you decide which is the best course or option. If all you’re looking for is a simple cover-up, then a veneer may be all you need. If you need more extensive work, due to a medical concern with your teeth, then the implant may be the right option.