Perfectly imperfect teeth

artificial teethThe trouble with artificial teeth is that they can look wrong for the mouth they are in. It’s often a dead giveaway that someone is wearing dentures or veneers when they are just too white, too beautifully youthful looking, especially when they are in the mouth of someone getting on in years. This is why good cosmetic dentistry technicians are in high demand. They have the skills and expertise to create teeth that look like they belong to the wearer.

Let’s face it, none of us is perfect looking, and although we may dream of perfection, what we really want is to look healthy but natural. An experienced dentist, like at Aura Dental in St John’s Wood, will use a dental technician with the skills and experience to create natural-looking teeth out of porcelain.

A guide to porcelain veneers and crowns

Porcelain is the material of choice these days for artificial crowns and veneers, because it is can be coloured and shaped, and because it is also very long lasting.

As we get older, our teeth change how they look, and hopefully remain healthy. All our chewing and drinking wears the enamel, which thins, and then the yellower layer that sits behind the enamel starts to show through. Ultimately this means our teeth lose that pearly white look. Our gums also tend to recede, making our teeth appear longer. A good technician can replicate both the colour and shape of your teeth and the look of your gums.

Porcelain veneers and crowns can be made in any size, shape or colour. If you are replacing lost teeth and want as close a resemblance as possible, it’s a good idea to take along a good photo of your smile to your dentist. They can pass this along to the technician who can use it as a guide when they are making your new teeth. Similarly, you can get impressions made of your teeth and keep them in a safe place just in case in the future you need to have your teeth recreated. Impressions are often made if you need a mouth guard, perhaps because you grind your teeth at night, or if you play a sport like rugby.