If you have problems with the appearance of your teeth, then your dentist can offer you suggestions on ways you can get a great looking smile. There may also be a few things you can do on your own to temporarily mask dental issues until you are able to have the dentist take care of them for you. This short guide can help you gain some knowledge on things that can be done.
- You can instantly shine your teeth with petroleum jelly – If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth due to their dullness and slight discoloration and you are going to be speaking to a crowd or taking pictures, then you can use some petroleum jelly. Just take a small amount and smear it over the surfaces of all the teeth in your smile line. Carry some with you because you may need to reapply it a few times. Also, carry a tissue to wipe off excess amounts.
- Use instant veneers – If you temporarily need a better-looking smile to cover discolored, chipped, broken or missing teeth and you are in a big rush, then you can use temporary veneers. You can buy these at some big box stores. You will boil them in a pot of water for a couple minutes, allow them to cool for a few seconds and then press them against your teeth and gums to shape them. These aren't a permanent solution and you won't even be able to eat with them, but they can work for pictures or other public appearances if you are in a bind.
- Have porcelain veneers put on – Your dentist can help you to permanently take care of dental problems ranging from severe stains and permanent discoloration issues to breaks and chips by putting porcelain veneers on your teeth. They are designed to fit over all affected teeth and cemented in place so they stay put. If having an entire row put on, now may be your chance to go ahead and get a brighter colored smile for yourself.
- Have a bridge put on – if you have a problem with quite a few of your teeth and are possibly even missing one, then a bridge may be suggested. It is a solid piece that corrects the issues of every prosthetic tooth designed into it. Once the bridge is put on, it also becomes permanent since the cosmetic dentist will cement t in place, just as they would do with the porcelain veneers mentioned above.