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off your smile W Want brighter, whiter, straighter teeth? Here’s the ultimate guide to cosmetic dentistry – and the lowdown on the most popular treatments hen you think about the signs of ageing, your teeth are probably pretty low on the list. But having yellow or chipped teeth can actually age you just as much as wrinkles and lines. And everyone’s doing it these days – seeing a dentist for cosmetic purposes. Many people seek out the services of a cosmetic dentist to improve their teeth, jawline and smile in the hope that it will significantly enhance their appearance. From carrying out the smallest of dental procedures like tooth whitening to more involved and complex treatments like crowns, bridges, veneers, multiple dental implants and a host of other treatments, good cosmetic dentistry can make a great difference when it comes to building up confidence and boosting lifestyle. If you have cracked or broken, stained or crooked teeth, unseemly gaps where teeth are missing, unsightly fillings, gum decay problems, an uneven bite, chipped or even rough teeth – a good cosmetic dentist can sort you out, for a fee of course. Keep in mind that cosmetic dentistry is truly a specialised field and is practised by highly trained professionals who aren’t shy when it comes to billing you. Consequently, treatment can be quite an expensive undertaking. Ensure that you only consult a registered professional. Also, research clinics abroad, which offer treatment at affordable prices. Flights, hotels and treatment costs are sometimes cheaper than a UK option. take 10 years It also contributes to tooth decay, bone destruction, jaw joint issues, and headaches. THe procedure: Correcting your bite through orthodontic braces can improve your dental health as well as your smile. The side-effects and complications of wearing braces are usually related to oral hygiene – unless you can already clean teeth well to a high standard, then most orthodontists and dentists will sometimes decide to refuse treatment with braces. This is because the braces will inevitably trap more food, plaque and debris around them, making for a dirtier mouth. This will always cause more decay and cavities so there is no point in having straight, rotten teeth that may then need extensive treatment, even extractions, after years of brace–work. Good cleaning habits and diet are essential. Other potential problems involved are pain initially as the teeth start to move position – but only rarely is this so severe that it causes treatment to be abandoned. Also, some teeth can become non-vital and need root canal treatment later or the roots can dissolve away a bit due to being moved through the bone. These risks increase the older the patient is, in general. However, fortunately these complications are rare and the vast majority of orthodontic brace treatment is successful. Braces Braces are used to help teeth to move into a better functional or cosmetic position. They can also influence jaw growth if timed early. Malocclusion is the dental term for teeth that don’t fit together properly – and orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects these malocclusions. The size of someone’s teeth and how they fit into a person’s jaw are inherited traits. Some people are lucky and naturally have straight teeth. Others unfortunately aren’t so lucky. Also, habits like thumb-sucking can put extra pressure on teeth and cause a malocclusion. Missing teeth can mean that a bad bite develops, as well; the teeth around a space will shift, throwing off the entire bite and meaning braces may have to be worn to correct the damage. Any malocclusion that isn’t corrected can affect a person’s profile and appearance. Aligners A great, discreet, alternative to braces are aligners – this method uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-moulded to fit your mouth. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud to show off. And there are no metal wires or bands to feel shy about. > 272 | march 2012 words: Marie Farquharson and Carly rigley | photographs: getty Images

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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