If you’d love to have a better smile or even need one just to stop being embarrassed in public, you probably have a lot of questions regarding what your options are and what goes into the process. The following FAQ should help out in this area. You’ll no doubt have your own unique questions you want answered, but this will get you started in the right direction. For any other questions you may have, it probably makes the most sense to see a dental professional for answers. So with this in mind we have asked Dr Stephen Jacobs of Dental FX to give us his opinions on cosmetic dentistry in Glasgow

What Are My Options?

This is a good question to start with as most people are pretty amazed by all the options they have every day for a new and improved smile. If you’re just worried about the color of your teeth, for example, there are whitening solutions you can buy right over the counter. You can also get professional bleaching done too.

For those who want the whitest, straightest teeth possible, veneers are a great solution. They have become especially popular amongst celebrities. However, you may also benefit from a more traditional method like braces. If you’re someone who worries about how that will look, Invisalign braces can go a long way toward improving your smile and being practically unnoticeable at the same time.

Finally, if you’re missing teeth or need some of them removed, then you should think about dental implants. These metal components get installed into your jaw line before prosthetic teeth are then added on top. This near-permanent solution looks and feels great, plus they make it easy to speak.

How Much Will Improving My Smile Cost?

This depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is where you live in the world and what your insurance covers. Unfortunately, most forms of cosmetic surgery are considered elective. What this means is that you’ll have to foot the bill, which can be fairly sizable.

However, when it comes to braces or Invisaligns, having orthodontic insurance may go a long way toward keeping that price down. Furthermore, many dentists will offer you a discount if you’re willing to pay in cash. So long as you do a bit of planning ahead, then, you could receive a sizable discount.

Whom Do I See About Cosmetic Dentistry?

You always want to go with a specialist for something as important as cosmetic dentistry. While most dentists may be able to handle a number of the procedures listed above, you want someone who has lots of experience providing the specific solution you’re interested in.

Doing basic searches in your area online will show you what your best options are going to be. If you have to travel a bit out of your way, it’s probably worth it if it means getting the best possible teeth in the process.

Again, for any other questions you have, it’s definitely worth going to an experienced dentist in your area and asking them yourself. However, don’t forget that cosmetic dentistry is like anything else in that you should do a bit of shopping around in order to get the best possible price.

I worked as a trainee for a few months with Dr Bruce at the Glasgow Smile Gallery and he was very helpful and patient with me, particularly as my English was not great back then. He helped me with this piece on orthodontic braces and how as a cosmetic dentistry treatment they can transform patients smiles.

Foods to Avoid and Enjoy When You Have Dental Braces

Are you getting braces soon in order to help realign your teeth and get a better smile? Perhaps you had them added recently. In either scenario, if you’ve never worn them before, it can be tough making the adjustment. After all, you’ve spent the vast majority of your life using your mouth in a very specific way and now you have to change all that. For many people, one of the most difficult transitions is knowing what foods to avoid and which ones to enjoy. Learning this through trial and error is never a good idea.

Find out more at the British Orthodontic Society or watch the following Youtube video

Foods to Avoid

While it may be tough to deal with, you have to avoid certain foods when you have braces. Eating these foods will cause a number of problems. Mainly, though, they’ll make it harder to clean your braces and your teeth. Neither is a good thing nor they could actually lead to you needing your braces on for even longer.

Sticky foods are definitely no longer your friend (they never were, really, when you consider what they can do to your teeth). This includes obvious foods like gummies, licorice and toffee, but it also means gum and even bagels. If you need help getting the food from your teeth, keep them out of your diet for now.

On the other side of the spectrum are crunchy or hard foods. Once again, candies make up a big part of this category like the kind you suck on, mints, foods that are chilled until they’re hard, chips, nuts and popcorn. Again, most of these foods weren’t good for you to begin with, so you’re not missing much.

Lastly, foods that take a lot of biting to finish off can be difficult to deal with. Corn on the cob is a great example. So are apples and carrots

Don’t worry. Though this list probably seems extensive, it still leaves you with plenty of options to choose from.

Foods You Can Enjoy

As promised, here are some foods you can definitely enjoy without worrying about what they’ll do to your teeth. Furthermore, you’ll notice that not all of these are extremely healthy, meaning you can still enjoy a little guilty pleasure here and there.

Most dairy foods are going to be just fine and the calcium is always a good idea for your teeth. Cream cheese, yogurt and treats like pudding and milk shakes are fine.

Soft breads are ok too, meaning you can have tortillas and many forms of the traditional store bought versions. However, you can also have muffins and even indulge in pancakes.

Soft grains aren’t a bad choice for many meals. Pasta and soft rice are the cornerstones of many recipes, yet won’t cause you any serious problems.

You can have any kind of soft meat too like chicken, deli meat and beef. Don’t forget about seafood either. Tuna and salmon are regular staples in many people’s diets and this doesn’t have to change.

A lot of vegetables are just fine, but it’s a good idea to cook them first until they’re soft. There’s no issue with prepare or soft fruits either. This means applesauce, bananas and juice squeezed from fruits can stay on the menu.

Like we said, there are plenty of junk food and snack options still available to you. Try softer cakes, Jelly and ice cream (so long as it doesn’t have nuts or hard chocolate in it) whenever you feel a sugar craving coming on.

While changing up your diet to accommodate your braces will certainly be a big change, that doesn’t mean it needs to be an overly difficult one. The above list of foods should help you make this adjustment while still staying full and healthy.