How do you describe your appearance to others? Is your smile a defining feature or an embarrassment you try to hide?
Imagine your confident self. What would your smile look like?
Our smiles are the centre of our facial expressions. They convey warmth, friendliness, confidence, and health. A smile can break the ice, start a conversation, or diffuse a potentially tense situation. Confidence shows in the way we carry and openly present ourselves, without hiding our mouths when we speak.
A recent survey reveals that 61% of us have been attracted to somebody by their smile alone. In fact, candidates with better and more confident smiles are 18% more likely to get the jobs they seek. The effect of a beautiful smile is well-explained in the BBC documentary, The Truth about Your Teeth.
Many patients do not know how to identify and mend issues with their smile. Some have problems finding a dentist who understands their needs. Some simply don’t know where to start looking. Some need to remodel their entire smile at a pace that is physically and financially comfortable with the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced dentist.
To help you understand more about your smile, here at Orchard Scotts Dental, we consider the main factors affecting it as the ABC’s of a Smile.
A is for Alignment
A is for alignment of the teeth, the impedance of which is the most common issue adversely affecting our smiles. An uneven smile is less visually pleasing and makes the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums much harder – an example will be crowded teeth which makes it difficult to floss and readily trap plaque that builds into tartar.
Misalignment can occur from a very young age, and recent research connects children’s airway issues – especially between the ages of six to ten years old – to the development of crooked teeth. Airway obstruction can lead children to a mouth breathing habit with poor tongue and lip posture, resulting in the crowding of the dentition and weak jaw bone development.
Orchard Scotts Dental can solve your alignment problems with traditional braces or with the more modern Invisalign system – a clear aligner system that moves teeth comfortably and offers easy maintenance without metal brackets and wires. Once your teeth are aligned, they will be neater, straighter, cleaner, and the stunning focus of your new smile.
B is for Brightness
B is for brightness. Our teeth can turn yellow through years of aging or from medicinally-induced discolouration. Sometimes, teeth appear yellow due to plaque accumulation or stains from coffee, cigarettes, and certain foods. Discolouration can be classified as one of two categories: internal or external staining.
Internal staining occurs when a tooth loses its vitality, most often after a root canal treatment. This deep discolouration usually makes bonding or veneers (see “C is for Contours”) a more appropriate solution. However, external whitening is very effective for stains and general yellowing of the teeth.
At Orchard Scotts Dental, we have three levels of external whitening: Beauty White, Glamour White, and Pageant White.
1. Beauty White
Our Beauty White program is a gentle whitening process that allows patients to whiten their teeth in the comfort and convenience of home. Patients wear a customised tray containing the whitening gel over their teeth between thirty minutes and four hours per day for two to six weeks, depending on the strength of the gel and the desired results. The secret to the Beauty White system is in the design and creation of our exclusive whitening tray which is custom-made to treat and enhance your smile with results that can last up to six months.
2. Glamour White
Our Glamour White protocol builds upon the Beauty White foundation by adding an office whitening session to accelerate the whitening process. This more intensive program jump-starts our patients’ treatment, making it the ideal choice for patients desiring an immediate whitening effect that is further enhanced by continued treatment. It’s perfect for all of your important events!
3. Pageant White
Our Pageant White process is designed to give the beauty queen, the bride, and the special someone a gorgeous smile that brilliantly sparkles and shines. Pageant White is our most intense program, which aims to maximize whitening potential using at-home whitening that is both jump-started and finalised with office sessions.
Orchard Scotts’ dentists have employed the “book-end” nature of this protocol to illuminate the smiles of the Miss Universe Singapore pageant winners since 2009, and it is our strongest whitening process that is designed to eliminate the toughest stains.
C is for Contours
C is for contours of the teeth. As we age, our teeth wear down, affecting their contours by making them look shorter and odd in shape. The aging process is usually genetic in nature, and teeth can also show signs of aging when previously performed dentistry ages. Orchard Scotts Dental has adopted two proven processes to restore the contours of our patients’ teeth.
OSD uses bonding to correct small defects and restore elegant contours to damaged and discoloured teeth. The tremendous advancement of composite resins in the last ten years has made them the first line of treatment, particularly to enhance the contours of the teeth. Composite resins’ strength and ability to match tooth characteristics also make them ideal for patients who want to improve upon flaws without making major changes.
2. Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are porcelain shells hand-crafted by our master technicians to alter and improve our patients’ smiles. This high-strength ceramic glass significantly enhances your appearance with a custom fit designed to accentuate your smile.
Orchard Scotts Dental often incorporates porcelain veneers into our Smile Makeover planning through our Digital Smile Design process, with which we create a simulation if your desired smile. We then use the simulation to make a template that becomes the focus of your Trial Smile.
In the Trial Smile, we fit the template over your teeth, allowing you to visualize, test, and appreciate the impact of the Smile Makeover on your smile, appearance, and confidence. Through the detailed Smile Makeover planning, OSD’s dentists and patients can align their aesthetic goals to achieve optimum results.
We Create Beautiful Smiles
Our dentists have been performing Smile Makeovers since 2000, and they’ve been creating beautiful smiles for the Miss Universe Singapore pageant winners since 2009.
Prior to the international pageant competition, we guide the winners through the same planning and procedures we offer to our patients. We immensely enjoy ensuring the winners put their best smiles forward when representing Singapore, exactly as we enjoy ensuring our patients put their best smiles forward when representing themselves. Whether we’re providing Miss Universe Singapore that extra edge at the international competition or providing our patients that extra shine in their daily lives, nothing is more rewarding than creating beautiful, healthy smiles.
Our dentists’ strength is their ability to listen to and thoroughly understand our patients’ needs and wants. Their years of experience in restoring smiles have made OSD one of the most demanded educators to other dentists in the region. They are often invited to speak and lecture to other dentists on the science and art of creating beautiful smiles. They also offer live courses during which other dentists can watch and learn how they perform the Smile Makeover procedures for our patients.
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