Cosmetic Dentistry and You
A good-looking grin is eye-catching and memorable. It is a sign of wellness, sincerity, warmth, youth, and success. An attractive smile is an asset in all aspects of life. So, if you are not happy with the appearance of your teeth, you may be wearing that smile upside down. Like with many other satisfied patients, cosmetic dentistry can help flip that frown the right way around.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
There are so many cosmetic dentistry procedures available to sculpt, shape and reinvent your smile in a more visually pleasing way. With minimally invasive techniques and a few simple steps, you can feel proud to show how good you feel.
Popular cosmetic treatment options:
- White Composite Fillings – Natural looking tooth-colored materials can be used to repair teeth cavities. Your dentist may use a composite resin, or a porcelain crown, inlay or onlay to restore a decayed tooth.
- Teeth Whitening – Tooth staining is hard to avoid, and it happens for many reasons. Highly pigmented and acidic foods and drinks, smoking, and aging are all factors that discolor teeth. Professional teeth whitening is a strong bleaching process that improves the look of stained or discolored teeth. The solution used in your dentist’s office is more powerful than the agents contained in over-the-counter whitening kits.
- Veneers – Custom-made, tooth-colored veneers are thin, composite or ceramic shells that are bonded to teeth. Crafted to resemble natural enamel, veneers cover stained, crooked or oddly shaped teeth, or fill-in spaces.
- Dental Braces – To correct bite problems, crooked or overcrowded teeth, dental braces may be the solution. Gone are the days when wearing braces had to mean displaying bulky metal brackets and wires. Modern braces are smaller and a less noticeable. Some orthodontics are tooth-colored or clear.
For some people, traditional braces are not necessary at all to straighten teeth. Removable clear aligners can get the job done discreetly, and usually in less time.
- Enamel Shaping – Your dental professional can reshape enamel to change the look of uneven or crowded teeth or teeth that appear to be too long. By contouring the enamel, your dentist can improve your smile.
- Dental Crowns – For broken teeth or other issues that require a drastic restoration, one that enamel shaping and veneers cannot provide, dental crowns are often the appropriate fix. To place a crown, your dentist must first prepare the tooth by removing part of the outer structure. The custom-made crown is crafted to fit over the tooth and blend in with the surrounding natural teeth.
- A Fresh, New Smile – The first step to an improved, new smile is a trip to visit your dentist. During your consultation, you will discuss the best cosmetic dentistry procedures to meet your needs and desires. If you have signs of poor oral health, your dentist may recommend a treatment plan before any cosmetic procedures.