Cosmetic dentistry has developed to the point where most people can have the bright smile’s they’ve always wanted. Whether you’re just removing some unsightly stains or correcting some major misalignments, you have access to a wide range of tools and techniques that produce amazing results.
The demand for cosmetic procedures has gone through the roof, and it is easier than ever to deal with stained or discolored teeth, cavities, chips, cracks, uneven teeth, gaps, and even several missing teeth. These problems can be addressed by one of many possible treatments, including:
Teeth Whitening – Age and certain foods and drinks can discolor our teeth. While there are many good at-home products, nothing quite matches an in-office whitening treatment. You can see teeth up to 10 shades brighter after a single visit.
Implants – Dental implants are the most effective way to replace missing teeth. Your jaw bone will fuse to the titanium implant, making it as strong and durable as your other teeth, and the custom crown will look just as natural.
Crowns – These porcelain caps will completely cover a misshapen, broken, or worn-out tooth. The crown is prepared specially for you so it will look completely natural in your mouth.
Veneers – This is a simple and effective way to cover up damage or discoloration as well as reinforce and reshape your teeth.
Teeth-colored Fillings – A smile full of metal can make people a little self conscious. Teeth-colored fillings allow us to avoid the amalgam and fill your cavities with a material that is much harder to notice.
Gum Contouring – Periodontal problems, like an uneven gum line, exposed roots, and what some people refer to as a “gummy smile,” can be addressed with modern technology and techniques.
Enamel Shaping – This procedure may involve the removal and contouring of your enamel, which can also be combined with bonding to ensure you get the teeth that are the right length, shape, and position.
Teeth Straightening – There are several techniques and tools that can help reposition your teeth and even improve your bite.
Not Just a Pretty Smile
It’s important to note that many of these procedures aren’t just cosmetic. Some of them can help restore the functionality of your mouth. Replacing missing teeth, fixing their alignment, and replacing broken teeth can help you start eating and speaking normally again.
There is definitely a difference between a smile makeover and a full-mouth reconstruction. Cosmetics are elective procedures, while a reconstruction is usually performed when there is an emergency. However, you will still notice a lot of great benefits to from these procedures that go past simple appearances.
What Makes It All Possible
It wasn’t that long ago that the materials used in many of these procedures had some drawbacks. They wouldn’t last very long, they were prone to new stains, and could chip and crack over time.
Modern composite resins and porcelain veneers have changed a lot since then. Now they can be placed with minimal restructuring and we can reshape your mouth with just a few procedures. The results last much longer, and you can see immediate improvements.
Digital technology has also made a lot of these advancements possible. We can see the results we’re aiming for before we even get started, we can create the necessary images to develop custom crowns, and we can get a good look at what’s really happening with your teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is a great option for a lot of people. Don’t let self-conscious thoughts keep you from hiding your great smile any more.