Your smile is an integral part of your personality and it can be a key ingredient for your self-esteem. Imperfections such as chips, misalignment, and tooth decay all affect your perception of your smile. Taking steps to brighten and restore your front teeth can create confidence that you felt you'd lost while laying the foundation for a healthier mouth. What are some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures available to help you improve your smile?
1. Dental Veneers
Veneers are a reliable method for making minor corrections to your smile. Made from porcelain or a similarly durable ceramic material, veneers offer a conservative way to cover up chips, stains, and other minor imperfections by bonding directly to the tooth. Veneers have become a popular means of correcting smiles with the advent of Instagram, and although they range in price, the more expensive options often produce the most natural results due to more superior dental work.
2. Dental Bonding for Whitening
Cosmetic bonding is a technique similar to veneers but not as long-lasting. Instead of cementing a laboratory-made restoration to the tooth, a dentist uses specially formulated composite resin to directly shape the tooth herself. This resin looks like enamel and the dentist uses her own skills to make it look natural in your smile. Some of the drawbacks are that composite resins stain and chip over time, and it’s important to find a dentist that is capable of working well with the material. Bonding offers a quick cosmetic solution and has recently grown in popularity for patients that don’t want to spend the big bucks on veneers.
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3. Cosmetic Whitening Services
For those who want a brighter smile and do not need to correct concerns such as chips or permanent interla discoloration, teeth whitening services are an excellent option. With many kinds of whitening solutions on the market, your dentist may offer in-office or take-home treatments. These solutions act on the tooth's enamel to eliminate tough stains from tobacco or coffee to restore a whiter appearance.
4. Dental Implants
When you need to completely replace a tooth in your mouth due to severe decay, dental implants are an excellent option. A surgically-placed titanium post replaces the tooth root and your dentists connect a specially molded replacement tooth to this post. Although implants can serve as the anchor for a bridge, single-tooth applications are often the most common. Implants have become the most ideal way to replace a tooth in almost every situation because they help to maintain the width of the jaw bone which normally shrinks when a tooth is lost.
5. Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are "caps" that fit over a damaged tooth to restore a natural appearance, while a bridge fills in a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Crowns and bridges are made from materials that are often used for veneers but are less conservative than veneers and are often used when there is more tooth structure missing from cracks, decay or wear.
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6. Tooth Reshaping
Some people have teeth that appear slightly different from the norm. They may differ in length and width or have small chips that can’t be repaired with bonding. Tooth reshaping, or esthetic recontouring, involves carefully smoothing the enamel in areas that will change the profile of the tooth so that it looks more appropriate when you smile.
7. Contouring of the Gums
For those who feel that their smile shows too much of their gums, it is possible to invest in contouring procedures that reshape the gum line so that you have a more "toothy" smile, as opposed to a “gummy” smile. This procedure is only appropriate for those whose gums are in excellent health. Those with gum disease should focus their efforts on treating that condition first.
Explore Your Options With a Trusted Local Dentist Today
Through so many options available to the modern dentist, it is possible to repair and restore your smile so that the signs of damage disappear entirely. With help from Dr. Nargiz I. Zadeh, you can explore these solutions in depth through a consultation designed to help you discover the right approach to improve your smile.
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