If you are unhappy with your smile, cosmetic dentistry might be for you. While a typical dentist appointment will keep your teeth healthy and clean, many people are still concerned about how their teeth look. A cosmetic dentist can give you a smile makeover that will have you grinning with confidence again.
So what exactly does cosmetic dentistry fix?
Have Crooked or Missing Teeth? Get a Smile Makeover
Cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of touch-ups for teeth. Crooked teeth and missing teeth are two of the most common problems that are fixed.
Crooked teeth can throw your smile out of alignment. There are several different types of crooked teeth, including underbites, overbites and overlapping/crowded teeth. Usually they are inherited and develop naturally. They can cause some minor health issues, such as difficulty chewing and increased risk of cavities, but for many people it is how they look that is most problematic. Not only can crooked teeth impact the look of your smile, but they can even contribute to the appearance of your jawline and face. For instance, overbites can cause a receding chin.
Missing teeth usually develop due to trauma, infection or poor dental hygiene. Missing teeth, particularly from the front of your mouth, can put a big gap in your smile. Many people feel self-conscious about missing teeth, as they can be very noticeable.
What Dental Treatments are Considered Cosmetic?
If you have an issue with the appearance of your teeth, these common procedures may be the answer for you.
Teeth Whitening: Whitening your teeth is an easy way to improve your smile. Discoloration and staining are two common problems that can make your teeth look unhealthy. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure where your cosmetic dentist will apply a gel or solution to your teeth, resulting in a bright smile. This is the simplest way to touch-up your teeth. Often, your cosmetic dentist can brighten your teeth to a range of shades, allowing you to choose something that looks natural.
Teeth Straightening: There are a variety of procedures that can put your smile back in alignment. Braces are one common method for aligning teeth, but many adults do not want to wear them. Fortunately, there are now other options. New clear or see-through braces are one option, but for people who don’t want to wait a few years for their straight smile, teeth straightening surgery can accelerate the process. This is a simple procedure that is as comfortable as a regular dentist appointment.
Dental Bonding and Veneers: Bonding is a cheap and easy way to fix chipped or discolored teeth. A composite resin is placed over the problematic tooth and hardened into place. The result is a smooth, full-looking tooth. For larger problems, a veneer would be used instead of bonding. Veneers are shells that cover teeth, particularly ones with extensive damage.
Bridges, Dentures and Implants: Depending on how many missing teeth you have, one of these options will be best. If you are missing all of your teeth, then dentures are a common solution. If there are a few adjacent teeth missing, a removable or fixed bridge (a set of fake teeth) can be added in-place. For a single tooth, an implant is the best and most natural option.
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