Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve Your Smile
Having a beautiful smile that you can be proud of can enhance your self-esteem, boost your confidence, and create great first impressions. Smile enhancement can range from tooth whitening and tooth colored fillings, to rebuilding an entire mouth with implant-supported teeth, to creating a beautiful denture.
Here are some of the cosmetic procedures that can enhance your smile:
- Ceramic Crowns. Sometimes called caps, crowns completely cover a tooth, restoring a normal shape and appearance. You may need a crown to:
- Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken or worn tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure
These custom shells, typically made of porcelain (sometimes plastic), cover the front sides of the teeth to change their color and/or shape. Veneers last longer than bonding and provide a superior appearance. They are less expensive than crowns.
Veneers can improve teeth that:
- Have spaces between them
- Have become chipped or worn
- Are permanently stained
- Are poorly shaped
- Are slightly crooked
Before inserting veneers, the dentist first takes an impression of your teeth, Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory, so you need a second visit to the dentist to have them inserted.
- Bonding may improve how your teeth look if they have excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked.
- Bonding materials are also used to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth. The dentist can usually do this procedure in a single office visit .
- Although bonding can last for several years, it is more likely than other types of restorations to chip or become stained or just wear down.
Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. Using a chemical process, your dentist can bleach your teeth in one of two ways. He can do an in-office procedure, or provide you with a system to use at home.
Keep in mind, your teeth can become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them. Because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Not everyone is suitable for Teeth Whitening therefore, prior to procedure a consultation with our dentist is a must.