It’s important to take good care of your teeth for the best smile possible. Get your regular dental exams and cleanings, and make sure that you brush and floss daily. Getting your preventative care and caring for your teeth and gums at home can help your teeth to stay in better condition. However, over time, your teeth may still show some signs of wear. It’s common for teeth to become stained, to form gaps, to become chipped or cracked, and become broken or misaligned. All of these problems can affect the aesthetics of your smile, and some people become displeased with the way their smiles look. However, there are many ways that your smile can be improved with the help of a cosmetic dentist.
There are many cosmetic procedures that can be done to give you the perfect smile. Cosmetic dentistry today is highly advanced, and there are many techniques that can be used to fix specific cosmetic problems. You may need to have teeth replaced or have broken or stained teeth fixed. No matter what your cosmetic dental problem is, there is a dental service that can repair it so that you can have your best smile.
Getting veneers is an option for many patients who have cosmetic problems with their teeth. These are thin strips of porcelain or a plastic composite that are placed on the front of the teeth to cover any problems. When a tooth is cosmetically imperfect, veneers hide all of those problems and create a new appearance for the tooth that can be any color you choose. Veneers are only a cosmetic treatment, however, and they won’t help with problems like tooth decay that require a filling or crown.
Veneers are bonded to the surface of the teeth one at a time. In order to do this, a thin layer has to be removed from the front of the teeth to make room for the veneer. When teeth are broken, have chips, or have deep staining, this is a highly effective method of changing their appearance. They look great, and they can last for many years as long as you take good care of them as directed.
An option for many patients is to use a dentist-provided tooth whitening kit to clear away stains. There are many types of stains that won’t respond to this method, including staining caused by certain antibiotic use or heavy smoking. They often don’t produce the same dramatic results as veneers, but they are good for getting rid of moderate staining. There are a lot of teeth whitening products on the market, but none are as strong as the kits that are available for the dentist. These kits have whitening gel that is far more concentrated than with over-the-counter products. These kits use trays to hold the gel in place on your teeth. Several applications are needed to see the best results.
When you have one or more teeth missing, it can make you feel that your smile isn’t what it could be. For missing teeth, most patients are good candidates for getting tooth implants. With this tooth restoration method, a titanium post is implanted into your jaw to hold into the other parts of the implant. After the post is implanted, an abutment is added that will hold a crown to the post. The crown will look just like your other teeth so that no one can tell you’ve had an implant. This is a helpful way to get a perfect smile because it keeps the bone intact. When a tooth is missing for a long time, it can cause the bone to deteriorate, and this can change the way your face looks. An implant keeps the contours of your face in place.
Another method of fixing teeth for a great smile is to use dental bonding on teeth that have cosmetic problems. This method is used for a number of cosmetic problems and is highly effective. It’s a composite that is used to cover problems that you have as well as to build up teeth. If you have a chip or a tooth that is too small, bonding can be used to build up the tooth so that the problem is gone.
If you have cracks in your teeth, bonding can be used to fill them in so that no one can tell there was ever a crack. If you have staining and don’t want to get veneers, bonding can work in a number of situations. To get dental bonding, the dentist will make some scratches on your teeth so that the bonding will be able to attach to them. The process doesn’t take very long, and there is no downtime at all.
Call Us to Get the Perfect Smile
If you want a smile that you’re proud to show off, give us a call at the Center for Family & Implant Dentistry to arrange a consultation about your teeth. Talk to the dentist about the options you have and choose a treatment plan that’s right for you.