How can cosmetic dentistry help me improve my smile?
If you're self-conscious about your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular in the last several years due to advances in cosmetic dental procedures and an increased focus on improving overall health. Having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile is a finishing touch that everyone will notice.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full smile restoration.
Teeth Whitening: Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, drink, and smoking.
Bondings: Composite fillings or “bondings” are now widely used instead of metal fillings to repair teeth with cavities. These tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth.
Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth.
Porcelain Crowns: Crowns are tooth-colored, custom-made coverings that encase the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution when compared to temporary dentures.
Orthodontics: Less visible and more effective brackets and wires are making straightening teeth with orthodontics much more appealing to adult patients. Also, in some cases, teeth may be straightened with custom-made, clear, removable aligners that require no braces.