Over time, teeth become misaligned and misshapen. You may also have teeth that are stained, worn, chipped, broken, or worse. Have you considered cosmetic dental work? A “smile makeover” can improve the appearance of your smile with just one or more procedures. Your dentist can help you create a treatment plan that works for you, but in the meantime, check out this list of options.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns
A dental crown fits over and replaces a damaged or severely decayed tooth above the gum line. Also called a cap, a crown not only restores appearance and shape, but it also strengthens the tooth and can keep a weak tooth from breaking.
Dental Composite Bonding
With composite bonding, a tooth-colored resin, a durable plastic material, is applied to the front of a tooth and hardened with laser or ultraviolet light. The dentist can then trim, shape, and polish the bonding, and you may want to consider this type of cosmetic dental work if you have decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. This is also a good cosmetic alternative to silver fillings, and some people even remove their old fillings in favor of this option.
With implants, the dentist implants titanium replacement tooth roots into the jaw bone where the previous tooth existed. The jawbone heals and grows around the implanted metal post which secures it and provides the foundation into which a replacement tooth to be ‘screwed’. If you are missing anywhere from one tooth to all your teeth, you may want to consider implants.
Veneers are very thin, custom-made shells of porcelain or resin that are colored to match your teeth. Veneers cover the front surface of your teeth and are bonded or cemented to your own teeth to change their shape, color, or size. This cosmetic dental work can repair problems from crooked, cracked, and damaged teeth to noticeable gaps between teeth.
If you want a whiter smile, you may want to consider dental whitening. You can whiten your teeth at home, but for the best results, you should come to a dentist who offers a variety of cosmetic dental work.
Other Options With Cosmetic Dental Work
The above five options are just the tip of the iceberg. Depending on your goals for your smile, you may want to consider the following:
- Cosmetic Orthodontics — braces to realign teeth
- Cosmetic Teeth Shaping — the dentist files or removes enamel in a pain-free procedure that can produce immediate cosmetic effects.
- Dental Bridge — replacement crowns secured between two existing teeth
- Dental Inlays and Onlays — also called indirect fillings, inlays cover a section the tooth surface or the entire cusp area.
If you want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental work can help, and a lot of the procedures go beyond beautifying your smile — they also help to safeguard your dental health. To set up a consultation to take about your objectives and the best treatment options to make that possible, contact us today. At Shallowford Dental, we aim to provide our patients with the best level of dental care possible.