9 Cosmetic Dental Treatments to Help You Achieve the Perfect Smile
Do you dream of perfectly white and straight teeth? Find out which cosmetic dental treatments are right for you.
Do you find yourself hiding your smile when you meet new people? You’re not alone.
A study performed by the American Dental Association found that one in every four adults try to avoid smiling because of dental issues. This can make things like interviewing for a job or dating very difficult.
Fortunately, there are a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can fix your smile. These treatments also improve the quality of your oral health.
Let’s go over nine cosmetic dentistry procedures so you can get a better understanding of what’s best for you.
1. Teeth Whitening
If you drink red wine, coffee, or tea on a regular basis, chances are your teeth are now stained to some degree. Even if you brush every day, these stains won’t go away completely.
There are many teeth whitening products on the market. However, they require a lot of time and effort before you start seeing results.
On the other hand, by opting for in-office teeth whitening, you can complete the process in a few hours. Dentists use a whitening gel that’s stronger than what you find at the drug store. Plus, a dentist can treat any tooth sensitivity you may feel during the process.
A damaged or decaying tooth can cause a lot of embarrassment. It can also create discomfort when eating or drinking cold or hot beverages.
Having composite bonding added to the problematic tooth is a quick solution. The process involves removing existing decay and then adding boding material to the surface of the tooth.
This material is then formed to fit the shape of your tooth. After that, a special light helps the bonding material harden. Your dentist will finish by smoothing the bond so it looks and feels natural.
3. Porcelain Veneers
Another option is to have a porcelain veneer fitted over the damaged or discolored tooth. This solution works to resolve everything from chips, spacing issues, or teeth that are out of alignment.
This is a more invasive procedure than whitening or bonding. However, it provides a long-term solution.
Your dentist will need to take an impression of the damaged tooth. Once the veneer is ready, your dentist will place it over the tooth and affix it.
Porcelain creates a very natural appearance and is highly-durable, so you won’t have to worry about damaging it while eating.
This procedure is better for teeth that have sustained extensive damage or decay. A crown will provide a natural appearance while returning functionality back to the tooth.
During the procedure, your dentist starts by removing the outer surface of the damaged tooth, as needed. Then, the custom-made crown goes on over the remaining tooth.
Your new crown will blend in well and give you years of durability.
5. Gingival Contouring
With regard to your smile, it may be your gums you’re concerned with, not your teeth. Fortunately, gingival contouring can correct receding gums or too much gum tissue showing.
This is a surgical procedure that corrects the gum line and balances out your smile. Depending on the condition of your gums, your dentist may use laser treatment, maxillofacial surgery, or a lip repositioning.
These all may sound daunting, but this type of corrective procedure is very common. In fact, you may only need a local anesthetic during the process.
A short recovery time is required for gingival contouring, but the results are well worth it.
6. Inlays and Onlays
Another approach for correcting decaying or damaged teeth is to get either an inlay or onlay. These are also referred to as indirect fillings.
This an option if the tooth in question can’t support a regular filling. Your dentist will take an impression of the tooth first. The inlay or onlay is then created in a dental lab.
The condition of your tooth determines whether you should get an inlay or onlay. An inlay gets bonded to the center of your tooth and covers the entire surface.
An onlay works better if there are multiple areas on the tooth with damage or decay. The goal is to preserve the rest of the healthy tooth.
If you’re looking for a permanent solution for a damaged tooth, a dental implant is your best bet. This involves extracting the tooth and replacing it with a synthetic one.
During this process, your dentist places a titanium screw into the socket of the tooth that used to be there. As your jaw heals, the bone fuses to the metal rod and anchors it in place.
The implant, which gets custom made in a lab, is secured to the rod. Once it’s in, it’s like having a brand new tooth.
If you didn’t get braces as a child, there’s a good chance your teeth are now crooked. You may also have an uneven bite that drives you crazy.
Many adults now opt to get braces later in life. The great part is braces are much smaller and less bothersome than they were years ago.
If you’re self-conscious about having braces, opt for clear ones. You can even get invisible aligners you can take in and out. However, using these means it’ll take longer for your teeth to straighten.
If you’re missing a tooth or need to have a damaged tooth removed, a dental bridge is a good option for you. These act as prosthetic teeth that attach to the surrounding, natural teeth.
This process involves affixing the bridge to the two natural teeth on either side of the gap. You may also get two crowns placed on the adjacent teeth that anchor the bridge.
If conditions are right, your dentist can successfully affix the bridge to only one of the surrounding teeth. If you have more than one missing tooth, you can get one implant and affix the bridge to it.
Which of These Dental Treatments is Right for You?
Don’t let your smile shatter your self-confidence. Regardless of the issue with your teeth, there’s a procedure that can restore your smile in no time.
Talk to your dentist about the dental treatments outlined above and find out which approach is best for you.
We provide a wide range of cosmetic and general dentistry services to residents of Aurora, Colorado Springs, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.