Thanks to advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry, patients today have access to many tools to correct or improve their smile that are affordable, attainable, and can be done in weeks as opposed to years of treatment.
Teeth that are uneven, have unsightly gaps, are stained, or have been chipped can be treated with one of many solutions.
Veneers – A dental veneer is a wafer thin, tooth colored shell that is permanently cemented on the front of the teeth that need correction. A veneer may be used to cover one or multiple teeth.
Your cosmetic dentist will be able to match the contour and color of the veneers to precisely match the surrounding teeth, making your dental veneers undistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Since the veneers are placed over your own teeth, this procedure is less invasive and involves removing only a small amount of the enamel of the tooth to be covered. In a couple of brief visits, your cosmetic dentist can virtually make misshapen or stained teeth disappear.
Bonding – For teeth that have sustained intrinsic stains that are not removable with a professional cleaning or whitening, a solution may be dental bonding.
The dentist will prepare the teeth to be bonded by roughing them up a bit to enhance the ability of the bonding agent. A thin amount of tooth colored composite resin material is carefully placed on prepared teeth and hardened with a curing light. The teeth are then smoothed and polished.
Bonding is also used for teeth that may have small chips or to improve the appearance of teeth that have sustained gum recession. The bonding will be placed to cover the bony part of the tooth that has been exposed from brushing too firmly or due to aging. Upon completion, teeth no longer show wear and tear.
Crowns – For teeth that are too severely worn for veneers or bonding to successfully repair the teeth, a crown may be suitable to save a salvageable tooth. A dental crown can be made from many different materials, and depending which tooth is to be treated your dental provider will recommend the most suitable solution.
A smile makeover to correct misshapen teeth is a boost to your self-confidence, and thanks to your cosmetic dentist is easily attainable.
If you are interested in a smile makeover and would like to know what your best options are, call our office to schedule an informative consultation.