Are your teeth cracked, chipped, or discolored? Are you missing any teeth? If so, you probably aren't too keen on showing off your smile.
Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you don't have to hide your smile anymore. There are so many treatment options available to enhance the look – and the health – of your teeth. Here's a look at three of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures that will allow you to put your best smile forward.
If your teeth are yellow or otherwise discolored, tooth whitening can help to improve your smile. This cosmetic dental treatment removes the discoloration and enhances the whiteness of the teeth.
The teeth naturally become discolored over time, as the enamel is prone to staining. Certain foods and drinks, as well as tobacco products, can stain the outside surface of the teeth. Certain medications and damage to the internal structures of the teeth can also lead to discoloration.
There are various types of tooth whitening procedures. Depending on the extent and cause of the discoloration, you may be able to see results in as little as one trip to a cosmetic dentist.
If you have cracked or chipped teeth or if you have gaps in your teeth, veneers can help to improve their appearance. Usually made of porcelain, veneers are bonded over the surface of the tooth and can dramatically enhance the appearance of the teeth. As long as they are properly cared for, veneers can improve the look of your smile for years without any issues.
If you are missing teeth, you might want to consider dental implants are an excellent cosmetic treatment to consider.
Implants are replacement roots that are permanently affixed to the jawbone. An artificial tooth or a bridge is attached to the new replacement root, thus replacing your missing tooth or teeth. Because the implants are permanently affixed to the jaw, the artificial tooth is much sturdier than traditional dentures, which means that you won't have to worry that they will shift fall out. They are also much more comfortable than dentures, don't impede speech, and are easier to care for.
If you are unhappy with your smile, stop thinking that you are stuck with teeth that make you unhappy. With cosmetic dentistry, you can enhance your smile and restore your confidence. Contact a local dental office to learn more about the above options.