Dentists help keep your oral health in tiptop shape, but there’s one more thing they can do for you. They can improve your smile – literally.
Aside from extracting teeth and filling cavities, we also perform dental procedures that aim to make your teeth look perfect and, ultimately, uplift your confidence.
Several things can make our patients feel less confident in their smiles, including discolored, stained, chipped, broken, worn, misshapen, misaligned, or gapped teeth. Fortunately, advancements in dentistry paved the way for innovative procedures that ensure brighter smiles as the result of keeping teeth healthy.
So, if you are looking for a smile makeover, below are five of the most effective cosmetic dentistry solutions you can try:
Whether you like it or not, there will come a time that your teeth will become stained. This is inevitable for just about everyone, but especially in the case of people who smoke, take specific medications, or consume food and beverages that stain, like tea and coffee.
Fortunately, your dentist can help bring teeth back to their former brightness through a procedure called teeth whitening. This cosmetic dentistry method involves the use of a chemical process to bleach the teeth.
Before performing the actual teeth whitening procedure, the dentist will craft a mouthpiece tray custom-fitted to the size and shape of your mouth.
You can have the treatment done in the dentist’s clinic or in your own home by yourself. However, the second option often takes longer, with an average treatment time ranging between two and four weeks, whereas clinic whitening can be performed in several visits that only last one to two hours.
Another thing you must keep in mind is that your teeth can still show signs of staining even after undergoing this procedure. This is often the case when you continue exposing them to substances that initially caused the staining in the first place. You must also remember that teeth whitening is not meant as a cleaning method, so be sure to perform proper oral hygiene every day.
Another common oral health problem we face as we age is the wearing down of the teeth. This is where dental veneers come in handy.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that mimic the appearance of healthy teeth. They are often made of resin or porcelain and usually cover the outermost surface of the teeth.
Veneers are also known to create that “Hollywood smile” because they provide people with superior smiles like those that well-known celebrities have. This is due to the longer-lasting bonding that the dental devices provide the teeth.
Before installing dental veneers, dentists will need to take an impression of the tooth to be treated. From there, he will then buff off around half a millimeter of enamel from the tooth’s surface and apply the bonding agent. Once it hardens from exposure to a beam of light, the shells are bonded with the front of the teeth to change its appearance, particularly the length, shape, size, and color.
Take note that porcelain veneers are often crafted in a laboratory. This means that if you chose this type of veneer, you might need to return for a second appointment to have them attached.
Another solution that cosmetic dentistry offers to people with misshapen and discolored teeth is a dental crown. Also known as “caps,” these are used to cover the tooth completely and, ultimately, improve its appearance.
Aside from correcting discoloration and worn-down teeth, dental crowns can also be used in other instances, such as:
After a root canal procedure
When keeping a dental bridge in place
After having a dental implant
After getting a filling that covers a large area of the tooth
Several materials can be used in manufacturing dental crowns. These include resin, ceramic, metal, and porcelain fused to metal.
Over the course of our lives, there will always be a chance that we’ll lose a tooth or two. Whether it’s because of cavities or injuries due to accidents, losing teeth can significantly change the way you look. Fortunately, there’s one cosmetic dentistry solution that can help you restore your smile: dental implants.
Dental implants are made to replace missing teeth. To perform this procedure, dentists usually insert small titanium screws into the jaw. This is placed where the missing tooth used to be to serve as a support for a crown. If performed correctly, the procedure results in an almost indistinguishable implant as it is made to mimic natural teeth.
But before you can get one, your dentist will have to give you a thorough check-up first. For cases involving bone loss due to lost teeth or periodontal disease, bone grafting may be necessary to ensure that the dental implant can be attached securely.
When you have an implant, you must practice diligence in your oral hygiene, particularly during the period of placement. Make sure to get rid of food debris and plaque by brushing your teeth thoroughly and regularly.
Braces are probably some of the most common devices used to correct people’s smiles. Aside from improving the misalignment of the teeth, braces can also be used as a treatment device for incorrect jaw positioning, jaw joint disorders, and even speech issues.
Traditional metal braces work by applying gradual pressure to reposition the teeth. These are often worn for a couple of months or years, depending on the severity of the case.
However, some people find wearing braces to be equivalent to taking a step back from having a confident smile since these change the way they look. Luckily, there are alternative dental brace options that can reduce or eliminate this drawback while still achieving the same results.
Invisalign are invisible aligners that aid in correcting teeth and jaw alignment. Since they are made of clear, sturdy plastic, they won’t alter the patient’s appearance during the procedure.
Achieving your best smile ever is a lot easier to achieve today than it was before. Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry, almost every dental issue can be remedied without sacrificing people’s smiles. Get in touch with our team at NOA Dental Clinic today to learn about the best option for you.