A perfect grin makes your entire face look more vibrant, but if you weren’t born with the right genes, cosmetic dentistry can work miracles. If your pearly whites are less than pearly or have lengthened and become misshapen, there are subtle and dramatic ways to find toothy perfection.
Tooth whitening is among the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. These days there are an array of different ways to bleach teeth, from over the counter remedies to in-office procedures conducted over a series of appointments. Bleach solutions are used to shift the organic molecules that collect beneath the enamel to cause stains. Yellow stains are easy to treat, but sometimes browner hues can also be fixed. Given that over the counter remedies frequently cause sensitivity and deliver subtler results, dentists usually recommend professional whitening gels applied in the office.
If your tooth enamel has become eroded, causing discoloration and shape irregularities, veneers can be used to replace it. Porcelain and composite veneers not only whiten your teeth, but mask moderate imperfections, too, straightening or reshaping the tooth surface to improve texture and silhouette.
Chipped teeth can be a source of shame, but they can be easily fixed with a composite made from glass filler and a plastic-based matrix. This material is bonded to the healthy tooth. It’s not quite as robust as your natural teeth, so it’s a temporary solution to use while you wait for porcelain restoration.
Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Porcelain is strong and slightly translucent, so it acts as an excellent material for dramatic reshaping and replacements. It can also be used to whiten and realign your teeth. If your fillings have lost their vibrant shade or you’ve had a root filling that requires protection, crowns can be fitted to solve the problem. They last longer than other cosmetic procedures, but they’re not light on the pocket, so they’re only used when other methods aren’t suitable.
If you want a simple, quick solution to subtle irregularities, contouring might be all you need. It corrects chips, shapes irregularities, and evens overlapping teeth in only one visit. If you suffer from jaw pain due to a problematic bite, contouring can often bring much-needed relief if combined with bonding. If the edges of your teeth are crooked, enamel shaping can give you that exquisite bite you’ve always dreamed about. Combined with bonding, the procedure has even more dramatic results.
The days of thick metal “railway track” braces are long gone. These days, braces are subtle and carefully colored to blend in with your teeth. Some are even attached to the inside of the teeth and are completely invisible. Clear molds are the subtlest option on the market today.
Patients often underestimate the role their gums play in the aesthetics of their smile. Whether your gums are irregular, too low or receding, gum reshaping and grafting can even them out.
A full mouth reconstruction is the holy grail of the dental industry. Instead of correcting aesthetic problems, it resolves functional issues to do with everything from your bite to your bone structure. It usually follows a smile makeover because clinical problems are often diagnosed during the procedure.
A smile makeover combines as many cosmetic procedures as you need, leaving you with a Hollywood grin people will envy. It entails gum resculpting, implants, veneers, orthodontics, and whitening. Your cosmetic dentist will assess every imperfection and suggest a collection of techniques that create absolute perfection.
Even the subtlest cosmetic dentistry procedures can send your confidence soaring. Treat yourself. You deserve it.