Do you hesitate to smile freely and confidently because of discolored, spaced out, chipped, broken or missing teeth? Well, cosmetic dentistry can correct these dental issues and give you the smile of your dreams. A great smile can enhance your appearance, boost your self-esteem, confidence, help you move past any injury or trauma and reduce your risk of oral damage.
Besides, with technological advancements over a period of time, most of the cosmetic dentistry procedures have become more affordable. Mentioned below are five such common services.
1. Teeth Whitening
Also known as teeth bleaching, this is one of the most commonly used cosmetic dentistry procedures. Over a period, your teeth can become discolored for a variety of reasons such as genetics, illness, smoking, tobacco consumption, stain-causing foods and drinks such as coffee, wine, berries etc. The plaque and tartar lend a spotted appearance to your teeth, thus masking their natural white appearance. You can use over-the-counter whitening products available in the market. However, they give much less effective results than the professional teeth whitening treatments. Your dentist uses high-quality teeth whiteners which are more effective and quick at changing your teeth color.
2. Dental Veneers
For teeth which are chipped, cracked, discolored or unevenly spaced, dental veneers are a perfect cosmetic dentistry treatment for you to get an enhanced smile. Dental veneers are thin laminates which are attached to the front surface of your teeth. They are customized to match the natural color of your teeth so that they blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. This helps cover up the aesthetic flaws to give you a beautiful smile. The two types of veneers commonly used are composite resin veneers and porcelain veneers. This is quick, cost-effective and one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures used for teeth whitening.
3. Composite Bonding
Another effective, affordable, easy and painless way to achieve that smile you have always dreamed of is, composite bonding. You can choose this cosmetic dentistry treatment if you have wide gaps between two adjacent teeth, chipped, cracked or stained teeth. It’s many benefits include minimal to zero removal of enamel, effective and long-lasting results, quick and easy procedure with results which blend seamlessly with natural teeth. It’s a simple dental procedure in which your teeth are prepared by lightly etching the surface of your teeth and a bonding liquid is applied. After the liquid sets in, a plastic tooth-colored resin is applied and sculpted as per the desired shape. After the resin is set, it is trimmed, smoothed and polished to match the natural appearance of your teeth.
4. Dental Implants
If you have one or more missing teeth in any of the two jaws, it is necessary to replace that missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a perfect permanent solution for this. This cosmetic dental procedure is important because missing teeth not only affect your smile but also your chewing and speaking actions. In serious cases, it can weaken your bite and result in a jawbone shift thus causing pain and discomfort. Dental implant restorations are a slightly more elaborate procedure as compared to the other cosmetic dentistry treatments. However, they provide more benefits also as they make for a more secure and precise fit and offer more comfort.
5. Inlays / Onlays
When your tooth has mild to moderate decay or there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling, inlays or onlays provide support to strengthen your teeth, restore their shape and reduce the risk of further decay or deterioration. This in turn contributes towards improving your smile also. Both inlays and onlays are made as per your requirements in a dental laboratory from a composite resin material and are attached with an adhesive dental cement to your teeth surface.
If you too are struggling with an imperfect smile, any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures can make a world of difference to your smile. Remember, discolored, spaced out, chipped or broken teeth not only affect your smile but also have a negative impact on your overall oral health.
A dental marketer at Michael G. Long DDS and a believer in holistic health, Grace Clark lives by the rule that health and happiness go hand in hand. She writes on various topics focusing on dental and oral hygiene, healthy living and holistic health. When she’s not working or blogging, she enjoys spending her time with her family and volunteering at the local youth centers where she educates children about the importance of health and fitness.