Not all of us are born with a perfect smile. But even though you were born that way, you don’t have to live that way. You may require some dental work, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Cosmetic dentistry just might be your perfect solution.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Getting Beautiful Teeth
There are a variety of ways cosmetic dentistry can help: jagged or uneven teeth, stains or discoloration, worn enamel, or maybe you’re just not satisfied with your smile. In any case, you have many options to discuss with your dentist.
Let’s say your teeth are an off-white color, but you idealize having pearly whites. Luckily, there are options for both in the dentist’s office and at home. You’ll get the best results from your cosmetic dentist, but you can start with these at-home remedies:
- Whitening toothpaste
- Tooth whitening trays
- Tooth whitening strips
At-home whitening treatments have different results than the professional treatments your dentist provides. Teeth whitening trays, for example, are best used in the office by your dentist. They can fit the tray perfectly for your mouth, while at home it might be more difficult. Your dentist will use a bleaching agent that’s more powerful and therefore more effective. Over the counter products only give a small degree of effectiveness.
Veneers are a porcelain tooth-colored shell that goes over the surface of the teeth, designed to remain stain-resistant while covering damaged or discolored teeth. It also gives the wearer straighter and more natural-looking teeth without the use of braces.
To get veneers for your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist. It may require three separate visits, including your consultation, which is important for you and the dentist to decide if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. From then on, the dentist will reshape, prepare, and place the veneers.
If you have broken or damaged teeth, crowns or CEREC crowns may be a good option for you to look into. A crown is designed to cover the top of the tooth where it is exposed. The dentist will remove the damaged outer enamel so the tooth-like crown can fit around it. The crown itself is identical to a normal tooth, so no longer will you have to worry about having metal in your mouth.
Here are some reasons to consider getting fitted for crowns:
- Damaged or broken tooth
- If you had a root canal
- Misshapen teeth
- Discolored teeth
If you’re missing some teeth or have big gaps you want to fill in, bridges or “partial” dentures are an option. Similar to crowns and veneers, bridges resemble real teeth. This also may take up to three visits. The dentist must remove some of the enamel for the new “teeth” to fit into the gaps. Then, the dentist prepares a temporary bridge to ensure nothing changes in your mouth.
If you’re missing only certain teeth and different sides of an otherwise healthy tooth, partial dentures are still an excellent choice. These allow you to take them out and put them back in like regular dentures, but you’ll still have all your teeth.
The Next Step to a Beautiful Smile
If you find yourself a viable candidate for any of the aforementioned cosmetic dentistry procedures, schedule an appointment with your dentist for a consultation and get your teeth “straightened out”. There are more options available than listed in this article (Invisalign, snap-on smile, etc.), so be sure to go to the cosmetic dentistry section for more information. Get a beautiful smile today!