Cosmetic dentistry focuses on procedures that improve a smile’s appearance. It can address color, shape or bite depending on the issues which need to be corrected. Advancements in dental technology afford us many options to improve the aesthetics of teeth today. Below are some of the most common cosmetic options to improve your smile.
Teeth whitening is a simple procedure which can drastically improve the appearance of your teeth. Professional teeth whitening offered by a dentist produces the most consistent and effective results. Over the counter products contain low concentrations of peroxide. These chemicals are unstable and begin to break down as they sit on the shelf waiting for purchase. Furthermore, over the counter whiteners are not regulated so they do not have to be consistent or even effective to be marketed.
Porcelain veneers are super-thin custom fabricated shells which are crafted to match neighboring teeth. They are affixed to the front of the tooth’s surface with a bonding agent. This durable cosmetic option is often used to cover severe discoloration, minor spacing issues, and small chips and cracks. Veneers are virtually undetectable and can transform a smile.
Cosmetic bonding is a restorative option using tooth colored composite resin. It is sculpted to the desired shape and hardened with a special light to become permanent. Cosmetic bonding is ideal to repair misshapen or broken teeth. Small chips can also be repaired with this method and it can be used to cover stubborn stains.
Over time, life can wreak havoc on a beautiful smile. Anything from natural aging to certain medications and drinks can affect the appearance of teeth. If you are interested in restoring your radiant smile or there are other issues you would like to address, call our office today. We will explore all your options to see how you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry.