There are a number of cosmetic dental procedures that can have a lasting impact on the look and function of your teeth. The term ‘cosmetic’ often causes people to think of changes on a surface level. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, however, many of the procedures create significant and lasting change. Four cosmetic dental procedures that have a lasting impact on your teeth include porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, dental bridges, and dental implants.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are customized to your needs which means they will have a shape that fits in with your natural smile. If you are unhappy with the shape of your teeth – or have gaps you want to fill in – veneers can be designed to do that as well. The coloration of the veneers is also customized to provide you with a smile that is bright and white but also looks natural. Veneers can cover deep stains on teeth and will not become dull or stained over time.
Porcelain crowns provide many of the same benefits as veneers. Crowns can cover dark stains, damage, fill in gaps, and help to reshape your teeth. Porcelain crowns are designed to completely encapsulate the tooth. They are a great option for people with more severe damage because they cover the entire tooth.
Dental bridges can be considered part of cosmetic dentistry because they impact the way that your smile looks. Having one or more missing teeth can make you feel ashamed of your smile. Missing teeth can also make it difficult to eat and talk. Dental bridges are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges use surrounding teeth as anchors and can provide the look and function you have been missing since you lost a tooth. Getting bridges has the potential to improve your quality of life by letting you smile and eat normally once again.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. As with dental bridges, implants can be put into the cosmetic category because they have an impact on the way your teeth look. Missing teeth can lead to a number of difficulties that significantly affect your quality of life. The lasting impact of getting dental implants is that you can smile, talk, laugh, and eat with confidence. And, you can treat the dental implants like your natural teeth.
Cosmetic dental procedures like the ones outlined above can have a lasting impact on the way your teeth look and how you feel about your smile. There are a number of other cosmetic dental procedures available that you can explore on the Samuels Dental Arts website.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.