There are a number of cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile. If you are living with a smile that you do not like, it can be transformed with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Five cosmetic dental procedures that you should explore to improve your smile include professional whitening, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and dental implants. Each one of these procedures has the potential to improve the look of your smile and provide you with long-lasting results.
You have a number of options when it comes to teeth whitening. Many people try in-home whitening options such as whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and brush on whitening gel. Each of these options can provide some level of results over time. But, if you want your teeth whitened quickly and dramatically, professional whitening will provide you with the best results. In-office professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth several shades in just one visit. And, the impact of the process will last much longer than the results you get from in-home options. Professional teeth whitening is a quick and easy cosmetic dental procedure that can give you big results.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental option that can cover damage to your teeth and help them appear whiter. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that adhere to the front of your teeth. They are shaped and colored to look natural. Veneers can cover cracks, help repair chips, and cover deep stains that do not respond to other whitening efforts. Getting porcelain veneers is a relatively non-invasive process that can completely transform the look of your smile.
Porcelain crowns are similar to veneers because they are made of the same material and can provide some of the same results. A big difference, however, is the fact that porcelain crowns are designed to completely encapsulate your teeth. There is some prep work required on your natural teeth in order to place the crowns. This process is more involved than veneers and is often chosen when the damage or issues with the teeth are more extensive.
In the past, the only option for repairing a small cavity was dark amalgam fillings. As technology improved the option for tooth-colored fillings became available. If you are unhappy with the look of the dark colored fillings in your mouth you can have them replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
Dental implants can fall under the heading of cosmetic dentistry because they impact the look of your smile. They are also considered part of restorative dentistry because they can restore normal functioning. If you are missing one tooth or several, dental implants are a cosmetic dental procedure you should explore. They are a permanent solution to tooth loss and can provide you with the look and functionality you want.
Exploring the five cosmetic procedures mentioned above will help you determine which one is best for your current needs. If you are ready to transform your smile, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss which cosmetic procedures are best for you.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.