Cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile of your dreams. You can get a smile that looks healthy, bright, and white with the help of cosmetic procedures. With these procedures your dentist can repair unsightly damage, brighten and whiten your teeth, and even replace teeth that are missing. If you need help improving the look of your smile, learn more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.
Repair unsightly damage
If you have unsightly damage to your teeth it can hold you back from feeling confident with your smile. There are a number of things that can cause damage to your teeth including decay and injury. Decay will eat away at your teeth continually until you take steps to stop the spread. Cavities start out small but as they grow they become more and more visible. Injury to your teeth can cause chips, cracks, and tooth discoloration. Any of these types of damage can make you feel ashamed of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry has solutions to repair unsightly damage. If the damage is due to decay, you have the option of getting tooth colored fillings to repair the damage without having noticeable dark fillings. If the damage is due to injury, the best solution will depend on the details of the damage. Porcelain veneers can be used to repair chips, cover cracks, and hide discoloration. Porcelain crowns have the ability to cover major damage to your teeth and improve functionality. If you have damage to your teeth, there is likely a cosmetic procedure that can help.
Brighten and whiten
Cosmetic dentistry can also help you get the smile of your dreams by brightening and whitening your teeth. This can be achieved in different ways depending on your needs and the cause of the discoloration. If you have surface stains, in-office teeth whitening can whiten your teeth up to ten shades. Stains that are below the surface will require more extensive work. Options for brightening a smile that is permanently discolored include porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns. Veneers and crowns can cover stains and provide you with a noticeably brighter and whiter smile.
Replace missing teeth
Cosmetic dentistry is focused on the way your teeth look. Having a missing tooth or several missing teeth can have a big impact on the look of your smile. In order to truly have the smile of your dreams, you must deal with your missing teeth. The options for replacing missing teeth include dental implants, bridges, and dentures. A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option that is placed into the bone of your jaw. The bone and implant eventually fuse together to create a strong and permanent tooth replacement option. Bridges and dentures also replace missing teeth but they are designed differently. Both of these options sit on the surface of your gums and replace the look and functionality of your teeth. The best option for tooth replacement depends on a number of factors and should be discussed with your dentist.
If there is any element of your smile that you are dissatisfied with, consider cosmetic dentistry. The wide range of cosmetic procedures available means that there is a solution to your problem. Start working toward the smile of your dreams by scheduling an appointment with Samuels Dental Arts today.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.