A beautiful smile can help you feel confident in your interactions with others. And, since a good looking smile often indicates a healthy smile, paying attention to the way your smile looks may also improve your overall oral health. If there are parts of your smile that you do not like, you have options. You can have unsightly dental work replaced, stubborn stains removed, permanent damaged covered, and missing teeth restored with the help of cosmetic dental procedures.
Replace dark fillings
Dark fillings used to be the standard when it came to dealing with cavities. Fortunately, improvements in technology have provided you with another option. Tooth colored fillings are now available and can be used instead of the ‘traditional’ dark fillings. This means that you can talk and laugh without feeling self-conscious about your fillings showing. If you have dark fillings from the past, you can have them replaced with tooth colored fillings to improve the look of your smile.
Remove stubborn stains
Dealing with the stains on your teeth can dramatically improve the look of your smile. Surface stains can leave your teeth looking dull and discolored. You can try in-home whitening options as well as professional teeth whitening to deal with the stains. If the stains are deeper than the surface you will need to consider porcelain veneers or crowns. Deep discoloration can be caused by medication, injury, smoking, and other substances. These stains cannot be removed with surface level options. You can cover up this type of deep discoloration with porcelain veneers or crowns. Each option covers up the stains and can provide you with a smile you are happy to show off.
Hide permanent damage
Damage to your teeth can include chips, cracks, and discoloration due to injury. Damage like this can make you feel like your smile is anything but beautiful. Fortunately, cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers and crowns can cover many different types of damage.
Restore missing teeth
If you have one or several missing teeth it can have a big impact on the look of your smile. You may even avoid smiling, talking, or laughing around others because you are self-conscious about your missing teeth. Cosmetic dentistry has options for restoring your missing teeth so you can have a beautiful smile once again. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They are placed into your jaw bone and the two eventually fuse together. This creates a sturdy and permanent replacement for your missing tooth. Other options for tooth replacement include bridges and dentures. Each of these can replace multiple missing teeth and help restore your smile.
If you are looking for a more beautiful smile, cosmetic dentistry provides options. It can help with small surface level issues, extensive damage, and even missing teeth. A beautiful smile is within reach – schedule an appointment today.
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.