Cosmetic dentistry can take teeth that are dull, stained, damaged, crooked, or missing and restore them to create a beautiful smile. Dental technology continues to improve in order to provide patients with high-quality, long-lasting, and natural looking options in cosmetic dentistry. The latest options for cosmetic dentistry include tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, professional teeth whitening, clear aligners, and dental implants.
In the past, the only option if you needed a filling because of decay was to get a dark, amalgam filling. That type of filling is noticeable in contrast with your white teeth any time you open your mouth. Advances in technology have led to the creation of another option for dental fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can be used instead of amalgam fillings. These are sometimes called composite fillings and can be used in most situations in place of the traditional metal fillings. If you have a number of old fillings in your teeth you can explore the option of having them replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
Porcelain veneers have been around for a while but they continue to improve in quality and longevity as dental technologies improve. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can cover stains, cracks, chips, and gaps in your teeth to give you a smile that you are proud to show off.
Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that can provide you with dramatic results in as little as one treatment. The type of whitening that a dentist can provide you in-office can whiten your teeth up to ten shades in one treatment. Those results are immediately noticeable and you will not get anything close to that level of whitening with over-the-counter options.
Clear aligners are an option for getting straighter teeth that has been around for a much shorter amount of time when compared to metal braces. Clear aligners can help you get the straight teeth you want without many of the typical annoyances that come with traditional braces. You can remove the aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. And, in many cases, the time you spend in aligners is shorter than what you would expect to spend in braces. If you are a good candidate for clear aligners you can discreetly get the straight teeth that you want.
The latest in dental technology is displayed in the quality of modern dental implants. Dental implants are placed into the bone of your jaw. The bone and implant eventually fuse together to create a permanent tooth replacement option. Dental implants can function like your natural teeth and you can care for them in the same way that you can for your other teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry that is constantly being improved by advances in technology. If you have considered a cosmetic dental procedure in the past it is likely that you have even more options available to you now.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.