As dental technology and techniques improve so do the options for getting the beautiful smile that you want. Cosmetic dental procedures can improve the look of teeth that are dull and stained with options like professional whitening, veneers, and crowns. Damaged teeth can be improved with the help of veneers and crowns. If you are missing teeth, cosmetic procedures such as dental implants and dentures can help you start showing off your smile once again. No matter what your teeth need, there is a cosmetic dental procedure that can help.
There are a number of at-home and over-the-counter teeth whitening options that can remove surface level stains. However, some surface stains are stubborn and cannot be removed using at-home methods. If you want to take the whitening of your teeth to the next level, you can consider in-office teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening uses the latest technology to remove stains on the surface of your teeth and give you a whiter and brighter smile.
Porcelain veneers are permanently attached to the surface of your teeth. They can cover teeth that are permanently discolored to create a white smile. Veneers can be used to correct damage such as cracks and chips. Porcelain veneers can also change the shape of your teeth and provide you with an aesthetic that aligns with what you want.
Porcelain crowns can improve the look of your teeth by covering up unsightly stains and damage. They can cover more issues than veneers because crowns are designed to completely encapsulate your teeth. If you have extensive discoloration and/or damage, then you should consider the option of porcelain crowns. You will work closely with your dentist to decide if this procedure is the best option for getting the smile you desire.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. A dental implant is a surgical grade titanium post that is placed into your jawbone. Over time, the bone and post fuse together to create a strong and stable replacement for your missing tooth. Implants help prevent the deterioration of your jawbone and provide you with a tooth replacement option that you can treat just like your natural teeth. Having your missing teeth replaced with dental implants can completely transform the look of your smile.
Dentures are a removable tooth replacement option. Dental implants are not always a feasible choice for patients who have missing teeth. The condition of your jawbone, gums, and other teeth will all impact which tooth replacement option is best. Denture can be used to replace all or a large section of missing teeth. A prosthodontist can design and fit you with a set of dentures that will look natural and feel comfortable.
If your smile needs work, you have a wide variety of options. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine which cosmetic dental procedures will help you reach your goal of getting a more beautiful smile.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.