The way your teeth look can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself. Damaged, missing, or stained teeth can prevent you from talking, smiling, or laughing around others. Cosmetic dentistry can help you get a beautiful smile once again so you can interact with others confidently. Examples of the types of procedures included under the description of ‘cosmetic dentistry’ include tooth colored fillings, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, implants, and dentures.
Tooth colored fillings
If you have dark colored fillings from the past that are damaged you can have them replaced with tooth colored fillings for a more natural look. Some people opt to have the old, dark fillings replaced for aesthetic purposes even if they are still functioning properly. This is also a great option if you are currently in need of a new filling. Advancements in materials make it possible to get tooth colored fillings that are high quality, long-lasting and great looking.
Porcelain veneers cover the front surface of your teeth and can close spaces, increase length, create maximum whiteness, and strengthen teeth. They are a great option for patients with deep stains that have been resistant to other whitening methods. Veneers are a minimally invasive way to transform the look of your teeth.
Porcelain crowns are a recreation of natural teeth. Crowns go over the natural teeth and can make a huge difference in the way your smile looks and how you feel about it. Like veneers, crowns can give you a whiter smile and cover up many types of unsightly damage. Crowns are designed to cover the entire tooth - as opposed to only the front like veneers.
Dental implants are surgical grade titanium posts that are surgically placed below your gums. Implants will fuse to the bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth are then attached to the implants. Dental implants help your smile look better by filling in for missing teeth. They also protect the well-being of your jaw and other teeth by adding additional structural support.
If you have lost most or all of your teeth then removable dentures may be your best option for getting a great smile. Dentures can provide you with the ability to smile, talk, and eat comfortably. In addition, they replace facial structure that you lost along with your teeth. This means that when you wear your dentures your facial structure will be much closer to what it was before you lost your teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is so much more than simple procedures like teeth whitening. Many of the procedures described here can completely transform your smile and your life. You can have years of stains, damage, and tooth loss corrected with cosmetic dentistry. If you want more information on these and other procedures please visit the Samuels Dental Arts website.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.