There are a number of different cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the look of your smile. Some of the procedures also have the added benefit of being able to improve function. Many people can benefit from cosmetic dental procedures including those who have stained or damaged teeth, those who are missing teeth, and patients with misshapen or crooked teeth.
Patients with stained teeth
Stained teeth can cause you to avoid smiling and feel self-conscious about your smile. You do not have to live with teeth that are dull, yellow, or discolored because there are cosmetic dental procedures that can help. Surface level stains can often be removed with in-office professional whitening. Deeper stains that go below the surface require a different approach. You may need to get porcelain veneers or crowns to cover deep stains.
Patients with damaged teeth
There are a number of ways that your teeth can get damaged. Cracks and chips are common types of damage that happen to your teeth. If you have teeth that are damaged in one of these ways then you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers, crowns, and overlays can repair or hide damage to your teeth. Each one of these procedures can help with damage but they are all different. The best option for you will depend on the type and scope of damage you have to your teeth.
Patients with teeth that are missing
Patients who are missing teeth can benefit from getting dental implants. Dental implants can be considered cosmetic because they impact the way that your teeth look. They can also be considered restorative because they can restore lost function. Other options for tooth replacement include bridges and dentures. You will work with your dentist to determine which one is right for you.
Patients with misshapen or crooked teeth
There are cosmetic dental procedures that can benefit patients with misshapen and crooked teeth. If you are unhappy with the shape of your teeth or the gaps between them, cosmetic dentistry can help. Porcelain veneers and crowns can be used to reshape your teeth and close in gaps. Crooked teeth can also be fixed with cosmetic dentistry. Traditional braces and invisible aligners are two options for getting a straight smile.
Most people can benefit in some way from cosmetic dentistry. If you want your smile to be brighter and whiter then consider the options of professional whitening and porcelain veneers. More serious issues such as damaged or missing teeth can also be addressed with the help of cosmetic dentistry. It is possible to get a beautiful smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry. If you are ready to start exploring your options, schedule an appointment with Samuels Dental Arts and get started.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.