If you are often afraid to share your smile with the world, then it might be time to get your teeth done. A smile lightens up conversations and makes you look younger and happier. With all the cosmetic options available, you can get a wide variety of procedures to improve the look and shape of your teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years. These days, it is not just concerned with the science of improving your smile, but also with the art of dentistry. A cosmetic dentist has a lot of tools and equipment at his/her disposal to help give you a smile you can be proud of.
Before you visit your dentist for a cosmetic procedure, you need to understand the different cosmetic options to determine which one is best for you. You should also know the pros and cons of each procedure, as well as the cost.
The following are some of the most common procedures you can get at your dentist’s office:
Common Dental Treatments
1. Teeth whitening
Say goodbye to stained teeth with teeth whitening and bleaching procedures. In-office bleaching gets rid of stains on your teeth, giving you a smile worthy of a toothpaste commercial.
Keep in mind that your teeth can become stained again if you do not take care of them properly. Therefore, it is important to continue brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once a day to keep your teeth looking spick and span.
If you do not want to ever worry about stained teeth again, then veneers are the best option for you. Made of plastic or porcelain, veneers cover the front of your teeth to change their shape or color. Veneers do not stain, ensuring a brighter smile for a longer time. Furthermore, this procedure also helps improve the appearance of teeth which are chipped, crooked, or poorly shaped.
If your smile looks odd because some of your teeth are broken or cracked, a dental crown can remedy the situation. Sometimes referred to as dental caps, dental crowns cover your teeth completely, giving them a normal appearance and shape. Permanent crowns can serve you for a very long time if you take good care of them.
This procedure involves attaching tooth-colored composite resin to your teeth to improve their appearance and shape. It is ideal for you if you have excess spaces between your teeth, or if they are chipped, cracked, or broken.
The bonding process is quick and minimally-invasive, and your dentist can usually do it in a single office visit.
5. Enamel contouring and shaping
If your teeth are chipped, irregular or crooked, your dentist can remove or contour the enamel to improve their appearance. This process is often combined with bonding. This option is ideal for you if your teeth are normal and healthy, and if there is enough bone between your teeth to support them.
Braces can improve the appearance of crowded or crooked teeth. They can also correct jaw positioning and improve an irregular bite. Braces work by applying pressure to your teeth in order to reposition them. The process usually takes a few months, though it may take longer in severe cases.
Many adults and teenagers are opting for clear orthodontic aligners and Invisalign instead of braces.
If you have issues with discoloration, decay, or crowded teeth, talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting your teeth done. The dentist will advise you on the best option for repairing them so that you can show off your best smile.
Call us at (716) 541-3943 for more information from Great Lakes Dental Group or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in Lockport.
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