Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cosmetic Dental Procedures for Your Smile

If you are unhappy with your smile, schedulean appointment with your dentist who can help you decide what cosmetic dental procedure or cosmetic dental procedures would be best for your particular needs.

According to Wikipedia, Cosmetic Dentistry is used to help improve the appearance of a person’s gums, teeth or bite while improving the alignment, shape, and color of a person’s smile.

In today’s world, Cosmetic Dentistry is more popular than ever with patients just like you scheduling dental appointments for Dental Veneers, Dental Bonding, Tooth Whitening, and Dental Implants. While some may argue that Cosmetic Dentistry is just for dental aesthetics, your dentist explains that when used with restorative dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry can help the overall health and function of your teeth and gums.

Cosmetic Dentistry can do everything from whitening to shaping, closing spaces and replacing missing teeth.

Tooth Whitening

Over time, your teeth can become discolored or stained, especially if you smoke, consume beverages and foods that can stain or take certain types of medications. Your dentist can either bleach your teeth in the office chairside or provide you with a take home whitening kit. You can also buy over the counter tooth whitening products; however, they will not be as strong. Even after tooth whitening your teeth can become stained especially if you are still using the same things that stained them in the first place.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can help improve the aesthetics of your teeth, is used to fix chips and cracks, and can be used to cover stains. Some dentists may also recommend bonding to fill cavities and to protect an exposed tooth root. Bonding can last for several years, but is not as strong as other materials. Dental bonding can also become stained and cannot be repaired with tooth whitening.

Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers are custom made thin shells made from plastic, resin, or porcelain and are used to cover the front of your teeth. Dental Veneers can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth and last longer than dental bonding. However, most dental veneer procedures are irreversible, as some of your natural tooth needs to be removed to make room for the dental veneer.

Other types of cosmetic dental procedures that you may want to consider include crowns and dental implants.

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dentistry, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.