A lovely smile is something we all desire but don’t always have.
Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has proven to us that we can achieve that smile we always dreamed of. Thus, cosmetic dentistry helps millions of patients acquire better self-confidence, happiness, and aesthetics.
With the new year, it is time to attempt to create the smile you’re wishing for.
Here are some ways one can achieve a new smile:
One of the most common cosmetic dentistry options the general public turns to is teeth whitening. This includes both professional and at-home whitening. Professional teeth whitening ensures your pearly whites are genuinely pearly white. Many opt for teeth whitening to enhance their smile before a photo shoot, wedding, or another special event. Others like having whiter teeth just for the desired smile.
Another popular method of cosmetic dentistry includes braces and Invisalign to straighten the teeth to a more aligned and desirable outcome. Gaps, overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth are some of the few things metal braces and clear Invisalign retainers can obtain to give patients their confidence back.
These thin, tooth-colored shells bonded to the front of your teeth will give you a renewed appearance. Minor chips, cracks, and stains can be covered up with veneers to bring you a bright smile once again. The size, shape, and length of your teeth can also be altered through this dental option.
Those with a missing tooth or few may find dental implants to be an excellent option for replacement, filling in the gap for a completed smile. Options include permanent and removable dental implants that both look and feel like actual teeth.
Those missing teeth on the top, bottom, or both find dentures to be a reliable option to replace their missing teeth. Dentures are usually removable and help with eating, speaking, smiling, and maintaining the facial structure.
Like veneers, dental crowns can cover up or aid a variety of tooth-related problems, only that they cover the whole tooth rather than just the front. Crowns are used for strengthening the teeth and giving them a better appearance after tooth decay but can also be used for other problems such as tooth discoloration or misshapen teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
These dental methods are considered “indirect fillings.” When the filling is bonded to a tooth’s center, it is an inlay. Bonded to other areas of the teeth besides the center, the filling is called an on-lay. Both inlays and onlays can improve the appearance of a tooth by covering and protecting damaged or decayed segments of teeth.
Through bonding, chipped, cracked, misshapen, worn-down, and broken teeth can be beautifully repaired. A putty is placed on the damaged or undesired area and is hardened. The material when set can be shaped and altered the way the dentist intends to give you an ultimate smile.
Similar to dental implants, bridges replace missing teeth. Two crowns on each side of a gap form a “bridge” and act as a support system, in an effort to restore a missing tooth or teeth in between.
Let nothing stand in your way this year as you aim to improve your smile!