Your smile is the gateway to your being. It conveys joy and accompanies laughter. A great smile exudes confidence, happiness, and kindness. People with nice teeth understand the benefits a bright white smile can bring.
Other people aren’t as lucky. Years of neglect often bring infection, discoloration, or complete tooth loss. These people don’t smile for photos, stifle their laughs, and are ashamed of their appearance. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry procedures exist that allow you to improve your smile quickly. Here are four standard cosmetic dentistry procedures that will improve your smile:
Crowns & Bridges
When a tooth is decayed, damaged, cracked, or broken, a crown may need to be fitted onto the tooth. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth and can be made of porcelain, gold, or other metals. Porcelain coverings look the most realistic and can reshape, whiten, and realign existing teeth, adding vibrancy to your smile.
A bridge is a type of device used to replace the space where a tooth has been removed. A bridge consists of a filler tooth that is attached to a pair of crowns, or abutments. The bridge is then bonded into the mouth.
In terms of cosmetic surgeries, teeth whitening is the most common. It’s well known that enjoyable food and drink consumed over time wear away your teeth and dye tooth enamel yellow or brown. Over the counter toothpaste can assist in teeth whitening, but professional teeth whitening is the most effective. These whitening procedures can achieve excellent results.
Implants are used to replace lost teeth. This procedure uses a small titanium screw to fasten porcelain teeth into the jaw. Implants are almost indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth and are often impossible to pick out. Single implants can be completed, as well as full sets of teeth. It is imperative that patients diligently take care of and clean their implants just as they would natural teeth after their procedure.
Veneers are made from medical-grade ceramic or porcelain and are meant to resemble one’s natural teeth.
Your dentist will reshape your teeth to prepare a tooth for a veneer, which is referred to as a tooth covering. Your dentist will take the thickness of the veneer off of your tooth to retain the size of the tooth in question. Veneers look exceptionally realistic and can help problems ranging from crooked teeth and cracked enamel to gapped teeth and discolored areas. It is important that your dentist determines if you are a good candidate for veneers as sometimes crowns are your only option.