As you go through your day to day life, you meet and greet people with one primary tool – your smile. For those who aren’t happy with the look of his or her teeth, smiling may be something they try to avoid. Living with teeth that are crooked, spaced apart, or discolored affects how you welcome the world as well as how you feel about yourself. To make a drastic change in how you view your smile, you may only need a subtle change. The change needed can easily come through cosmetic dentistry treatments.
While preventive dentistry seeks to bring about and maintain oral health, cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the aesthetics of your smile. There is a wide variety of treatments available that can correct all sorts of conditions leading to a less-than-ideal appearance. Here are a few of the treatments that may help you get the smile you deserve.
Dental veneers are another popular cosmetic dentistry treatment widely used today. A veneer can correct severe discoloration, chips or cracks, spaces between teeth, or misshaped teeth by covering the exterior surface of individual teeth. This “shell” made of porcelain is crafted based on an impression of a tooth or teeth, and then cemented into place once fit and shape have been perfected.
Along the lines of the dental veneer, composite bonding eliminates chipped, broken, discolored or decayed teeth quickly and permanently. Using a dental composite material, your dentist mixes up the correct color and “paints” the affected tooth or teeth. After this material is applied, it is sculpted into the perfect shape, contoured to look natural, and treated with a high-intensity light to cause hardening. With bonding, one or several teeth may be effectively treated in a single visit.
Today, fillings may actually fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry. This is because patients now have the ability to choose tooth-colored composite material as fillings instead of the unsightly and unhealthy amalgam filling material used in the past. Additionally, inlays or onlays, restorative tools used for large fillings also use material that is tooth-colored. With such treatment options, cavities may be treated without leaving tell-tale signs.
With the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available today, there is no reason for you to live with a smile you’re not completely confident to show off.