Worried about an imperfect smile? Are your teeth a bit yellowish, crooked or have unsightly gaps in between? Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has made significant advances in recent years that can improve the overall appearance of teeth, so patients can dramatically improve their smile. Bad teeth can affect thesocialwell-being of people by making them self-conscious or too shy to appear in public. Don’t let your crooked teeth stop you from doing what you love best. Here is a list of the most commonly prescribed cosmetic dental procedures that improve the overall look of teeth:
In-Chair Teeth Whitening
There are countless teeth whitening products that you could purchase over-the-counter at any drug store. However, most of these whitening kits or toothpaste are only good at removing superficial stains on teeth. If teeth have deep stains, then you will need to go to a dentist. Dentists use professional bleaching procedures to remove deep-set stains on teeth caused by smoking, aging, or certain foods and beverages. Dentists call these procedures in-chair whitening. Professional bleaching is relatively harmless and quite affordable. Some people experience mild sensitivity of teeth later, but severe side effects are extremely rare.
Composite tooth fillings are commonly used to treat cavities. But these fillings are also used to fix the appearance of damaged teeth, such as those that have been broken, chipped, or severely discolored. Composite fillings match the color of teeth, unlike regular fillings. These fillings, sometimes called composite bonding, also protect the sensitive interiors or root canals of teeth. Generally speaking, if you have physically damaged teeth, they can be fixed for an inexpensive fee using composite fillings. Contact a professional dental care provider like Vibrant Dentistry to find out if composite fillings could be helpful for the tooth appearance problem you are facing.
Inlays or Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are sometimes called indirect fillings. Like composite fillings, indirect fillings can fix structural damage to teeth that might be hurting your smile. Unlike composite dental fillings, inlays and onlays are specially designed in a lab. Then, these fillings are fitted onto your teeth by a dentist and held in place by an adhesive bond. Indirect fillings are typically considered when typical dental fillings cannot improve theappearance of teeth. Indirect fillings are generally considered to be visually better than composite fillings.
Dental veneers are like painting a room in a new color; expect that the “paint” is applied to your teeth. Dental veneers are laminates made from material like porcelain that are adhesively bonded to your teeth by a dentist. Veneers are great for improving discoloration of teeth. If you have yellow teeth that even bleaching can’t fix, veneers are a great option. Unlike with in-chair bleaching, veneers don’t cause sensitivity issues. Dental veneers are also useful for hiding structural damage to teeth like chipping. Most dental insurance packages cover veneers so this is an affordable option for many who want a better option than bleach whitening.
Dentists now offer procedures known as “smile makeovers,” where the doctor evaluates your smile comprehensively and recommend cosmetic options for improvement.