It has long been said that a smile can light up a room. Your teeth say a lot about you and are often the first thing people notice when you meet. Although some beautiful smiles come naturally with normal use and aging, they can often fade over time.
The good news is that there are various cosmetic dentistry procedures that you can choose from to enhance your smile and increase your confidence.
Here are the top 5 ways to enhance your smile through cosmetic dentistry.
1. Teeth Whitening
If you’re looking for a safe easy way to enhance your smile, teeth whitening may be one of the best options. This popular cosmetic procedure uses peroxide-related chemicals which deliver oxygen deep inside your teeth lightening their darker pigments from the inside. An in-office teeth whitening procedure, like Zoom, starts with a standard cleaning to remove any plaque, stain or debris throughout the mouth. The cleaning is then followed by the whitening process which varies depending on the existing color of your teeth. It typically takes between one and three visits to reach your best results. In some methods, an activation light is used to help activate the whitening gel. In-office procedures take 60-90 minutes to complete, while at-home methods can require 14-60 days of daily whitening. In either case, whitening lasts from 6-12 months based on your oral hygiene and diet and is easily maintained with an occasional home application of the gel in your custom whitening trays.
2. Composite Fillings
More aesthetically pleasing than amalgam, (metal) fillings, composite fillings are natural looking way to keep your teeth in healthy shape. Made from composite resin, composite fillings can be color-matched to the existing shade of your natural teeth. Regular dental visits are essential to monitor your oral health and noting any changes in your dental condition. When a cavity is found, your dentist will remove the decayed area, and bond the missing area with layers of composite resin. The top layer will be shaped and polished to match the natural color and shape of your tooth. If you currently have amalgam fillings, you can work with your dental team to replace them with composite fillings.
3. Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular dental treatment for replacing missing teeth and restoring the natural look and feel of your teeth and smile. With enhanced durability compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants are artificial root-like structures placed into the jaw bone, upon which teeth can be restored. They can act as anchors for bridges, dentures, or crowns. Because they are healed directly to the bone the feel of chewing with implant-supported teeth is as close to having natural teeth as possible. Depending on the complexity of your needs, restoring your mouth with implants can take several months up to 2 years. However, once completed, with good care your implants can last a lifetime.
Did you know most of Hollywood’s elite chose to brighten and whiten their smiles with dental veneers? A cosmetic procedure that has increased in popularity over the years, veneers are a great way to create a brighter, straighter, more perfect smile. Made from porcelain or composite, veneers are used to correct misaligned, uneven, stained, improperly spaced, or chipped teeth. In most instances, a small amount of a patient’s natural enamel will need to be removed for placement, especially with porcelain options. Veneers are an excellent long-term option for those looking to enhance their teeth, lasting 10-25 years before needing replacement.
A cosmetic treatment that completely encapsulates an affected tooth or teeth is called a crown. l Crowns are used to restore broken, worn or misaligned teeth and protect weak teeth from breaking. The most popular material for crowns is porcelain, but they can be made out of other materials in rare instances. Once completed, they are secured into place by dental cement and can last 10-30 years or longer depending on your personal and professional oral health care.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your smile with brighter, straighter teeth or are hoping to regain the ability to eat, speak and smile naturally again, we can help. Cosmetic dentistry is an important facet of the dental world. It works to boost the enjoyment of living, health and the confidence of patients, a true win-win for all involved. To learn more about what cosmetic treatment is right for you, contact us to book your appointment today.