During dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin gets applied to your teeth to cover breaks, decay or any unsightly spot on the tooth. After the resin has been applied, a unique light applied to the area hardens it. The bonded area looks very much like a natural tooth, and, in most cases, dramatically improves the way the natural tooth looks.
Veneers are created shells that fit over the front part of a person’s teeth. They are used to change the shape, size or color of a tooth. The very thin tooth shell is made from porcelain or resin. Once the tooth shell has been made, it is permanently bonded to the tooth and makes a beautiful alternative to silver crowns.
Crowns, or caps, are tooth-shaped coverings for a tooth that is damaged. The crown improves the strength, shape, and appearance of the tooth. Many crowns last for as much as 15 years. They consist of metal, porcelain over metal, ceramic or resin materials made to look like your regular tooth, only better. An impression mold is taken of the natural tooth; then the crown is made and cemented over the existing tooth.
Tooth Enamel Shaping
Enamel shaping or contouring is a fast and painless way to improve the shape of your tooth and keep them looking great. If you have uneven or crowded teeth, tooth shaping helps them look and function in an improved way. Enamel shaping can be combined with bonding, veneers and tooth whitening to give you a smile makeover, too.
Braces and Other Orthodontics
If you have misaligned teeth, you should consider using braces to move your teeth into the correct positions steadily. No matter your age, your smile will look better and your oral health improved by having straighter teeth that chew correctly. You may need to have brackets and wires placed on your teeth to straighten them properly. Or you might use invisible braces to move your teeth into proper alignment slowly.
Fillings placed in teeth repair such damage as wear and tear, chipping and breakage of your teeth. Some composite fillings are created from a silver amalgam. Other fillings use tooth-colored composites to fill the teeth while being unnoticeable. Silver fillings last longer than composite fillings, but composite fillings look more like natural teeth.
If you have an excessive amount of gums over your teeth, you can have your gums reshaped. Gum reshaping makes your teeth look longer and brighter. The gums are contoured to show more of each tooth or only a few teeth, depending on your needs. You’ll have a broader, more welcoming smile after having gum reshaping/
Dental implants remain the latest treatment option for people who lose teeth. Millions of people in America lose their teeth due to injury, tooth decay, and gum problems. Dental implants consist of placing an artificial tooth root into the jawbone. Once the artificial tooth root, which looks like a screw, has securely healed into the jawbone, a crown attached to the screw is placed that looks just like a natural tooth. One or more teeth can be replaced using this method.
Dentures use removable replacements for missing teeth and gum tissue. You may need a partial denture that covers only part of your mouth where the teeth are missing. Or you may need a full set of dentures for your upper or lower mouth or both. Partial dentures are used when the natural teeth remain. Full sets of dentures are used when all teeth are missing.
Fixed Partial Dentures (Bridges)
Bridges replace several teeth by attaching them to nearby teeth that have crowns placed on them. Once the bridge is placed, it gets cemented into place.
When tooth roots become exposed during gum recession, they become sensitive to hot and cold. This sensitivity makes it difficult for a person to eat. Also, the teeth look unnaturally long. Having a soft tissue gum graft protects the tooth roots from getting cavities as well as keeps your smile looking excellent.
Any combination of several cosmetic dental procedures can be called a smile makeover. Goals of many smile makeovers remain to correct an uneven gum line, fix crooked teeth, repair misshapen teeth and make your teeth whiter. You can expect dramatic and significant results that significantly improve a person’s self-esteem and smile.