Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve your look, and have a smile that you’ll be proud to show off to others. However, it can be somewhat confusing thanks to all the options you have available.
Let’s go over five popular types of cosmetic dentistry that you may wan to look into.
- Teeth Whitening
Probably the most well-known form of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. As the name implies, this is a procedure that whitens and brightens up your smile. There are many different ways this can be done, from using whitening strips, to using special techniques such as laser whitening. In any case, the process is relative simple, non-painful, and will leave you with an amazing smile.
Something that many people overlook when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is the use of veneers. Veneers are a simple shell like attachment that is bonded to the front of your teeth in order to deal with stained teeth, crooked teeth, and other issues. The veneers are matched to the shape of your teeth, making them hardly distinguishable from the real thing. This can be a great option for people with minor tooth issues.
People with more serious issues such as teeth that are chipped, decayed, or broken may want to see about getting crowns. A crown is a fixture that’s used to cover your teeth, or the spaces between your teeth, and is fused to metal to help withstand biting pressure. This is also commonly done when a person needs to have a large filling covered.
- Enamel Shaping
Another procedure that is typically used when teeth are deformed is enamel shaping. It may sound odd, but the dentist doing the procedure will remove or add enamel as needed, reshaping the tooth, and fixing whatever deformity is afflicting it. The results can actually be quite dramatic, transforming a jagged, crooked toothed simile, int one that’s natural and attractive.
In some cases dentures aren’t an option, or perhaps the patient just wants something a bit more permanent. In these cases dental implants will be used. This is a great option for those who have lost their teeth, but don’t want to death with the hassle of having to use dentures. The main issue here though is that in order to get implants the patient can’t have lost a signification amount of bone in their jaw and/or maxilla. This means that implants are often used for younger individuals who have suffered an accident of some sort, rather that older individuals who likely suffer from natural bone loss.
BONUS: Invisible Braces
Being able to fix a crooked smile without the need for braces is one of the greatest innovations of modern dental technology. Functioning somewhat like a retainer, the clear mouth piece is fitted and worn while it gradually reshapes a person’s smile painlessly, and without hassle. If there is any downside to this, it’s that invisible braces will cost you just as much as normal braces in most cases, so don’t think of this as a cost effective alternative.
Getting the Perfect Smile
With all the amazing dental technology available today, it’s easy to find the perfect procedure that will give you the perfect smile. As previously mentioned though, much of this isn’t cheap, so having dental insurance that covers cosmetic issues, or deep pockets, will likely be a prerequisite. Even so, it is reassuring to know that in the event of an emergency and/or injury, or just the natural aging process, there are options that you can turn to in order to have a great smile that you’ll be proud of.