Cosmetic dentistry has come leaps and bounds over the past 10 years. Not only are there new methods and procedures than ever before, but the standard procedures that have been around for years are becoming easier and more commonplace. This is great because it means that cosmetic dentistry results are looking more and more natural.
Having work done on your teeth can help you improve your smile, you confidence and in turn, your entire life. Here are a few of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures to consider if you’re looking to boost your self-esteem and get a new, most positive outlook on yourself and your life.
Teeth whitening is probably the most common procedure to have done under the cosmetic umbrella. It’s a noninvasive procedure that you can have done quickly and often. It’s also fairly affordable. If you like the shape of your teeth, but noticed that they’ve been looking more yellow or stained lately, having an in-office whitening done might be just the thing you need to add a little more brightness to your smile.
If on the other hand, you’re not happy with the shape of your teeth, you can consider getting braces or aligners. This procedure has come a long way from the bulky metal braces that first became popular in the 1970’s. Now you can have teeth straightening aligners in your mouth without anyone even knowing. There are so many options for teeth straightening braces and aligners, so ask your dentist if you’re thinking about having this procedure done, and they’ll be able to guide you in the best direction for your specific issues.
Veneers are shells that are placed over your current teeth that give them the white and straight look everyone desires. They are usually made out of porcelain but can be made out of plastic, and are cemented to your teeth until you don’t have a need for them anymore. This is a great option if you don’t want to have any major procedure done.
If you have a few spacing issues or flaws in a couple of your teeth, you can have your dentist contour or reshape them by hand. They’ll take a tool and basically file away any of the imperfections that you’re not happy with. If you’re generally happy with your smile, but have maybe one tooth that’s too sharp, or overlapping for your liking, ask your dentist about having it reshaped.