If there is something about your teeth that you would like to change, cosmetic dentistry can offer you a long list of options. The materials and techniques used in cosmetic dentistry can restore smiles with a wide range of issues. Cosmetic dentistry is an option for people who simply want a brighter smile as well as for those who need a complete restoration. The key in choosing the right cosmetic procedures for you is to determine what your ultimate goal is for your smile. When you have an end result in mind it will be easy to look through the cosmetic procedures that are available and determine which ones will help you get that end result.
If your teeth are looking dull and yellow, professional whitening is a cosmetic procedure you should consider. In-office teeth whitening can whiten your teeth up to eight shades in as little as 45 minutes. When you compare those quick and dramatic results to the results you can find with over-the-counter options, professional whitening stands out as the best option for getting rid of surface stains.
In the past, amalgam was the material typically used to fill cavities. Amalgam is the word used to describe the silver colored fillings that many people have. If dark fillings are having a negative impact on the way you feel about your smile, cosmetic dentistry can help. You can opt to have your dark fillings removed and replaced with tooth-colored composite fillings. This is a simple procedure that can have a big impact on the look of your smile.
Porcelain veneers can be used to cover discoloration that does not respond to surface whitening, repair chipped or otherwise damaged teeth, and improve the overall esthetic of your smile. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that the dentist bonds to the surface of your teeth. This dental procedure is relatively quick and non-invasive but has the ability to provide serious results. If you have damage, discoloration, or spacing issues with your teeth, porcelain veneers may be the cosmetic procedure for you.
Porcelain crowns can be used to improve the look of your teeth, repair damage, and provide restoration. If porcelain veneers cannot provide you with the level of coverage that you need then crowns are the next option. There is more preparation needed to get your teeth ready for crowns. This means that it will likely be a multi-step process. However, the results that crowns can provide are usually worth the time needed to properly prepare.
The four cosmetic procedures outlined above are just four of the many options available with cosmetic dentistry. If your teeth are discolored, damaged, or misaligned, cosmetic dentistry has an option for you. Deciding on the right cosmetic procedures is something you should do in conjunction with your dentist. Schedule a time for a consultation at Coral West Dental to determine which cosmetic procedures make the most sense in your situation.