If you are trying to find a way to improve the look of your smile, cosmetic dentistry is a great option. Cosmetic dental procedures can fix or cover up a wide range of issues such as discoloration, chips, cracks, decay, and tooth loss. You can find the cosmetic dental procedure that is right for you by exploring the options offered by your dentist. Four cosmetic dental procedures worth exploring include in-office whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, and dental implants.
There are plenty of at-home teeth whitening products available on the market. Options include whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwash, whitening strips, and in-home whitening trays. All of the at-home whitening options can provide some results when it comes to removing surface stains. The reality is, however, that the whitening process will be slow and is limited to how many stains it can remove. In-office whitening, on the other hand, can provide you with quick and dramatic results. With professional teeth whitening you can potentially get your teeth 10 to 12 shades whiter. This level of results will be immediately noticeable.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental option that can cover unsightly damage like cracks and chips. Veneers can also be used to reshape your teeth and cover gaps. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. They are resistant to stains and can be used to cover up teeth with deep stains that do not respond to other whitening efforts. Porcelain veneers can completely transform the look of your smile.
Tooth colored fillings can be used to replace old, dark fillings that you got in the past. This can improve the overall aesthetics of your teeth. The same material used for tooth-colored fillings can also be used as a part of tooth restoration. Decay and cracks can be addressed using the composite (resin) material. Many people hate the look of the amalgam (silver) fillings they have from the past. Replacing those with a tooth-colored composite resin will eliminate the dark look of those old fillings.
Dental implants are part of restorative dentistry but can also be considered cosmetic. There are few things that will impact the look of your smile more dramatically than replacing a tooth that is missing. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. Once you have a dental implant placed you can treat it just like your natural teeth when it comes to eating and care.
Cosmetic dentistry has the power to completely transform the look of your smile. If you want to explore your cosmetic procedure options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubel at Coral West Dental.