While it is certainly important to have a bright, beautiful smile, cosmetic dentistry is about much more than flashing those pearly whites. Advancements in this area of dentistry have opened the door to a world of possibilities for those who are struggling with less-than-perfect teeth. Whether you need full mouth reconstruction or just want to whiten your teeth by a few shades, here are some cosmetic dental procedures to consider:
If your teeth are generally straight and healthy, you might be interested in brightening up your smile. Tooth discoloration is a common issue, as many of our favorite foods and beverages such as berries, coffee, and wine can cause surface stains on teeth. Professional whitening treatments, such as ZOOM Teeth Whitening, are a fast and effective option to instantly whiten your smile by a few shades. The treatment is safely applied in-office by a trained professional, usually over the course of about an hour. Results are immediate, and you will be coached on steps to take during the days following the procedure to ensure the results last as long as possible.
Chipped and cracked teeth can be uncomfortable and downright painful, in addition to the detrimental effect they can have on your self-confidence. Porcelain veneers are an effective method of dental restoration that can be customized based on the needs of each individual patient. They are generally considered a permanent solution, as the veneer is bonded directly to the tooth. Once bonded, the veneer becomes very strong, almost like another layer of enamel on the tooth.
Thin Prepless Veneers are another option in some cases. These veneers are less invasive in their application as they do not require “grinding down” of the teeth before being applied. A professional who is trained in cosmetic dentistry will be able to properly advise you on the best type of veneers given your specific situation.
If you currently have amalgam (silver) fillings, it may be time to switch to composite (resin) fillings. Composite fillings can be matched to your tooth color to create a streamlined, beautiful smile. However, the benefits of these fillings reach far beyond just aesthetics. Amalgam fillings are not bonded directly to the tooth and have a limited lifespan. As the filling begins to deteriorate, it can pull away from the tooth and leave gaps where bacteria and food particles can reach the interior. Furthermore, some amalgam fillings may be made of about 50% mercury, which can cause an array of potentially serious health problems. If you still have a mouth full of silver, it may be time to talk to your dentist about composite fillings.
Broken, stained, and chipped teeth can have a negative impact on one’s self-confidence, which can be detrimental in many areas of life. A cosmetic dentistry professional has a variety of methods available to make your smile as bright and beautiful as it was meant to be – so why wait? If you’re unhappy with your smile and live in the Coralville, IA area, call Coral West Dental today to turn that frown upside down!