Cosmetic dentistry has come a very long way over the years. There are now multiple methods for plussing up your smile, with different costs and procedures associated with each. And a good smile is very important: studies have shown that not only does a strong smile cause you to present a more positive image to others, it also simply makes you feel better overall.
Here are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures:
There may not be a more common cosmetic procedure than tooth whitening. Many manufacturers of toothpastes and brushes make their own brand of at-home teeth whitener. You can also pay to have your dentist “bleach” your teeth, which can be done over a few simple visits to their office, or at your own home: a dentist can give you a tray to take home, so you can apply the whitening agent yourself at your convenience.
Veneers are thin shells made of composite or porcelain, and can make your teeth look radically different – and more appealing. The veneers can alter the shape, size and color of your teeth.
Veneers can be used in limited capacity, or they can be used on all of the teeth in a process often referred to as “full mouth reconstruction.” It’s not uncommon for Hollywood stars to undergo full mouth reconstruction: for example, Kate Beckinsale, Tom Cruise and Katy Perry have all had their smiles replaced with dental veneers.
If you are missing a tooth, or have a tooth that needs to be pulled, a dental implant can replace both the root and the tooth itself. The implant portion of the procedure is often a piece of titanium, which is drilled directly into the bone line. A crown is then placed over the implant, mimicking the appearance and functionality of a permanent tooth. And if the crown is properly taken care of, with regular brushing and flossing, it can last just as long as a normal permanent tooth.
If you have a chipped, cracked or badly damaged tooth, bonding can fill in the missing portions. By using a composite material that resembles tooth enamel, a tooth can be repaired and then sculpted by a dentist in a relatively quick and painless procedure. The result is seamless, appearing as if the tooth had been perfect all along. To read more information regarding this, please download our free eBook below, "Cosmetic Dentistry: The Key to a Better Smile."