There are many techniques and treatment options that can treat and erase discolored teeth, chipped or damaged teeth, or teeth that are misshapen, missing, or fractured. Most dentist offices have the skill, resources, and experience necessary to quickly and affordably:
- Reshape Teeth
- Close Gaps Between Teeth
- Restore Worn Our or Short Teeth
- Alter The Length Teeth
These cosmetic dentistry services are improvements that do far more than just enhance the aesthetics of one’s teeth. Most of these services help to improve overall oral health and can alleviate many oral problems, such as an overbite. Most cosmetic dental services feature the following popular dental treatment options:
- Reshaping and Contouring
Bleaching is a common dental procedure and popular chemical process used by dentists all over the world to whiten and brighten teeth. Some people bleach their teeth to remove surface stains like the stains left over from excessive coffee drinking or cigarette smoking. Other patients just want a whiter and more beautiful smile. Discoloration is a direct result of a stain in the enamel of the tooth and while external factors do play a role in discoloring teeth, the issue can also be hereditary or a result of the aging process.
Many patients enjoy bleaching their teeth at home because it tends to be less time consuming and more convenient. However, at home treatment options tend to not be as potent as the in-office treatment.
Dentists will create a customized mouthpiece to ensure the correct amount of whitening solution is used and to ensure all of your teeth are exposed to the bleaching agent. Once a mouthpiece is created and the whitening agent is applied, it can take up to one hour before results can be seen.
Dental bonding material that is used to fill in gaps or enhance the color of someone’s teeth. While only requiring a single office visit, dental bonding lasts several years. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration, so eating things like ice or drinking lots of coffee may cause the dental bonding to deteriorate more rapidly. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins are often the preferred method to fix those problems. Bonding in some cases is also used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities. As well, bonding is used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth in order to better change its color or shape.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or dental plastic that are placed over the front teeth with the intent to change the color or shape of the teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or teeth that may be chipped, discolored, misshapen, uneven, or crooked. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia is needed and the process tends to be quick and relatively painless. Veneers are also interchangeably used to treat similar issues that dental bonding can resolve.
This treatment tends to also be an alternative to dental crowns, which typically tends to be more expensive. The procedure does require an impression of your tooth. However, once the impression is created, the custom-made veneer can then be cemented directly onto the tooth that needs to be worked on. Once the impression is made and the cement is placed, a light beam is used to harden the cement.
If you are in the process of figuring out what services is best for you, there are several questions you can ask any dentist before deciding on which is right for your specific needs.
- How will the changes to my mouth affect my look?
- What should I expect during my visit?
- What type of home care will be required?