If you find yourself covering your smile, or your existing dental work is starting to show its age, then it may be time to consider your cosmetic dental options. Cosmetic dentistry helps you find the perfect smile, boosts your self-confidence, and can enhance your quality of life. A skillful cosmetic dental professional is concerned not only with the science of dentistry, but also with the aesthetics of your individual smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way over the past few years. Today, there are a number of very common procedures that you may want to consider to brighten your smile. Here are five popular and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that may help you love your smile.
Perhaps the most common cosmetic dental procedure is teeth whitening. Options for achieving a brighter, whiter smile include whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter whitening strips, custom take-home gel kits and trays, and in-office treatments like Philips Zoom whitening. While whitening toothpaste is certainly the most affordable and convenient option, these pastes may not whiten your smile as dramatically or quickly as you’d like and the results may be fleeting.
Additionally, many long-term users report that the toothpastes cause uncomfortable tooth and gum sensitivities. As an alternative, many people find that professional take-home whitening kits with customized trays are an affordable, convenient, and effective option. However, if you’re looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office teeth whitening treatments like the Philips Zoom can lighten your teeth up to eight shades.
If you’re bottling up your laugh to hide your fillings or if your old metal cavity repairs are starting to deteriorate, it’s time to investigate composite resin fillings. The days of unsightly fillings are history. Modern, natural-looking fillings are durable, fracture-resistant, and customized to your enamel color, making them nearly invisible.
Think of porcelain veneers as the can-do of cosmetic dentistry. While porcelain veneers are certainly a greater investment than teeth whitening, if your tooth enamel is damaged or needs a more lasting form of protection, or if your teeth are gapped, cracked, chipped, or misaligned, then veneers are the way to go. Veneers are hard, thin shells that cover your existing enamel to give you a whole new look. Skilled cosmetic dentists can even change the shape and size of your tooth with a meticulously applied porcelain veneer and will match it to your surrounding teeth for a natural-looking and healthy smile. Veneers may last up to 20 years, providing a great return on your investment. Veneers can transform your smile.
If you suffer from teeth that are weak or damaged, then a well-crafted crown will help stop the decay and prevent your teeth from any additional painful deterioration. Unlike porcelain or prepless veneers, which covers only the surface of your existing tooth, a porcelain crown replaces more of your natural tooth structure. Cosmetic dentists work not only to produce safe, strong, durable, and comfortable crowns, but also strive to create realistic crowns that go unnoticed, so your smile is all that people see.
Braces aren’t for everyone and some adolescents and adults may find that imperfections, misalignment, and gaps in their front teeth as well as problems with their bite can be addressed with invisible aligners such as the SNF aligning system. The custom trays, made from smooth dental plastic, are comfortable, removable and discreet—the perfect teeth-straightening solution for grown-ups and teens alike!
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry and to determine if it’s right for you, request an appointment with Steven R. Hecklin, DMD, today.