Having a bright, healthy smile is a quality that can help you go far in life. If you have teeth that are discolored, jumbled, irregularly shaped, or chipped, you may feel self-conscious. Being confident in your smile will allow you to express yourself freely and not be hampered in making a great impression on those around you. If you're unhappy with your teeth, we can give you a way to improve your situation with information about the best cosmetic dentistry options based on your needs.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
This type of dentistry includes a number of procedures that dentists can use to make teeth whiter, symmetrical, and generally closer to your ideal. We will outline some of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures below so that you can decide whether cosmetic dentistry will benefit your life.
Making Smiles Brilliant with Teeth Whitening
One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening. There are a variety of methods. Many people have seen over-the-counter types of teeth-whitening kits. Cosmetic dentistry whitening procedures done by dentists are much more effective, removing layers of stains caused by such activities as drinking tea, coffee, or soda. Dentists use a UV light to activate a gel coated on the teeth. If you have yellowing teeth, you could benefit from cosmetic whitening treatment.
Correcting Irregularities with Bonding and Veneers
Another common problem people have with their smiles is chipping or irregular-shaped teeth. This issue can be corrected with the application of ceramic material bonded to teeth. Bonding works best for minor imperfections in shape, whereas we've found that veneers are better for people with bigger problems. Veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are adhered to the surface of teeth to correct for coloring differences, shape abnormalities, and a variety of other problems. We provide both of these procedures to give people more brilliant smiles and help them restore their confidence.
On average, adults between the age of 20-64 will lose up to 7 teeth. Dental implants are a common solution for teeth lost due to injury, disease, or decay. Made up of 3 components: a crown, and abutement, and a titanium post or screw, dental implants can be seen as alternative to dentures or bridges and often improve facial appearance while supporting your other teeth.
Like dental implants, dental bridges are a common solution for lost teeth. the main difference is that the natural teeth on each side of the missing tooth must serve as the support structure for the bridge. The biggest advantage of choosing a dental bridge over an implant is that it involves no surgery, is a relatively simple dental procedure, and is typically less expensive.
Braces or Invisalign
Most people have either had braces or invisalign, or know somebody close to them who has. When you're looking for a straight, healthy looking smile, these two options are the most well known. Whichever option you choose, the cosmetic benefits are numerous:
- Clear speech
- Improved self-esteem
- Fewer headaches due to improved balance in jaw pressure when chewing
- Easier, more effective brushing and flossing
If you have teeth that are chipped, broken, gapped, and/or severely stained or discolored, cosmetic dentistry veneers may be a good option for you. Typically made of porcelain, veneers typically come with many benefits, including:
- Relatively painless procedure
- Long lasting durability
- Natural look that can improve self confidence
Many people (including notable professional actors, musicians, and athletes) have used veneers to completely redesign their smile and improve their appearance.
Dental crowns are used for restoring a broken or worn tooth, protecting and preventing a weak tooth from breaking, supporting a tooth with a large filling, holding a bridge in place, capping a dental implant and correcting a mishaped or discollored tooth. Dental crowns can be made from metal (gold or nickel alloy, or palladium) or porcelein and offer many benefits including working and looking just like a healthy tooth.
Are you in need of affordable cosmetic dentistry services? Visit Active Dental for the best family and cosmetic dentistry care in the Dallas metro area.