If you are unhappy with your smile, you're in luck. There are many cosmetic dental procedures that can restore your smile. However, if you aren't sure where to start, check out these four common cosmetic dental services.
1. Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is incredibly common, and while you can buy over-the-counter products, they aren't as effective as professional whitening from a dentist. Over-the-counter products may not whiten teeth as much/as effectively, and they can take a long time to show results.
Professional whitening can be done in the office for fast effective results. However, you can choose a take-home kit. These kits cost significantly less, but they are incredibly effective. It may take longer than in-office whitening before you reach your desired results. Tooth whitening is a great choice if you have stains from food, beverages, tobacco, etc.
2. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is popular because it is affordable and can be used in many ways. If you chip your front tooth, the dentist can use dental bonding to repair and reshape the tooth. Dental bonding uses a white resin, which mimics the look of teeth.
However, dental bonding can also be used as a cheaper and less invasive alternative to veneers. With dental bonding, you can fix:
However, the dentist may not need to remove any enamel, and they apply the bonding material directly to your teeth, so there is no lab on which to wait.
3. Composite Fillings
Composite fillings use a similar material to dental bonding. Since the material can bond to teeth, the dentist doesn't have to remove as much tissue. With metal fillings, the dentist must remove some healthy tissue to create a shelf to secure the filling since metal doesn't bond to teeth.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored, so they blend in well. However, they are not as durable as metal fillings, so you may need to replace them at some point.
Many people have orthodontic issues, including:
Traditional braces are still the most effective and can correct many issues. Invisalign are invisible braces, making them less noticeable, but they may not be able to correct every issue. Many dental insurance policies come with extra coverage for orthodontics.
If you are unhappy with your smile, start looking for a dentist in your area. Cosmetic dentistry can fix nearly any problem you have with your smile. If you would like to know more, contact a cosmetic dental service in your area, such as Thomas J Gilbert DDS PC / Royal Oak Dental.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!