When a dentist improves the appearance of teeth is called cosmetic dentistry. Generally, these dental procedures are elective, hence, “cosmetic”, however they can also sometimes have restorative benefits. If you are interested in improving your smile, you have several cosmetic dentistry options. Here are 5 of the most popular choices. Your dentist can help you determine procedure will work the best for you and your smile.
- Teeth Whitening: A professional Teeth Whitening procedure can brighten and whiten your teeth. Discolored or stained teeth can be whitened with an at-home kit or in the dental office. Note: Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, so please check with your dentist first and discuss your expectations.
- Dental Veneers: Dental Veneers are a thin covering of porcelain or composite that are made custom for you and cemented to the front of the tooth. A dental veneer is used to improve the appearance of a slightly crooked tooth, a discolored tooth, chip, or fill a small gap. Dental Veneers are a cosmetic solution for teeth that are already healthy.
- Dental Implants: A dental implant replaces missing teeth with a custom device, usually made out of titanium, that is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. This implant will anchor an artificial tooth (teeth) such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are made custom for you and fit over a whole tooth. A dentist will need to prepare the natural tooth by shaving it down. The crown will go over that and is usually made from metal and ceramic or Zirconia.
- Enamel Shaping: Enamel shaping is a procedure where the dentist either fills or removes some enamel to create the desired tooth shape. This can be done for minor imperfections and is a quick and affordable options for many minor changes.