Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry
A beautiful smile can win hearts and minds. But, for a lot of people, their teeth stand in the way of their happiness. If you are one such individual, then there is no need to sit there worrying about it because you can do something. A well-planned and properly executed cosmetic dentistry procedure can vastly improve your smile and set you on the course to greater things in life.
These are some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you the lovely smile you have always wanted.
- Dental bonding: Are your teeth chipped, cracked or misshapen? Or do you have unsightly gaps between your teeth? Then, this procedure is for you. A tooth-colored material is applied on your teeth and hardened with a special bonding material. It’s one of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.
- Dental crowns: Do your teeth hurt because they are weak, damaged or misshapen? This procedure can take care of that beautifully. A tooth-shaped cap, called a crown, is placed over a damaged or weak tooth. A crown may be made of metal, resin, ceramic or porcelain fused with metal and lasts from five to 15 years. The procedure involves filing down the tooth and placing the crown on it, fully encasing it.
- Enamel shaping: Are your teeth uneven, overcrowded or misshapen? Enamel contouring is the answer you are looking for. This quick and painless procedure can correct the imperfections and give you a beautiful smile as soon as it’s done. It’s usually done in conjunction with veneer, whitening, and bonding.
- Veneers: Do your yellowish, grayish, brownish or discolored teeth make you feel self-conscious? Or are they too big, long or misshapen? Veneers are the solution to your problem. Made from porcelain or composite resin, they are bonded to the front of the teeth to change the color, shape, width, and length of your teeth. The process is irreversible.
- Teeth whitening: Are your teeth discolored or yellowish teeth? There are several teeth-whitening solutions available, such as toothpaste and rinses, strips and trays, over-the-counter gels, and whitening gels. Teeth-whitening procedures don’t work on restored teeth. Don’t use them without talking to your dentist.
- Orthodontics: Are you ashamed of your crooked or misaligned teeth? Braces can correct crooked and misaligned teeth permanently. They work by steadily applying pressure to your teeth to move them to the desired position. Traditional braces are made of metal (stainless steel) and can cause some discomfort when eating and brushing. There is a better alternative called Invisalign clear aligner, which is invisible and can be removed when eating and brushing.
- Dental implants: Have you lost one or more teeth because of injury, tooth decay or gum disease? You can have them replaced with dental implants. Made of titanium, these are attached to your jawbone (where the lost teeth used to be) and one or more artificial crowns are attached on top of them. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and allow you to eat and brush without any discomfort.
- Gum reshaping: Do you have what is called a gummy smile? Many people are put off by an excessive display of gums. A gum-reshaping procedure can fix that. It involves removing the excess gum tissue and contouring to expose more of your teeth.
- Inlays and Onlay: Do you have decayed or damaged teeth? You can have them filled with indirect filings called inlays and onlays. These filings are made of gold or porcelain. Some are also made of composite material. They are called inlay if they are placed inside the teeth and outlay of they cover the biting surface.
- Dentures: Smiling and eating with a toothless gum is no fun. Plus, it can be a source of a lot of embarrassment. Dentures can give you a new set of teeth. A denture is a set of removable artificial teeth and surrounding tissues made from composite materials. There are partial dentures for those who still have some of their natural teeth intact and there are complete dentures for those who have lost all their natural teeth.
- Bridges: Bridges are like partial dentures, but are fixed permanently to the teeth. They are used to replace one or more teeth. The procedure involves placing a false tooth in the gap and anchoring it to the two teeth on either side with artificial crowns placed on them.
- Smile makeover: Are you unhappy with your not-so-charming smile? Consider a smile makeover. It is a combination of cosmetic dental procedures described above. A smile makeover in cosmetic dentistry will not only improve your smile, it also improves your oral health, which contributes to a long, healthy, and happy life.
All these procedures are recommended by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as safe and effective.
Suburban Essex Dental, Dentist in West Orange, NJ has the answers to your questions regarding cosmetic dentistry. Our entire dental technician staff are highly trained and experienced and treat our patients’ interests and needs with utmost importance. View our website, call us or use our contact form today to find out how we can help you improve your smile.