A lot is riding on your smile. Whether you’re going up for a promotion, having new headshots taken, or just planning a big night out on the town with friends, you will want your smile to look its absolute best. When there are imperfections in your teeth, it can cause you to feel more self-conscious than you otherwise would. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry offers ways to improve the esthetics of your smile, helping you to enjoy the big, and little, moments of life.
- Teeth Whitening is often what people think about when they hear the term “cosmetic dentistry.” That’s probably because it is one of the most common forms of treatment. It’s fast, affordable and can be highly effective at treating surface stains. Many patients are able to drastically lighten their teeth using professional treatment.
- Porcelain veneers remain one of the most popular forms of cosmetic treatment, because they can address a number of concerns, such as chipping, staining, misshapen edges and even gaps between teeth. And, because they’re made of durable porcelain, which is much like your teeth’s natural enamel, veneers can last many years, over a decade with excellent care.
- Bonding can accomplish many of the same effects as veneers, but at a fraction of the cost. That’s because bonding relies on the dentist’s own artistry, rather than having porcelain handcrafted and sent to the dentist. Bonding is completed using a composite resin (as is often used in dental fillings) that can be sculpted to create ideal teeth. It’s then hardened using a special light and polished, to resemble your other natural teeth. While an affordable alternative to veneers, it doesn’t have the same longevity as the dental porcelain. For this reason, patients that are smokers, or involved in high contact sports, may prefer the stain-resistance and added strength of veneers.
- Gum lifts utilize laser technology to gently sculpt the gums into a more symmetrical shape. If you’ve noticed your gums starting to take up more of your teeth, or see jaggedness along your gumline, a gumlift could help improve your smile.
Putting a Smile Together
Combining cosmetic treatments is one way a skilled dentist can help to eradicate your concerns, while giving you a beautiful and natural-looking smile. During restorative treatment, for a missing tooth or cavity, for instance, many patients choose to explore their cosmetic options for enhancing the rest of their smile.