A lot of people are not happy with their looks, and one aspect is the appearance of their smile. Teeth tend to stain and turn yellow as time goes on, and worse stains can be caused by smoking, drinking a lot of coffee or drinking dark colored soda. Some people have worse problems, such as missing front teeth or bite problems. The latter can cause jaw pain, tooth wear and even migraine headaches.
Cosmetic dentistry aims to fix all of these problems. The most basic is teeth whitening procedures. A lot of people use a whitening toothpaste, but most over the counter toothpastes will not do anything for stubborn stains. Home teeth whitening kits can also help, but the attention of a professional usually gives quicker results. Whitening treatments include laser treatment and bleaching gels. These can whiten teeth instantly, often after only a single treatment.
For misshapen or chipped teeth, or for stains that are past the point whitening can help, a dentist can provide a porcelain veneer. Veneers require three visits, the first to assess the patient’s needs, the second to abrade the enamel to take the veneer and the third to fit and bond the veneer. Veneers can be cleaned just the same as natural teeth.
Dental implants are used to permanently replace missing teeth or to secure a dental prosthetic. They are titanium posts that fit into the hole left by the missing tooth. In addition to securing a prosthetic or crown, they prevent bone loss and jaw shrinkage and help reduce the shrunken look that many denture wearers experience. Although the implant process takes an extended amount of time, with six to eight months normal between the initial surgery to fit the implants and the patient receiving their prosthetic, it seldom affects the person’s daily life.
Finally, bite problems are assessed by using a computer scan and various assessments, and then creating a custom therapy to correct the issue.
Cosmetic dentistry can change your looks and your life. If you are not happy with your smile, then there are plenty of options to improve it.