If you want to improve your smile’s appearance, you’d be wise to explore the cosmetic dentistry options available to you. These interventions can correct a variety of flaws with the smile, ranging from discoloration to missing teeth. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and smile goals in a highly individualized approach.
Cosmetic Treatments And The Conditions They Address
Patients who are dissatisfied with issues such as stained, cracked or chipped teeth can address their concerns with cosmetic dentistry interventions, as can patients whose smiles are slightly crooked or even those who are missing teeth.
A dentist might recommend one of the following treatments to resolve the issues described above, along with other concerns:
- Teeth whitening: Gels containing bleaching agents are applied to the teeth in order to penetrate the tooth’s surface and release stains or discoloration contained underneath it. Patients may choose at-home treatments, which start to show results after a few days, or in-office systems that use lasers to activate the bleaching gels. With in-office treatment, patients’ teeth get up to 8 shades whiter in about an hour.
- Porcelain veneers: Veneers are tooth-shaped shells that are bonded atop a patient’s biological teeth to conceal various flaws. They can also be used to make an undersized tooth look proportionate to its neighbors or even to “straighten” mildly misaligned teeth. The porcelain used to make these veneers becomes quite strong after the dentist secures the veneer to the tooth.
- Tooth-colored restorations: Getting a cavity filled with a dark metal restoration can have a detrimental effect on your smile’s appearance but tooth-colored fillings are barely noticeable. Patients may also choose to have old metal fillings removed and replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
- Dental implants: Consisting of a small titanium cylinder that functions as a pseudoroot along with a prosthetic crown, a dental implant offers patients the only structurally complete option to replace a missing tooth.
Developing Your Cosmetic Treatment Plan
The first step to enhancing your smile is meeting with a dentist for a consultation. The dentist will discuss your smile goals and gather data that will be used in the treatment plan. This may involve taking photos, x-rays or dental impressions. Based on your smile goals, the provider will recommend the specific treatment or treatments that will help you achieve the desired outcomes. Any of the cosmetic dentistry treatments described above can be used individually or in combination to achieve a total smile makeover.
To learn more about ways that you can improve your smile’s appearance, schedule an evaluation with our team at Thompson Dental today.