We all want a beautiful smile, but sometimes wear and tear over the years causes us to lose confidence in our pearly whites—which might not be so white anymore. Maybe your teeth have chipped, cracked, or yellowed. Or maybe you have a misshapen tooth or a gap that has always left you feeling insecure. Cosmetic dentistry can help. Bonding, whitening, crowns, veneers, and reshaping: each of these cosmetic methods can help your teeth look new again and return your confidence in those pearly whites.
Colored to match your teeth, dentists use boding material to fill gaps and cavities or to correct chipped or decayed teeth. While bonding is more likely to stain than porcelain, it is a durable solution that lasts many years. Dentists can also use bonding to cover discolored teeth and match them to your other teeth.
Whitening or bleaching can be used to eliminate stains associated with smoking, coffee, and various foods or to bring naturally yellow teeth to a whiter shade. Done at your dental office, the process takes less than an hour, while done at home the process requires two to four weeks of whitener applications.
Crowns or caps cover a broken or otherwise damaged tooth and return it to its original shape and usefulness. Usually a last resort due to high costs and because other, less costly methods may be sufficient, crowns have the benefit of being a durable and long-term fix.
A less expensive alternative to crowns, veneers are thin sheets of porcelain or resin that your dentist adheres to the front of your teeth. Veneers can be used to improve tooth color or cover over gaps, uneven spacing, and crooked or chipped teeth.
Typically done in one dental session, reshaping can correct chipped, overlapping, or crooked teeth. By changing the length or width or shape of the tooth, your dentist can improve the appearance of your smile and even resolve some problems with your bite.
Think cosmetic dentistry might be right for you? Contact us for a consultation. We’ll show you before and after photos of previous patients and offer you expert advice about the best solutions for your smile.