A person’s smile is one of the first things others notice, and beautiful teeth are a big part of making a good first impression. Unfortunately in life, things happen to teeth as people put them through tough experiences. Everyone eats foods that stain teeth, or consumes drinks that leave discoloration behind. Maybe your teeth have been cracked or broken due to accidents and incidents beyond your control. No matter what has happened to your teeth, there is a way to make your smile beautiful again through cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized practice in which a dentist works to approve the appearance of a person’s teeth, as well as their overall health. A dentist who practices cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile through whitening, enamel shaping, contouring or tooth reshaping, bonding, bridges, veneers, gum lifts and even tooth implantation.
Many patients seek whitening treatments to give themselves a sparkling white smile and undo years of damage from coffee, tea and foods that cause staining. Most whitening treatments need to be done only once by a professional to be very effective. In enamel shaping and contouring, a dentist can improve a tooth’s appearance. Enamel shaping can be used to correct cracks and chips in a tooth, while contouring or reshaping can fix the appearance of crooked, chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth. With bonding, the exterior of a tooth can be sculpted into a new shape. Bridges fill in areas where teeth are missing between two other teeth and can reduce risk of gum disease and fix bite issues.
Veneers are one of the most popular procedures with cosmetic dentistry. The process involves very thin porcelain laminates that are specially made to fit each patient’s teeth. The laminates are permanently bonded to the teeth to help close gaps or hide chipped or discolored teeth that cannot be corrected effectively in other ways. Gum lifts reshape the tissue and bones along the gumline to make teeth appear more symmetrical. Finally, dental implants are growing in popularity. They blend seamlessly with natural teeth and are installed in a procedure during which an artificial root is fused to the jawbone.
Cosmetic dentistry is a growing field that millions take advantage of every year to get and maintain a beautiful smile.