There are many things that can be done to get the new smile you have always wanted. Thanks to many innovations in cosmetic dentistry, many dental issues can now be addressed with a visit or two to the clinic.
A new smile will have you feeling confident about your appearance. Your teeth are one of the first things people notice during interactions, and not being happy about the way they look can easily leave you feeling self-conscious.
Popular treatments that can get you a new smile
1. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is one of the most cost-effective cosmetic treatments used by dentists. It involves applying a putty-like composite resin directly to the tooth. Dental bonding can be used to deal with a variety of issues like stains and discoloration, chipped teeth or broken teeth. Composite resins are also used to fill up cavities.
During the procedure, the dentist will prepare the patient's teeth for the composite by applying an etching solution to it. This roughens the tooth's surface, ensuring the composite fuses properly with it. The resin is then applied to the tooth and it is molded as desired. The dentist then hardens it with an ultraviolet light and polishes it.
Dental composites provide great value to patients. Restorations made with them can last over five years with good oral hygiene, and the entire process takes less than an hour.
These are thin shells that are used to cover the front surfaces of teeth. They serve as a mask and hide any flaws on the wearer's teeth. Veneers make it possible for anyone to have a perfect set of teeth. They can be made from materials like porcelain, ceramic or composites.
During the installation of these prosthetics, the dentist will remove a small portion of the patient's enamel. This makes the veneers appear more natural once installed. An impression of the patient's teeth is taken and used to make their customized veneers.
The dentist will fit the patient will temporary veneers to protect their teeth while the customized prosthetics are being made. Once the veneers are ready, the dentist will permanently bond them to the patient's teeth using dental cement. Since veneers are usually made from porcelain and ceramics, which have stain-resistant properties, they are highly resistant to stains and discoloration, making it easier for patients to keep their perfect-looking smiles.
Orthodontic appliances like braces, retainers and aligners are used to improve the alignment of a person's smile. Historically, braces have been the most common way to straighten teeth, but there are subtler ways to get the job done nowadays, like clear aligners and ceramic braces.
Braces and aligners work by exerting force on the wearer's teeth, slowly nudging them into the proper position over a period of time. There is no need to settle for a smile you are not proud of. Talk to one of our dentists about improving the appearance of your teeth and explore your options.
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