Cosmetic Dentistry: Your Options
Many people are self-conscious about their smile and imperfections in the teeth can be detrimental to confidence. These days, more and more people are visiting their dentist to discuss cosmetic dentistry options in addition to having regular check-ups and restorative procedures. So what cosmetic procedures are available to you at your dentist? This guide gives an overview of the most common options for the enhancement of your smile.
Teeth Whitening: Over time and as we age, it is normal for our teeth to discolour and to darken in colour. This process occurs much faster in people who smoke, consume food and beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine, as well as those who take certain medications. One of the most popular procedures at the dentist is the bleaching of the teeth to restore whiteness. Generally, the dentist will create a custom-fitted mouthpiece that contains a whitening solution.
Bonding: If you are someone who has chipped or cracked teeth, undergoing a bonding procedure in which the dentist applies a bonding material to protect and fill the area of concern can improve the appearance of the affected tooth.
Crowns: Also known as caps, crowns completely cover the surface of a tooth to protect it and restore it to its original shape and appearance. Crowns may be recommended to you if you have heavily damaged teeth. This is one of the most expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures, although it is also one of the most long lasting.
Veneers: Similar to crowns, veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or sometimes plastic that are placed over the surface of the teeth to restore the original appearance of the tooth. Veneers are a common option for people who have uneven surfaces on their teeth, oddly shaped teeth or teeth that are unevenly spaced or crooked. This is a relatively pain-free procedure and no anaesthesia is required. Veneers are also a much more cost-effective alternative to crowns. They treat the same type of problems as bonding does, although are more durable and long lasting.
Contouring and reshaping: If you are someone who has crooked, uneven or overlapping teeth, a contouring and reshaping procedure might be of interest to you. This procedure is appropriate for people who have relatively healthy and stable teeth but who are concerned about their appearance and want subtle changes. It is common for dentists to combine this process with bonding.