Who doesn’t want a sparkling white smile? Few people realise that beautiful white, straight teeth can shave off a few years and make you look younger! Even though brushing and flossing our teeth are as much a part of our daily existence as breathing, there are still other, more cosmetic ways in which we can achieve a sparkling white smile, thanks to modern dentistry. This article discusses three ways on how you can improve your appearance with cosmetic dentistry.
Veneers are a great way to enhance your smile, especially for those with discoloured or broken teeth. The advantages of veneers are that they can be applied in as little as two visits to your dentist, and the colour can be perfectly matched to the remaining teeth.
The only disadvantage if it is worth mentioning, is that the teeth are sometimes shaped so that it is generally not a reversible process. However, veneers can be a life-changing, confidence-enhancing experience that will make you want to give everyone a great big smile.
Dental bonding is a process used to repair fractures, discs, decay, discolouration, or other damage to the structure or the appearance of the tooth. Although not considered a permanent solution, this treatment is more affordable and easier to apply than veneers and can be done in a single visit to the dentist.
Bonding involves a dentist applying a special resin material to the outside of the tooth and then curing it by using a laser or an ultraviolet light, very similar to how a dental filling is performed. There is almost no risk associated with this treatment and it requires no downtime.
Tooth crowns (sometimes referred to as caps) serves as complete covering caps that are attached to the tooth with special dental cement. Crowns are typically used on broken, cracked, or damaged teeth, or even for teeth with large fillings, but can also be used to cover uneven or discoloured teeth.
If you have some discoloured fillings in your teeth and want to improve their appearance, a crown might be a wonderful answer for you. Crowns can be utilized to replace them and provide you with a more attractive smile. You might also need a crown to protect a tooth after you have had root canal treatment. This will enable you to bite down and eat as normal.
In addition, a crown is also the perfect solution to bridge or anchor dentures, to keep them in place. With great care and given it was attached correctly to your tooth, a crown could last up to 15 years or longer.
Cosmetic dentistry now offers more options than ever before, but keep in mind that your dentist must first assess the condition of your teeth, and your dental history will also be taken into account before he recommends an appropriate treatment for you.