Very few people are fortunate enough to have a naturally straight, white, dazzling smile. Trauma from accidents, aging, genetics, improper dental care as a child, bad habits, and everyday wear can have an effect on the appearance of your teeth. For many, having a confident, radiant smile seems like a distant dream—but it doesn’t have to! With today’s advancing technology in cosmetic dentistry, you don’t have to live with a smile you don’t love. There are many ways to transform the appearance of your teeth and fall in love with your smile!
Cosmetic dentistry—a term that covers a number of dental treatments designed to enhance the appearance and function of your teeth and mouth—advances more and more every year. It is used to address issues such as discolored, crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth and more. There are so many options to create a smile you’re confident about, and your dentist will be able to determine which is the right fit for you. Here are just a few things that cosmetic dentistry can do for you:
It’s hard to keep a radiantly white smile these days. Everything from coffee to red wine to worn-out toothbrush bristles can cause stains to build up on the surface of your teeth. Luckily, whitening has come a long way! From in-office treatments to custom take-home trays, your dentist can help you discard that dull or discolored smile for pearly whites in a hurry.
Veneers are thin, custom-crafted shells made of tooth-colored material, that are applied over the surface of your teeth. They can help correct stains, chips, and breaks and can help strengthen a smile or lengthen and reshape the appearance of your teeth. Veneers, when done properly, can look incredibly natural and are a go-to for cosmetic corrections.
Similarly to veneers, composite bonding is useful for fixing chips, cracks, discoloration, or crooked teeth.
Porcelain Crowns (or Caps)
A crown / cap covers the entire tooth surface, helping to restore its original shape and size. This covering helps to protect and strengthen damaged or weakened teeth that are not a candidate for fillings or other restorations. Crowns are long-lasting and can look nearly identical to a real tooth. They are used for decayed, broken, or fractured teeth, root canals, overly large fillings, and cosmetic enhancements.
Implants are tooth replacements for patients missing one or more teeth. While helping to improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth, they are fantastic at restoring the strength and function of the entire smile.
This procedure has changed the game for adults wanting a straight smile without the inconveniences of traditional braces. This system of plastic aligners helps to guide crowded or misaligned teeth into place while being discreet, easy to use, and very effective.
If you’re ready to get the smile you’ve always wanted, consult with your dentist to learn more about these procedures and to decide which ones are right for your needs and your budget. Often, your dentist will be able to combine multiple treatments to achieve the smile of your dreams!
Learn more about cosmetic dentistry options by visiting Dr. Keith A. Kye at https://kyedentistry.com.
Dr. Kye serves dental patients in the Huntersville area of North Carolina.