When you meet someone new, what is the first thing you notice about them? The second? Chances are that the new individual’s mouth and teeth are either first or a very close second. A smile can be a very powerful thing–it can display confidence provide insight into how the individual values self-care. Needless to say, it is easier to confidently smile widely and often if you feel good about your teeth. An individual who is at all embarrassed by or ashamed of their teeth is likely to focus more attention on hiding them, which can make for awkward greetings and conversation.
Whether you are concerned about stained, crooked, broken or otherwise unsightly teeth, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help you. There are several different cosmetic dentistry procedures that are workable for a variety of situations, but the primary goal of any of these procedures is to help restore a comfortable, natural-looking smile that you are proud of.
The purpose of teeth bleaching is to brighten the color of your teeth–often in response to yellowing or stains. While there are some over-the-counter teeth whitening options, these are usually not quite as safe or effective as professional teeth bleaching, which can brighten tooth color from five to seven shades whiter. There are two main types of professional teeth bleaching–light-activated whitening which produces instant results and usually much brighter teeth, and a custom mouthpiece created by the dentist for in-home bleaching several hours a day until desired results are achieved.
Dental veneers can be a wonderful solution for handling many undesirable situations including tooth discolorations, gaps between teeth, chipped or worn teeth and much more. These thin shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, requiring no (or very little) anesthesia, and they can be a wonderful alternative to crowns in many cases. Properly taken care of, dental veneers can last for many years, providing the healthier-looking smile one desires.
Where a tooth has largely been lost due to decay or damage, a porcelain crown is the best way to resolve the issue as it is thicker than a veneer and this is often necessary with extensive damage or tooth loss. The crown serves as a replacement for a missing exterior portion of the tooth, allowing for both normal function and normal appearance.
Where a dental implant is needed to take the place of an entire natural tooth which has been removed due to extensive damage or decay, an individual will need a dental implant and an implant crown for both function and appearance reasons. The dental implant itself is placed in the jaw bone, while the implant crown is attached to this and will be the only visible part of the implant. Implant crowns are actually very important because they not only handle gaps in the mouth that can cause uncomfortable and unattractive tooth movement, but they are the only visible part of the implant and can be made to look exactly like a natural tooth.
Many individuals have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, which can create both cosmetic and comfort issues. Braces may seem like the obvious solution, but the truth is that they are unsightly and therefore unappealing to many individuals. This is where Invisalign may be preferable. Invisalign teeth aligners are nearly invisible when worn, and are custom made for each individual so that they fit snugly as they use just the right amount of force to shift teeth slightly in the right direction. One set of aligners is worn for roughly one week, and each subsequent set is designed to move teeth more and more into the correct position, as determined by your dentist.
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