Cosmetic dentistry is a part of dentistry that is focused on the cosmetic appearance of teeth. While some cosmetic procedures can actually help certain dental issues, they can also be used for a purely cosmetic purpose. There are many options available, so which one is right for you?
By far the simplest treatment, teeth whitening is focused on bringing out your teeth’s natural smile. A professional whitening session is much more consistent and fast acting when compared to a do-it-yourself method such as whitening strips or whitening toothpaste. This procedure works best for those whose teeth are already in great condition.
Bonding is wonderful for fixing small gaps, stains, cracks or chips in the teeth. It is a quick and simple procedure where a composite resin is used to reshape teeth or cover the small damaged spots. The resin can perfectly match the natural hue of the rest of your teeth and does not require any additional special care. This is a perfect match for someone whose teeth are in good shape but have small imperfections.
If the issues that are affecting the teeth are larger than just chips or cracks, veneers can be a better decision. Veneers can fix all the issues that bonding can fix, but can also take on larger issues. Pieces of porcelain are attached to the teeth and are used to completely recreate a smile. This is a more involved procedure than bonding, and will take multiple appointments, but can fix many issues and give the wearer a fantastic new smile.
For those that are self-conscious about missing a tooth or teeth, a dental implant can fix this. Using a titanium post and a realistic looking crown, an implant can be put in place to fill the gap where the missing tooth used to be. This is by far the most invasive cosmetic procedure but can make a world of difference for many people.