Are you looking for something to smile about?
Perhaps you have less than a perfect smile due to chipped, broken or missing teeth. Or perhaps your teeth are stained from drinking coffee, red wine, or one of the many other foods and beverages that can take away their luster.
Having issues with your teeth can be a big drain on your confidence. Luckily, if your goal is “renew my smile,” then here are some cosmetic dentistry techniques that will make you want to grin ear-to-ear.
This may be one of the quickest and easiest ways to bring some shine back to your teeth. You can have teeth whitening procedures performed in-office by your dentist, or you can take home a kit.
The advantage of having it performed by a dentist is that you’ll likely see results more quickly. However, getting to the dentist may not be a convenient option, so many people opt to use the kit, which can take weeks to achieve the same results from bleaching.
You can also try a whitening toothpaste, which can also make an improvement over time.
At one time, the only option to replace missing teeth was with a bridge or dentures. Bridges use existing teeth as an anchor to place a new artificial tooth in its place.
However, the newer and more common method is anchoring lifelike teeth right to the jawbone using titanium posts. Not only is this approach permanent, but it also helps stimulate the bone so it doesn’t disintegrate (atrophy) over time.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a group of them.
Perhaps you have a small gap between your teeth that makes you self-conscious. Or perhaps you have chipped or even stained teeth.
This form of cosmetic dentistry uses special bonding material that fills in cracks or gaps, and it can even be used to protect an exposed tooth root. While bonding is an effective solution, it may degrade over the years.
In the case of tooth damage, dental crowns can be an effective way to restore a positive smile aesthetic. Crafted from ceramics or porcelain, crowns fit right over the top of an existing tooth to prevent further damage and instantly improve the look.
Your dentist will use grinding tools to prepare the existing tooth. This allows space for the crown to fit properly on top of it. The dentist will usually make an impression of your existing tooth to best match it while using a temporary crown in place while it’s being fabricated.
Cement is used to attach the permanent crown to the tooth, making it resilient for proper chewing.
How Do I Renew My Smile?
If “renew my smile” is high on your list, then rest assured that there are many ways to improve the aesthetics and function of your teeth.
From at-home teeth whitening to a dentist replacing or repairing teeth using composite materials, you could enjoy looking at yourself in the mirror again!
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