Cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, helping you to achieve the confidence you have always craved. Consider the following cosmetic procedures if you want to improve the appearance of your teeth.
1. Professional Tooth Whitening
Compared to home whitening kits, professional tooth whitening is incredibly effective at removing stains and restoring your smile to its brightest state. During a professional whitening procedure, a cosmetic dentist applies a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. This gel, which is sometimes activated with ultraviolet light, breaks down stains so the dentist can easily remove them from your teeth.
2. Dental Bonding
If you have small chips in your teeth or stains that are too stubborn to remove, dental bonding can be an excellent way to cover up the damage. During this procedure, a cosmetic dentist moulds tooth-coloured putty onto your teeth and then applies a special light to harden it. Dental bonding is a minimally invasive method of repairing minor damage to teeth, giving results that can last for years or even decades.
3. Dental Veneers
If you have larger chips, cracks, minor misalignments, or tiny gaps between your teeth, dental veneers can hide the imperfections and create the appearance of a flawless smile. Cosmetic dentists use resin to bond composite or porcelain dental veneers to the teeth in a minimally invasive process. Porcelain veneers are generally regarded as being more beautiful, as they have a slightly pearlescent appearance that mimics that of natural tooth enamel, but composite veneers can also be a good option.
More serious cases of misalignment require braces to correct, but there is no need to resort to old-fashioned metal "train track" braces. Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, can realign your teeth while being almost invisible to anyone looking at your smile. Cosmetic dentists use Invisalign to treat a range of orthodontic issues, including overbite, underbite, crowding, and twisted teeth. The length of treatment varies depending on the issues that need to be corrected, so be sure to ask your cosmetic dentist about the details.
5. Dental Contouring
Dental contouring is another option for making a smile look more regular and symmetrical. Cosmetic dentists remove tiny amounts of material from the edges of your teeth to subtly change their appearance and make them look more even and beautiful. Although this method of smile improvement is not suitable for everyone, it can be a good option for some people. Ask your cosmetic dentist whether dental contouring is a suitable treatment for you.