Ways to Upgrade Your Smile’s Appearance
A perfect smile can have cosmetic blemishes and imperfections. A perfect smile is a healthy smile that makes you feel confident. If you feel insecure about your smile or if it is unhealthy, a perfect smile is not. There is a misconception that cosmetic dentistry makes your smile look like a cookie-cutter version of everyone else’s smile. However, cosmetic dentistry is the art of upgrading your smile to one that is perfect for you. Your cosmetic dentist will work with you to assess your smile goals and your smile’s needs. The health and the integrity of your smile comes first when it comes to determining which type(s) of cosmetic dentistry is right for your smile.
Porcelain veneers are very thin, wafer-like shells of porcelain that look and act like natural teeth. The shells are permanently bonded to the outer front surface of your teeth. Alterations to the tooth usually need to happen in order to securely adhere the veneer to the tooth. Porcelain veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that is good for addressing multiple teeth with multiple smile issues at one time. Veneers can upgrade a smile that may have issues, such as large gaps, deep stains, chips, cracks, uneven sizes or shapes, on multiple teeth at one time.
Bonding and Contouring
When you have just one or a few teeth with issues, bonding, and contouring may be a good option for your smile. Bonding is when a composite resin is directly applied to the outer surface of the tooth. The resin is the same as that used in fillings, and it can be shaped into the desired appearance. Conversely, contouring is when parts of oversized or jagged teeth are removed. Both of these options can be done with very minimal change to the natural tooth.
Whitening is the least invasive type of cosmetic dentistry that can still make a dramatic smile upgrade. Professional whitening allows your dentist to customize the treatment to your needs.