Cosmetic DentistIf you are unhappy with your smile, do not assume it is impossible to improve the appearance of your teeth and/or gums. All sorts of cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures are available to beautify your smile. Let's take a look at some of the top options to improve your smile aesthetic, uplift your confidence and ensure you feel like your true self when surrounded by others. Each of these options is affordable, effective and nearly painless. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers are commonly used to enhance teeth that are worn or chipped. In fact, some teeth that are slightly crooked or improperly shaped will benefit from veneers. Veneers are even used on teeth in which there is an excess of space. Furthermore, those who have permanently stained teeth with deeply-set stains that cannot be removed with teeth whitening find porcelain veneers quite helpful.

The dentist will buff the teeth prior to applying the customized shell comprised of porcelain. This shell covers the front portion of the teeth to improve their color or shape. The veneers are cemented into position. A beam of ultraviolet light is used to ensure the cement hardens into place. This cementing keeps the veneers secure against the teeth. Veneers are commonly favored as they tend to last longer than other options such as dental bonding.

Enamel Contouring and Shaping

Shaping the enamel involves the removal or contouring of this limited portion of the teeth to enhance the smile aesthetic. Strategic and precise enamel shaping combined with dental bonding really can transform the look of a smile. Contouring can enhance the shape, length and/or position of teeth to remedy teeth that have overlapped, chipped, become crooked or have other issues.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves the use of a bonding material that closely matches the hue of the normal teeth still remaining in the mouth. The purpose of adding dental bonding is to remedy the abundance of space between the teeth and/or enhance the look of the broken, chipped, cracked or stained teeth. In most cases, dental bonding can be performed in as little as one office visit. Ideally, dental bonding will last for multiple years. However, there is a chance dental bonding will chip, wear or stain in due time. Do not let any old dentist apply dental bonding to your teeth. Go to a trusted dentist for your dental bonding and you will rest easy knowing the bonding will be that much more likely to stand the test of time.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings1 can be used to replace unsightly silver or amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are carefully crafted to suit the hue of the patient's remaining teeth and ultimately create a visually uniform smile. No one will have any idea you have one or several custom fillings in your mouth when you open wide to smile. Even if your silver amalgam filling is not that old, replacing it with the comparably visually friendly composite variety really will bring out the best in your smile.

Dental Implants

Dental implants2 have emerged as a favored oral health and beauty solution across the globe for good reason. These implants benefit the look of the smile as well as oral health and functionality. Implants are used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. The dentist starts by placing a titanium post in the jaw. The jaw and titanium post fuse together through a lengthy process known as osseointegration. Though it takes several months for this process to complete, it is well worth the wait. The firm connection between the titanium post and the jaw bone provides a stable foundation for the prosthetic crown. Once the crown is added, the dental implant functions feels and looks like an actual tooth. Indeed, onlookers would have to be within inches of your mouth to have any idea you are using dental implants.

Teeth Whitening

Your smile will never reach its potential unless your teeth reach the perfect shade of white. Teeth whitening3 eliminates that ugly staining stemming from coffee, tea, wine, berries, chocolate, etc. Do not rely on those supposed solutions available over-the-counter that you apply at home in a DIY (do it yourself) fashion. The only way for your teeth to reach the best possible shade of white that matches your surrounding teeth and unique skin tone is to visit with a professional dentist. The dentist will discuss the appropriate shade of white for your unique facial aesthetic. This process can be completed in as little as a single hour. Once your teeth are whitened, you will embrace the opportunity to smile in public.

Inlays and Onlays

It is now possible for the dentist to have fillings fabricated from either composite or porcelain materials in a dental lab to accurately match the hue of a tooth. Once applied to the interior of the tooth, the filling is referred to as an inlay. If attached to the surface where biting occurs, it is known as an onlay. Meet with your dentist to determine if an inlay or onlay is ideal for your unique oral health situation.

Dental Crowns

Often referred to as caps, dental crowns4 are protective shields of sorts placed over the entirety of the teeth. Each crown is custom tailored to perfectly fit the tooth in question. Crowns do everything from restoring damaged teeth to providing essential protection against subsequent breaks, preventing bacteria from moving into the teeth and more. However, patients rave about crowns for improving smile aesthetics. Have the dentist place a crown over your damaged or significantly discolored tooth and it will resemble the healthy teeth remaining in your mouth.

Reach out to Universal Smiles Dentistry to Schedule an Appointment

Are you looking to beautify your smile? Our cosmetic dentistry team will help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment for an examination, cleaning, restoration, cosmetic improvement or another dental service. You can reach our Orange City office at (386) 200-6557. You can schedule an appointment at our Edgewater office by dialing (386) 200-6636.

Resources

  1. https://www.universalsmilesdentistry.com/Fillings
  2. https://www.universalsmilesdentistry.com/Dental-Implants
  3. https://www.universalsmilesdentistry.com/Cosmetic-Dentistry
  4. https://www.universalsmilesdentistry.com/Crowns