Don’t let the look of your teeth dictate your happiness, find out how cosmetic dentistry can save your smile.
Are you satisfied with the look of your smile? Your dentist says you have excellent oral health, and so you should, considering you brush twice a day and floss, but for some reason, you still hold back when smiling.
Unfortunately, having great oral health doesn’t necessarily always translate into having a perfect smile.
Some of you may not like the colour of your teeth, others may not be satisfied with how their teeth are aligned, some of you might have missing teeth.
This is where cosmetic dentistry can help. These days, maintaining a beautiful, natural smile is just as important as maintaining good oral health.
From tooth alignment, tooth colour, position or size, there is a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments available to remedy your smile.
Here’s how cosmetic dentistry can help you smile confidently.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
This is one of the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dental treatments available and is typically used to treat minor chipped teeth, gaps, and staining on fillings and teeth. It is made from a composite resin and is shaped and moulded to suit the rest of your teeth in a fast and simple procedure that can be completed in one appointment.
Over time, your teeth are subjected to a wide range of foods and drinks that could potentially stain your teeth, this includes tea, coffee, red wine, and tobacco products. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and easiest ways of vastly improving the look of your smile and removing these stains. Teeth whitening is a quick and painless procedure with noticeable results in just 45 minutes.
Veneers are one of the best ways to cover various tooth imperfections, including crooked teeth, broken, worn, chipped or cracked, discolouration and staining, and uneven smiles. Custom made from porcelain or composite resin, veneers can change the colour, shape, size or length of your teeth’s appearance once bonded in place — made to match existing teeth.
Porcelain veneers require two appointments to complete, with the first one involving an impression of your teeth. It is then sent off to the dental lab where your permanent veneers will be made. On the second visit, your new veneers are then bonded into place.
Composite veneers are a bit more affordable and are handcrafted on your first visit. After shaping the tooth-coloured material to match the existing shape and colour of your natural teeth, it is set into place.
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are sometimes known as ‘caps’ and is placed over your tooth to restore its natural appearance and function. They can be made from a wide range of materials, including porcelain, stainless steel, ceramic or resin. Some common situations where a crown may be necessary in place of a filling:
- Reinforcing a tooth that has been treated with a root canal, due to the brittleness of the tooth.
- Replacing a larger, older filling that is beginning to leak or crack
- Covering a tooth that has a large area of decay
- Preventing additional trauma from grinding and clenching
- Serving as cover over dental implants
A bridge is required when there are multiple missing teeth and require two or more crowns. Bridges can be made from porcelain, alloy, gold or a combination. Dental bridges are supported by adjacent natural teeth, any tooth decay or damage caused to surrounding teeth can result in your bridge failing.
Dental implants are a reliable way to replace your missing teeth for life, providing a permanent solution for missing teeth. The dental implant procedure involves drilling into your gums where a titanium screw is placed into your jawbone. Over time, this screw will fuse with your jawbone in a process called Osseointegration and provide strong support for a permanent artificial tooth or teeth. Once healed, a fake tooth or crown that has been made to match your existing teeth is placed on top, returning the natural look and feel of your smile.
Inlays and Onlays
Similar to fillings, inlays and onlays provide a filling to a tooth that is too decayed or damaged to support a direct restoration treatment such as an amalgam filling. They can be made from porcelain or gold and usually requires 2 dental visits, where the damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and an impression is sent off to the lab to be made. On the second visit, the inlay or onlay is placed into your tooth and secured into place using a special cement.
Although this method is a bit more time consuming than a traditional filling, it is one of the most effective dental treatments available that does not require removing additional tooth structure for a crown.
Choosing the right cosmetic treatment
With so many effective dental treatments available, how do you know which one is right for you? It’s important to consult your dentist about any concerns and questions you have with your teeth and the type of treatments available. When considering each option, discuss what the final results will look like and any sort of ongoing maintenance required.
If you are no longer satisfied with the way your teeth look and feel, contact Tandara Dental Centre today. We’ll sit down with you in a personalised consultation to discuss all your questions and concerns and find the perfect cosmetic solution to return the natural look and feel of your teeth.