Cosmetic dentistry is all about giving you a prettier smile. If you have a chipped tooth or discolored teeth that won't whiten with teeth whitening procedures, then a cosmetic dentist can help. The dentist has a few options for improving the appearance of your teeth. Here are three to discuss with your dentist.
1. Veneers Cover The Front Of Your Teeth
If you wish you had pearly-white teeth, talk to your dentist about getting veneers. These thin porcelain shells fit over your teeth so imperfections are covered. However, your teeth have to be in good shape to get veneers. You wouldn't want to cover up a cavity because the cavity would just keep growing.
Veneers made of porcelain are very natural looking. You can even choose the shade of white you like best. In addition to making your smile whiter, veneers can be used to cover a chip, close a gap in your teeth, or make a tooth even with your other teeth.
2. Bonding Is A Less Expensive Option Than Veneers
Veneers can be expensive, especially if you need more than one. Bonding is a less expensive way to change the shape and color of your teeth. It can also be used to correct cracks and chips.
Bonding uses resin rather than porcelain. The dentist selects a color that matches the rest of your teeth so the bonded tooth looks natural. Bonding is a quick cosmetic dentistry treatment that can be completed in a single visit.
3. A Crown Replaces An Entire Tooth
A crown might be needed if you decide to get a dental implant. An implant replaces a lost tooth with the use of an implanted rod topped with a crown. Crowns for front teeth are often made from porcelain so they look natural. However, you might want a gold crown instead. A missing tooth has a big impact on how your smile looks. The big gap may be what people notice when you smile.
A crown corrects this problem by filling in the space just like a natural tooth would. Getting an implant with a crown can be an involved procedure that takes a few visits to a dentist to complete. The crown acts just like a natural tooth so you can eat, bite, and chew with it. You also need to brush and floss a crown to keep away bacteria and gum disease.
Your cosmetic dentistry service can help you decide on the best way to give you a more attractive smile considering the condition of your teeth and your budget since cosmetic dentistry treatments may not be covered by your insurance.