These days, most everybody would like to have cosmetic dentistry enhancement. Everybody could use a brighter, whiter smile (or even perfectly straight teeth). Celebrities and movie stars consider cosmetic dentistry a must-have to be successful. Why should the common person do without? The answer is: they should not.
Cutting-edge technology and advanced procedures have greatly reduced the cost of cosmetic dental procedures to a level that practically everyone can afford. While there are certainly quite a few methods for enhancing your teeth and smile, this article will focus on three procedures: bridges, teeth contouring, and whitening.
Let us presume that you still have all your teeth. Let us also assume that your teeth are relatively straight. But what if a couple of your teeth are somewhat longer than the rest, or have small chips in them? What can be done? Tooth reshaping and contouring will certainly help. It can alter the length of your teeth as well as reshape them. It is one of the least time-consuming methods currently available to enhance your teeth. The process is fairly straightforward.
For every tooth that is too long, your dentist will have to trim enamel from them. If you have a few teeth that need to be longer, the most probably solution is to add laminate to them in order to increase their length. The overall goal is to align your teeth and increase (or lessen) their length so they are in proportion to your adjacent teeth.
Contouring is considered to be a very safe procedure because only a minimal amount of enamel is removed from your teeth. It is also a relatively quick process and is usually completed in only one or two visits to the dentist. Although it is most assuredly a quick fix, its life expectancy is considered to be ten years or less.
Bar fights, cavities, and car accidents can lead to missing teeth. A missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible with an implant or possibly a bridge. If there is considerable time delay when replacing a tooth, your nearby teeth may shift and move slightly from their position, which might lead to even more problems.
A bridge features two crowns and an artificial tooth between them. The artificial tooth is called a "pontic". It will take the place of your missing tooth.
To properly install your bridge, your dentist must remove some enamel from each tooth that sits adjacent to your missing tooth. Once the right amount of enamel has been removed, your dentist will craft a mold of your teeth and then forward it to a dental laboratory. While the lab creates your custom bridge, you will need to wear a temporary one. When your dentist finally receives your new bridge, you will need to visit him or her again, and he or she will permanently cement the bridge into position. The life span of a bridge is somewhere between ten and fifteen years.
Coffee, soda, and tea consumption leads to stained and discolored teeth. The more often you consume any of those beverages, the more probable your teeth will lose their natural luster.
Whitening your teeth is a simple solution for getting your white smile back. The goal for every teeth whitening system is to lighten your teeth by at least several shades.
While there are many brands of over-the-counter whitening kits you can purchase from your local grocer, your dentist has access to chemically balanced whitening kits that will brighten your teeth safer and faster than store-bought kits. Plus, the effect will last quite a bit longer than over-the-counter kits. Here is a list of a few of the procedures that your dentist can offer you: chemical whitening, laser whitening, abrasive, and acid whitening. Your dentist can even provide a whitening kit that you can bring home and use at home.
Technological advances continue to improve cosmetic dentistry techniques - costs keep getting lower while procedures keep getting better and easier to perform. The most recent materials are far superior to compounds that were used just a few short years ago. If you want to have a beautiful smile, I suggest you make a phone call to your local dentist and make an appointment.