Posted July 30, 2014
Some people have a mouth that’s full of beautiful teeth, but others are not so lucky. Being happy with your smile enhances confidence and self-esteem, making interaction with others more enjoyable. If you’re not comfortable with your smile, have you considered cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is designed to enhance the appearance of your smile. Here are six popular cosmetic dentistry choices:
- Natural, tooth-colored fillings – When dentists remove decay from a tooth, they use a filling material to repair it; fillings made of porcelain or a natural-looking composite are considered cosmetic because the repaired area blends with other teeth better than a more traditional filling
- Teeth whitening – Probably the most common cosmetic procedure; teeth are bleached with a professional-strength mixture to remove stains caused by smoking, beverages (coffee, tea, red wine) or poor dental care
- Implants – A replacement or artificial tooth is surgically attached to the jaw to compensate for tooth loss caused by an accident or dental decay; learn about the importance of having this procedure performed by an experienced professional
- Inlay – Made of porcelain or a natural-looking composite, an inlay is designed to fill in areas with structural damage; created in a dental laboratory, inlays are bonded to teeth with dental adhesive
- Veneers – These can correct chips, cracks, gaps in teeth, or surfaces unresponsive to whiteners; veneers are thin laminates made of porcelain, or a composite material, that permanently bonds to existing teeth with dental adhesive
- Makeovers or reconstruction – For people with multiple cosmetic dental needs, a makeover or full-mouth reconstruction may be the best solution
Explore additional information about cosmetic procedures and learn what your smile says about you.