Your oral health is the chief concern of your dentist. That being said, your dentist can also be an ally in your quest to improve how your teeth look. Cosmetic dentistry can make beneficial changes to your smile, with a number of treatments available. Worried that your teeth are not as white as they used to be? Are you dissatisfied with the shape, or the alignment of your teeth? Your dentist can help guide you through what can be done to leave you satisfied with your smile.
Changing The Color Of Your Teeth
Over time, the foods and drinks we consume can be detrimental to the color of our enamel. If you use tobacco products, you can face even greater odds of staining your teeth. A professional cosmetic whitening procedure can reduce the effects of stains by breaking them apart in your enamel. Unlike over-the-counter products, this treatment can penetrate beyond the most superficial layer of enamel, for pronounced results. Unfortunately, there are certain forms of discoloration that do not respond as favorably to cosmetic whitening.
Porcelain veneers offer long-term, dramatic results for your smile. A porcelain shell is molded to fit perfectly over your teeth, and will be permanently affixed to them. For traditional veneers, a small amount of your enamel is removed, so that the veneers do not appear bulky, or unnatural, over your teeth. Lumineers are thinner, and require less enamel removal – sometimes, no removal is necessary.
Correcting Crooked Teeth
Can you fix crooked teeth without braces? You can opt for ClearCorrect aligners, or you can use Invisalign to straighten your teeth. Both of these can reposition teeth that are out of alignment, without resorting to wearing metal braces for a period of time.