If you’re not happy with your smile – perhaps your not-so-pearly whites – cosmetic dentistry provides several options and fixes. You can choose from a suite of dental procedures that include teeth whitening, orthodontics, veneers, composite bonding, implants, and more. Some of these procedures can provide extra health and restorative benefits to the functioning and comfort of your mouth.
Look for a dentist who specializes in the cosmetic area you’re interested in. For example, at Hawthorne Village Dental Care their team of specialists uses state-of-the-art equipment and modern techniques with a keen eye for natural aesthetic detail in their work. Dr. Sarna has expertise in cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry, blending the science of dental practice with artistic ability; Dr. Kifah is an expert in Orthodontics and uses the most advanced techniques available, including lingual braces that sit behind the teeth and do not show; and for those with anxiety about dental visits, Dr. Shen excels at making patients comfortable while performing a variety of procedures.
A basic procedure that can make a big difference in appearance. Whitening or bleaching can be performed after a thorough cleaning of plaque and tartar. Teeth can be restored to their natural shade or taken to an even lighter one with bleaching. To keep teeth white, patients should avoid sources of stains like coffee, black tea, red wine, smoking, medication, etc.
This is a fancy word for braces and devices that straighten the teeth. We are thankfully no longer stuck in the days of big, clunky braces that are unsightly and uncomfortable. Dentists can attach custom-made Insignia Damon brackets, of metal or porcelain, that move teeth comfortably and quickly with less friction. There are no elastics needed and therefore fewer appointments necessary. Other types include the above-mentioned lingual braces (behind the teeth), clear aligners (similar to mouth guards), and palatal expanders (for overcrowded teeth).
Veneers are thin but strong coverings that are bonded to your teeth to protect them and offer a white, shining appearance. Porcelain or acrylic veneers can transform the look of stained, broken, crooked teeth, and the gaps in between them. Because the covering is stronger than natural teeth, they resist further chipping or damage. The end result is beautiful teeth that look completely natural.
This process repairs damaged teeth from decay, discolouration, chipping, or breaking. The composite is made to match your natural teeth colour, unlike old-fashioned grey or gold filling colours. Tooth decay is removed and replaced, or the missing section of a tooth is corrected with the composite and it sets to resemble a whole, healthy tooth.
Dental implants are natural-looking fake teeth that are meant to replace a missing tooth or sets of teeth. They look and feel natural and create a secure replacement. Missing teeth can cause the neighbouring teeth to shift around and potentially cause damage to your bite and facial muscles. When a tooth is missing it can feel uncomfortable as well as look unsightly, which damages confidence and comfort with one’s smile to a great degree. Implants can potentially last a lifetime with proper care and regular check-ups.
There is a whole range of cosmetic dentistry for different budgets and health plans that can immediately improve the look and feel of your mouth and smile, providing the confidence you couldn’t imagine before. Ask your local dental experts what options are available to suit your smile.