Cosmetic dentistry has improved exponentially over the past several decades. Options that were once reserved for the financially well-to-do are now completed on a daily basis for patients from all walks of life. Tooth colored composite resin is used to repair dental decay instead of silver amalgam making this type of repair virtually undetectable.
But cosmetic dentistry doesn’t stop there … patients can reduce or eliminate dental stain and discoloration; dental bonding can repair enamel chips; porcelain veneers can hide many problems like uneven dentition, broken or chipped enamel, unwanted gaps between teeth, and many other cosmetic problems using this minimally invasive procedure.
Dental crowns have many uses such as to salvage a tooth ravaged with dental decay; cover a cracked or broken tooth; as an anchor for a fixed dental prosthesis; to cover a dental implant; and as the final step to seal a tooth following endodontic therapy.
Crowns and veneers are made from porcelain, which is naturally stain resistant. With this thought in mind, porcelain does not respond to teeth whitening so if you are going to undergo whitening, that should be completed before any cosmetic work so your dentist can match your teeth to your newly whitened shade.
One of the most economical and impactful cosmetic options can be completed with teeth whitening. Stained or discolored teeth can greatly mar your appearance … but you can enhance your smile by lightening or eliminating dental stain created by tobacco use and consuming foods and beverages known to stain.
The beauty of all of these cosmetic options is that the finished product is natural … your cosmetic dentist uses artistic ability to fashion bonding, dental crowns and porcelain veneers so your repaired teeth will match surrounding dentition in shape, size and shade. You will enjoy a smile makeover that will make everyone forget that you ever suffered from broken, chipped, uneven or stained teeth.
Once you have undergone your dental enhancement, there are things you can do to help maintain your new smile. Of course, brushing and flossing daily are minimal requirements to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It’s also important to see your dentist every six months for cleaning and a dental exam.
To learn more about the cosmetic dental services we offer, contact Howl Dental at 918-749-1626.