You may have a great smile. People comment that you light up the room when you walk in and flash your pearly whites. But, what if they are not as pearly any more? What if you have a chipped tooth, or your teeth lean like tombstones in a cemetery? You may be missing a tooth from a childhood accident. Where do you turn when you want to tweak your smile just a bit, and improve on something that people love anyway? This is where you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry to enhance and boost your smile.
There are many options to cosmetic dentistry that you can consider when you want to polish your smile, beyond just a simple "polish". While whitening is an option that many people do consider first off when thinking about cosmetic dentistry. Tooth whitening is a bleaching or other chemical or mechanical treatment that can brighten the patient's teeth to one or even several shades whiter than when they arrived. The whitening procedures vary from dentist to dentist, so it is good to do some research before you go.
Veneers or Bonding
When teeth are not shaped to your liking and have discolorations that do not react well to whitening, a cosmetic dentist can recommend either bonding or veneers to enhance your smile. To make tooth veneers, thin porcelain sheets are custom molded to fit right over your natural teeth but that can fill in any holes or spaces that are in your natural smile. The veneers are attached to your teeth becoming a permanent fix for those smiles. Bonding, on the other hand, puts the porcelain enamel right on your teeth in a soft state, corrects and molds it to a more perfect shape, and is allowed to harden into a brilliant smile. This enamel can then be polished and your smile is more flawless!
Dentures or Bridges
Of course, if you have missing teeth it is hard to cover up the space left in your smile. Cosmetic dentists can give you options to fill in those gaps with a few different fixes. Dentures are a full set of teeth, but the more common cosmetic dentistry option is usually partial dentures or bridges, where the false tooth is anchored to surrounding teeth to fill in the gap left where a tooth has fallen out. These bridges are connected to crowns located on either side of the missing tooth, to keep them in place. This can make your smile complete again.
There are many places that offer cosmetic dentistry, so the key is finding a place that you feel comfortable with. Do your research, find several places that offer the options you wish to try, call them if you have specific questions, and ask them anything that may come to mind. You need to be happy with your smile when you are done. The processes are designed to enhance and improve on the one thing that people look for when you enter the room, your bright white, perfect smile!