Your smile is one of the first things that others see when they look at you, but if you feel self-conscious about the way your teeth look, you probably find yourself smiling less and less. Fortunately, dentists and orthodontists offer procedures designed to improve your teeth’s appearance and get you smiling again. Learn more about two popular dental cosmetic procedures before your next appointment.
Do you have teeth that are crooked, have gaps in between, or have
stains that whitening treatments can't remove? You might be a good
candidate for veneers. Veneers are small and thin pieces of porcelain
material that the dentist applies to your tooth. A thin coating of
adhesive keeps the veneer secured to the tooth. Your dentist will take a
mold of your teeth to create the veneers and buff down your tooth to
help the veneer adhere better. It typically takes two to three visits to
finish the procedure.
Among the top solutions for missing teeth are dental implants. An
implant is a small appliance that looks and functions exactly like
natural teeth. After removing the tooth or any fragments of the tooth,
the dentist will implant a small screw in your jaw. Dental assistants
create a replacement tooth off of a mold taken of your teeth, and this
replacement tooth screws right into place. You can talk more with your
dentist about these and other cosmetic dentistry procedures that can
help bring back your smile.