Dentists these days offer much more to help improve smiles than fillings and extractions. Cosmetic dentistry is now as popular as ever and if you would like to give your smile a boost then there are plenty of options available. From fairly quick treatments like tooth whitening to the more advanced teeth straightening treatments there are solutions to practically every dental problem.
First, let’s assume that the teeth are decay free and aligned properly. A procedure that can be done at your local dental office is teeth whitening. This is where the gum tissue is isolated from the teeth and then a whitening material, usually a gel, is applied to the teeth. This material sits on the teeth for a specific amount of time. Sometimes an ultra violet light is used depending on the material used and the brand of whitening. This teeth whitening procedure gives great results in a short time period.
If you require something a bit more advanced than tooth whitening your dentist will be able to advise the best course of treatment. For teeth that are chipped or have become discoloured they may well recommend a veneer. Veneers are a permanent treatment; they usually cover the front part of the affected tooth and as a result make a real difference to a smile as soon as they are applied.
To cover a larger part of a tooth that is decayed a crown can be used. Crowns are different to veneers in that they cover the whole of the tooth. They are shaped and coloured to match the teeth they are to be applied to and can be colour matched as well so you are not left with one really bright tooth that stands out next to all of your teeth.
If the tooth is badly broken or decayed and cannot be saved, a dental implant can be used as a replacement after the bad tooth has been removed. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone after the extraction of the bad tooth. Following a healing time of six to twelve months, a dental crown is then attached to the titanium screw. These implants are a great option to replace missing teeth because they are of course extremely cosmetic but also because they are very functional with chewing considering the other option to replace a missing tooth could be a removable appliance.
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