Going to the dentist is often associated with painful and dreaded procedures. However, dentistry is becoming more cosmetic in nature and patients now have many options to choose from that can help improve the overall appearance of their teeth and smile. This article will discuss in further detail four of the top cosmetic procedures commonly performed in dental offices today. Read below to find out if any of the procedures are of interest to you.
Braces are often thought of as a corrective procedure for children, but braces can also be considered a cosmetic procedure as well. Some people want braces as a way of correcting slightly crooked or spaced out teeth. Also, many adults get braces as well as children. Braces help to straighten your teeth and correct your bite as well as creating a more linear, attractive smile. Braces can be added at any age to create several different teeth issues.
Porcelain veneers are another very popular cosmetic procedure performed by dentists. Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain caps that are bonded to your natural teeth and are about the thickness of a fingernail. Porcelain veneers are one of the most common dental cosmetic procedures performed today. They not improve the overall appearance of your smile, but they are also good for covering damage to your teeth such as cracks, stains, chips, etc. The porcelain material that the veneers are made of is very durable and strong and almost an exact match to the original color of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great option if you are looking for a way to improve your smile or to cover up imperfections in your teeth.
Tooth whitening is perhaps the most commonly done procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening is also sometimes called bleaching. This procedure can be completed either in the office or in the convenience of your own home. The results of the in-office procedure will leave your teeth looking bright white in a matter of minutes and often lead to better results than the at home whitening kits. However, the at home whitening kits still do a great job at improving the overall whiteness of your teeth and are fairly easy to use. The kit will have trays that are molded to the shape and fit of your teeth and will come with bleaching gel. You place the gel in the tray and put them on your teeth for 20-30 minutes.
Dental implants are another popular cosmetic dental procedure. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is implanted into your jaw to hold in a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are typically used for people who have lost a tooth and need to improve their smile. A bridge would be needed for more than one dental implant.
All of these procedures can bring a change to the look and feel of your mouth and smile. There are many different procedures that can help you change a problem mouth into a beautiful one.