Cosmetic Dentistry:Getting the Perfect Smile

Ready to press the confidence button? They say that a healthy smile radiates positive energy. But do brown coffee-stained teeth count? I doubt. In addition to teeth whitening, there are other “dental makeovers” that are just as effective when it comes to boosting self-confidence.

1. Getting dental crowns

Chances are, you’re one of the 9 out of 10 Americans who don’t know what dental crowns are. This is a “cap” that is fitted over your teeth covering them completely. They protect the underlying tooth while improving its strength and general aesthetics. When installed, a dental crown (also referred to as a cap) covers the whole tooth surface, from the gum line to the tip. You know they’re right for you if:
– You have a weak tooth and it will break if not protected 9or restored)
– Teeth are severely discolored
– You need one to hold bridges in place
– Cosmetics where you need to cover unsightly fillings or implants2. Composite Fillings
There are two types of dental fillings – composites and amalgam. I’ll cover the former as its advantageous. Gone are the days when dentists used to make fillings with silver (or just amalgam). The contemporary dentist knows that composite fillings are safer and they serve their purpose while giving you a natural, healthy smile. Even though the FDA confirmed that amalgam fillings contain traces of mercury, they weren’t willing to disclose its effect on the body. Composite fillings, on the other hand, bind to teeth. This makes them a healthy choice as dentists never have to remove as much healthy teeth surface.

3. Dentures and Implants
Which ones are should you get? Short answer: it depends. Rules of cosmetic dentistry aren’t cast on stone. There are many things dentists have to consider and this is why they advocate for checkups and consultations. While dentures are generally cheaper due to the fact that most insurance policies cover them), implants are sturdier. Implants, on the other hand, are a permeant solution. They’re the better choice when you have to make a lifetime decision. They are expected to take the patient through several decades – possibly outliving their usefulness. Implants are made on the bone while dentures get their strength from the gum.
4. Teeth replacement
A beautiful smile is brought by many things – a missing tooth isn’t one of them. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry is based on replacing unsightly teeth. There are partial dentures, immediate ones and dentists could even retrofit dentures over existing ones. Talk to a local orthodontist and they will suggest the best one based on your lifestyle. Maintaining a beautiful, healthy dental system is the ultimate target of cosmetic dentistry.
5. Porcelain veneers
Typically used to cover blemishes, these are plastic or porcelain shells bound to the external tooth surface so that they can improve its shape and general appearance. They cover the front surface of the tooth hiding discolorations, chippings and cracks. Solid cosmetic dentistry practices dictate that they must have a similar color shade with the nearby teeth. I prefer working with Inverness Family Dentistry as they have experienced dentists that make “almost unnoticeable “veneers.