You visit your dentist regularly in an effort to protect your teeth from decay and to preserve good oral health, but did you know your dentist can also improve the overall look of your smile? Cosmetic dentistry, which includes replacing teeth, whitening teeth, changing the gum line and closing unwanted gaps has become extremely popular. It is called cosmetic dentistry because the results go beyond the function of the teeth, gums and/or bite.
There are six effective dental techniques that can help change the aesthetics of your smile:
When you need to repair a chip or cracked tooth, reduce a gap between teeth, improve the shape of your teeth or protect a tooth’s root due to receding gums, bonding is an excellent choice. This procedure includes applying a tooth-colored resin material (durable plastic) to the tooth and hardening it using a special light. The procedure is simple and can often be completed in one visit, depending on how many teeth you need bonded.
- Dental Veneers
Veneers are a popular choice today as they can help fix a multitude of cosmetic concerns. Made from thin pieces of porcelain or composite, veneers can recreate the natural look of your teeth when bonded to the surface of the tooth by your dentist. Custom-made dental veneers can be used to correct and repair cracks and chips or even improve the look of worn teeth. They are also effective for people who cannot repair tooth discoloration through other types of treatments.
- Dental Crowns
In addition to improving function, a porcelain dental crown can be used to improve the overall look of your smile. These tooth-shaped caps are placed over a tooth and cemented into place, allowing for a consistent appearance.
- Dental Bridges
Also known as false teeth, dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Held in place by two crowns, bridges are attached to adjacent sides of the false tooth.
- Teeth whitening
It is estimated more than 100 million Americans have whitened their teeth either on their own or with the help of a professional. While there are multiple whitening product available in stores, dentist-supervised whitening is considered the most effective remedy. Typically, an impression of your teeth will be taken by your dentist so a custom mold can be made to be used throughout the professional process.
- Gum lift
If you suffer from what they call a gummy smile, where more gum shows than your teeth, you may be a contender for a gum lift. This procedure involves raising and sculpting the gum line to create longer or more symmetrical teeth.
Please contact Cambridge Family Dentistry for a free consultation if you have any questions about or are interested in cosmetic dentistry.
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(316) 687-2110 or toll-free (877) 687-2110.
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The Cambridge Family Dentistry clinic is located at 2020 N. Webb Road in Wichita, Kansas