Would you like to change your smile without getting braces? Braces move your teeth, but they can’t change their shape. If you have broken teeth, chipped teeth or gaps between your teeth, you can change them completely, without the hassle and expense of braces and without having to have teeth removed and replaced with artificial teeth. Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for completely transforming your smile while keeping your teeth intact and healthy.
1. Dental bonding
Dental bonding uses a resin material to fill in gaps, fix cracked teeth and much more. Bonding can solve a variety of common cosmetic problems and work for you whether you have long teeth, short teeth or teeth in different sizes, and it can even help to improve a gummy smile.
White fillings are also form of dental bonding that offer a much more attractive option than traditional metal fillings, and the same materials are used in other cosmetic bonding procedures.
Dental veneers cover the front of the teeth that show when you smile. They are considered cosmetic because they are too thin to repair broken or decayed teeth the way that bonding or crowns can.
Veneers can completely change your smile by covering gaps, changing the shape of individual teeth and changing the color of the teeth. If your teeth have an imperfect shape but are healthy, veneers may be right for you.
Whitening: before or after?
If you want to whiten your teeth and are getting veneers, you can simply choose a shade for your veneers that are whiter than your teeth are now. You may want to have your other teeth whitened first. Veneers and the materials used for bonding can’t be whitened, so it’s always best to whiten first, and then choose a color for your new teeth to match.
Sometimes more than one procedure is used in a smile makeover or dental restoration. Many people have a combination of cosmetic and dental health issues, so multiple procedures may be the best way to restore oral health and achieve the desired cosmetic results.
If you think your case may be complicated, you can rest assured that there is a solution. Come in for a consultation to discuss your options.