Smiles are powerful. They express happiness and share your joy with others, make a great first impression, and lift your mood. Smiling more often, regardless of your mood, can improve your health and wellbeing. But having crowded, misplaced, discolored, crooked teeth and severe bite problems can make you smile less and that affects your confidence and self-perception. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can help improve the appearance of your teeth, enhance your smile and boost your confidence.
If you are looking to improve your smile, here are six ways cosmetic dentistry can help.
As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, eventually revealing a darker or yellow shade. The color of our teeth also comes from the inside of the tooth, which naturally becomes darker over time. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and wine may also contribute to tooth discoloration, making your teeth yellow and dull. Sometimes, teeth can become discolored from taking certain medications. Excessive fluoridation (fluorosis) during tooth development can also cause teeth to become discolored.
If your teeth are already in good shape, using a tooth whitening product is the most basic and effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s simple and non-invasive.
Dental implants are an excellent and permanent way to replace missing or non-restorable teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth with a metal root that over time bonds with the jaw bone. Implants are surgically placed into the jaw and are built to last. These are a few of the many benefits of dental implants:
- They look and feel like real teeth and are made to last a long time.
- They can improve your chewing and eating abilities while also enhancing facial features.
- They prevent bone loss.
- They help restore self-esteem and renew self-confidence.
- They can be used with bridges and dentures.
A dental crown is a custom-made, tooth-colored covering placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. They protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Crowns are used to replace cracked, worn down, or weakened teeth, fillings that are too large, cover dental implants, restore root canal-treated teeth, and even cover discolored or unfavorably shaped teeth.
Crowns are a very effective way to reconstruct a tooth structure. They are ideal for teeth with large, fractured, or broken fillings and those that are badly decayed.
Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front, visible part of the tooth. They look just like natural teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
- Teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching.
- Chipped or worn teeth.
- Crooked or misshapen teeth.
- Uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth.
They’re nearly as strong as the original tooth, look great, and can fix more severe cosmetic problems than bonding can. They should also last for many years, barring an accident or injury.
How your teeth fit together affects not only your oral health but also the structure of your facial bones and your overall physical health. Crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth often make people feel embarrassed and self-conscious. Teeth that are not properly aligned can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease, jaw problems, pain, and difficulty speaking correctly. Orthodontic procedures work to improve oral function, by gently and slowly adjusting and moving teeth into a better position to change how the teeth and jaws work together.
Restorative dental work such as inlays, onlays, composite (tooth-colored) fillings, and zygomatic implants are sometimes necessary to repair broken, decayed, or cracked teeth. Restorations can help prevent tooth loss and repair the tooth for proper use again. These procedures can also hide unattractive spaces, repair unsightly chipped teeth, and even replace old, unappealing dental work. Restorations are long-lasting but sometimes require replacement.
Inlays and Onlays – These restorations are custom-made fillings. They can be made of composite resin, porcelain, or gold and are made by a dental laboratory and placed by a dentist. Inlays and onlays are usually best for the chewing surfaces of teeth. They mainly used to repair teeth with large defective/unattractive fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma.
Composite (Bonding) Fillings – These are tooth-colored fillings that can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. This type of filling is also very useful for filling in gaps and protecting sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession. They are also perfect for use in front teeth. Composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities and are also used to replace old defective fillings.
Zygomatic Implants – Patients with severe bone loss in the upper jaw are typically not good candidates for traditional dental implants. However, zygomatic implants are a great alternative. Instead of anchoring to the jaw bone, zygomatic implants are anchored to the cheek (zygomatic) bone, which is more dense and secure than your other facial bones.
Cosmetic dentistry can greatly improve self-confidence by fixing some of the most visible dental imperfections. Whether those imperfections are from discolored teeth, misaligned teeth, missing teeth, malformed teeth, or gaps in the teeth, there are lots of options! When you visit JR Dental, your smile is our top priority. We’re committed to offering a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures to help you get the smile you deserve. Call us at (904) 786-5850 to schedule an appointment today!