If You Have Healthy Teeth but Want Them to Look Better, Here’s How to Do It
July 22, 2013 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev cosmetic dentistry
If you take excellent care of your teeth and visit your dentist regularly, yet still wish you had a more beautiful smile, you have a head start on many people. The basis for a knockout smile is healthy teeth and gums. Cosmetic dental procedures work best in a healthy mouth. If you need some help making your teeth more beautiful, continue to visit your dentist every six months and consider these cosmetic dental procedures.
Whiten Teeth at Your Dental Office or at Home
Even healthy teeth that are brushed and flossed regularly can stain over time, but your dentist can whiten your teeth significantly with safe procedures. In-office whitening procedures like Zoom teeth whitening make your smile many shades brighter after just one treatment. Your dentist may offer custom take-home teeth whitening kits with dental trays made to fit your teeth and safe bleaching gel to use with them. These are much more effective than drugstore whitening kits.
Fix Chips and Gaps with Bonding
If a minor chip mars your perfect smile, or if you have a minor gap between teeth that you would like to have filled, consider composite bonding. This noninvasive technique can be done quickly, and without the tooth prep necessary with veneers and crowns. Composite bonding is perfect for fixing minor cosmetic problems, but you have to be careful to avoid practices like crunching ice or eating hard nuts with teeth that have bonding applied.
Consider Veneers for Bigger Chips or Internally Stained Teeth
Some stains are internal and cannot be effectively bleached by traditional methods. However, veneers can solve this problem. Veneers are thin, translucent coverings for teeth that require minimal tooth prep. They look just like healthy, beautiful teeth and are perfect for filling gaps, evening out teeth, and covering stained teeth. They’re more expensive than bonding, but can fix bigger problems than bonding can.
Crowns Are Great for Fixing Broken Teeth
Broken teeth are unsightly, and can create the perfect trap for food particles and bacteria. If the roots of the tooth are healthy, you can have a custom porcelain crown made to fix broken teeth. Crowns require extensive tooth preparation, but they can last a decade or longer with proper care. When bonding and veneers can’t fix a tooth, crowns often can.
Dental Implants Are Tops for Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth should be addressed right away. If you have a tooth knocked out during a sporting activity, sometimes it can be replaced if you can get to your dentist right away. But if this is not an option, dental implants may be. Titanium implants are placed in the jaw, where the bone bonds to the titanium, making the perfect artificial root for a custom crown. Some people have implants instead of bridges, partials, and dentures, but implants are also great for the one-off missing tooth scenario.
Healthy teeth are the perfect foundation for a stunning smile, so visit your dentist every six months and ask about these procedures if you want to make your teeth look better.