Most people think only orthodontists can fix crooked teeth. Did you know that cosmetic dentists can also provide options to fix your crooked teeth? Adults with a crooked smile or bite problem now have choices for smile restoration with or without braces.
There are many things that can happen affecting your smile. Accidents can cause trauma to the teeth and ignoring them can lead to infections which can be very serious. With less-than-perfect oral hygiene, high sugar consumption, high caffeine consumption, or smoking, the list gets a lot longer: yellow teeth, cavities, infections, oral cancer, and on.
Common Cosmetic Dentistry Techniques for a Smile Restoration
Many patients are self-conscious about their smile due to worn, missing, and broken teeth. These missing teeth can result in serious complications, if left untreated. This includes shifting of adjacent and opposing teeth; bone loss; chipping; fracture and even mobility of other teeth caused by changes in how your imbalanced bite forces are now applying undue stress on those teeth. There are always options how to address these issues, and some may include:
Veneers or Crowns: A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its optimal shape, function and aesthetics. They are made of porcelain to look like your natural teeth.
Implants: A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to support a replacement tooth or bridge. Note that implants may not be appropriate for smokers; nicotine smoking can cause peri-implantitis, a disease of the gum that leads to bone loss and implants falling out.
Bridges: A dental bridge will literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of minimally two crowns one on each tooth on either side of the gap, and a pontic which replaces the missing tooth. Bridges are an alternative to implants. With pros and cons to each option.
Cosmetic Dentistry without Braces
No one likes having a crooked smile; and many adults do not want to have braces to fix their crooked teeth. Also, sometimes even after braces the teeth maybe in the optimal position but still not be the correct shape (due to wear and fracture) or shade. That’s where cosmetic dentistry without braces comes in.
Invisible plastic braces: Instead of having metal wires placed over teeth your cosmetic dentist will use clear aligners. These invisible aligners are custom-built for a tight fit for the best results. These aligners must be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Whiten your Smile: Yellow teeth are not pretty teeth. Professional teeth whitening helps to remove stains and discoloration. These provide more powerful whitening agents than can be safely used at home, you can have a movie-star smile (the same way that they got theirs).
To learn more about available cosmetic dentistry services and smile restoration services, call 480-991-2290 to make an appointment.