You may not realize it, but Americans spend over 2.7 billion dollars each year on cosmetic dentistry. One billion of that is just for teeth whitening!
Cosmetic dentistry can include minor and large procedures, and not always just for appearances. While many seek help with their teeth to feel more confident, sometimes procedures are done to fix problems like an overbite.
Are you one of many who wants something changed about your teeth?
Take a peek at a few cosmetic dentistry procedures that may be perfect for you and learn why you should consider them!
Many people seek to whiten or bleach their teeth. It is a common complaint, as many things we eat and do can contribute to yellow or stained teeth.
This procedure can occur in your dentist's office or at home. While over the counter products are available, it is best to consult with a professional before beginning a treatment on your own.
Working with a dentist will ensure you use the correct products and do not damage your teeth. If you do the procedure in the office, it usually takes just one or two appointments.
At home kits usually take one or two weeks, as they whiten teeth more slowly.
Sometimes crowns are also called caps. They are used to make a tooth regain its normal appearance. While they are expensive, they are very strong and last a long time.
Due to this cost, they are usually used only when other procedures are not expected to work as well. They also require more than one visit to the dentist as the crown will be created in a lab.
Bonding is a very common cosmetic dentistry procedure. It involves using a tooth-colored material to fill in little gaps or defects in teeth.
When a tooth has a small chip, bonding is a smart choice. This material is also used when filling a cavity.
While bonding is a simple and cheaper procedure, the material is more likely to stain or chip than other dental procedures.
Deciding to get veneers will give you a drastic improvement. They are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to your front teeth. They can help improve the color and shape of your own natural teeth.
Veneers are frequently used when teeth are chipped, cracked, or misshaped. They also are used if there are gaps between individual teeth.
This procedure is an alternative to getting crowns, which tend to be more expensive and more invasive. While veneers do not have as long of a life as crowns, they wear and last better than bonding.
One final procedure you may want to look into is reshaping or contouring. This can help improve the appearance of crooked or chipped teeth. The bonding material is often used in during the procedure as well.
Reshaping and contouring are best for those with healthy teeth looking for small changes to the look of their smile.
As explained, there are multiple dental procedures you can seek out to make cosmetic changes.
Ready to start your journey towards perfect teeth. Please contact us and we will set up a consultation to review your options.