Our smiles can be key to both social and professional success. Nothing reassures people more than an open, unblemished smile. Unfortunately, a smile can suffer damage from a variety of causes including genetic predisposition to oral issues, disease, and simple accidents.
Fortunately, dental science has progressed to the point where dental practitioners have access to a variety of treatments when it comes to restoring that perfect smile. So what are the most common cosmetic dental procedures?
1. Composite Fillings
For those who have had a cavity, the idea of the old amalgam filling is off-putting – they simply look unnatural. Fortunately, there is the option of composite fillings. These fillings use a mix of plastic (acrylic) resin and a powdered glass filler. The filling can be matched to the color of the patient’s natural teeth. It can also be used to restore damaged or chipped teeth. It can also be used to replace existing amalgam fillings.
Dental crowns fit over the existing tooth (or teeth) and can be used to correct discoloration, chips, and cracks as well as other damage. These crowns are designed to match the natural coloration of other teeth – and they are tremendously tough. In fact, they can last up to 30 years. They can be made from a variety of materials such as porcelain, resin and ceramics.
3. Tooth Whitening
Age and our lifestyle preferences (for instance drinking coffee or enjoying the odd glass of red wine) can cause our teeth to become dull and discolored over time. Tooth whitening can address this issue and restore a sparkling smile. There are over-the-counter tooth whitening kits, but for those who want the best results a visit to a professional dental practitioner is highly recommended.
4. Invisible Braces
Gone are the days when both the younger generation and adults need to suffer social anxiety due to the fact that they have had braces fitted. Invisible braces realign and reposition teeth to provide that unblemished and striking smile. And those who have transparent braces fitted need not feel self-conscious, because, well, they’re invisible.
Veneers are a great option for those who want their front teeth to look absolutely perfect. They consist of thin porcelain pieces that are attached to the front of the tooth to provide that movie star smile. With proper care these veneers can last for years – and they are a great alternative to some of the more invasive and time consuming cosmetic procedures.
Our smiles are important. they reflect who we are – and a great smile gives the impression of self-confidence and trustworthiness. A smile that shows damaged teeth provides a less than a nominal first impression – and can lead to a serious case of social anxiety. The most common cosmetic dental procedures can restore or reinvent a smile so that you always shine.
If you live in Idaho Falls or the surrounding areas and think that you may benefit from a cosmetic dental procedure then contact Dixon Dental Center (either via their website – dixondentalcenter.com, phone – (208) 524-2771 or email [email protected] and get advice that will leave you smiling.