Your smile is very important. When it comes to first impressions, a smile makes all the difference in the world. A crooked or damaged smile can cause one to feel embarrassed or self-conscious and may lead to a lack of confidence, which can be damaging both personally and professionally. One way to fix the issues you may have with your smile is to invest in cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is a term that refers to any dental procedure that improves the color, position, shape, size, or alignment of your teeth and the overall look of your smile.
The most obvious benefit of cosmetic dentistry is an enhanced appearance. With an improved appearance, you should also notice a boost in confidence. Furthermore, the results achieved by cosmetic dentistry are long-lasting if you practice proper oral care at home and visit your dentist regularly.
There are several types of cosmetic dental procedures, including the following:
Teeth whitening is often the simplest and least expensive procedure to improve your smile. Teeth whitening can be done by a professional at your dental clinic, or you may purchase whitening kits from your dentist to perform teeth whitening at home. Over time, your teeth can become discolored due to stains that have been caused by foods such as blueberries and beets, drinks like red wine and coffee, and substances such as tobacco. Teeth whitening will brighten your smile by removing that discoloration.
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that are attached to the surface of teeth. Veneers are bonded to teeth to change their color, shape, or size. Veneers are suitable for teeth that are worn down, chipped, discolored, uneven, or unusually small.
If you want to repair a tooth that is decayed, you may want to consider tooth-colored fillings. Silver-colored amalgam fillings were the norm for years, but such fillings are unsightly. Tooth-colored fillings, on the other hand, are nearly undetectable. A tooth-colored filling is made of a high-quality composite resin that is sculpted over the tooth and then cured with ultraviolet light.
Tooth bonding is a procedure where a tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied to a tooth and shaped then hardened with ultraviolet light. Dental bonding is similar to a filling, but the main difference is that fillings, despite their cosmetic benefits, are primarily used for health-related purposes. Tooth bonding focuses mainly on the appearance of a tooth. For that reason, you will find that tooth bonding is not as durable as dental fillings. A filling can last for up to 20 years, while bonding has a lifespan of up to 10 years.
Also known as a cap, a dental crown fits over a decayed or damaged tooth to prevent further damage and improve its shape, appearance, and function. Crowns are typically made using porcelain. While the primary purpose of a dental crown is to protect a tooth, a crown can also improve your smile as it mimics the appearance of a natural tooth and hides flaws.
Dental implant surgery is another procedure that has benefits for your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile. A dental implant serves as a replacement for a missing tooth. An implant, which has a titanium root, is inserted into the bone in the space of the missing tooth. Titanium is bio-compatible, and as the jawbone heals, it grows around the implant to anchor it in place. Once the root of the implant has fused with the jawbone, a porcelain crown will be added. Implants so closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth that no one, except your dentist, will know that you had a dental implant procedure.
If you are interested in having a cosmetic dental procedure in Slidell, contact us at Fremaux Dental Care. At Fremaux Dental Care, our cosmetic dental services are designed to fix imperfections to leave you with a beautiful new smile that you will be happy to show off.