In today's society, appearance is very important. While judgment based solely on appearance may be superficial and not reflective of who you really are, it can still affect how people think of you. When you talk, people focus on your face, your eyes, and teeth. People notice a natural looking mouth, teeth, and smile. An unsightly mouth due to visible cavities, defective fillings, gum disease, or crooked or misshapen teeth is noticed, too. People will often form opinions of you based on what they see.
Everyone would like to have a perfect smile, but nature is rarely so accommodating. Even if you're one of the lucky ones who never needed braces, the rough-and-tumble of life, along with habits such as smoking or drinking coffee, invariably result in chips, stains, or an overall dingy appearance.
The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance, improve, or change the appearance of your teeth. Until fairly recently, there wasn't a lot you could do to improve the appearance of your teeth beyond having them cleaned once or twice a year. In the last decade, however, improvements in dental materials and restorative techniques have made it possible for most of us to have close to model-perfect teeth that resist color changes and are almost as strong as the originals. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your self image, particularly for people with damaged or discolored teeth. Even simple procedures such as bleaching or bonding can be real confidence-boosters.
One of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that the final results are easy to predict. Whether you decide to have a gap filled, a chip repaired, or a stain concealed, you're unlikely to have unpleasant surprises later. We have many methods for repairing, restoring or otherwise changing the appearance of the teeth.
Here is just a partial list of dental procedures that can improve the way your teeth look:
- Replace discolored fillings in front teeth
- Whiten teeth to a lighter color
- Straighten crooked teeth with orthodontics or recontouring your natural enamel
- Close up spaces between teeth
- Porcelain or resin veneers to change the shape and alignment of teeth (bonding)
- Place tooth-colored fillings in back teeth (instead of silver/metal fillings)
- Porcelain or resin inlays or onlays for back teeth
- Cosmetic periodontal surgery to even out gum tissue that is crooked
- Restoration of worn and short teeth to their proper shape
- Fill in toothbrush abrasion notches
- Cover missing gum tissue due to recession with soft tissue grafts
- Replace missing teeth with bridges or implants
- Replace defective and unsightly crowns (caps)
- Cover stained root surfaces
- Remove stained fracture lines from enamel
- Restore chipped teeth (bonding)
- Make teeth appear longer or shorter