Cosmetic Dentistry Options and Information for you

Cosmetic dentistry is more popular and more affordable than ever before. Teeth whitening techniques can remove stains and give you a brighter smile, but if you want a dramatic and permanent change, consider implants or porcelain veneers. Each of these methods solves a different set of issues, but they both result in a drastically improved appearance. Here's a little information about both options. 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a facade that's bonded to the front of your natural teeth. The surface of the tooth is roughened using an acid to provide a good base for the veneer to adhere to, and then a thin layer of enamel or porcelain is applied over the prepared surface. This option is a useful alternative if you ave severely discolored teeth, chips, cracks and gaps. The patient can either have all of their teeth treated, but generally this procedure is performed only on the front teeth. Back teeth that have nerves exposed can be covered with a porcelain crown. This treatment isn't advisable for healthy teeth that aren't discolored, as it removes a portion of the tooth's surface.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a surgical method of smile correction, and therefore a more drastic and costly step. It's a great solution for those who have one or more missing teeth, but don't want a bridge or who don't require dentures. It can also be performed as a purely cosmetic procedure. 

The procedure begins with an assessment of the patient's teeth and general health. An x-ray is then taken of the area to be treated in order to examine the bone structure below the gum line. If the underlying bone is degraded, a bone graft may need to be performed first to provide a solid base for the implant. An artificial root is then screwed into the jawbone, and then an artificial tooth is permanently attached to the new "root." Post-treatment oral hygiene is imperative to the success of the procedure. 

Both dental implants and veneers can enhance your smile and increase your self-confidence. The procedures can be used together to provide an affordable and lasting full-mouth solution to correct common aesthetic and structural problems while preserving your remaining healthy, natural teeth as far as possible. The choice you make depends on your overall health and the state of your existing teeth. You can learn more about cosmetic dentistry options by investigating on your own or by asking your dental health care professional to explain your options.