Having straight, white teeth is something many people long for. In the past, a perfect smile was something you simply had to be born with. Over the last century or so, however, dental treatments have advanced considerably, and a perfect smile is now more attainable than ever! There are many ways people have sought to improve their smiles over the years—through whitening or straightening their teeth—but now these procedures can be done relatively quickly and easily in your dentist’s office. If you’re curious about some of the different types of cosmetic dentistry available to you, read on to learn more about these helpful treatments!
Porcelain veneers have seen a rise in popularity in recent years, and for good reason! This treatment can almost instantly change the shape, color, and appearance of your smile to the exact one you’ve always hoped for. Using paper thin, custom-made shells to cover the front of your teeth, veneers are bonded to your existing teeth to change the outward appearance of them. They are fully customizable in size, shape, and color and can be made from a resin composite or porcelain. Veneers are a long-lasting way to alter your smile and bring you more confidence.
Bonding is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed. Best for fixing chips and small gaps in your teeth, your dentist will use a custom-made composite resin to fill in whatever undesired gaps you have and bond it in place using a special light to harden the material. This procedure is easy and relatively cheap, and the results can last for decades.
If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, a crown could be your best possible option to restore the structure of your tooth and save your smile! A crown acts as a cap that is cemented over your existing tooth. Because the device is custom-made for you, the crown will match the exact shade of your surrounding teeth and blend in perfectly with your smile. While the crown will take around 2-3 weeks to be created and put into place, once it is cemented over your tooth, it is there to stay! Ultimately, a crown can greatly improve your confidence in your smile and make chewing and speaking significantly easier.
If you’re after a quick, noticeable way to improve the look of your smile, whitening is your easiest option! Options range from at home whitening kits to in-office procedures, but the results are always immediate. Although pricier, the options found at your dentist’s office can produce dramatic results instantly, sometimes whitening teeth up to eight shades in a single visit!
If you’re curious about the different ways you can improve your smile, it’s never a bad idea to reach out to your dentist to ask a few questions! There are cosmetic treatments available for nearly everyone, and often just a little work goes a long way in improving confidence and happiness.
To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, give us a call at Meadows Dental Care in Palatine today!