How does a Cosmetic Dentist improve my smile?
If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, a cosmetic dentist can help you achieve the smile you want. There are many methods available in cosmetic dentistry that are known to improve the appearance of the smile of patients. Let’s take a look at some of them.
One common form of cosmetic dentistry that provides almost immediate results is that of teeth whitening. Although there are over-the-counter products touted to do the same thing, professional teeth whitening – either in-chair whitening procedures or dentist-dispensed take-home whitening systems – deliver better outcomes with higher predictability.
Teeth Whitening Methods
The in-chair method, which basically means getting the procedure done at a dentist’s office, is by far the most effective. Administered by the cosmetic dentist using the most effective whitening agents (in controlled amounts), coupled with the use of laser techniques, has been known to produce dramatic shade reductions in a single appointment. The take-home kit and customized bleaching trays that your dentist prescribes also produce the desired outcome but may take multiple applications.
Whitening works best on stained teeth that are caused by stain-causing foods and beverages. However, if your teeth have turned yellow due to old age or other causes, the cosmetic dentist may recommend using dental veneers to cover the natural teeth. Veneers are porcelain laminates shaped to resemble your real teeth and they can also be used to hide other dental flaws like chips or cracks.
If you are missing one or more of your teeth, there are various cosmetic procedures that can restore both the beauty and function to your smile. One popular method is installing dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are strategically inserted into your jawbone to provide a robust “root-like” structure that supports your artificial teeth. The biggest benefit of a dental implant restoration is that your restored teeth would feel and look like natural teeth. Other procedures including bridges and partial dentures are also designed to replace your missing teeth using specialized methods that make the restorations look seamless and blend in with the rest of your teeth.
If your teeth are unevenly spaced or out of alignment, a cosmetic dentist may also recommend teeth straightening to give you more uniformed teeth. Invisalign is a highly effective teeth straightening method that makes use of invisible braces to gently move your teeth into their desired position over time. Using computer-aided, 3D-designed aligners, Invisalign provides a revolutionary option to traditional metal braces. Unlike these highly conspicuous braces, Invisalign aligners are not noticeable in your mouth, allowing you to undergo orthodontic treatment in a discreet manner.
Professional Cosmetic Dental Recommendations
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, a cosmetic dentist can offer you a range of cosmetic dental solutions to restore the appearance of your smile or provide you with a new natural looking smile. As experts in facial and smile aesthetics, cosmetic dentists are in the best position to help choose treatments most appropriate to your individual oral health and aesthetic needs.
To find out what Cosmetic Dentistry can do to improve the look of your smile contact the client management team to book your cosmetic consultation – call us on (02) 9922 1159.