Making Sense Of Your Cosmetic Dental Options
Posted July 27, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
If the thought of smiling makes you self-conscious, or if you are frustrated by the appearance of a damaged tooth, you may be excited to learn about how cosmetic dentistry can help you. The field of cosmetic dentistry includes several different procedures, which can be used to address the color of your teeth, damage on a tooth, or even genetic abnormalities. Some procedures can actually take care of multiple problems at once. Because you do have several treatment options, you may be unsure of how to proceed. Knowing the relative benefits of the different procedures your dentist can perform can help make your decision easier.
Dental bonding involves the application of composite resin to any tooth (or teeth) you feel needs cosmetic improvement. This material can change a tooth’s color, shape, or size, depending on what is needed. Porcelain veneers can hide several dental flaws by permanently covering the front of your tooth. Veneers are constructed with a more stain-resistant and durable material type, but dental bonding can be the less expensive option.
A professional teeth whitening can make short work of the stains that are dulling your smile. Unfortunately, some discoloration is not due to stains, but intrinsic problems. If the latter problem affects your teeth, you can be better served with porcelain veneers, or through dental bonding.
If your problem tooth has a health problem, restorative work might be the cosmetic solution you need. For instance, if a damaged tooth is fitted with a porcelain dental crown, it can look like a natural tooth, and stop being a detriment to your smile.