Cosmetic dentistry can bring many positive changes to your appearance, from making your teeth appear whiter to smoothing out any chips or misalignment in your teeth. Here are four cosmetic procedures that could enhance your smile.
Compared to whitening toothpastes and kits you can use at home, professional whitening treatments have a much more immediate and dramatic impact on the colour of your teeth. Cosmetic dentists use powerful whitening agents, such as hydrogen peroxide, in a safe and controlled environment to strip stains from your teeth without affecting their health.
Veneers are a great option if you have minor imperfections affecting the shape or alignment of your teeth, such as chips, cracks, teeth that are slightly twisted, or that have tiny gaps between them. You can choose from either porcelain veneers, which have a shiny appearance similar to that of healthy natural teeth, or composite veneers, which have a matte appearance but still look very realistic. The veneer fitting process is pain-free and non-invasive.
Another way in which cosmetic dentists can improve the appearance of a smile is by shaving tiny slivers of material from teeth to improve symmetry and make teeth look more regular and even. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental contouring, but if it is suitable for you, it could make a big difference to the appearance of your smile. The effect is subtle but could have a significant impact on your confidence by making your face appear more symmetrical and therefore more attractive.
4. Invisible Braces
Orthodontists have used braces for many decades to pull teeth into a more regular alignment, close up gaps in the smile, and reduce crowding at the back of the mouth. Invisible braces perform the same task, but without the embarrassment of having metal brackets and wires attached to your teeth.
Invisible braces are made of clear plastic. They are custom made to fit snugly over your teeth, exerting a gentle pressure that gradually causes teeth to shift into a healthier and more attractive alignment. They do not move around as you speak or laugh, and it is unlikely that anyone will know you are wearing them unless you talk about them with your friends. When you want to eat or drink, you can take out your aligners. Just don't forget to reinsert them when you have finished and rinsed your mouth.
The effects of invisible braces can correct overbites, underbites, and other dental problems.