The Most Popular Dental Treatments To Improve Your Smile

September 14, 2022 - By Bruce Michaelson

Smiles mean a lot to us. It is one of the features we remember after meeting someone for the first time. In this era of social media, we now have plenty of tools to brighten and adjust our smiles in photos, but they can’t fix these dental issues in real life. Fortunately, with the advancement of dental technologies, now there are countless methods to improve the look of your smile and oral health safely and with sustainable results. Read on to take a closer look at some of these popular dental treatments.

Teeth Whitening

Also known as teeth bleaching, this treatment removes stains and discolorations from the teeth, giving a clean and white smile. The treatment involves bleaching the teeth to make them lighter. While it can’t give your teeth a brilliant white appearance, it can lighten the existing color by several shades.

It is ideal for healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings) and gums. Some dental experts believe that yellow-tone individuals respond best to this treatment. Talk to your dentist to assess if this treatment suits your aesthetic dental expectations.

Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a water-thin porcelain shell bonded onto the tooth’s surface. They are more like thin covers that adhere to the teeth to give a more classically shaped look to your teeth structure. They are ideal for fixing gapped, chipped, misshapen or stained teeth. They can also be fitted over slightly crooked teeth to make them look straight.

Concealing these flaws uplifts and enhances the look of your teeth in terms of their color, shape, size, and length, giving the impression of natural and healthy teeth and a smile. However, veneers are not suitable for fixing severely crowded or crooked teeth.

Dental Caps

This treatment involves placing a tooth-shaped, custom-made cap over the tooth either for protection or cosmetic enhancement. Dental caps help to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and strength, thereby improving the overall appearance of your smile.

Dental Implants

Dental implants can improve the smile by replacing missing or badly damaged teeth. They are permanent artificial teeth that serve as the root for missing teeth and can perform all-natural tooth functions.

Besides improving the appearance of your smile and being gap-free, they can help you grind food and stimulate the jaw. Dental implants offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that doesn’t fit or work well. The approach taken to perform the treatment depends on the implant type and your jawbone condition.

Gum Contouring

This is an ideal treatment for smiles affected by uneven gums or receding gums resulting in a gummy smile. Under this procedure, a cosmetic dentist reshapes the gums by using a soft tissue laser to carefully remove the parts of the gums that makes a person’s teeth look short or uneven. Post-procedure, the gums only need a few days to heal, and they also provide long-term results in restoring your dental health and smile.

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