Cosmetic dentistry has grown a lot in recent years and dentists now have more tools to shape and whiten that smile just the way you want it. But before you go making that appointment, here’s what a cosmetic dentist can offer you.
- Teeth whitening
If your teeth have lost some of their lustre over the years, a teeth whitening procedure is a solution a dentist might recommend. Over time teeth can become stained and discoloured. The dentist uses a chemical solution that essentially bleaches and whitens your teeth.
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure that can fix ill-spaced, cracked, chipped or even broken teeth. The dentist will use bonding materials to fix small cavities or as a protective layer on the gums if your gums are receding.
Veneers are usually shells made of porcelain or plastic that are used to cover the teeth to change their colour or shape. This solution will often last longer than bonding but can be quite expensive.
Crowns completely cover the tooth and are normally used to restore the shape and appearance of the tooth. They can be made of metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic material.
Braces have long been used to improve the look of teeth if they are misshapen or crowded. Most recently clear braces have gained popularity among adult patients who want to correct the shape of teeth without the discomfort of traditional braces.