If stained or crooked teeth mar your otherwise-beautiful smile, you probably aren’t comfortable smiling a lot. Fortunately, there are many different options to treat your dental woes and put a grin on your face.
Dr. Samuel Sigmon and the team at Full Circle Dental Care understand how important appearance is to self-confidence, which is why we offer a number of different cosmetic dentistry options for our patients. Here are four of the treatments we offer.
4 cosmetic dental treatments for a more confident smile
Which treatment you need depends on what your underlying issue is.
1. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is a commonly used technique to enhance your smile. Dr. Sigmon applies a tooth-colored resin material to change a tooth’s shape, size, or color.
The procedure is well-suited to:
- Conceal chips or cracks
- Camouflage tooth discoloration
- Close gaps and spaces between teeth
- Make teeth appear longer (to fit in with surrounding teeth)
- Change tooth shape
The material used in dental bonding is the same used in restorative dentistry to:
- Fill cavities
- Replace amalgam fillings with a more cosmetic alternative
- Protect teeth roots exposed due to gum recession
Dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive way to give your smile the boost it needs.
Dental veneers are coverings that fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. They conceal a wide range of aesthetic imperfections, including chips, cracks, gaps, and tooth discoloration. These wafer-thin shells are bonded to your tooth to improve their appearance.
These dental restorations can camouflage:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Gaps or spaces in your smile
- Stains that don’t improve with teeth whitening
- Teeth that are too small
- Misshapen teeth
It’s important to understand that veneers are only an option if your mouth is otherwise healthy. If you have serious dental health issues, such as extensive cavities and gum disease, you’ll need to address those first before exploring cosmetic treatments.
While dental crowns improve your teeth's appearance, their main function is to restore teeth badly damaged by decay or trauma.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” placed over your remaining tooth or tooth root to restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. They cover the visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place.
Dental crowns are commonly used to:
- Prevent a weak tooth from breaking or hold the weak parts together if they’re cracked
- Restore a broken or severely worn-down tooth
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling and little tooth remaining
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal
Crowns can be made from metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramics. Metals are usually reserved for back teeth where the color won’t show.
If you have missing teeth due to tooth loss or from an extraction, Dr. Sigmon can close — or bridge — the gap with a dental bridge. The bridge consists of a false tooth (called a pontic) held in place by being cemented to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap or to dental crowns, if those teeth are missing.
Pontics can be made from various materials, but we generally choose porcelain, as it aesthetically blends in with your natural teeth.
Are you embarrassed by dingy or chipped teeth? Book your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone today.