Improving Your Oral Health & Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental problems like decayed, chipped, broken, and missing teeth not only make you lack confidence in your smile, but they can also affect your overall dental health as well. Fortunately, there are numerous treatments that dentists in Fairbanks, AK, can provide to help improve the appearance and health of your teeth. Here are a few cosmetic treatments you may want to consider.
Tooth whitening is a common and simple way to improve the appearance of your teeth drastically. Teeth commonly get stained and discolored after time just because of their frequent use. Some habits like coffee drinking and tobacco use can make stains even worse and are difficult or impossible to remove with over-the-counter products. However, a Fairbanks dentist offers different types of whitening treatments to help remove those stains and restore a bright, white smile. You may receive personalized trays that are made using a mold of your teeth so that you can use a whitening gel at home as often as directed. This process takes a few weeks or months to achieve the shade you’re looking for. If you need faster results, dentists also offer in-office treatments that can brighten your teeth by a few shades in just one appointment.
Dental bonding can help address a number of cosmetic issues. Teeth that are crooked, irregularly spaced, or discolored can benefit from bonding. The process uses a composite resin material to cover these imperfections at the front of your teeth. The material can be shaped to even out the overall appearance of the teeth.
Veneers are another solution for re-creating the natural teeth or correcting minor flaws. They’re a little different from bonding in that a veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or composite resin. They can cover up minor misalignments and gaps and can cover fractures and chips as well. With both bonding and veneers, it’s a good idea to avoid stain-inducing foods after the procedure.
Crowns are important for both the appearance and health of your teeth because they help address issues when a tooth has become compromised. A tooth with a large cavity or filling is more susceptible to breakage, so in some cases, the dentist will recommend having a crown placed rather than doing another filling to address a damaged filling or cavity. The tooth is reduced so that the crown, which matches the original tooth, can be placed over the compromised tooth to prevent breakage and further decay.
Bridges are similar to a crown, but rather than replacing a single, compromised tooth, several artificial teeth are used to bridge a gap caused by multiple missing teeth. The bridge is secured to the surrounding teeth, so the bridge is specially manufactured to match the shape and color of the surrounding teeth.
Composite fillings make it possible to properly treat decay in a tooth without compromising aesthetics. Older filling materials like silver can become an eyesore, but composite fillings match the color of the tooth and are much less noticeable, and they address the decay to restore the health of the tooth as well.
Implants are becoming a more common cosmetic dentistry procedure because they permanently restore missing teeth. A post is surgically implanted, which fuses with the jawbone. This results in a more secure tooth replacement and is good for oral health because it prevents bone loss, which often happens when teeth are missing. Contact North Pole Dental Workshop today to learn if you’re a good candidate.