How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve the Look of Your Smile

Whether you’ve always had an imperfect smile or it occurred as the result of tooth damage, cosmetic dentistry can improve your teeth, your appearance, and even your self-esteem. 

Teeth that are free of gaps, stains, and misalignment improve the aesthetics of your smile and restore normal function, enabling you to speak and move your mouth without embarrassment. 

If you’re self-conscious about your smile, a consultation with cosmetic dentistry specialist Ifeanyi Ezunu, DDS, at Spectrum Dental Care in Norcross, Georgia, is the first step toward a new look. 

Whether you want to repair gaps, discoloration, chips, or crooked teeth, Dr. Ezunu helps you understand the treatment or combination of treatments most appropriate for your condition. 

After considering your goals, the condition of your teeth, and your budget, Dr. Ezunu determines the cosmetic dentistry treatments most appropriate for your needs. He may also combine procedures in an individualized comprehensive plan called a smile makeover. 

Find out more about common cosmetic dentistry procedures and how they can help you improve your smile. 

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening ranks as the most frequently requested cosmetic dental treatment, with 80% of Americans 18-49 saying they want whiter teeth.

In-office professional teeth whitening uses the strongest whitening solutions available, delivering noticeable results without risking damage to your teeth and gums. Professional teeth whitening can take years off a fading smile and brighten your entire mouth. 

Many patients achieve their desired results in one treatment, which lasts about an hour with no downtime. Results can last 1-3 years, depending on the condition of your teeth and how closely you follow recommendations to avoid dark-colored foods and beverages. 

Dental bonding

Dental bonding repairs damaged teeth with composite resin. The tooth-colored resin used can be molded and shaped to address cosmetic and structural issues, including:

While dental bonding can correct many of the same flaws as other cosmetic dentistry procedures, like veneers and crowns, it typically involves less cost and fewer office visits. 

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are thin, durable shells of tooth-colored material. Each shell covers the front part of a damaged tooth to change its size, color, or shape. 

The ceramic or porcelain materials used to manufacture veneers can be color-matched to your existing teeth, producing natural-looking, perfect smiles.

Dental veneers correct discoloration and stains that may be too deep for correction by teeth whitening. They also cover chips, gaps, ridges, lost enamel, or other physical imperfections by adding a flawless surface over affected teeth. 

By positioning a veneer over a crooked tooth, Dr. Ezunu can give the appearance of a straight and perfect smile without braces.

Dental implants

A dental implant closely imitates the structure of your natural tooth by duplicating the way your tooth connects to your jawbone. This resolves both cosmetic and functional issues caused by missing teeth.

An implant consists of a biocompatible titanium post screwed into your jawbone. This creates a permanent, artificial tooth root. After the implant fuses to your jawbone, it’s covered with a tooth-colored porcelain crown on top of the post. 

Crowns and dental bridges

Crowns and dental bridges are customized dental devices that correct the issues associated with damaged or missing teeth.

A crown is a “cap” that duplicates the visible portion of a damaged tooth. It fits over the tooth to protect it from bacteria and further damage while allowing the natural tooth root to stay in place. The crown improves the look of the affected tooth by providing normal shape and alignment.

A dental bridge is a device that holds one or more artificial teeth. The device uses a crown on either side of the gap as anchors for the filler tooth or teeth that “bridge” the gap between them. The artificial tooth or teeth are positioned between the crowns.

Orthodontics 

Orthodontics are treatments that move crooked or crowded teeth into desired positions over time. The devices used and the amount of time required to achieve a straight smile depend on your condition. 

Invisalign® and ClearCorrect use virtually invisible clear aligner trays. These removable devices allow you to complete most of your plan at home by changing trays at preset times and checking in with the office periodically. 

Depending on the type of misalignment, you may require traditional wire braces. Expanders and/or retainers may also be used to complement the results of your orthodontic treatment. 

Find out more about the ways that cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile and your self-esteem. Book an appointment online or call Spectrum Dental Care today.

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