There are a lot of options for patients who don’t like their teeth, including veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants. Read on to learn more.
Porcelain Veneers Treatment
If you like the shape of your teeth but want to improve their color of them or hide minor flaws, porcelain veneers are an excellent option. This treatment involves placing thin shells of porcelain over each tooth to cover any chips, cracks, discoloration, or other imperfections. Veneers are versatile and can be used to change the color, shape, length, or width of teeth and give your smile a more symmetrical appearance.
Frequently called “caps,” dental crowns are ceramic restorations that are placed over a tooth to protect it from further decay or damage and improve the appearance of the tooth’s shape or color. A crown can restore a tooth after it has sustained excessive wear, trauma, decay, or even cracks. The materials used for crowns can vary, with porcelain being the most popular choice due to its natural appearance and ability to blend in with the surrounding teeth. Porcelain is also more resistant to staining than metal. However, gold crowns are often more durable and can last even longer than other materials, which is why they are still used sometimes by dentists. Typically, dental crowns are placed over the course of two to three visits and require multiple visits to the dentist to ensure that the crown is placed properly and that the fit is perfect. Once a crown is placed on your tooth, it will require proper care in order to last for years to come.
The dentists at our practice offer several services to help improve your imperfect teeth. One of those options is clear braces, also known as Invisalign. If you are unhappy with your smile due to crooked teeth or gaps in between them, clear aligners may be right for you.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may benefit from dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that a dentist places into the jaw during a surgical procedure. These implants then fuse with the bone in your jaw, so they become a permanent part of your mouth. Once they are in, your dentist can use them to attach replacement teeth or a bridge to your natural teeth. This treatment provides the most permanent solution to missing teeth because it gives patients complete sets of new teeth that they can care for just like the rest of their smile.
While traditional dentures can slip out of place or fall out entirely, implant-retained prosthetics don’t move at all because they are fixed in your mouth permanently. You may still need to take them out to clean them, but you don’t have to worry about them falling out of your mouth like with traditional dentures.
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