Improving the Health and Confidence of Your Smile.
Small imperfections can be more than simply beautiful—they can be the very element that makes something beautiful. It’s the little imperfections that give music or art a sense of soul and lends such deep emotion and meaning to a piece. In Japan, for example, there’s an old art form called kintsugi that involves repairing broken pottery with gold. Doing this restores the function of an otherwise shattered bowl, but it also makes the bowl stronger, more beautiful, and more valuable.
Your smile is much the same—it doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful. In fact, little imperfections are often what makes it so unique! It’s also important, however, for you to love your smile. Modern cosmetic dentistry enables you to make changes that will help you love your smile and feel more confident in it. It can even go beyond the surface level to improve and protect your oral health, just like the gold in a broken bowl makes it both stronger and more beautiful. But in what specific ways can cosmetic dentistry benefit you?
Stained teeth are one of the most common cosmetic dental issues you can develop over time. Your lifestyle, the foods and drinks you consume, and your age can all contribute to your teeth becoming stained. Thankfully, it’s an incredibly easy issue to resolve! Professional whitening treatments use prescription-strength whitening gels and a specialized light to make your teeth multiple shades whiter in just a single hour-long visit to our office. It’s a quick, simple change to the appearance of your teeth, but it can have surprisingly stunning results, making your entire smile appear brighter and healthier. Even simply whitening your smile can give you a huge boost in self-confidence! Plus, if you adjust a few of your habits, practice great oral hygiene with whitening toothpaste, and get touch-up treatments every year or so, your teeth can stay whiter for around three years.
If you want to straighten crooked teeth, correct a misaligned bite, or close gaps in your smile, Invisalign is one of the best methods you can use. It can resolve almost any issue that traditional braces can, making it a great alternative for many people. One of Invisalign’s biggest benefits is that it’s very discreet. Its removable plastic trays are completely clear, blending in with your smile. This is particularly ideal if you’re working in the professional world, as it helps you continue looking professional and feeling confident throughout the treatment process.
Plus, since the aligners are clear, you’re able to see and benefit from the changes to your smile right away. The aligners are also comfortable and convenient, minimizing the changes you have to make during the treatment process by allowing you to remove them to eat and perform your usual oral hygiene routine.
Invisalign doesn’t just boost your confidence in your smile’s appearance, however, it can also help you feel better on a daily basis. By straightening crooked teeth and misaligned bites, it can relieve or eliminate some people’s chronic headaches, TMJ pain, or tooth grinding and clenching, which in turn can help prevent dental injuries or worn-down teeth in the future.
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are permanently placed on your natural teeth to change their size, shape, and shade. They’re incredibly versatile and highly customizable, which allows them to resolve a wide range of issues and ensures that you’ll love your new smile. Whether you use one or two veneers to make small changes to your smile or get an entire set, veneers have the power to completely transform your smile by giving it a whiter, more uniform appearance. Since each veneer is made just for you, however, your new smile remains just as unique as you are! You can keep one-of-a-kind features of your smile that you like, such as slightly pointier cuspids or the rounded edges of your front teeth.
Just like many other cosmetic dentistry treatments, dental veneers can also provide benefits for your oral health. When they’re placed on teeth that have suffered damage, such as chipping, cracking, or enamel erosion, they can seal the area off from bacteria, helping to prevent future decay. They form a protective shield on the front of your teeth that cuts down on tooth sensitivity from enamel erosion and helps keep your teeth healthy in the long run.
Dental crowns, which are tooth-shaped porcelain or ceramic restorations that fit over your damaged teeth, have earned a spot as a cosmetic dentistry treatment because of how realistic and customizable they are. Despite this, crowns are usually used when they’re also needed for restorative work. In fact, when your teeth suffer severe damage from decay or injuries like breaks, major cracks, and extensive wear, dental crowns can be the key to saving your tooth! They fit over your damaged tooth, revitalizing its appearance, actively playing a role in protecting it from future injury or decay, and restoring its function. Often, placing a crown relieves dental pain and helps you chew your food more easily.
Like veneers, crowns give you the ability to choose the size, shape, and shade of your new tooth, so you’ll know that you’re going to love your results before you get your crown. E.max and zirconia crowns, both of which our office offers to patients, are made of the best materials available to modern dentists. They’re durable and appear so incredibly realistic that no one will even realize you have a crown!
Bridges and Implants
When you lose one or more teeth, bridges and implants can both be used to fill the gaps in your smile. Bridges are porcelain and consist of two crowns that support one or two false teeth between them. Each crown is placed on a tooth located on either side of the gap, lending stability to the prosthetic tooth between them. Dental implants, on the other hand, are titanium metal rods that are embedded into your jaw bone to take the place of your natural tooth root. A single implant can be secured with a crown to replace a single tooth, two implants can support a crown, and multiple can be used to support partial or full dentures.
Both bridges and implants fill the gaps in your smile and are custom-made for you, so you can work with Dr. Tyler to choose the size, shape, and shade of your restorations. Filling the gaps in your smile can improve your self-confidence, but it also restores the function of your missing teeth and protects the long-term health and appearance of your smile by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting into the new gap in your mouth.
Dental implants take the protection of your oral health a few steps further, however, because they’re able to take on the role of your natural tooth root. This makes your restoration just as stable as a natural tooth and helps it feel just as natural, but it also provides constant stimulation to your jaw bone. This stimulation prevents the bone loss that usually comes with losing a tooth, ensuring your jaw stays strong and healthy in the long-term.
Duvall Dental Center is here to help you love your smile.
Broken pottery doesn’t have to be thrown away—with a little work, it can be stronger and more beautiful than it ever was before it was damaged. Similarly, your teeth are never beyond help! With a little work, cosmetic dentistry can restore the health and beauty of your smile. You may even discover that you’re happier with the health and appearance of your smile than you ever have been before! If you’d like to learn more about cosmetic makeovers and which treatments might be right for you, feel free to schedule a video or on-site consultation with Dr. Tyler at any time.