Cosmetic dentistry can help you in many different ways. It can make your smile brighter giving you confidence in your everyday life. It can fix broken or decayed teeth making them look like new. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your overall appearance making you look younger. There are many different ways cosmetic dentistry can positively change your life and following is information on some of the leading techniques:

Teeth whitening

The most commonly used cosmetic dentistry technique is teeth whitening. This procedure takes care of the stains we accumulate overtime on our teeth. Drinking beverages like tea, red wine and coffee as well as smoking can leave unsightly stains on our teeth. Teeth whitening or bleaching is a simple solution. You can make an appointment with your dentist for a professional in-chair whitening or a take home whitening kit.

Tooth coloured Fillings

Fillings, inlays, and onlays are necessary when dealing with tooth decay or some types of structural damage. Even though they are necessary they can still be considered a type of cosmetic dentistry. Previously, dental amalgam was used to fill cavities which resulted in teeth looking dark and bruised. Now dentists have found a way to use porcelain and other compounds to match your natural tooth colour, making it hard to tell if any work has been done to the damaged tooth.

Dental implants

There is now an alternative to dentures. Dental implants are a permanent artificial tooth replacement. These prosthetics are surgically implanted into your mouth to replace missing teeth.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnoses, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. It may involve treatment using conventional braces, clear aligners or removable plates to move the teeth or jaws into an ideal relationship.

These are just a few of the cosmetic options available to patients now. Though some are not necessary for your health, having a smile you can be proud of helps you feel better about your appearance and boosts your overall self-esteem. As with all dental procedures, talk to your dentist to find out what would be best for you.

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