Did you know that more than one-third of Americans are not happy with their smile? A study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) revealed this staggering statistic. When it came to job opportunities, 78% had the perception that adults with crooked teeth were unsuccessful, while 14% of those unhappy with their teeth believed the appearance of their smile held them back from finding a better job. Overall, 36% felt they would have an improved social life if their teeth were better.
To make a clear choice on whether or not cosmetic dentistry is the best solution for you, the dentists at Foster Dental Care first recommend learning more about the types of cosmetic dental procedures available. Understanding the variety of procedures can help determine the best way to improve your smile and ensure optimal dental health. Cosmetic dental services include:
- Cosmetic Teeth Whitening
This relatively simple procedure is a quick and effective way to brighten your smile. Whitening – also called bleaching – your teeth to remove or lessen discoloration and/or staining gives instant results to build your smile confidence. While at-home teeth whitening options are available, it is important to know that not everyone’s teeth can be bleached. For this reason you should visit with your dentist first.
- Cosmetic Dental Veneers
Veneers are a thin shell custom made to fit the front of your tooth. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite material, and are affixed to your tooth with a special cement adhesive. Veneers are used to treat a variety of dental conditions ranging from discolored teeth to chipped or slightly crooked teeth to filling gaps between teeth.
- Cosmetic Dental Implants
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants may be a good option. These are metal devices most commonly made of titanium. The dental implant is surgically placed to serve as the root for the missing tooth. Then, the artificial tooth (denture, bridge or crown) is anchored in place.
- Cosmetic Dental Crowns
Crowns, or caps, are commonly used as a dental solution for problem teeth that are decayed, broken, chipped, irregularly shaped or have large fillings. Crowns can also be used to fill spaces between teeth. Typically crowns are made of porcelain or a tooth-colored metal. This helps to strengthen your crown for bite pressure. Crowns are custom made by your dentist to fit over your whole tooth.
- Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
If your dental plan calls for repairing a severely stained, broken or chipped tooth, Bonding may be recommended by your dentist. In this process, tooth-colored materials are adhered (bonded) to the tooth.
- Cosmetic Orthodontic Treatment
Most commonly referred to as “braces”, orthodontics encompasses cosmetic solutions for people of all ages. There are a number of procedures and products, such as Invisalign that are safe and effective ways to correct overbites, underbites, dental spacing issues, and more. Talk with your dentist about the options to see what may be best for your course of treatment.
To learn more about cosmetic dental procedures and what may be right for you, contact Foster Dental Care to schedule an evaluation today!