Thanks to the wonders of cosmetic dentistry, patients no longer have to resign themselves to having less-than-spectacular smiles. Dental treatments can improve a number of aesthetic problems with the smile, such as misaligned, stained, chipped or undersized teeth.
Patients who want to completely overhaul their smiles will benefit from a combination of a number of different cosmetic dentistry interventions, while those who only desire a minor upgrade can choose a single treatment.
Listed below are some examples of treatments that your cosmetic dentist may recommend to help you achieve your smile goals.
- Porcelain veneers – These handy tooth-shaped shells are sort of the all-in-one of cosmetic dental treatments. They can be used to conceal a variety of flaws, including chips, stains or cracks. A dentist can also place a veneer on a disproportionately small tooth to bring it into the correct proportions with the rest of the smile. Veneers also can create the appearance of proper alignment in a slightly crooked stretch of teeth.
- Invisalign – If orthodontic treatment is needed to re-position teeth, the clear plastic trays used in Invisalign can straighten the patient’s smile without sacrificing the appearance in the process.
- Aesthetic tooth and gum contouring – For some patients, irregular gums are interfering with the smile’s appearance as much as flawed teeth are. In these cases, aesthetic tooth and gum contouring can correct the problems. Often, the teeth and the gums must be re-contoured simultaneously to get the desired outcomes. This simple outpatient procedure can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, and often patients need no more than a local anesthetic.
- Teeth whitening – ZOOM! laser teeth whitening can either be the capstone of a smile makeover or a solitary treatment to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. This in-office teeth whitening system can get teeth up to 10 shades whiter in about an hour.
Patients who are dissatisfied with their smiles should consult with a cosmetic dentist by calling 773-227-6721 to learn more about available treatments that can give their smiles a boost.