If you have minor dental imperfections like small chips or a bit of gapping, dental bonding could be the best choice for you. The treatment is simple and inexpensive, and makes use of the same material that your dentist uses to give you tooth-colored fillings. The bonding material is a resinous compound that is colored to match the rest of the tooth. Once applied, your dentist then shapes and buffs it, and cures it using a special light.
Bonding is considerably less expensive than other cosmetic dentistry treatments like dental crowns or porcelain veneers. If there is a disadvantage, it is that bonding will not last as long as crowns or veneers. However, considering the huge difference in cost, and the fact that the treatment can be repeated several times, it is often the preferred solution. Bonding can also correct discoloration and staining that is so advanced that it will not respond to teeth whitening treatments.
If you have ever caught your tongue on protrusions on the biting surface of your teeth, you know that it is not a pleasant feeling. It also means that you have at least minimal, and possibly moderate, damage to your bite. In this regard, the argument could be made that inlays and onlays, which are used to correct the problem, are more a restorative than a cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, in addition to restoring your teeth to proper function, inlays and onlays also make your teeth look better.
As to terminology, inlays are placed between the cusps of your teeth. Onlays, on the other hand, cover the cusps. Both are installed on your teeth using a resinous cement, and the effect of either is the same – a smooth biting surface.
Inlays and onlays are also frequently used to cover damage that is not sufficiently severe to require the installation of a dental crown.
If you have dingy, stained or chipped teeth, but you find the cost of dental crowns or even porcelain veneers prohibitive, then a Snap-On Smile could be the ideal solution. A Snap-On Smile serves essentially the same function as porcelain veneers, but it is removable; in other words, it snaps off as well.
You may have seen something similar online, if you have been researching cost-effective ways of restoring your smile. If your search has led you to cosmetic teeth, though, back away now. Although they are similar to the Snap-On Smile, the differences are significant. First of all, you will never get a truly custom fit with cosmetic teeth, because they are not made from impressions of your own teeth. Also, they are made from plastic, not dental compounds, so you will never be able to eat with them in place.
With a Snap-On Smile, your dentist has the appliance crafted using impressions of your teeth, and you will be able to eat while wearing it. You can also choose from an array of shades and shapes that will enhance your appearance.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can correct a multitude of imperfections, from gapping and chipping to a gummy smile or discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers are much less costly than crowns, and often equally effective in correcting cosmetic dentistry issues. With proper care, porcelain veneers will last for many years.
Teeth whitening treatments can be done in your dentist’s office, or you can be provided with whitening trays to take home so that you can whiten your teeth at your convenience. In-office treatments only take about an hour, and can deliver outstanding results. At home treatments can even be done while you sleep. So, the type of teeth whitening you choose will depend largely on your lifestyle.
If you are absolutely thrilled with your smile, you do not need a smile makeover. Few of us are, though. There is almost always something that could be improved upon. Perhaps your teeth are stained, chipped or crowded. A smile makeover could be a single treatment like teeth whitening, something mid-range like porcelain veneers, or a complex treatment using braces. A smile makeover can also include multiple treatments.
If you have a bad bite or crooked teeth and want to have the problem corrected, you may be hesitating because you do not want to wear metal braces. For most issues, Invisalign clear braces will work equally as well. Invisalign also works in less time than metal braces. The main advantage, of course, is that they are practically invisible.
MTM Clear Aligners
As an alternative to unsightly, uncomfortable metal braces, MTM clear aligners can be a very effective way of treating a bad bite. As you can tell from the name, the MTM aligners are clear, so you can be assured that most people will not know that you are wearing them.
To learn more about various cosmetic dentistry treatments, or to book a consultation, call 816-858-2027. The helpful staff at Platte Valle Dental Care in Platte City, Missouri will be pleased to help guide you toward a better smile.