What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do For You?
You smile when you are happy, and become happy when you smile. There are a plethora of benefits of smiling. However, various dental problems like tooth discoloration, crooked or broken teeth, missing teeth, excessive visibility of gums while smiling, malocclusion, dental decay, etc. may affect your smile. You may feel embarrassed, and your self-confidence may also fall off with your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry gives you the perfect, radiating and dazzling smile. Aesthetic dental procedures restore the functions as well as enhance the overall facial appearance. Dr. Benjamin Hull’s healing hands can embellish your facial beauty by either of the following dental treatments:
When it comes to making a huge impact on your overall appearance, Ideal Family Dentistry says, "If you’re considering cosmetic dental treatments or a smile makeover, professional teeth whitening is a great place to start." Tooth discoloration can occur due to dietary components, genetics, poor oral hygiene, etc. Dental bleaching or teeth whitening can improve the shade of your teeth and help you regain back your lost self-confidence. You can get up to 8 shades whiter teeth after a single session of professional teeth whitening. You can also opt for the ‘at-home’ variant of teeth whitening in which you will get a custom tray and bleaching gels to be used at home according to your time and comfort.
Dental veneers are tooth-colored shells of porcelain that are cemented on the front surface of teeth. They can change the shape and size of teeth. Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for a variety of cosmetic dental problems like dental fluorosis stains or tetracycline stains, gap between teeth, gummy smile and chipped or broken tooth surface.
Dental bonding is an alternative for dental veneers. You can get instant cosmetic results at an affordable price with tooth bonding. In this process, composite resin is bonded to the tooth surface to camouflage dental irregularities like abraded tooth surface, gap between teeth, enamel cracks or fractures, etc. It is a conservative procedure that is usually completed within one appointment. However, direct composite veneers have less strength and durability and require frequent replacement as compared to the porcelain veneers.
Silver fillings of dental amalgam are outdated and are hardly advised these days. Composites offer high strength, excellent bonding to the tooth structure and mimic the natural tooth color. They not only restore the cavity but also improve the aesthetics.
Tooth-Colored Dental Crowns and Bridges
You can go for a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) bridge and an all-ceramic dental bridge for replacement of one or more missing teeth. All the components of these types of dental bridge are tooth-colored. In a PFM crown, the fusion between porcelain and metal coping is seen as a gray line, and so a PFM bridge cannot give you 100% cosmetic results. On the other hand, all-ceramic crowns do not contain metal and rest at the level of gum line. All-ceramic crowns like zirconia crowns act as a lifelike replacement of natural tooth and are currently the best cosmetic dental crowns.
Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain and composite inlays/onlays offer an excellent replacement for silver fillings. If a large part of your tooth structure is damaged and the dental cavity is large, inlays/onlays can restore it. You don’t need to worry about your smile as these restorations imitate the color, translucency, and texture of dental enamel.
Dentures and Dental Implants
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may face problems in speaking, eating as well as smiling. A removable complete denture replaces all the teeth in an arch, and a partial denture is placed when few natural teeth are still present in the mouth. These days, dentures offer great cosmetic results due to the advancements in technology and dental materials.
Nevertheless, adjusting to dentures is a tricky task that requires patience. Currently, dental implants are the best aesthetic solution for tooth replacement. The titanium screw along with the prosthesis offers durability and stability. However, there are a few contraindications for placement of dental implants, and in that case, you can go with other options like tooth-colored dental bridges or removable dentures.
Frequently, the imperfections in smile can be due to malocclusion and structural abnormalities of jaws and facial bones. Such cases mandate orthodontic treatment. This procedure can effectively manage conditions like overbite, forwardly placed upper or lower jaw, tooth crowding, gap between teeth, etc. Gone are the days when you had to wear metal braces during orthodontic treatment. Nowadays, aesthetic alternatives like ceramic braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, etc. are available. You can smile freely with these cosmetic appliances as nobody except your dentist will know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Smile Make over by Dr. Benjamin Hull
We offer a variety of cosmetic dental treatments to give you the smile of your dreams. Dr. Hull has completed extensive training in aesthetic dentistry and is committed to serving the Sandpoint community. He will do a smile analysis and recommend the best cosmetic solution for you. So, what are you waiting for? Call us today at 208.597.7729 to schedule your appointment for a smile makeover.