Cosmetic dentistry is a broad field, and there are a few things that you should think about if you want a great looking smile. Certain options are more expensive than others (such as braces) and can take some careful consideration to know whether your finances will allow it. Others are much more affordable such as practicing proper dental hygiene or having your teeth whitened. Here are a few options for treatments and changes that could make your smile brighter and more appealing.
Let’s start with a very affordable option. A ‘neat’ smile isn’t going to be much help to you if your teeth are discolored, and that’s where tooth whitening comes in. You can by ‘at home’ whitening packs, but it is not a good idea to use these. Many at home packs are too weak to actually have any impact on how your teeth look, and the ones that are strong enough to really whiten your teeth may damage your enamel. The way that a hygienist takes care of your teeth, removing tartar and plaque, and then whitening the teeth with buffers and stain removal products is rather different to the consumer-grade products. It will protect your teeth in the long run if you get things done properly.
Straightening Your Teeth
Depending on how your smile looks right now, you might need to go through some straightening work to get the look you have always dreamed of. That may mean some extractions, or getting Invisalign or braces. You may need to wear the Invisalign for a long time, and have them adjusted every few months as your bite moves, but the end result will be a neat and orderly smile that you should feel great about. There are many options to consider for braces and Invisalign is just one of them. For more information, or to find an Orthodontist in your area, visit findyourorthodontist.com.
Crowns and Bridges
If any of your teeth are chipped, damaged or missing, then getting crowns or bridges fitted could be a good idea. A crown will cover the upper, damaged part of a tooth, and will help to protect the tooth from more decay, chipping or damage. Bridges are useful if you have a missing tooth (or several missing teeth). You can also get implants to replace teeth that have been extracted – and modern implants are almost completely indistinguishable from natural teeth.
It can be expensive to get a perfect smile. In general, it’s a good idea to get preventative dental work done while you are still young, since your teeth will be moving in your jaw while you are still growing. In addition, practicing good dental hygiene will help to ensure that your teeth look as good as possible and that they don’t get stained in the first place. Try to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss after eating, and use mouth-rinse too. If you are going to drink black coffee, wine or spicy foods that might stain your teeth, try to finish off with something like cheese, that is slightly alkaline and that has a ‘cleaning’ effect when you bite into it. This will stop stains from forming, so you don’t need to get your teeth whitened as often.
Remember that not all dentists have experience with cosmetic dentistry, and not all insurance policies cover elective procedures, so you may need to shop around before you get any cosmetic dental treatments done.