Are you hiding behind your smile because you have discoloured teeth, crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth? If so, you’re not alone. These are common imperfections that can easily be treated with a number of different cosmetic dental procedures.
Your smile can either make you feel confident or a little insecure. This is natural because after all, your smile is one of the first features that people tend to notice when they first meet you. If you want to leave a lasting first impression, then you want to have a healthy, beautiful smile. However, most people weren’t born with a perfect smile. Fortunately, there are a number of cosmetic treatments available today that can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!
Over time, the effects of eating and drinking can cause stains to build up on your teeth, which can cause discolouration. Coffee, tea, wine and sugary drinks are just some of the teeth-staining beverages that you should beware of if you want to maintain a white smile. Fortunately, there are a number of popular teeth whitening options available today from professional in-office treatments to take-home kits. However, it’s important to be cautious of over-bleaching, as it can cause damage to your gums and the tooth’s enamel.
Bonding is used to restore a damaged tooth. A tooth-coloured resin material is applied to the affected area of the tooth before it is then hardened using a special light. Bonding is often used to repair decayed, chipped or cracked teeth, as well as to improve the appearance of discoloured teeth, to fix spacing or gaps, and to change the shape of teeth. In as little as one dental-visit, bonding can make a significant difference in improving the look of your smile.
Veneers are similar to bonding; however, veneers are applied to the front surface of the tooth, whereas bonding is only applied to a smaller section/affected area of the tooth. Like bonding, they are often made of composite resin, but they can also be made of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are much stronger and last longer than resin veneers, though they often take an additional dental visit to complete.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a real tooth. It’s important to take care of this tooth the same way you would clean and care for a real tooth because it functions just like a natural tooth. Like bonding and veneers, crowns can be made to restore or strengthen damaged teeth or to improve the shape, alignment and overall appearance of teeth.
A dental bridge holds the gap between one or more missing teeth. It is held together by your own teeth (if they are healthy) on each side of the missing tooth/teeth or by two dental crowns. In the centre, a prosthetic tooth is what bridges the gap between the natural teeth.
All dental restorations including bonds, veneers, crowns and bridges should be brushed and flossed daily to prevent any bacteria from building up. Although they are prosthetic, they are designed to be permanent and function as real teeth. In addition, it is important to have professional cleanings and dental checkups to maintain a healthy smile.
At Oakville Place Dental Office, we want to give you a smile you can feel confident about! If you have missing, broken, or damaged teeth, you may be a good candidate for some of our cosmetic dental procedures. We will ensure that your veneers and dental crowns match the rest of your teeth with our colour matching technology called the Vita Easy Shade Compact. We offer computer colour matching right here in our office! If you live in the Oakville area and want to know what can be done to improve your smile, please contact us to book and an appointment. Our friendly staff will arrange a time for you and one of our doctors to have a smile consultation. We look forward to meeting you!