Have you ever gazed into the mirror at your smile and wished that you could tweak a thing or two about your teeth? Most of us feel that way some of the time, but many others spend hours every day thinking about the way their teeth appear to others as they go about their day.
Our teeth can say a lot about us, good or bad. While teeth that are healthy and straight may signal health, beauty, and youth, teeth that are stained by cigarette smoke or missing altogether may offer the impression that health and hygiene are not a primary consideration – whether this is true or not, first impressions matter.
We all want to be proud of our smile, after all it is one of the first things people see when they interact with us. It is understandable, then, that people with less than ideal alignment and overall appearance can become preoccupied with how their teeth look to the point that they find themselves covering their mouths to laugh, and declining offers to attend social events.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way from early attempts to alter the appearance of teeth, and cosmetic procedures are commonly requested today. This form of dentistry typically places its focus on improving the appearance of teeth (form) rather than their efficacy and comfort (function). The line between form and function is easily blurred when considering procedures that restore the integrity of the tooth while improving their look.
This is the case, for example, in root canal therapy. Teeth that have undergone a root canal have had their inner chamber removed in order to allow the tooth to safely remain in the mouth, but few root canals get away with a simple filling to close the entry point to the tooth. More often, the tooth’s strength and integrity has been compromised, and placing a crown on top of the prepared natural tooth restores the tooth’s strength and offers a colour-matched and natural appearance.
Whether you visit the Dentist every six month as recommended, or if you haven’t been to the Dentist in years, we want to help you gain and maintain good oral health.
There are many reasons to consider some form of cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of your smile, including but not limited to:
- Accidents involving trauma to the teeth, including slips, trips and falls
- Genetic conditions that impact the strength and appearance of the teeth
- Crooked or crowded teeth that are difficult to clean
- Discoloured teeth due to lifestyle habits, such as tobacco smoking
- Re-entering the dating scene after divorce
- Poor self-esteem related to teeth
- Public careers such as a news anchor
For patients looking for a straighter smile without all the metal, Invisalign® aligners offer an effective alternative for mild to moderate malocclusion. These aligners are thin, transparent and removable for eating all your favourite foods without restrictions.
Is your smile a few shades darker than you’d like? This peroxide-based service acts on the dentin behind the enamel of the teeth to move them to a whiter shade. Your dentist offers clinical strength solution that won’t be found in your local drugstore.
Do you have spaces between teeth? Chipped or discoloured teeth? Veneers provide colour correction as well as alignment and shape to natural teeth by creating a custom shell which is adhered to the front of the tooth. Veneers can be applied to several teeth or individual teeth as needed to provide esthetic benefit. They are not reversable due to the need to prepare the natural tooth surface by etching it prior to placing the veneer.
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If you have teeth that would benefit from reshaping to correct their colour, angle, repair a chip or to change its colour, bonding may be suggested. Rather than cover the entirety of the tooth, as is the case with veneers, bonding can be used to correct small areas of the tooth. Bonding material uses composite resin to shape and form the tooth to its ideal presentation.
If you have a weak tooth due to large fillings, cracks, or excessive wear, your dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns are prosthetic teeth that are made to look just like your natural teeth and fit over a natural tooth that has been shaped and prepared. The crown covers all sides of the tooth down to the gumline and reinforces the structure to prevent potential breakage.
If you have lost a natural tooth or have had to have one extracted, you will be left with a gap along the arch. Besides the gap being unsightly, opting not to replace it can result in drifting of other teeth into the space which can change your bite and put other teeth under more bite force pressure. A bridge remedies this by using a false tooth to fill the gap and anchoring that tooth to its neighbour (a healthy natural tooth). This serves as a placeholder and improves the esthetic of your smile.
If you have lost some teeth and you are concerned about the potential for bone resorption, you may be a candidate for dental implants. This procedure is a two-part process in which a titanium rod is anchored into the jawbone and left to heal and bond with bone before a false tooth is attached to the rod.
If you have questions about this or other services offered by our general dentist, contact our clinic today.