07/02/2020 0 Comments
Improving Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry
There is a variety of reasons you might seek out cosmetic dentistry.
Many people in Red Deer look to cosmetic dentistry to achieve a more attractive smile. Perhaps you want whiter teeth, or you've cracked or chipped a tooth. Or maybe you've shied away from smiling your whole life because you're embarrassed by the look of your teeth.
Whatever your reasons, our dentists in Red Deer can provide convenient options that will finally align your warm personality with a warm smile. But before you decide to undergo any cosmetic procedure, it's important to understand the process and weigh the pros and cons.
Stains and discolouration occur naturally over time. The longer you smoke, take certain medications, eat dark and acidic foods, or drink certain beverages - such as coffee, tea, cola or red wine - the deeper the stains will be. The most effective way to reverse the effects of time on your teeth is to have your teeth whitened by your dentist with either an in-office procedure or an at-home whitening kit.
Whitening at home can be more convenient, but takes two to four weeks longer than in-office treatments that only take one or two visits lasting about one or two hours each. Your teeth will begin to stain again if you continue consuming the things that caused the stains in the first place, so you'll need to touch them up every so often to maintain their whiteness.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth. It is a more involved procedure than getting a bridge, which uses neighbouring teeth as anchors, or dentures, which simply rest on your gum line. A dental surgeon implants them directly into your jawbone.
It requires several steps including X-rays, consultations, implantation of surgical screws, taking impressions and placement of crowns. While implants are more of a permanent solution, it can get expensive if you are missing more than one tooth.
Bridges are also used to replace missing teeth but are easier and more affordable. Using artificial teeth made of gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials, your dentist anchors the bridge onto surrounding teeth after preparing them for crowns that will complete the look of your bridge.
With your bridge cemented into place, only your dentist can remove it. Your bridge depends on having a healthy foundation so you must maintain good oral hygiene to ensure its success.
Depending on your individual needs, there is a wide array of treatment options available to improve your smile. Some additional procedures include:
- Tooth reshaping
- Tooth straightening
- Crowns and veneers
- Resin or natural coloured fillings
Cosmetic dentistry is an art form that requires the skill and expertise of an experienced cosmetic dentist. At the Appleway Dental Clinics in Red Deer, we offer many solutions to give you that beautiful smile you've always dreamed of. Contact us today to learn more.