There is much to be said about having a better looking smile. In fact, it is a proven fact that a great smile can improve relationships, job prospects and life in general. Fortunately, today cosmetic dentistry offers many options for those wishing to improve their outward visual appeal particularly when it comes to a better looking smile. For example, options today include everything from teeth shaping to teeth whitening and the replacement of teeth using a number of different technologies. Modern dentistry has access to a variety of tools today and techniques that can improve a smile in a substantial way .
Tea and Coffee
Perhaps one of the most popular ways of improving a smile is to consider teeth whitening . As many people know, over time the teeth eventually become discolored or stained. This is especially true when it comes to those who are taking certain types of medications or who have smoked over the years. Even consuming the wrong types of beverages and foods like tea and coffee can result in teeth staining. The good news is that your dentist can actually bleach your teeth in a few different ways. It can be done through an office procedure or can even be done in the comfort of your home.
Excessive Space Between Teeth
One particular way of whitening teeth is to make use of a custom mouthpiece tray that will ensure that the teeth are exposed to the right amount of whitening solution. As a note, when whitening at home you can expect the process to take longer and up to 4 to 6 weeks depending on the strength of the solution being used. Conversely, and in office whitening session can produce impressive results in just one or two short visits. Another technique that is frequently used to produce a better-looking smile is something known as bonding. This is a technique that helps those who have excessive space between their teeth. It also is useful when teeth have become stained, broken or chipped. In this instance bonding material is used to fill the spaces between teeth and can also be used to even fill small cavities in teeth or protect a tooth root that has become exposed.
The Application of Veneers
Veneers are another type of technology made of porcelain in most cases that is used to cover the front of teeth in order to change shape and color. Veneers typically last longer than bonding and can result in an impressive finished product. Veneers are often used for teeth that have become crooked over time or are simply poorly shaped. Chipped, worn or cracked teeth are also good candidates for the application of veneers. Other options for improving one’s smile include everything from the application of crowns (especially for a missing or mis-shaped tooth) to enamel shaping and contouring . Braces are sometimes used to improve a smile, as are bridges and dental implants. Contact your Tigard dental care provider, Dr. Rashidi at Washington Square Dental today to improve your smile and enjoy life to the fullest.