October 4, 2019
When noticing problem areas of your smile, it can be difficult to decide how best to fix it. With so many options available, how do you know which type of cosmetic procedure will work and produce the results you desire? It’s easy to assume that teeth whitening can blast away stains, but should you just buy something off the shelf or seek professional treatment? To help you navigate your decision-making process, let a cosmetic dentist in the financial district of Boston explain the different types of treatment and which one might be right for you.
Are your teeth chipped, cracked, or stained? These minor cosmetic flaws can be easily hidden with the help of cosmetic bonding. Using composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color, your dentist can quickly and easily shape and sculpt the resin directly onto the tooth enamel, covering your imperfections and giving you a beautiful smile. Not only is this a more affordable method of treatment, but for individuals who prefer a less invasive approach, cosmetic bonding can be the ideal solution.
Much like cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers are extremely versatile at covering smile imperfections. From cracks and chips to stains and minor gaps between teeth, porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit over the surface of your teeth. Designed to permanently change the look of your smile, they require a small amount of enamel be removed from the teeth you want to cover. This will allow the veneer to lay flat against the natural tooth and the bonding agent to properly adhere. The process takes two visits to your dentist’s office to complete, but once in place, you will have a fully transformed smile.
Instead of wasting your money on store-bought kits that deliver false promises, opt for professional treatment. Your dentist will use Zoom! teeth whitening to blast away stubborn, deep-down stains. While seated in the dentist’s chair, your gums will be protected as the professional-grade bleaching gel is applied to your teeth. Then, your dentist will use a special light to penetrate the tooth enamel and remove stains and discoloration. In around one around, your smile will whiten up to eight shades.
Crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps between teeth, and even bite alignment issues can all be solved with Invisalign clear aligners. These clear, plastic trays are customized to fit your smile as it transforms over the course of treatment. With each new set, your teeth will gently shift into the proper position until you achieve desired results. Forget years of wearing metal braces to see a straighter smile. With Invisalign, you can improve the look and health of your teeth without compromising your daily appearance.
Whether you need a dental crown or bridge, these customized restorations can easily cover stained, decayed teeth, or even missing teeth. Dental crowns require your natural tooth to be filed down so that the new restoration will easily and comfortably fit over it, and the same can be said for a dental bridge. The only difference between the two prosthetics is that a bridge uses three crowns that are fused together. The two outer dental crowns fit over your natural teeth while the one in the middle rests on your gums to fill the gap where your regular tooth is missing.
When a cavity forms, it is necessary that it be cleaned and filled as soon as possible to prevent it from getting larger. Instead of using traditional amalgam fillings (silver), your dentist will use the same composite resin that is used in cosmetic bonding, only this time, it will be used to fill your tooth and seal it from further reinfection or injury. Tooth-colored fillings make it possible to improve your oral health without shining the spotlight on your dental work.
Now that you know a bit more about each type of cosmetic procedure that is available, take the time to talk to your dentist about which one might be right for you. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing a new and improved smile you can be proud to show off to family and friends.
About the Author
Dr. Jack Share earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Syracuse University before going on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Graduating with high honors in 1974, he entered private practice in 1983 and has been helping the residents of Boston and its surrounding communities achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles. Offering a wide array of cosmetic services, Dr. Share provides teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, cosmetic bonding, and even tooth-colored fillings. To learn more about how you can improve your smile, visit our website or call (617) 742-1350.
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