Do you dislike or even hate your smile? You’re not alone. Research shows that nearly 30% of millennials believe their mouth and teeth impair their ability to find a job.
However, you shouldn’t hide your smile from the world! There are many ways you can improve your appearance- and your confidence. Let’s get into some of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry procedures you need to know.
1. Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a popular and simple procedure that helps brighten stained or discolored teeth. It’s a painless process that yields instant results.
There are many inexpensive, at-home teeth whitening options available. However, for the best results, you should consult with your dentist to determine the appropriate procedure for your needs. At-home products may not work as efficiently, and they may not be as safe.
That said, results are temporary, but they can last up to several months. With optimal results, you should expect to be able to lighten teeth upwards to 5-9 shades.
Veneers refer to thin, porcelain layers that fit directly over the tooth’s facial surface. Your dentist slightly trims the enamel, takes an impression, and then uses that impression to shape the veneers.
Veneers are an excellent choice for people who cannot treat their staining or discoloration with standard whitening procedures. It’s also a fantastic remedy for crowded, fractured, or chipped teeth.
If you’re chasing a ‘perfect’ smile, veneers can make that happen. However, they are also not permanent, with the average veneer lifespan lasting between 10-15 years.
3. Dental Implants
Dental implants replace missing teeth. Your dentist surgically installs a small screw into your jawbone in this procedure. The screw provides permanent structure and support for the new implant’s crown.
Once the screw heals, the surrounding tissue adapts to fuse to it. From there, your dentist attaches the new crown to the implant. This makes for a ‘seamless’ appearance where people won’t be able to tell the implant apart from your other teeth.
4. Composite Bonding
Dentists use composite bonding to treat a variety of dental issues ranging from fractured teeth to decay. In this procedure, your dentist eliminates the damaged part of the tooth. Afterward, he or she will apply resin to the tooth’s surface.
Composite bonding can be completed in one session. The cost ranges between $300-$600 per tooth.
5. Invisible Braces
Got crooked teeth? Don’t want to be mistaken for a teenager with a mouth full of unsightly metal, brackets, and rubber bands? As an adult, you may be a perfect candidate for invisible braces.
There are many options available, and your dentist and orthodontist can coordinate the best choice for you. The cost varies, but you should expect to spend anywhere between $2,500-$8,000 on these braces.
Final Thoughts on Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
There are numerous cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help restore your appearance and confidence. You deserve to love your smile, and you deserve to show it off to the world!
At Crawford Jarvis Family Dental, we are here to help serve your dental needs. Request an appointment with us today!