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How You Can Improve Your Smile Cosmetically

Posted on 5/15/2017 by Dr. Kelsey Ullsmith
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When your teeth are less than perfect, it can greatly impact your confidence, leaving you making all kinds of attempts to mask your smile. Cracked or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, teeth that are misshapen, discoloration or missing teeth can all play a role. Fortunately, there are plenty of cosmetic dental procedures that can help.

Teeth Whitening

Discoloration on your teeth can happen for a variety of reasons. Whether it's the food you eat, the things you drink, or your lifestyle habits (such as smoking), any amount of discoloration can lead you to be self-conscious.

There are several tooth whitening options available at your local drug store, such as strips and gels. Or, you can have a professional whitening done at your dentist's office for a faster, better result.

Composite Fillings

For years, the go-to filling for cavities was amalgam, or silver fillings. While these fillings are effective, they are also highly visible, especially when placed in teeth closer to the front of the mouth. Composite resin fillings match the color of your tooth, masking any previous evidence of tooth decay.

Dental Bonding

Bonding can be used to fix a variety of minor dental imperfections, including small chips or gaps between your teeth. It can also be used to improve the color of your teeth. The material is similar to the composite resin used for filling cavities.


Veneers are thin "shells" that are made to cover the front portion of visible teeth. They are used for several issues, such as cracks, chips, misshapen teeth or gaps. Veneers are most frequently made from porcelain, which can be fabricated to match the color of the rest of your natural teeth. They require some enamel removal, but it is minimal.

Dental Crowns

Crowns are caps that cover damaged and weak teeth. They are also used to cover a tooth that has undergone a root canal, providing strength and protection from bacteria. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but the most popular is ceramic, for the fact that it can be designed to blend seamlessly in with the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth not only cause a cosmetic issue, they can also lead to bone loss in the jaw. Implants, which are surgically placed into the jawbone, prevent this bone loss from occurring. Titanium rods fuse to the bone and support ceramic crowns, providing you with a permanent alternative to bridges, partial dentures, or even full dentures. Not only is it permanent, the results are more natural.

With cosmetic dentistry, your smile can be beautifully restored. And with a restored smile, you will regain your confidence, and will be smiling all of the time. Contact our office to learn how you can benefit from cosmetic dental procedures.

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