Do you know that your pearly white smile can be damaged in so many ways? Not everyone gets to retain a perfect smile throughout adult life. Common issues that ruin lovely smiles include teeth staining, tooth decay that damages enamel, and physical damage to teeth that could leave unsightly gaps. Some people may also suffer from crooked or misshapen teeth. If your smile is not as perfect as you want it to be, here is a list of modern dental treatments that may help you improve your smile:

In-Office Tooth Whitening

Are your teeth yellower than you’d like them to be? Adult teeth have a natural yellow tinge to it. But in some people the yellow is quite prominent. Your genetics determine how yellow your teeth end up being. In most instances however, eating habits could result in stained teeth. For example, if you love drinking red wine or coffee, these beverages are known to cause staining of enamel. If this happens, the usual drug store tooth whitening products may not help. You will need in-office tooth whitening. Dentists perform tooth whitening using strong bleaching agents and laser devices. It’s highly effective and much better that at-home treatment, naturally. You can get an in-office tooth whitening with a single visit to the dentist so it’s not too costly either.

Using Crowns or Caps

Do you have crooked, misshaped, or chipped teeth that are ruining your smile? A dental crown or a cap can make your teeth appear whiter, more even, and more “normal.” A crown or a cap is a cover for the existing natural tooth. Dentists make this crown using porcelain, metal, or resin material resembling your natural teeth. Certain material is better at mimicking the natural shade of your teeth than others. Once the cap is designed and moulded, the dentist would permanently fix it to your teeth. In addition to making your tooth better, crowns can prevent natural enamel from decaying as well.

Implant Surgery

Is your smile being ruined because of tooth gaps caused by missing teeth? If you have lost teeth, you can restore your smile and chewing ability with dental implants. These are screw-like devices that dentists surgically insert into your jaw to act as a foundation for a prosthetic tooth. In three to nine months, the implant will be fused with your jawbone, after which a dentist would complete the prosthetic tooth with a crown and an abutment. Your new tooth would feel and act just like a natural tooth. It would also be shaped like the rest of your natural teeth so nothing would look out of place.

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Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells made out of a durable and whitish material that dentists adhere to the surfaces of teeth. If you have discoloured, misshapen, or damaged teeth, a veneer can obscure the issue. Applying a veneer is a bit like pasting a fake fingernail over your real one. Veneers will make your teeth more aesthetically beautiful. You can improve both the colour and shape of teeth with this treatment option. Veneers can be applied to all teeth, but these are typically used on front teeth only.

If you are concerned about your smile, go to a dentist and discuss the above treatment options at length.

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