As the world moves further into the ‘Internet Age,’ more people are now aware of cosmetic dentistry. After all, everyone’s looking for ways to improve their smiles on social media. Depending on who’s watching, having white and shiny teeth could make you an online star! Still, many don’t know whether cosmetic dental work is the best choice for them. If you feel the same way, though, your Saskatchewan dentist can help. Here’s a summary of cosmetic dentistry basics that’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the field.
Consider What You Want from Treatment
At its core, cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure that improves your smile’s looks. Therefore, ask yourself what you’d want to change about your smile. If it’s anything from the list below, you’d probably be a good candidate:
- Chips or cracks in your teeth
- Tooth stains or discoloration
- Teeth misalignment or misshaping
- Tooth gaps
What are Typical Cosmetic Dental Treatments?
Cosmetic dental treatments can achieve similar results while using different methods. As such, some will be better for your situation than others. For example, consider the strengths and weaknesses of these three.
Older dental restorations often used gold or silver, which drew unneeded attention. Metal-free ones, meanwhile, are crowns and bridges that restore your teeth without using metal.
Most of the latter are made of porcelain, a material that can help a tooth regain its strength and appearance. It can also mimic the look of natural enamel down to the smallest detail, including how it reflects light.
Veneers are thin porcelain layers that dentists apply to the front surface of teeth. They cover up dental flaws like chips, cracks, and stains to improve your smile’s appearance.
The porcelain used in this treatment is designed to match a patient’s enamel. As a result, each veneer blends seamlessly with surrounding teeth to create a significantly better-looking smile.
Gum recontouring uses a dental laser to remove excess gum tissue around your teeth. In doing so, it helps your smile look less “gummy,” making your pearly whites seem longer and better aligned. It can also shape the gum line to better frame your teeth.
If what you’ve read so far seems relevant to you, consider visiting a local dental practice about possible treatments. Their staff can help you decide which procedure (if any) would best suit you.
About the Author
Dr. Jerry Janzen is based in Prince Albert, SK S6V 7E9, having earned his dental degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle. His ability allows him to perform excellent preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, not to mention emergency dental treatments as needed. Dr. Janzen currently practices at Legacy Dental and can be reached at his website or by phone at (306)-763-7841.