Your smile significantly contributes to your overall appearance and gives others a particular impression of you. If you have healthy and good-looking teeth, you will be more confident while interacting with others and will have no reason to hide your smile. However, if your teeth are stained, broken, or chipped, you may become self-conscious and hide your smile. A Tomball smile makeover combines several cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore the integrity of your smile. Here are the most common procedures that can improve the appearance of your teeth.
Dental veneers are thin shells custom-made to match your natural teeth’ color, shape, and size. These shells are bonded on the front surface of your teeth to cover dental imperfections such as discolored, broken, and worn down teeth. Usually, getting veneers is a safe procedure, but it is essential to consult with your dentist first. Your dental professional may caution against veneers if you have gum disease or inadequate enamel. Veneers are permanent, meaning the process cannot be undone; therefore, you need to be sure you want them. With good care, veneers can last from seven to 15 years, which you may need to replace.
Dental implants are screw-like titanium or zirconia posts used to replace your missing natural roots. Unlike other teeth replacement options like dentures, dental implants offer a stable and strong foundation for a crown. Placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure, so not everyone may be eligible for the process. Your oral surgeon may advise against implants if you have medical conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes that impede healing. Dental implants fuse with your jaw bone and become a part of you with time; therefore, they are comfortable and eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Tooth whitening is any procedure that makes your teeth appear several shades brighter than they were. Although over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are on the rise, they contain lower amounts of hydrogen peroxide and may not offer the best results. Therefore, if you consider whitening your teeth, it is best to work with your dentist to get the best results and avoid complications. A professional or in-office whitening procedure takes about one hour. After the first treatment, most people notice whitening effects, but you may need several sessions for dramatic results.
It is essential to know that the results are not permanent, and your teeth may stain if you take beverages such as coffee and tea.
Dental crowns are caps placed over damaged teeth; they are available in different materials, including metals, ceramic, porcelain, and resin. You may benefit from a dental crown if you have severely discolored teeth that don’t respond to whitening. Dental crowns are also used to cover dental implants and hold dental bridges. Before cementing the crown, the tooth receiving the cap is filed down to create room for the crown. The amount of tooth that gets filled depends on the crown you are getting; for example, metal crowns are thinner, so they don’t need as much filling as porcelain crowns.
Reserve a session with your dental professional at Russell Family Dentistry for a smile makeover to boost your self-confidence.