3 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures That Give You A Prettier Smile

If you've always been unhappy with your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist to see what options you have for getting the smile you want. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can whiten teeth, change the shape of teeth, and even change the length of your gums. Here's more information about these three cosmetic dentistry procedures. 

1. Get White Teeth Permanently

If over-the-counter whiteners don't work that well, or if you're just tired of having to get teeth whitening treatments, ask the cosmetic dentist about permanent teeth whitening. This can be done by covering your teeth with porcelain veneers that are the exact shade of white you want.

Porcelain doesn't stain very easily, so the veneers are easy to care for and stay white. Plus, porcelain looks similar to real enamel so it's not obvious you've had dental work done. Veneers are usually put on the front upper teeth that show when you smile. The veneers could transform your smile and free you from having to use whitening products and getting dismal results.

2. Cover A Chip Or Make A Tooth Longer

A couple of cosmetic dentistry services can change the shape of a tooth. A veneer is bonded to the front of a tooth, so it covers your natural tooth and it not only gives it a whiter color, a veneer also changes the shape of the tooth. It can make a short tooth longer so it's even with your other teeth. A veneer can also cover a chip.

Bonding is another option for making your tooth longer or covering a chip. Bonding is done with resin instead of porcelain. The resin can be shaped any way that's needed, unlike porcelain that's a hard shell. Once the dentist has the resin applied, it's then exposed to a light that cures and hardens it. A bonded tooth can then function like a natural tooth.

3. Gum Contouring Changes The Shape Of Your Gums

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that makes your gums longer or shorter depending on what you need to improve the look of your smile. The cosmetic dentist uses a laser to sculpt your gums. Your gums will be numb, so there isn't any pain. Gum contouring is an office procedure, and all the work will probably be done in a single visit.

If you're having tissue added to your gums to restore them after they've receded, the dentist will remove tissue from another part of your mouth and place it along the gum line. Gum contouring can also even out your gums for the most attractive smile.

Contact a clinic like Kids Choice Dental Vision and Braces to learn more.