Posts for: July, 2016
Are there a few things about your smile that you would like to tweak? Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, it's easy to change the appearance of your teeth. Lynette L. Smith, DDS and G. Bennett Smith, DDS, your Mount Airy, NC, dentists, describe several cosmetic dentistry options that will improve your smile.
Composite bonding is used to cover chipped or discolored teeth, close slight gaps, lengthen teeth or change the shape of a tooth. The bonding material is made of composite resin, a flexible, plastic-based material that can be manipulated to form any shape. After a special curing light is applied to the resin, it becomes just as strong as your natural tooth enamel.
Smoking or consuming darkly colored foods and beverages can stain your teeth. Teeth whitening bleaches those stains away and keeps them away for several years, as long as you avoid the substances that cause stains. Both in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits are available.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are only attached to the front surfaces of your teeth. They cover a variety of imperfections, including chips, cracks, gaps, discolorations or crooked teeth. Veneers are also a good choice if you want to whiten all of your teeth.
Crowns and bridges
Crowns slip over damaged and fragile teeth, providing needed stability. They're also used to hide discolorations, chips or oddly shaped or short teeth. Bridges replace missing teeth and consist of one or more artificial teeth anchored by crowns on either end.
Dental implants replace the roots of a missing tooth. Your dentist places the implant, which looks like a small screw, in an opening in your jaw. Over the course of several months, the implant bonds to your jawbone. Once bonding is complete, your Mount Airy, NC dentist attaches a crown to replace your tooth above the gum line. Dental implants are a long-lasting tooth replacement option that can last your entire life with proper care.
Thanks to cosmetic dentistry options, it's easier than ever to improve your smile. Call Lynette L. Smith, DDS and G. Bennett Smith, DDS, your Mount Airy, NC, dentists, at (336) 789-5306 to find out which option is best for you. Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry!