There are many option available if you wish to improve your smile which is where cosmetic dentistry comes into place. Treatments and procedures can be performed which could include veneers, dental crowns or whitening.
With both in-clinic and at-home options, it’s best to discuss with your dentist the best option that is available to you.
Veneers are used to change the colour of your teeth, and sometimes the shape, to help them match each other and improve your smiles. A thin layer of porcelain is placed over the front of the tooth and they are more commonly used on your front teeth because they are the most visible.
A crown normally involves the complete coverage of a tooth but they can also be joined to form a bridge which is often used if there are missing teeth. This can also help improve your bite function and help.
Usually, crowns are made of porcelain with some metal inside and will most commonly be used if a tooth/teeth are broken or missing. They can also be used as an alternative to a large silver filling which immediately improves your teeth cosmetically.
Cerec and Composite Fillings
These are use to not only improve the cosmetics of your smile, but also as means of dealing with dental disease where the tooth needs small restoration and not a full replacement.
Composite fillings are a very common procedure in dentistry and it can be done in one visit to the dentist. The filling material is of a tooth-coloured resin which is bonded to your tooth. Cerec fillings, on the other hand, are made of porcelain and can also be completed in one visit. These are usually more suitable when a larger restoration is required.
Whilst we can use veneers and crowns to change the shape of your teeth more subtly, sometimes orthodontics are a better options if a subtle change can not be achieved. A specialist orthodontist can fit invisalign or braces to your teeth in order to change their position in your mouth and improve your bite.