With all the shopping, decorating, celebrating, and gift-wrapping, you probably didn’t have much time to think about your dental flaws and hygiene in the past few months or cosmetic procedures for your smile. However, the holiday season is now behind us and you can start tackling your New Year’s resolutions.
We put together a list of some of the most effective cosmetic procedures for your smile on your face.
Getting older is bound to make your teeth darker and lose their bright, white sparkle. Throw in there a couple of cups of coffee, chocolate, certain medications, some colored food, and an occasional glass of wine, and you’ve got a real problem on your hands that whitening toothpastes or other over-the-counter bleaching agents on their own can’t fix. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures when it comes to having whiter teeth.
In a culture obsessed with bright white smiles, it was only a matter a time when tooth-colored filings, also known as composite fillings, would become more popular than amalgam or gold fillings. They can be used both on anterior and posterior teeth. They’re perfect for people who want their fillings to look more natural. Also, tooth-color fillings are completely metal-free, which makes them perfect for people with metal allergies.
Misshapen or cracked teeth can leave you feeling too embarrassed to smile. There’s a simple yet incredibly effective fix. Lumineers are the next step in the evolution of dental veneers and cosmetic dental surgery in general. They’re much thinner dental implants than the traditional veneers and their construction requires little to no removal of tooth enamel. The best part is that they can be applied in just a couple of visits to your dentist. It’s worth noting that Lumineers are not always covered by all health care plans, as they’re considered cosmetic dentistry.
Tooth contouring and gum reshaping
Unfortunately, perfect natural teeth are not as common as you might think. Luckily, there’s dental surgery that can help with pretty much any issue. Just like there are people with unsymmetrical faces, you might have a tooth that simply doesn’t fit in with the rest of your teeth. Tooth contouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that will change the shape of a tooth that’s a bit longer than the rest. Contouring can also help you with teeth that appear to be misshapen due to bumps or ridges.
Another issue people face is often referred to as having a gummy smile. This happens when a smile reveals as much or more gum tissue than teeth. A gummy smile happens if you have larger gums or short teeth and it requires oral surgery. Removing gum tissue will solve the problem of larger gums by removing the excess gum tissue. If you have short teeth, removing gum tissue will expose more teeth.
Don’t hesitate to contact the North Pointe Dental Associates office and schedule your cosmetic procedures for your smile. Call us at (813) 961-1727!