In a perfect world, we’d all have evenly spaced teeth. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. For one reason or another, many people have unsightly gaps in their smile that they’d like to correct. Because this is such a common affliction, modern dentistry has come up with several solutions for people to achieve a set of more uniformly spaced pearly whites. Here are three treatments that your cosmetic dentist might use to help you get the smile of your dreams.
1. Porcelain Veneers
As one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments, porcelain veneers are able to correct multiple smile imperfections at once. Stubborn stains, slightly misshapen teeth, or even minor gaps between teeth can all be concealed at once with veneers.
After removing a sliver of enamel from your teeth and taking impressions, your dentist can design personalized, ultra-thin ceramic sheaths to be placed on the entire front-facing surfaces of your teeth. They’re essentially like little “masks” for your teeth. Dental porcelain looks completely natural, is highly resistant to discoloration, and is durable enough to last up to 15 years.
2. Dental Bonding
Much like veneers, dental bonding can fill relatively small gaps between your teeth with natural-looking results. However, bonding requires less alteration of your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can use a tooth-colored material called composite resin to sculpt your tooth into the proper size, shape, and proportion.
Dental bonding is a much quicker and less invasive procedure than veneers. It’s also generally more affordable, but the results don’t last quite as long.
3. Dental Implants
If you’ve lost a tooth entirely, you’re going to need more than a veneer or bonding to repair your smile. Most dentists will agree that dental implants are the most beneficial and comprehensive way to replace missing teeth.
A screw-shaped titanium post is surgically inserted into your jawbone, where it fuses to the bone and acts as the root of your lost tooth. A few months later, after this process is complete, your implant is restored with a lifelike dental crown that’s customized to resemble the rest of your smile. Not only do dental implants look and feel perfectly natural, but the strong foundation they form with your jawbone gives them the potential to last for several decades.
Which One Is Best for You?
It’s a good idea to research the options you have available. At the end of the day, though, your cosmetic dentist is the best person to ask when it comes to your smile and oral health. Schedule a consultation with yours today to find out how they can give you a smile you can be proud of.
About the Author
Dr. Cody Calderwood is a family and cosmetic dentist in Park City, UT who studied dentistry at the University of Maryland. Since earning his degree, he has achieved Fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Because of his advanced training, he is able to place and restore dental implants in his own practice. To learn which of the treatments listed above can best fix the gap in your grin, visit Dr. Calderwood’s website or call (435) 649-4343.