Do you have a smile concern? If your teeth aren't quite as perfect as you'd like, a cosmetic dentistry treatment may give your smile the boost it needs. Our Wheat Ridge, CO, dentist, Dr. John Wyatt, discusses several types of treatments that can renew or restore your smile.
Everyone used to know when you visited the dentist, thanks to your brand new silver filling. Today, fillings are tooth-colored, allowing them to blend in with your natural tooth color. Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material that's tinted to match common tooth shades. After the material is placed in your tooth, it's hardened with a curing light in our Wheat Ridge office. Tooth-colored fillings are not only more attractive but also strengthen your teeth. Unlike the old silver amalgam fillings, they don't contract or expand when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, which reduces the risk that your tooth will crack eventually.
Whether you have a chipped tooth or want to make an oddly shaped tooth look just like your other teeth, bonding provides a simple, inexpensive solution. During the treatment, a flexible composite resin is applied to your teeth, then molded and shaped to achieve the desired effect. Exposing the composite resin material to a curing light hardens it, ensuring that it's tough enough to stand up to wear and tear.
Veneers are an excellent option if your teeth have flaws that are only visible on the front surfaces. Thin porcelain shells are created from impressions of your mouth and applied with dental cement to the fronts of teeth. You may be interested in veneers if you have a discolored or oddly shaped teeth or want to hide chips, cracks or other imperfections. Veneers can also eliminate slight gaps between teeth and lengthen them.
Replacing your entire missing tooth is possible with dental implants. During the implant process, a titanium post will be placed in your jawbone to replace your missing root. After the post bonds to your jawbone, it's connected to a crown, an artificial tooth that closely resembles your missing tooth. Because your replacement root actually fuses to your jawbone, you can expect your implant to remain strong and healthy for your entire life as long as you practice good oral hygiene.
Are you ready to find out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you? Call our Wheat Ridge, CO, dentist, Dr. Wyatt, at (303) 421-0600 to schedule an appointment.