We’ve come a long way from the days when invasive surgeries and terrifying, restrictive headgear used for corrective work made a trip to the dentist one of the most commonly feared appointment for children and adults. Today, thanks to modern advancements in dental technology, there is a wider range of non-invasive treatments that can really enhance your smile and boost your confidence all in one visit. Here are five examples of modern dental treatments that can make a huge difference to your smile.
You do not need to go through the painful process of removing damaged teeth and replacing them with a temporary, uncomfortable solution like dentures now that high-quality porcelain veneers are a viable option. The procedure is only minimally invasive as each natural tooth will need to be shaved or adjusted for each veneer. However, there is minimal to zero pain involved.
They are durable, resistant to staining and together with a good oral care routine, veneers can easily last for a decade or longer. Used to correct cosmetic issues like broken, chipped or stained teeth, you will not be able to stop smiling after getting porcelain veneers.
2. Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
People correct their misaligned teeth for more than just vanity points. Your smile and teeth are one of the first things people will notice about you. Although few will say it publicly, it can really impact your first impression in professional and private situations. Dental reshaping and contouring is a game changing procedure used to correct crooked, chipped teeth, cracked or even overlapping teeth in just one session. This is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry.
3. Dentist-Approved Whitening Solutions
Many different types of misleading teeth whitening fads have been popping up forever while dentist-approved techniques and treatments rarely get the same kind of hype. The reality is, chemicals used in some whitening products, especially when purchased from overseas suppliers, can be detrimental to your dental health if they contain excessive amounts of bleaching agents or unregulated products.
Tooth Whitening is a safe, dentistry procedure that can leave your teeth up to 8 shades lighter in just the first visit. It may take up to two hours but afterwards your dental professional will provide you with a custom-made touch up kit that you can use at home to maintain your pearly whites. Professional dental whitening has never been safer or more efficient.
4. Dental Bridges
This brilliant dental procedure only requires two visits and a localized anaesthetic — it is a generally painless way to bridge the gap of a missing tooth between two teeth. A dental bridge, also known as a Pontic, is a false tooth which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. Unlike partial dentures, bridges cannot be removed from your mouth and can last up to 10 years and longer. The benefit isn’t just cosmetic – they can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and in sometimes, can even improve your speech.
If you find yourself shying away from smiling and leading a more confident lifestyle because of issues concerning your teeth, do not hesitate to discuss any of the above procedures with a dental professional. They will be able to discuss your options as well as any other suitable alternatives that will leave you with a glowing smile in no time!
The infographic below, “The Connections Between Gum Disease & Overall Health,” was created by Rosen Orthodontics.
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