Cosmetic dentistry is a popular way to advance and improve your smile, with the use of whitening techniques and the ability to replace teeth, and so much more. Your teeth may be healthy, but you may have noticed a slight discoloration, a chipped tooth, or a misaligned smile. At Pure Dental, MI, and with Dr. Sheela Neral, you may achieve a smile makeover and feel content with your smile. Below is a list of possible cosmetic dentistry procedures that may be of great use:
Perhaps the simplest method among the rest, teeth whitening is also the least expensive method of improving your smile. Your teeth can be whitened by bleaching them at the dentist's office, or with the use of whitening products you can buy and use at home. This may be a great option for individuals who smoke, drink a lot of tea and/or coffee, and who consume certain foods. Whitening usually lasts a good amount of time, but it would be ideal to go back and whiten them again. Note that teeth whitening is not a teeth cleaning, so make sure you still keep up with your oral health.
Dental bonding is a technique used to close the space between two teeth, or to improve your teeth if they have been chipped, stained, cracked, or broken. At your dentist in Farmington Hills, MI, Bonding materials, usually tooth-colored resin, are applied to the cavity area or space and are molded, shaped, and polished to look as natural as possible. Dr. Sheela Neral would then use ultraviolet light to bond the material to the tooth.
Dental veneers are similar to dental bonding techniques, however, they last longer. Veneers are porcelain custom-made tooth shells that cover the outer part of the tooth (the enamel). Veneers are then bonded or cemented into the tooth, which can help change the color, shape, length, or size of the original tooth.
A dental crown (also called a dental cap) completely replaces an entire tooth that has decayed and/or fallen out. They can also be placed around a weakened tooth to halt the decay, serving as a protective mechanism. Dental crowns completely restore the original tooth's shape and appearance if needed. Crowns can be made of several different materials and are quite costly, so your dentist may resort to other methods first. Permanent crowns can have a long life if they are well taken care of. At your dentist in Farmington Hills, MI, everything will be talked through to see what best suits you.
A popular method of straightening crooked teeth or fixing an irregular bite, braces may be used to permanently fix and improve a smile. They can be worn for several months and up to a few years depending on how much improvement is necessary. Your dentist or orthodontist would place metal brackets on the teeth and then run a metal wire through the brackets. Every visit would then result in the wire being slightly tightened, to help straighten your teeth. They are kept in the mouth until the treatment is done. After removing your braces, you will be given a retainer to keep your newly-moved teeth in place.
If a tooth has completely fallen out, dental implants are a long-term but expensive procedure to replace the missing tooth. They are a more permanent solution to removable dentures. Instead, dental implants are implanted surgically into the jaw bone by your dentist in Farmington Hills, MI. This procedure is lengthy and would require several steps to ensure that there is enough bone density to hold an artificial tooth, among other key steps to ensure the process runs smoothly.
Cosmetic dentistry may be of great use if you want to improve your smile and regain that confidence back! Check-in with Dr. Sheela Neral at Pure Dental, MI, to see which procedure is the best fit for your special smile. For more information, call the Farmington Hills clinic at (248) 888-0364, or the Sterling Heights clinic at (586) 268-1040.