When you smile for photos, do you like to show your teeth? Many adults are self-conscious about the way their smile looks due to staining, yellowing, or crooked teeth. Your smile says a lot about you, and it’s important that you feel comfortable and confident with the teeth you have.
Fortunately, if you think there’s room for improvement, our Grand Rapids cosmetic dentists can help. Here are 6 different ways that cosmetic dentistry can transform your teeth into the smile of your dreams.
Are you missing a tooth? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) we place in your jaw to later anchor a crown. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are stable because they’re fused to your jawbone. Dental implants are also able to prevent further jawbone deterioration so you can avoid the likelihood of facial collapse.
Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells we’re able to bond to the fronts of your teeth. Our Grand Rapids cosmetic dentists may recommend porcelain veneers if you have front teeth that are chipped, discolored, stained, or have other small issues that affect the appearance of your smile.
First, our dentist will need to remove some of your tooth’s enamel so the veneers will fit flush against the rest of your teeth. Then, we’ll bond the veneers to the front of your teeth, instantly creating a straight, even smile.
During the dental bonding procedure, our dentists will apply a special tooth-colored material to the surface of your tooth. Our cosmetic dentists may recommend dental bonding if you have teeth that are slightly chipped, misshapen, or even discolored. Teeth bonding can also be done to close slight gaps between front teeth.
The dental bonding procedure is similar to the veneers procedure, except that less enamel will need to be removed. Our dentist will apply tooth-colored resin to your teeth and shape it to suit your mouth.
Like the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap in your smile left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge is composed of a false tooth anchored in place by dental crowns on healthy adjacent teeth.
A tooth bridge may also be placed between dental implants or a healthy tooth and dental implant. By filling the empty space, you’ll be able to provide support to healthy adjacent teeth so they don’t shift or even eventually fall out.
A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. Our dentists may recommend a crown to restore the strength and appearance of a fragile tooth.
For example, we may use a crown to restore a tooth with a cavity that’s too big to be fixed by a simple filling. In the world of cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns are often used to fix the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, discolored, or misshapen.
Want to achieve a noticeably brighter smile? We offer teeth whitening right here in our office. If you’re a fan of coffee, tea, or red wine, chances are your teeth are showing the effects through staining. Professional teeth whitening is a great way to boost your self-confidence and feel better about the appearance of your smile.
At Bander Dental Group, we offer Zoom teeth whitening to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We even offer a take-home option if you prefer to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home!
At Bander Dental Group, our cosmetic dentists in Grand Rapids, MI have had years of experience with making patients feel confident in their smiles again. To request an appointment, give our office a call at (616) 949-5980.
[This blog post has been updated.]