Your smile defines you – whether you’re aware of it or not. The state of your teeth, and the ease with which you show them, communicate a great deal about your health, confidence level, and approachability. If you don’t possess a smile that you’re thrilled with, it’s much less likely that you’ll share it with the world. This is where cosmetic dentistry can make a serious difference. Even simple treatments can transform the appearance of your smile, and help change your life.
Dental contouring refers to the gentle reshaping of your smile line, the curve where your upper and lower teeth meet. Reshaping your teeth can put finishing touches on a smile that’s still slightly flawed. Jagged or uneven teeth don’t form a cohesive smile. But simple cosmetic contouring will change your teeth without requiring complicated treatment. Dr. Lee will remove small portions of your teeth to smooth the smile’s form.
Composite bonding adheres tooth-colored material to teeth you would like to change. Bonding is best for superficial changes, as more structural problems will require veneers or crowns. The dental composite used in bonding will be carefully matched to the shade of your teeth and will appear to be a natural part of your smile. Bonding will whiten teeth, reduce sensitivity, close gaps between teeth, reshape teeth, and cover chips and cracks.
While whitening is an incredibly popular cosmetic treatment, many patients don’t expect it to make significant changes to their smiles. In fact, whitening can produce such dramatic effects that patients grow satisfied with smiles they’ve never liked. You’re able to whiten at home with a kit, or receive in-office whitening. Professional whitening produces the most impressive and sudden results, while home whitening is more gradual.
Dental veneers are v-shaped, thin restorations that fit over your natural teeth. Veneers may be used to:
- Make a smile symmetrical
- Cover exposed tooth roots
- Permanently whiten
- Close spaces between teeth
…and full sets of veneers will create an entirely new smile. Because porcelain veneers are particularly thin, they can be bonded to teeth without requiring tooth reduction.
Ready to start a cosmetic dental journey? Get in touch with our Elkhart dental team.