Cosmetic dentistry treatments improve the look of your smile, be it crooked, or colored teeth. Even with gaps in your smile, cosmetic dentistry can help. Many cosmetic dentistry options are designed to improve your teeth’s appearance, while at the same time protecting your teeth from damage and decay. The cosmetic dentistry service right for you will vary depending on the look you want, as well as any potential oral health issues you may have. For example, gum disease or tooth decay.
Contact your dentist to discover how cosmetic dentistry treatments may provide you the smile you want. In Howard County, contact Columbia Smiles for an appointment with a team of dentists and hygienists who will assist you with your smile.
1. Teeth Whitening
The simplest and most common cosmetic dentistry treatment is teeth whitening. Over time, teeth may become stained or discolored. What you eat and drink, age, and lifestyle habits like smoking may diminish the brightness of your teeth. There are a number of over-the-counter and professional teeth whitening options that could help:
- In-office teeth whitening – The most effective way to whiten your teeth is by scheduling an appointment for whitening at your dentist’s office. The office is able to customize the whitening solution, thus offering fast results in a safe environment.
- Over-the-counter whitening options – Trays and strips with a whitening solution can remove stains in the comfort of your home, however these options tend to be less effective than the in-office services.
- Whitening toothpaste – Some toothpastes can keep your teeth whiter for longer. Speak to your dentist about what they recommend.
Options we suggest you avoid are the DIY whitening solutions made from ingredients like activated charcoal, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide. It’s possible to damage your enamel using these DIY options. Keep your teeth in the best shape possible by speaking with your dentist before beginning any teeth whitening regimen.
Whitening your teeth can lead to some sensitivity. This will go away, but you can use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth in the meantime.
2. Dental Veneers
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the front of teeth. They can cover chipped, uneven, or slightly crooked teeth. Typically, to place veneers, your dentist will wear down the enamel of the existing tooth slightly. Veneers are customizable and can be made for just one or two teeth to match the rest of your smile, though some people opt for a full set of veneers for a very even appearance. Veneers can also protect your teeth from damage and are incredibly durable.
Finally, dental crowns are an option for those who have broken teeth or teeth that have been damaged by decay. Crowns are often placed after a root canal, but they can be placed for cosmetic reasons as well. Dental crowns can improve your bite and protect your teeth from decay.
Your dentist can place crowns that match the look of your smile, or even alter your mouth’s appearance. If you have chipped or broken teeth, a crown can make your smile more even and can cover up small imperfections. Crowns can also help replace missing teeth as part of a bridge.
Contact Columbia Smiles for Cosmetic Dentistry
Want to feel more confident in your smile and more comfortable in your skin? Columbia Smiles offers a range of cosmetic dentistry services to give you the smile you want. In our office, you’ll find a welcoming, comfortable environment and knowledgeable dentists and hygienists. Discover why Howard County residents have trusted us for over 35 years. Call our office at 410.690.4855 or reach out online today.