Do you hesitate to show
off your smile? Do you wish that your teeth were whiter or straighter
or shaped differently? If so, help is available with cosmetic dentistry.
There are many different procedures dentists can perform, from veneers
to same day crowns, to change the look of your smile and correct the imperfections
that have been bothering you. If you want a smile makeover, schedule an
appointment with your
dentist serving St. Louis. Here's a look at some of the procedures he or she may suggest.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are bonded to your teeth
surfaces to change how they look. Veneers can be used to correct many
complaints about your teeth, including size, shape, spacing, chips, and
severe discoloration. To attach veneers, your dentist will etch the surfaces
of the teeth being treated and cement the veneers in place for long-lasting
results. Getting veneers involves little to no discomfort, and many people
have the procedure without anesthesia.
If you have a large cavity in a tooth, your dentist will need to remove
a substantial portion of the tooth to extract the decay. When that happens,
you may be left with a tooth that is severely misshapen and smaller than
the rest of your teeth. Crowns can help resolve this problem. A crown
is a porcelain cap that is placed over the tooth to restore its appearance.
Crowns can be made to match the shape and color of your healthy teeth
so that the results are completely natural. While this procedure used
to be time-consuming and required multiple dentist visits, same day crowns
are now available.
Thanks to coffee, tea, berries, red wine, and other staining foods and
drinks, tooth discoloration is a common complaint. Whitening can strip
the stains from the surfaces of your teeth so you can enjoy a bright,
white smile again. Teeth whitening can be performed in-office or at home
with dramatic results. Be sure to follow your dentist's recommendations
after whitening to avoid re-staining your teeth.