People choose esthetic dental procedures/surgery for various reasons-to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance. Whatever the reason, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.
For these and many other reasons, esthetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession.
Common esthetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshaped, discolored, chipped, eroded or missing teeth. They also can be used to change the overall shape of teeth that are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped.
Some of the more common procedures involve:
- Bonding - A procedure in which tooth-colored material (composite resin) is used to close gaps or change tooth color.
- Contouring and reshaping - A procedure that straightens crooked, chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth.
- Veneers - A variation of the bonding technique using porcelain laminates to mask imperfections in tooth surfaces such as chips, gaps and discoloration.
- Whitening and bleaching - As the term implies, whitening and bleaching, a rapidly increasing procedure, are used to make teeth whiter. This can be done as an office procedure or with custom trays that can be used at home.
Which techniques should be used to improve your smile? A dental exam will take many factors into consideration, including your overall oral health.