Thanks to great strides in dental technology, cosmetic dentistry has risen in popularity in recent years. Many people who are not happy with their teeth have their self esteem boosted and their smiles rejuvenated using cosmetic dentistry procedures. Together with your Orlando, FL dentist, you can determine which procedure is the best way for you to renew your smile by understanding the difference between some popular procedures.
Braces are used by orthodontists to straighten teeth and correct bite issues such as overbites, underbites or crossbites. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth and are tightened about once a month. Newer methods, such as Invisalign, use a series of clear aligner trays that are worn to straighten teeth. A new aligner tray from the series, which is carefully planned out by your dentist, is worn approximately every two weeks.
Bonding may be used to correct chips or small gaps between teeth. Tooth-colored materials are molded directly onto the teeth, giving new life to your smile and creating small, but significant, changes in a single office visit.
Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that fit over misaligned, cracked, chipped or stained teeth. About half a millimeter of enamel is removed from the front of the natural tooth to accommodate for the width of the veneer, and to give the bonding materials used something to grip onto. The color of the veneer is matched to the teeth around it, giving a natural appearance.
Tooth whitening procedures are used to lift stains and give yellowing teeth a brighter, whiter appearance. While at-home kits are available, in-office whitening agents are much stronger and provide greater results in less time. A whitening solution is put onto the teeth, and a special light is used to set the chemicals, whitening teeth and giving you the big, white smile you have always wanted.
Bridges replace one or two missing teeth by permanently attaching crowns with a false tooth between them to two healthy natural teeth. Bridges must be flossed under, and are color-matched to the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental implants consist of a post surgically implanted into the bone under the gum tissue of a missing tooth. A fabricated tooth is made that attaches to the post and works just as a natural tooth would. Dental implants are a good choice for many people, whether they are missing one or many teeth.
No matter what issues are keeping you from loving your smile, Dr. Douglas A. Huhn, DMD, PA in Orlando, FL can help. Call (407) 422-6281 to schedule your appointment today!