It’s 2018 and maybe you’re feeling it. Your job has been difficult, you didn’t make it to the gym nearly as much as you wanted, and when you look in the mirror, what you see is someone a lot older than you remember them to be. Reconciling the way we feel with the way we look can be difficult, but to make the process easier, cosmetic dentistry can help.
If you’re 50 or older, than your teeth have had years to accumulate stains, worn enamel, chips, or go missing entirely. If you regularly smoke, drink coffee or alcohol, then the damage could be worse. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can help, taking nearly ten years off your smile. Cosmetic dentistry is defined as a dental procedure that is elective. Here are three procedures that could help.
Get Rid of Stains
Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure out there, and can be done in-office or at home. Yellow teeth are caused by staining agents that become lodged in the natural ridges or our enamel. To eliminate these stains, a whitening agent is applied to the teeth which can dissolve these staining chemicals and return teeth to their natural whiteness.
Because dentist and hygienist are trained in handling whitening agents, the best results can be achieved with an in-office treatment. However, the results won’t last forever. By combining in-office whitening with take home trays modeled specifically to fit your teeth, you can ensure that your teeth will remain white for longer.
Get Back That Missing Tooth
If you’ve recently lost a tooth, or have lost one a long time ago, then you know that it can often hurt your self-image. Dental implants can be one of the most effective treatments for missing teeth. Dental implants are composed of two parts, a titanium implant, and a ceramic crown. First, the implant is inserted into the jaw bone, and given time to heal. After the implant has fully fused to the jaw bone through a process known as osseointegration, the ceramic crown is placed onto the implant. For patients who practice good hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Fix Chips, Discoloration, and almost everything else
Porcelain veneers are perhaps the most dramatic change cosmetic dentistry can give to your teeth. Composed of medical-grade ceramic, a thin veneer is constructed specifically for your mouth then placed over each individual tooth. Because they’re constructed of ceramic, they match the luster and sheen of natural enamel, and can last upwards of twenty years.
If you’re looking to feel younger this year, then maybe it’s time to schedule an appointment.
If you live in Wilmington, NC, and are looking for a cosmetic dentist near you, please call (910) 392-6060 today for an appointment with Dr. Michael Kuzma at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.