Cosmetic dentistry can address concerns with the appearance of your smile ranging from small flaws to large issues. If you find yourself self-conscious of your teeth or grin, you may consider cosmetic treatment. Once you start considering cosmetic treatment, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the options. Your dentist is always there to answer your questions and help you decide on the best treatment for you and your smile, but knowledge can always make you feel at ease. Let’s sort through the options to understand some different types of treatment, what they are, and why they are used.
First up is the least invasive option, teeth whitening. While whitening your teeth may have minimal treatment, it can provide dazzling and dramatic results. Professional teeth whitening can be done in the office or at home. For at-home treatments, your dentist can create a custom tray for you to apply whitening treatment to your teeth in the comfort of your home. For faster treatment, your dentist can whiten your teeth with Zoom! in the office, usually getting up to 10 shades whiter in one session.
Some stains are intrinsic or on the inside of the teeth; these stains cannot be removed with whitening. Cosmetic bonding can cover intrinsic stains. It can also address issues such as small gaps, broken teeth, chips or cracks, misshapen teeth, or teeth that are smaller than the rest of the teeth. Bonding is the act of apply a tooth-colored composite resin material directly to the teeth, shaping it to the desired appearance, and polishing it for a natural look. Bonding can be a good option for addressing the cosmetic needs of one or a few teeth.
Veneers can be a great option when you are looking for an overhaul of your entire smile. Porcelain veneers are custom-made, porcelain shells that are applied to the front of your teeth. Your teeth may need to be prepared and filed for the veneer to be applied.
Which cosmetic option is right for your smile?
Talk to Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris about cosmetic options for your smile. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.