A healthy, beautiful smile plays a huge role in self-esteem and quality of life. Whether you have stained teeth, discoloured teeth, tooth loss, crooked teeth, worn, chipped or cracked teeth, it can affect your confidence. Modern cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a better smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. A “smile makeover” as they say. An attractive smile can not only make a strong first impression but can also improve your overall self-confidence.
While traditional dentistry focuses on things like oral hygiene and diseases (your general oral health), cosmetic dentistry is an elective treatment that improves the appearance of your mouth, teeth, and most importantly, your smile. Today, it is more popular than ever thanks to advances in technology and procedures.
If you’re looking at cosmetic dentistry services, you’ll want to make sure you are taking the time to select the right cosmetic dentist. There are a lot of options out there and it’s very important to consider all that is available to you. And don’t forget to consider the price. Although most dental offices follow their local association fee guide, this type of dental care can be more costly. Make sure the dental office you choose takes the time to go over your options, work with you to make the most out of your insurance coverage and offering payment plans is a great bonus. At our dental practice, we strive to deliver on all three to deliver the most positive experience possible.
Types of Cosmetic Treatments
- Teeth Whitening: One of the most common requests! Did you know your teeth are naturally a light yellow-ish grey colour? It’s true! They do tend to darken as we age, thanks to everyday life (we have to eat after all). Tooth whitening is an easy, non-invasive way to get a bright smile. There are many over-the-counter solutions, but at our office we make you customized Zoom whitening trays, which you can take home. A professional whitening product goes beyond the surface of teeth to give you longer-lasting results. Typically you’ll see a brighter smile in two weeks.
- Dental Bridges: Bridges are artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth. Sometimes they are referred to as fixed partial dentures (they can’t be removed). The material used varies, but they are made of either gold, alloys, porcelain, or even a combination. They get anchored into your surrounding teeth after prepping for a crown, and then a false tooth joins the crowns and the bridge is put in place. How long a dental bridge lasts is dependent on how well you maintain your oral hygiene. Keeping the remaining teeth healthy plays a big role.
- Dental Crowns: Also known as caps, it’s like a hat that sits on your tooth to protect it. A crown is cemented on top of your natural tooth and acts as a protector, but also restores the shape, size, strength, and appearance. There are a variety of materials used for crowns, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic materials. This dental procedure does tend to be costly, so can be a last resort option when other procedures won’t be able to produce a pleasing result.
- Dental Implants: AKA a long-term solution for replacing your missing teeth. Implants do require an expensive and involved procedure along with multiple visits to the dentist’s office. You can think of them as an alternative to bridges (adjacent teeth act as anchors) and to removable dentures which sit on your gums. These are implanted directly into the jawbone and act as a replacement tooth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, or they can be used as stable support when you’re replacing several teeth.
- Cosmetic Bonding: A great option for those who have unwanted space between teeth, and also as an option for repairing minor imperfections. This is usually a single visit procedure. The dentist will first apply an etching solution, followed by tooth-coloured materials directly on the surface of the tooth. Bonding can sometimes last for many years, but it is prone to chipping, staining, and general wear.
- Veneers: These are kind of like a shell for your tooth. Often made of porcelain (although sometimes plastic), they are applied to your tooth and change its colour and/or shape. Typically a good option for those with spaces in their teeth, chipped or worn teeth, poorly shaped teeth, or slightly crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers tend to last longer than bonding and visually are a lot more impressive.
- Composite Fillings: A natural healthy alternative to conventional metal fillings! These are also known as white or plastic fillings. They are the same colour as your natural teeth, and there is no mercury content in the filling. It is not uncommon for fillings to need to be replaced over your lifetime.
Your dental health is always important. Bring your healthy smile to life with our experienced dentists. If you’re looking for high-quality dental care & an experienced dental team in Winnipeg near you, come meet us! Contact us today for your free cosmetic dentistry consultation or to schedule an appointment. We offer financing options and accept all major dental insurance plans and credit cards.
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