Your dentist is there for all your teeth care needs. They can help you maintain your oral health and even help you fix cosmetic issues. Here are four treatments you can have done at the dentist's office, which will improve the appearance of your teeth:
1. Have old fillings replaced.
Amalgam fillings used to be more common. These fillings are dark grey or silver in color. They're made from a mixture of metal alloys which are durable, but unfortunately highly visible. This can make some people feel self-conscious about talking or singing in public because their fillings might be exposed. You can have your old fillings replaced with filings made from resin composite. Composite fillings are the same color as your teeth, so they're discreet and invisible. Your dentist can easily replace your old fillings by removing them using a dental drill.
2. Fix minor imperfections with dental bonding.
Dental bonding is a procedure that's very similar to having fillings placed. The material used for dental bonding is the same one used for fillings. Resin composite can be used to fix minor imperfections in your teeth. If your teeth are chipped due to biting down on a hard object or falling down, dental bonding can repair them so they look as good as new. Dental bonding is more inexpensive than getting dental veneers, and it requires the removal of less enamel, which makes it appealing to some patients.
3. Replace metal crowns.
Dental crowns can help make weak teeth more stable. They're often placed after a root canal has been performed, although they can be used to reinforce cracked teeth as well. Metal crowns are often made from gold, but they may be made from platinum as well. These crowns are durable but highly visible, which some people find off-putting. If you currently have metal crowns on your teeth, you can have them replaced with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are the same hue as your teeth, which makes them a superior aesthetic option. The process of replacing a crown may take multiple visits, as your dentist will first need to take a mold of your tooth to have a new crown made.
4. Have your teeth professionally cleaned.
At your biannual checkup, a dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth. They will use an electric tooth polisher and a gritty cleansing paste to clean plaque and stains from your teeth. They will also use a sharp, curved hook to scrape tartar buildup off your teeth. The result is a beautiful smile that's fresh and clean.Share