People smile to make their first impression on others. However, if there is any visible problem with your smile due to faulty teeth, that could make your first impression less than what you desire.

For this reason, many people who have dental problems do not feel comfortable smiling. But with the advancements in recent dental technology, people now have opportunities to improve their smile.If you have dental issues, such as stained or broken teeth, or gaps between your teeth, cosmetic dentistry is here to solve your problems and to improve the look of your smile.


Consuming colored beverages or food, smoking, and taking certain medicine could produce stains on your teeth. Most people who undergo cosmetic dentistry prefer whitening their teeth to get bright and shiny teeth to improve their smile. Whitening is also known as bleaching, in which dentists use chemicals that lighten the color of your teeth. People with sensitive teeth might feel sore teeth or gums for a bit during the procedure, but the soreness disappears as soon as the procedure is finished.Teeth whitening usually lasts 1 to 2 years.


If you have cracked, stained, broken, or chipped teeth, or have gaps or spaces between your teeth, you may want bonding. A tooth-colored dental substance is affixed to teeth to correct those problems. Bonding material is also used in filling up cavities or in protecting exposed roots of teeth. Depending on the extent of correction needed, it takes only one or two sessions with a dentist.Afterward, you can smile confidently for several years as it lasts for a very long time.


Veneers and boning address almost the same dental problems.A dentist cements a thin porcelain cover, known as a veneer, to the front of the teeth to hide any defects. Once veneers are cemented, one can not reverse the process like you can in bonding. Veneers last for a very long time.


If a tooth has extensive decay, crowns are used to restore that tooth. It is also known as a cap and is put on weak or decayed teeth to cover them and to restore their look. Crowns last longer than any other procedures of cosmetic dentistry.


Many people have lost their teeth in many different ways. Dental implants can fill in the gaps and give you the chance to smile happily again. A false tooth made of titanium is attached to your jaw bones with a screw to fill in the gap. The tooth looks like the original one.

Gum Surgery

If you have more or less gums than usual, it may look odd when you smile. Gum surgery can correct this problem and improve your smile greatly. Dentists may remove some gums or graft some in depending on your need.

There are quite a few more procedures that dentists can do to improve your smile. If you are having any sort of dental problems that make you feel shy to smile, or you want to improve your smile, contact your dentist to resolve your specific issues with cosmetic dentistry, and give yourself the ability to smile confidently.

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