5 Different Ways to Get a Pretty Smile
If you have crooked teeth, or stained teeth,or missing teeth – or all three – there are several different ways you can improve the look of your teeth and give yourself a great smile.
The restorative and cosmetic dental techniques available today truly are amazing, providing natural-looking results in a matter of days or weeks.
Read below for five of these techniques and what conditions they’re used for:
- Do you have a gap between your front teeth or a chipped tooth? Try veneers or bonding. Bonding is less costly and the process involves placing a putty-like substance on the surface of your tooth and then shaping and polishing it. As the material hardens it bonds to the tooth and seals the gap and hides the chip. (Bonding can stain over time and doesn’t last as long as porcelain veneer.) Bonding costs between $200-$500 per tooth. Veneers, while much more costly ($1,000 to $1,800 for each tooth), can last from 10 to 15 years or more. Veneers also don’t stain or discolor. A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of material shaped to fit over your tooth and then bonded to it with cement.
- Veneers can help hide stained teeth (and the veneer will never stain itself), yet there are other options to fix stained teeth, such as in-office whitening treatments. Professional treatments work much more quickly than in-home whiteners, often brightening your teeth considerably in just one office visit. Patients with the best results usually have brown or yellow stains. Stains caused by smoking or taking tetracycline are usually gray in color and probably will not respond well to whitening. Talk to your dentist to see what type of results you can expect. In-office whitening can cost between $300 to $900.
- Do your gums show too much when you smile (a “gummy smile”)? A laser treatment can remove excess gum tissue, making your teeth appear larger and your gums smaller. This is a minimally invasive procedure and, while a general dentist can perform the treatment when you need just minor improvement, it may be wisest to visit an oral surgeon or periodontist for more radical treatments, particularly if you will need bone removal for best results. Cost can be between $400 to $600.
- If your teeth are crooked, consider trying Invisalign. These are for those who want to steer clear of braces and who need tooth realignment that is minor to moderate. You will wear a clear “tray” that is fitted to your teeth. You can remove the tray for eating and brushing. The cost is not inexpensive, however: $3,000 to $8,000.
- Dental implants can replace teeth that are extremely crooked, rotted or even missing. Implants are artificial teeth roots that your Keller cosmetic dentist places in your jaw that are designed to hold a replacement bridge or single tooth. Once the procedure is complete, a dental implant looks completely natural and, with proper oral care – the same care as you would give your real teeth – can last a lifetime.
If you’d like more information on the different ways you can improve the look of your smile, contact Dr. Darren Dickson via e-mail at [email protected] or give us a call.