Four Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You a Picture-Perfect Smile

four ways cosmetic dentistry can give you a picture perfect smile

You’ve worked hard and kept your teeth and gums in relatively great health, but they don’t exactly look all that great. Maybe there are alignment problems, chips, discoloration and other issues that are primarily cosmetic. If any of the aforementioned issues ring true for you, take a closer look at your options for cosmetic dentistry in Manhattan, NY and learn more about how some of the more common cosmetic procedures can help perfect your smile.

Veneers and Lumineers®

These thin sheets of porcelain are designed to adhere to the front of your teeth to hide discoloration, chips or other defects in their appearance. They can even close gaps between teeth or make them appear straighter.

Veneers: to apply veneers, your dentist will shave off a very thin layer of the front of your teeth. The front surface of the teeth will be left a little rough to help the veneers adhere to them.

Lumineers: these proprietary alternatives to veneers don’t require your dentist to remove anything from the front of your teeth, which is why they’re such a popular option.

Crowns and Bridges

Typically made of porcelain, these dental prosthetics are placed on top of teeth or implants to replace missing teeth. They can also make reshaped and repaired teeth look natural.

Crowns: Sometimes called a “cap,” a crown is bonded atop a single tooth to deliver all the function and aesthetics of a natural tooth

Bridges: this dental prosthestic attaches to two stable teeth or implants that sit on opposite sides of a gap. Bridges fill in those gaps with a prosthetic tooth.

Invisible Aligners: Invisalign® and Orthosnap™

You can work to get perfectly straight teeth and no one has to know you’re working on it. With invisible aligner options like Invisalign and the less prominent Orthosnap, you wear clear plastic trays on your teeth. The plastic trays apply a light, constant force that, over time, moves your teeth into their optimal alignment.

Teeth Whitening

You can do it at home with an off-the-shelf kit, but the best place to start is at your dentist’s office. And while you’ll get the best results in-office, your dentist or hygienist will at least be able to recommend the best retail products for your unique needs if you decide to do it at home.

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