It's a time-old cliche that the dentist's office is not a destination anybody enjoys - but that needn't be the case. Modern dentistry is full of quick and painless solutions to a wide variety of problems, and it extends far beyond medical procedures too. We all know about orthodontic work, allowing bent teeth to be carefully shaped and straightened, but that's not the only way your dentist can improve your smile. In fact, here are three cosmetic procedures you may not know your dentist offers.
Of course, you've likely heard of this one - but did you know it's something your dentist offers? Oftentimes, patients will go to beauty salons for this procedure, and don't consider it the kind of thing their dentist would do. However, having your teeth whitened by a dentist ensures that it's done safely, and by a trained professional. Plus, you can trust your dentist to give you a great, natural-looking result. Using a bleaching agent, your dentist will lift the colour of your teeth to a pleasant, subtle white - nothing blinding or too noticeable. It can be done in the course of a short appointment.
Implants and Bridges
If you have any chipped or missing teeth, then your dentist can easily replace them with cosmetic fillers known as implants or bridges. These false teeth - which look almost indistinguishable from real teeth - will fill up the gaps in your mouth either by fitting them over your existing teeth or by inserting a small metal implant into your gums. Either way, the procedure is minor and painless, and will achieve a great result.
If you have any decay or discoloration on specific parts of your teeth, a crown may be a great solution for you. These crowns, often made from porcelain so that they are impossible to tell apart from your teeth, will be placed over the top of your existing tooth, restoring the look of your smile. They are permanent fittings which are unlikely to come loose - but if it ever does, having your crown re-fitted is just as simple and painless as it is the first time.
The kinds of cosmetic solutions available to you, and suited to your specific needs, will vary depending on you and your teeth. Speak to your dentist at your next check-up and see whether there are any other procedures they can offer you.Share