If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, you might find yourself covering your mouth when you smile, avoiding family pictures, or stopping yourself from laughing at Happy Hour with your coworkers. Fortunately, you can address many cosmetic dental issues, like tooth discoloration and gaps, with simple cosmetic dental procedures at Steger Smiles.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
The term cosmetic dentistry covers all dental procedures meant to improve the look of your teeth, smile, or gums. Many cosmetic dental procedures also provide health benefits since replacing missing teeth or closing gaps in your smile that can lead to an increased risk of cavities. Additionally, patients may experience a boost in self-confidence after their procedure, allowing them to laugh without anxiety.
While many procedures fall under the umbrella term of cosmetic dentistry, these are some of the most common.
Inlays and Onlays
If you have chipped or cracked teeth, ask our dentists about our filling options, including inlays and onlays. Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are recommended when a tooth is too damaged for a standard filling but doesn’t require a crown.
Made to match the color of your teeth, your dentist molds the filling directly onto your teeth. These not only restore the function, integrity, and appearance of your natural tooth, but they also decrease the chance of a cavity forming, which could cause further decay and tooth loss.
As we age, many of us experience tooth discoloration. Beverages like red wine and coffee can cause staining, as can habits like smoking or chewing tobacco. While you can find many over-the-counter teeth whitening products, these are often ineffective and could cause problems if misused.
At Steger Smiles, we offer professional teeth whitening services for a gleaming smile. Those with more severe staining may require a session or two of bleaching to achieve the same results.
Missing teeth can cause multiple complications, including jawbone problems, tooth misalignment, and difficulty chewing and speaking. Dental implants are the only permanent solution for missing teeth. Depending on your jawbone condition and the number of implants required, dental implant surgery may require several appointments. Once your surgeries are complete, your dental implant acts and looks just like a natural tooth, providing extensive health benefits and restoring your self-confidence.
Ceramic veneers can take a cracked, chipped, or crooked smile and make it look as good as new. Veneers are a layer that affixes on top of your damaged or discolored teeth. Your dentist prepares your teeth by grinding a small amount of enamel, then applies an adhesive substance on them before finally laying the veneer on top. Once fixed, it can last up to ten years, especially if you avoid staining drinks like red wine and coffee, and wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.
Composite bonding is a non-invasive treatment that uses a composite resin material to alter the look and shape of your teeth and is often used to fill gaps or repair minor cracks and chips. Your dentist can match the resin to your other teeth, so it looks natural. If you have decayed or damaged teeth, your dentist may need to remove the decay before applying the composite resin.
Fix Your Smile With Steger Smiles
If you want to smile with confidence at your next job interview or social engagement, contact Steger Smiles to arrange your first appointment. Our dentists can perform a thorough examination and determine which treatments fit your situation best. We also offer a full range of general dentistry procedures, including hygiene cleanings which are integral to keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth white.
Call us today to learn how we can help you improve your smile.