Natural wear and tear causes tooth enamel to get thinner and wear down over time. The color seems duller and dark, and there may even be a few chipped, cracked or broken teeth. Even when we are diligent with good oral hygiene, there will be some loss of luster, brightness and shape as we age. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to quickly improve your smile with these three affordable methods.
1. Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening options include using an at-home bleaching kit or getting it done professionally in your dentist’s office.
There are various at-home kits you can try, but they all use a very mild bleaching agent in varying strengths between three to six percent. This means it will take weeks and multiple kits to achieve any noticeable results.
Professional teeth whitening in your dentist’s office is the fastest, most cost effective method of restoring a smile to its former glory. The stronger whitening agent of about 35 percent rapidly clears away of years of debris and even deep stains. In addition to getting a whiter, brighter smile in just one visit, your dentist also uses custom-fitted trays to help protect your gums from being irritated during the process.
2. Dental bonding
The composite resin used with dental bonding is carefully matched to the color of your existing teeth. The short process requires minimal preparation of your teeth, so you can get on your way and start enjoying your beautiful, new smile. Dental bonding is most beneficial for:
- Repairing small imperfections
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Changing the shape of teeth
- Covering dark discolorations
3. White fillings
If you have amalgam fillings, you may feel self-conscious about smiling, yawning or doing anything that reveals them. In addition to looking unattractive, there are recent studies that raise concerns about whether or not the mercury in these fillings are harmful to your health. You can easily replace your old fillings with white fillings. They look better, match your existing teeth, and the non-toxic material will give you peace of mind.
Are you ready to improve your smile?
Getting a better-looking smile in Baltimore is as easy as scheduling an appointment with your Westminster dentist. Don’t forget to ask about dental financing options to make your procedure even more affordable.