Tooth whitening is an excellent option for improving the appearance of your smile without any invasive dentistry. There are several options for tooth whitening, including drug store whitening strips, professionally made whitening trays, and professional office whitening. The gold standard in teeth whitening is professional in-office whitening, usually consisting of a whitening agent being applied to the teeth and a UV light being used to speed up the whitening agent's action. Tooth whitening is a great option for brightening up the shade of the teeth when there are no other concerns such as enamel discrepancies/cavities or issues with the size or shape of the teeth.
Dental crowns can improve the appearance of teeth that require more stability, such as teeth that have been severely chipped or fractured or teeth that have needed root canal treatments. Dental crowns offer complete coverage protection and alter the size, shape and colour of a tooth or teeth.
Veneers offer the same improvement to the appearance of teeth as crowns but are used for teeth that don't require full-coverage protection. Dental veneers are a good option for improving front teeth' appearance and can change the size, shape, and colour. Often veneers are recommended from canine to canine to give a uniform appearance to all teeth visible when smiling. Veneers are thin, shell-like coverings that get bonded to the outer surface of the teeth.
Braces are a good option for improving teeth' appearance if there is crowding, rotations, or gaps between teeth. Braces help to straighten the teeth and align the bite to help improve the appearance of the smile. Often braces can be used in conjunction with either crowns, veneers or bonding to enhance the smile's look.
Make sure to talk with your dentist about what smile makeover options will work best for you based on your individual needs. If you have any questions about smile makeover options, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.