When you have any type of oral imperfection, it can wreak havoc on your self-esteem. You may begin to hide your smile and feel less confident in front of a group. Instead of letting your self-esteem take a hit, you may want to figure out what it would take to fix or cover those dental imperfections. There are some really great, natural looking options out there that can help restore your smile. Here are two of the most commonly used options when dental imperfections need a cover up.
Dental Bonding is Great for Some Types of Oral Imperfections
When you have a single tooth that is a problem, most of the time, we will recommend that you opt for dental bonding. It works for more teeth as well, but it is often the best option when a single tooth is what impacts your ability to smile. What we do is take a small bit of the same material we make composite fillings out of, and affix it to your tooth.
We can cover the imperfection and shine up the material to get it to blend in with the rest of your teeth in a very short amount of time. Dental bonding is often able to be done in a single visit, which makes it a great option for a quick fix. Dental bonding is delicate, but it can last for up to 10 years if you are careful with it.
Dental Veneers Can Help with Many Types of Dental Imperfections
If you have minor imperfections that just drive you crazy, a dental veneer over that area may be the best solution. This can include things like cracked or chipped teeth, some gaps between teeth, heavy dental staining, and crooked teeth. What we do is take a tiny sheet of porcelain and cover up the imperfect part of your tooth or teeth. Then, when you smile, people see the veneer instead of the problem.
Dental veneers blend in naturally since they are made of thin sheets of porcelain. However, they are also delicate. You must care for them properly to get them to last as long as possible. Once you get veneers, you will have to wear them as long as you still have those teeth naturally. If you do not want to wear them for the rest of your life, then bonding may be the better option for you as it works better on just one tooth at a time. These often take 2-3 visits to get them put on, and can last around 10 years when you care for them properly.
Not Every Option is Perfect for Every Situation
When you need help covering up a dental imperfection, it is very important that we examine your mouth prior to deciding on what will work best to fix it. Decay can make some options better than others, as can the shape or positioning of your tooth. When you come in, we will look over your mouth and focus on the area you want fixed. We will discuss the options you have, and which we believe would be best, considering our professional experience. Then, we can determine a treatment plan that gives you the result you wanted.
Having a bright, confident smile is something everyone wants and deserves. With our help, it is also something everyone has the ability to attain. Give us a call today, and let us help you get your oral health as high as possible. Then, we can also work with you to cover any imperfections that you feel may be holding you back.