CAN YOU CHANGE THE SHAPE OF YOUR TEETH? WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS? – SEATTLE COSMETIC DENTIST
Many people are unhappy with the shape of some or all of their teeth. The teeth may be too long or too short. There may be small gaps between the teeth. There may be chips or cracks in teeth. A Seattle cosmetic dentist can help to fix these problems. What are the options? How can you decide which is right for you?
The simplest solution for improving the appearance of your teeth is dental bonding. This technique takes only one dental visit and requires no anesthesia.
Dental bonding involves using composite resin (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) to change the shape of the teeth. The resin can be applied to teeth in a variety of ways. For instance, it could make them longer, fill in a chipped area, or fill in small gaps.
No tooth enamel is removed during the process of bonding. The resin is simply applied to the tooth and then hardened. After this, it very closely resembles natural tooth enamel. This is why bonding causes no discomfort and doesn’t require anesthesia.
Dental bonding is a good option for those who have a problem with only one or a few teeth, and who want the problem fixed as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Veneers are applied to the front of the teeth to change the look of the whole smile at once. Dr. Caggiano uses porcelain veneers. Because of its translucency, porcelain very closely resembles natural tooth enamel, creating a natural-looking and luminous smile.
To place porcelain veneers, two dental visits are needed. At the first, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the front of the teeth to make room for the veneers, and then impressions are taken so that the veneers can be custom-made in a laboratory. At the second visit, the veneers are affixed into place.
Veneers can fix many problems with the teeth, including or teeth that are too small or are somewhat crooked, discolored teeth, or multiple chipped or otherwise damaged teeth.
Veneers are a good option for those who have problems with many teeth and want to fix all of them as quickly as possible. They can also act as “instant orthodontics,” creating the appearance of a well-aligned smile without committing months to orthodontic treatment.
Your dentist may be able to fix some minor problems with the teeth through recontouring. This involves removing small amounts of enamel to reshape a tooth.
A dentist can use recontouring to repair small chips in a tooth, by smoothing out the area around the chip so that it isn’t obvious. Recontouring can also be used to create a small change in the length or shape of a tooth.
Those who have major problems with the teeth will need to choose a different option, because recontouring can only remove a small amount of enamel without causing damage to the tooth. For those with only minor problems, recontouring can provide a quick repair with minimal discomfort.
If you have any cosmetic problems with your teeth, then you should talk to a Seattle cosmetic dentist to determine what your options would be for fixing the issue. Dr. Mark Caggiano is a highly experienced dentist whose skills have helped many people achieve the gorgeous smiles they desire. He’s also able to put people at ease, and offers sedation dentistry for those who still feel anxious about going to the dentist. Please contact our office to schedule your appointment with Dr. Caggiano.