Wanting to improve your smile? Our smiles are important for a few reasons. For some, they are a source of self-confidence. Others, having a good smile allows for ease of eating, chewing, and overall, less pain. Thanks to the innovations being made by dentists around the world, there are many different options on how one can improve one smile and allow one to be happy and confident.
Options for Undamaged Teeth
There are plenty of options for enhancing your smile if your teeth have no major damage or decay.
Dental Veneers are one option that may help you. Veneers are a thin, tooth-colored shell placed along the surface of the teeth to improve the overall look of your teeth. These shells can solve a few cosmetic problems such as chipped teeth or discoloration.
Another option is composite filling. If you have ever had a cavity, this is what typically fills that space. After cleaning out the area and chiseling away the small amount of decay, a dentist will use a tooth-colored resin material that fills the gap caused by the cavity. It’s a simple and effective way to prevent further decay and make your smile look great.
ClearCorrect braces are a recent and fantastic option. ClearCorrect braces are a near-invisible device placed over a set of teeth to align them back into place and straighten out your smile. Since this option does not require a dentist to remove any parts of your teeth or add materials like cement, ClearCorrect is an awesome non-invasive way to align your teeth and improve your smile.
Options for Damaged or Decaying Teeth
Fear not though, there are also plenty of options for those who have more extensive damage or decay to their teeth.
Traditional Dental Implants are option. These implants are done by removing damaged or decayed teeth. Then a dentist would make a hole in your jaw to set a post into. The post is typically made from titanium to last the longest amount of time. They would then seal the area around the post and place a crown on top of the post.
Dental Bridges are a similar option to that of crowns. A bridge is a false tooth made by your dentist to unite the gaps in teeth caused by missing teeth. These are set in place by being attached to your other healthy teeth rather than set in place like a traditional implant. Bridges are made from a variety of options such as CEREC, a strong ceramic-based material that gives a more natural look than that of a golden bridge.
There are also inlays and overlays. These are made by taking a mold of the form of your teeth then creating a device to patch the damage and decay on the tops of your teeth. This is like composite fillings and can use similar materials but is reserved for more severe damage or decay.
Want More Information?
Want to find out more about what option would work best for you? Consider making an appointment to meet with Dr. Andrew J. Weber at one of our locations in San Antonio, TX or New Braunfels, TX. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Weber has worked with a variety of patients and will be able to provide quality care and treatment to make your smile great! Consider calling us at (210) 794-7747 or using our web form to schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to help you on your journey to a better smile.