We all want a perfect smile. While a few fortunate people have one naturally, almost anyone can have beautiful teeth with the help of a dentist. In addition to orthodontic treatment, which straightens teeth, recent advances in dental materials and techniques can provide near-perfect teeth that are just as strong as the originals. Sunrise Dental Clinic is a comprehensive dental clinic in Coquitlam that combines art and science to optimally improve oral health.
Today, looking younger and healthier are concerns that are shared by people of all ages, across the globe. Your smile is just as important as having good skin or healthy hair. A youthful and vibrant appearance includes bright teeth, an appealing smile, and excellent overall oral health. Of late, more and more people are concerned about having straight teeth that are free of stains, chips, and other obvious flaws.
Popular TV shows that feature makeovers encourage placing a high value on an attractive smile. Print and TV advertisements for whitening agents have become very common. Many articles are written about bleaching agents and smile makeovers. As a result, people often want their teeth to be perfectly uniform and dazzlingly white.
The enamel that covers the teeth is usually the part that gets stained. The underlying tooth structure can also yellow over time. Bleaching is one option for white teeth.
Chips can be filled with a material called composite resin, which is chosen to match the colour of your natural teeth. Once it is smoothed and polished, composite resin looks virtually the same as the rest of the teeth.
Traditional amalgam fillings work fine in the back of the mouth. However, most people do not want to reveal a “metal mouth” when they smile. Silver amalgam also contains mercury, which can be toxic to the nervous system. Many dentists and patients prefer not to use silver amalgam. An alternative is to use tooth-coloured fillings. These fillings are made of a resin material similar to that used for repairing chips or cracks. Some white fillings (direct composites) are pressed into the cavity and cured (hardened) with a special, high-intensity blue light. Others are made in a laboratory and then cemented in place. These include special composites and porcelain fillings called inlays and onlays.
It is not uncommon for one tooth to be slightly longer than the rest or have a different shape. With a procedure called recontouring, your Coquitlam dentist at Sunrise Dental Clinic can reshape the tooth to match the others.
Small gaps can be closed by applying composite material between the teeth. For large gaps or other surface flaws, your dentist may recommend veneers. Veneers are among the most costly cosmetic dentistry procedures. Veneers are made from ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are matched to your tooth colour and then permanently bonded to the front of each tooth. Your dentist at Sunrise Dental Clinic also may refer you to an orthodontist to correct your gaps. Some people like or do not mind a gap. Others are very aware of it and want it closed. You and your Coquitlam dentist can determine the best treatment option, whether it is bonding, veneers, or braces.
For badly broken or structurally weak teeth, you may need a crown. Crowns on front teeth are made of very realistic, tooth-coloured porcelain. The crown may be all porcelain, or, more typically, porcelain with a metal core that fits over the tooth. Both types of crowns offer excellent results.
Cosmetic procedures vary in technique and cost. Before you start a treatment plan, please consult with your dentist at Sunrise Dental Clinic and consider all the options to make an educated decision.
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