A smile is a great way to greet people or to perk up your mood when you are down. Every time you smile, hormones such as endorphins and serotonin are released that make you feel happy. However, a missing tooth or chipped teeth can rob you of your natural smile.
Many people become self-conscious while smiling or avoid smiling at all if their teeth, especially those in the front row are not in perfect condition. They avoid going for cosmetic dental treatments due to the misconception that they are very expensive.
While this is true to some extent, the good news is that certain dental treatments are quite affordable and provide excellent results too.
Professional Teeth Whitening
There are a lot of over-the-counter teeth whiteners but they don’t usually provide the desired results. So instead of spending your money recurrently on over-the-counter teeth whiteners, opt for professional teeth whitening.
Done by professional practitioners, this is a very effective, low-cost procedure for improving your smile. If you are not lucky to have natural milky white teeth that shine brilliantly or if your teeth have stained over time, this is the best procedure.
The procedure uses carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. Before the process begins, your dentist will apply a protective gel on your gums and then apply the active ingredients.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is just perfect when your teeth are slightly chipped or broken or are unevenly spaced. The procedure is an affordable cosmetic dental treatment for broken, chipped and stained teeth or for other minor dental issues.
During dental bonding, a composite material that matches the colour of your teeth is applied on the tooth. Before the procedure begins, the surface of the tooth is scraped with phosphoric acid to make it rough so that that bonding material holds more firmly.
Next, a putty-like material is placed on the tooth and moulded into shape to cover the gaps or cracks. A special kind of light is used to harden the material and the tooth is then polished for a perfect shine.
Dental bonding is also preferred over silver fillings for filling up cavities because the material used perfectly matches the colour of your tooth. So people will never know that cosmetic dentistry is the secret behind your dazzling smile.
Porcelain veneers can be expensive if you want them for an entire set of teeth but make for an affordable treatment when it comes to fixing a single tooth.
Porcelain veneers are customised, wafer-thin shells made of porcelain that resembles the natural colour of your tooth. The shells are attached to the front of the tooth to hide any disfigurement or to make your tooth look brighter and whiter.
They are highly stain-resistant, which means that you can retain your sparkling smile for years. Moreover, porcelain veneers perfectly imitate the natural light reflecting property of a normal tooth.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for whitening the teeth, repairing small cracks and chips, hiding uneven teeth setting or covering gaps between teeth.