You’re unhappy with your smile, and you want to do something to change it — but which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you? Many patients find that their dream smile can be achieved with one of three common treatments: teeth whitening, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers. These cosmetic dental treatments can all achieve change for your smile, with different intensities and costs. Patients will find one option fits them best based on the condition of their teeth and their desired outcome.
Quick Change: Teeth Whitening
If you’re generally happy with the shape and alignment of your teeth, but you wish your smile was brighter and whiter, teeth whitening may be the right choice for you. Teeth whitening can be used to reverse external surface stains. These common stains, called extrinsic stains, are caused by habits of everyday life, such as drinking coffee or smoking. Professional teeth whitening can remove these stains for a fresher, healthy-looking smile.
Moderate Change: Dental Bonding
Teeth bonding can achieve more moderate change to your smile by fixing minor imperfections. Bonding, done with composite resin, can be used to adjust the shape of your tooth. It can fill gaps in your teeth, restore the structure of chipped or cracked teeth, or lengthen a tooth so it aligns with the rest of your teeth. Bonding can also be used to correct intrinsic stains; these are stains that develop from the inside of the tooth and cannot be corrected with teeth whitening. Bonding covers the intrinsic stains to restore the appearance of your tooth.
Extensive Change: Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are best reserved for advanced changes to your smile, such as a complete smile restoration or makeover. Porcelain veneers are permanent coverings for your teeth. They are custom-made to fit over your existing teeth; they can completely change the color and shape of your teeth for that perfect Hollywood smile.
ABOUT YOUR SHREWSBURY DENTISTS:
At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling (508) 842-6356 today.