If you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you can still have a beautiful smile transformation with implants or implant-supported dentures. Implants are titanium screws that get inserted into the bone to support a dental crown. Implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement. Dental implants look, function and feel just like a natural tooth and, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Implants can also be used to support a full arch denture. By placing several implants along the jaw, a fixed denture can be placed that doesn’t need to be removed on a nightly basis like standard dentures, contributing to a higher quality of life.
Dental veneers and dental crowns both help to change the shape, colour and size of your teeth to improve aesthetics and even function. Dental veneers are thin shell-like coverings that are fabricated in a lab and get bonded to the front of your teeth. Dental crowns are fabricated in a dental lab and are like caps that get bonded on top of your teeth. Dental crowns will be the superior choice if they are needed for heavy biting, as veneers don’t improve the function of the teeth. In both cases, a portion of the surface of the teeth must be removed to fit the veneers or crowns on, so both solutions are permanent. If properly cared for, dental veneers and dental crowns have a life span of 10-20 years.
Dental braces help to improve both the aesthetics and function of your teeth by straightening them and aligning your bite. This can improve the way the teeth look, feel and function, improving quality of life. Braces can come in the typical bracket and band form or a clear aligner form, such as with Invisalign. It is essential to talk with your dentist or orthodontist about which type of braces will work best for you.
Whitening treatment will usually be used in conjunction with braces at the end of the braces treatment. Whitening helps to improve the brightness of your smile. There are several different options for whitening your teeth, from over the counter solutions to in-office whitening.