Cosmetic Dentistry: A Beautiful Smile Is Not Far Away
Are you unhappy with your smile but aren't sure what cosmetic, corrective
options are available?
The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) reminds consumers that many
cosmetic options exist to improve your smile. Your dentist can assess your
needs, wishes and dental history to determine a suitable option to help restore
your smile. Following is a summary of many cosmetic dental options.
- Tooth whitening or bleaching - Many whitening options exist
to help a patient achieve a brighter, whiter smile. Depending on the patient's
needs and dental health history, a dentist can suggest a procedure in the office
or dispense a system that can be used at home. It is important to consult a
dentist before starting any tooth whitening procedure.
- Bonding - Bonding improves the appearance of chipped,
broken or cracked teeth by applying tooth-colored materials to the tooth's
- Veneers - Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are
designed to cover the front side of teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently
stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
- Braces - Braces or other orthodontic appliances can correct
crooked or crowded teeth or teeth that do not align properly.
- Crowns - Crowns can help strengthen teeth and improve
outward appearance by acting as a cover and adding additional support for a weak
tooth, helping restore a tooth that is already broken or covering a dental
implant or a tooth that is stained or misshaped.
- Bridges - A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial
teeth crafted from a variety of materials such as gold, alloys, porcelain or a
combination of these materials. A fixed bridge contains artificial teeth that
are attached directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue and can only be removed
by a dentist. If you are fitted with a removable bridge, it can be removed and
cleaned at home.
- Dental implants - Implants can replace missing teeth with
artificial teeth to help achieve a more natural looking smile. Since surgery is
required, patients must be in good oral and overall health, have healthy gums
and sufficient bone structure to support the implant and be dedicated to
maintaining optimal dental hygiene habits.
- Dentures - Dentures are another option for replacing
missing teeth when all or a majority of the patient's natural teeth are
While there are many corrective and cosmetic options available, it is
important to maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing daily, eating a
well-balanced, nutritious diet and visiting the dentist every six months for
regular checkups and professional cleaning.
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About the Pennsylvania Dental Association
Founded in 1868, the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) is comprised of approximately
6,000 member dentists. It is a constituency of the American Dental Association
(ADA), the largest and oldest national dental society in the world. PDA’s
mission is to improve the public health, promote the art and science of
dentistry and represent the interests of its member dentists and their patients.
PDA is the voice of dentistry in Pennsylvania. Learn more about PDA.