If you have always been uncomfortable with your smile and would like to improve your appearance, cosmetic dentistry can be an ideal way to do so. Discussing options with your cosmetic dentist can be an important first step to obtaining the beautiful smile you have always wanted.

Two of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry services available today include dental veneers and dental bridges. These options are used to remedy different issues, so it is important to understand a bit about each in order to determine which option might be the best solution for your specific needs.

Dental Veneers
Veneers are often the preferred solution for repairing stained, chipped, abnormally spaced, or misaligned teeth. A cosmetic dentist typically uses two types of materials for veneers. They are porcelain and resin. While porcelain veneers usually must be fabricated in a dental laboratory, your local dentist can usually fabricate composite veneers at the dental office. In order for a veneer to be place inside the mouth, it is usually necessary for the dentist to remove a small amount from the surface of the tooth. Once the veneer has been fabricated to fit inside the mouth, it is bonded to the tooth using resin cement.

Dental Bridges
Bridges are used for replacing one or more missing teeth. When a tooth is missing, it can be difficult to speak or even eat properly. Therefore, it’s important to contact your local dentist office to schedule an appointment to discuss bridges as a replacement option if you have a missing tooth. Bridges not only replace the missing tooth or teeth, but can also restore your smile, help you to eat and speak properly, and help you to maintain a proper facial shape by preventing other teeth from moving out of place. When properly maintained a dental bridge can last many years.

Three types of bridges are typically available. The type of bridge that is best for you will usually be based on the amount of space surrounding the missing tooth. The traditional bridge is comprised of porcelain or ceramics fused to metal. You should plan on at least two visits to have a bridge put into place. Once in place, bridges are cared for in the same way that you would care for your other teeth, which includes brushing twice daily and seeing your dental care professional on a regular basis.