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A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry's many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, worn, damaged, crooked, or decayed teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence.

Because of advances in dental materials and techniques, we have many ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Evolving modern materials, such as ceramics and composites, look more and more like natural teeth.

Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Please talk to WY Dentistry about the options available to you and help you to determine the most suitable treatment for your circumstances. Realistically defining your expectations and understanding the trade-offs between cost and benefits lead to a happy smile and a happy patient.

The best treatment for maintaining a warm smile, however, is sound oral hygiene. Brush properly, perhaps two or three times a day, as well as regularly use inter-dental, or distal, brushes and floss to clean between teeth.

Cosmetic Treatment Options

Among the several ways to improve one셲 smile, the optimum method to apply is determined by the condition of the teeth and gums.

For small areas of tooth damage or for surface beautifying, bonding is the quickest and least invasive treatment, but is the least durable. Bonding is the placement of a thin coat of bonding material over the damaged surface of a tooth. After the surface of the tooth has been covered by the bonding material, the bonding material hardens.

Treatment can be completed within an hour or so during one visit to the office. For larger and deeper areas of tooth damage, preferred treatments include: inlays for medium-size areas, on-lays for moderately large areas, and full crowns for extensively damaged teeth. Composite resins, porcelain, or ceramic are used as the filling material or for the fabrication of a full crown.

Cosmetic Treatment Options
These treatment options require at least two visits to the office and sometimes three or four visits.

If tooth replacement is necessary, a multiple point bridge may be necessary. See the illustration. The major disadvantage of a bridge is that adjacent teeth must be ground down to accommodate and support the bridge.

The preferred method of replacing an extracted tooth is an implant. A single implant not only supports the growth of new bone that strengthens adjacent teeth, but also preserves the integrity of the adjacent teeth.

To restore several extracted adjacent teeth, an implant placed at each end of the span provides a strong, secure, and natural-feeling replacement procedure.

Patients should bear in mind that all of these procedures, with the exception of implants, removes some natural tooth to make space for the insertion of the restoration material. The least invasive, bonding, removes the least amount of natural tooth, while inlays, on-lays, full crowns and bridges are invasive restoration techniques that remove greater amounts of natural tooth.
The relative cost versus benefits of each method should also be considered.