Our Kanata dentists offer some advice on how cosmetic dentistry can help keep your smile, and your whole demeanor, looking youthful!
Nowadays, people live longer and are keeping more of their natural teeth. As a result, wear and tear is inevitable, and smiles start showing signs of aging. Some studies show that up to 60% of people over 50 are unhappy with their smiles, although they tend to agree that a healthy looking smile is an important part of feeling comfortable and confident.
Advances in the area of cosmetic dentistry now offer dentists many ways to hide, or even reverse, the effects of aging on the teeth in a conservative and aesthetic way. As a result, we see more healthy, youthful smiles.
Signs of Aging Teeth
The physical and aesthetic attributes of an aging dentition are largely related to teeth wear. The teeth can become discoloured, misshapen or can simply look shorter (or longer) than they used to. If teeth are lost early, it can lead to empty spaces or even the loss of soft tissue support, causing wrinkles, sagging skin and older-looking facial profile.
How can cosmetic dental treatments help?
Diagnostics & Planning
Our dentists at Hazeldean Dental Group in Kanata will start with a set of quality photographs, dental impressions and a thorough exam. We welcome you to share as much information as possible with us about your needs and goals. Bring in the pictures of your smile as it was at 20 years old, and share with us how YOU want your teeth to look. Bring a family member to help if you wish.
Once we have all the necessary information, we will provide you with the options and visual materials necessary for you to preview the prospective results before we get started with your dental work. This helps to guide us in the right direction, and provide you with the smile that you've always wanted.
This means that your treatment will be tailored to fit your smile exactly, making your restoration look more natural as a result.
Which Dental Procedure Is Right for You?
Dental bonding can help repair small chips and defects. Modern materials have a "chameleon" effect, and blend in to your tooth surface almost seamlessly.
Porcelain veneers are used to correct chipped, discoloured or misaligned teeth. They can help rebalance your smile by altering the size and width of your teeth. In some cases, this can even help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Porcelain veneers are thin and durable, and are a great choice if you are looking to change tooth shape, size or colour or to close gaps between the teeth.
Porcelain crowns cover damaged, fractured or decaying teeth or teeth that are prone to fracture. A crown fits over the top of your original tooth, protecting it and restoring it to its original size and shape. Modern materials allow for virtually any colour to be selected, and provide a great deal of strength. Modern crowns don’t contain any metal, and retain the same colour for life. A porcelain crown can help with individual tooth issues or can be used on many teeth at the same time to restore your smile.
Dental implants are used to restore your smile and replace teeth that are missing without affecting the surrounding ones. Dental implant treatment can help restore normal chewing, digestion and even speech. They can also support facial tissue by rebuilding the foundation of the jaw, evening it up and helping to reduce sagging skin. On top of it, they look great. This is the closest option to growing a new natural tooth!
Professional teeth whitening is used to treat stained teeth. We used modern, non-invasive Zoom professional tooth whitening system that can give your teeth a brand new, youthful appearance in less than an hour.
If you've been dreaming of straight teeth, but hate the idea of metal braces, consider Invisalign. With Invisalign, your dentist will take a digital scan of your teeth, and custom manufacture clear, invisible trays that gently guide your teeth to perfect position. Painless, invisible and efficient.
Whatever your aesthetic dental concerns are, the above procedures can help bring back your self-confidence, restore your beautiful smile and help you maintain your youthful appearance.