5 Cosmetic Dental Treatments That Can Make Your Smile Look Younger

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5 Cosmetic Dental Treatments That Can Make Your Smile Look Younger

Aging can take a big toll on your smile, making you feel less attractive and more self-conscious. The good news is, lots of treatments can restore your smile and help you look and feel your best. Here’s how we can help.

Your teeth and gums change a lot with age, and that means your smile can change, too. Years of wear and tear can leave your smile looking worn and dingy, taking a toll on your appearance and your confidence, too. 

Fortunately, Laguna Vista Dental, Krystle Fenton, DDS, and Benjamin Radlein, DDS offer an array of cosmetic dental treatments focused on helping every patient’s smile look its absolute best at every age. In this post, learn about five cosmetic options that can help your smile look younger, healthier, and more attractive.

1. Teeth whitening

Years of eating and drinking can leave your teeth looking yellowed or dingy, especially when some of those foods and drinks are deeply pigmented. High-acid foods temporarily soften tooth enamel, making it easier for stains to “sink in,” and tobacco products are known for their ability to leave behind yellow and brown stains.

Professional teeth whitening uses prescription-strength agents to lift away years of stains for results that are more dramatic and more consistent than over-the-counter products. Plus, whitening can be “touched up” over time to maintain those beautiful results.

2. Dental veneers

Dental veneers are among the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments, used to address a wide array of aesthetic concerns that can leave your smile looking old and worn. Depending on your needs, veneers can fill in gaps, cover deep stains, correct misshapen teeth, and help your teeth look straighter without orthodontics.

Applied to the surfaces of your teeth, veneers are shaped and tinted to blend in beautifully, restoring your beautiful smile. Best of all, with proper care, veneers can last for many years.

3. Dental crowns

Like veneers, dental crowns are applied over your natural tooth, but instead of just covering the front of the tooth, a crown surrounds the entire tooth, correcting cosmetic flaws while providing additional strength, too.

Crowns are great for covering dark fillings, correcting cracked or broken teeth, and improving the overall appearance of teeth that are deeply stained or worn down. Each crown is expertly tinted and shaped to look natural and fit comfortably, enhancing your smile’s appearance as well as its durability.

4. Tooth-colored fillings

Metal amalgam fillings have been used for years to replace tooth material lost to cavities. Metal amalgam is definitely durable, but unfortunately, it also turns quite dark in a short period of time, leaving your teeth with unattractive dark areas that instantly age your smile.

Also called white fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made of a special resin formulation that bonds more completely with your teeth, helping prevent decay in the future. Best of all, it can be tinted to match the surrounding tooth material, leaving your treated tooth looking healthy and beautiful after treatment. 

5. Cosmetic bonding

Cosmetic bonding serves many of the same purposes as a dental veneer, helping restore teeth that are chipped, cracked, or deeply stained. Unlike porcelain veneers that take two visits, bonding uses a special resin material that can be applied in a single visit for fast results. 

Although they aren’t as strong as veneers and stain more easily (like your natural teeth), bonding can be a good solution for restoring teeth and correcting aesthetic issues that age your smile and make you feel self-conscious. Plus, like veneers, bonding is tinted and shaped to look natural and blend perfectly with your other teeth.

Keep your smile looking its best

No matter how old you are, having a beautiful smile is important for your self-confidence and self-esteem. To learn how we can help your smile always look its absolute best, request an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove, California, today.