Big Smile Dental

What is cosmetic dentistry? Chicago residents want to know

When meeting a new person, one of the first features noticed is the smile. Personally and professionally, as the song says, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” In this day and age, it’s wise to put one’s best foot forward. So when a look in the mirror shows that the smile needs improvement, where does one go to for help?

The answer may be no farther than the dentist’s office. Many dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry as well as general dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is a very broad term that encompasses many procedures to make the smile look its very best.

If a daily coffee shop visit has left a brilliant smile a little dim, professional teeth whitening may be the desired option. In-office procedures take a little over an hour, but if it is hard to squeeze an office visit into a busy schedule, professional take home kits are available. There are even treatments that combine an office visit with the take home kit.

What if the improvement needed is to fix a chipped or cracked tooth? Once again, the dentist has the solution to the problem. There are veneers available:  thin shells made of porcelain that are adhered to the front of the teeth. They cover the chips, cracks, small gaps, and even imperfections in shape. Bonding is a procedure that rebuilds a broken tooth with tooth colored materials. Crowns are also available for situations when the tooth, but not the root needs to be replaced.

Orthodontics are available to correct gaps, crooked teeth, and bite problems. Most people have seen the metal wires and brackets that have been a standard of practice, but many dentists and orthodontists have a different and more discreet procedure to straighten teeth:  Invisalign. Instead of the metal, sets of clear plastic aligners fit over the teeth and gently move them into alignment.

Many cosmetic dentistry options are available to make the smile a beautiful one that the patient can’t wait to share with the world.