Are you embarrassed to speak or smile in public due to bad teeth? Dental problems can become quite a burden to those who feel their smile is unsightly, holding them back in both professional and social situations. Fortunately, there are many effective options available today to restore a healthy and attractive smile. 5 ways to fix your bad teeth forever are:
Crowns, Veneers and Tooth Whitening
If your bad teeth issue is primarily about how your teeth look, some combination of these options may offer the relief you need. These cosmetic procedures are suitable for the restoration of teeth that are discolored, damaged, weakened, broken, chipped or have wide gaps between them, yet are fairly healthy and can, with a little work, be saved.
Veneers are thin, permanently bonded shells that are affixed to teeth to cover imperfections or change the size or shape of teeth. Crowns are caps that enhance the appearance of existing teeth or support weakened ones. Whitening simply removes unsightly stains for a brighter smile.
If your bad teeth are due to serious dental issues, such as decay or gum disease, leading to the loss of one, several or all of your teeth, dental implants are the best solution for restoring your smile in terms of longevity, comfort, oral health, and appearance.
For single tooth replacement, a titanium implant is surgically placed into the jaw to serve as an artificial tooth root that, after integrating with the jawbone, will provide a solid anchor for a dental crown. Replacing several missing teeth can be done with individual implants to replace each one, or implants can be used to permanently anchor a dental bridge. For total tooth loss in one jaw or both, a complete arch of replacement teeth can be secured with a foundation of 4 to 8 implants, a technique called permanent dentures. Make sure your dentist is certified with the American Acadamy of Implant Dentistry.
Implant-based restoration offers solutions to fix bad teeth that look, feel and function like your own natural teeth, whether you’ve had to replace one, several of all of them. With proper care, which consists of routine brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, dental implants last an average of 25 years, and for many patients, a lifetime.
If you’ve got one or several gaps in your smile, dental bridges are an option that can produce good aesthetic results. Generally, these consist of a crown at each end, which will be bonded to natural teeth at each end of the gap you’d like to fill, with one or more artificial teeth placed between them to replace your missing tooth or teeth. A well done dental bridge that is properly cared for lasts an average of 7 years before replacement is required.
Partial dentures are an option for replacing several lost teeth, offering an economical solution to unsightly gaps and difficulty with efficient chewing and speech. These are removable appliances that attach to natural teeth at each end of a gap by means of metal clasps. These typically need replacement every 5 to 10 years.
Full, removable dentures are generally the least expensive means of addressing total tooth loss in the short-term, and can when well made and accurately fitted, provide good aesthetic results and adequate oral function. However, they will require refitting or replacement every 5 to 10 years as oral structure and shape changes with long-term denture use.
So, no matter your dental issues or your budget, there is an answer to fixing those bad teeth. Why not see your dentist and find the best solution to restoring your smile?