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What are some options in cosmetic dentistry to get a better smile?

20 doctor answers40 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Braces: Cosmetic dentistry means surgery, cutting and reshaping teeth to make them look straighter. A more conservative approach might be to have your teeth aligned rather than reshaped. The result is more long-lasting and does not require a lifetime of costly maintenance. See and orthodontic specialist for an opinion.
Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 44 years experience
Veneers: There are several options to improve your smile. The first is cosmetic bonding, where the dentist bonds tooth colored material to your teeth to make them whiter. Also, porcelain veneers can be made. Crowns, or caps, can also be made. However, doing crowns removes the most enamel from your teeth. Veneers remove less and bonding the least.
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
Dentistry 25 years experience
One more: Snap on smile. It will give you a preview on how good you car look without getting any invasive treatment.
Dr. Max Arocha
Dentistry 19 years experience
Teeth whitening: With modern advances in dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from a basic color correction to replacing missing teeth and everything in between. Some common options are teeth whitening, white fillings, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, periodontal laser surgery and dental implants.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
A plethora: Cosmetic dentistry offers an ever-expanding smorgasbord of options as simple as changing tooth shape or size or as complex as reshaping your smile and how it fits your faces. Simple smile tune-ups or life-changing extreme makeover. Obviously the extent and cost of treatment can parallel your expected results. Sit down with your cosmetic dentist, let him/her know what you have in mind.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Many: The best option is orthodontics, if it is available and you are willing. Nothing is better than using your own teeth in the optimum position. Often we do this first to get a better result with esthetic treatment. The restorative options include : direct bonding, porcelain / ceramic veneers, and crowns. Bonding is less expensive, does not last as long and does not provide the best esthetics.
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Depends on you!: Today, dentistry offers more options than ever! from the simplest procedures such as whitening or gum recontouring to orthodontics, dental veneers, crowns, & a combination of these tool. I advise consultation with a prosthodontic dental specialist---they are the only true "cosmetic" dental experts. Their training & experience will provide you with a long lasting, functional, & beautiful result.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic 36 years experience
See your dentist: The answer depends upon your particular smile. There are so many options dependent upon the condition and appearance of your smile. For the best answer i recommend your seeing a dentist who can visualize your smile and answer your question very well.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Each case different: Bonding, veneers, esthetic recontouring, ceramic crowns, tooth whitening, orthodontics, certain periodontal (gum) surgeries, just to mention the most common ones. Each case is different and requires different approaches.
Dr. April Ziegele
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Many : There are many many options for restoring a smile. They range from simple whitening to cosmetic bonding, contouring, crowns or veneers. It's important to find an experienced cosmetic dentist in order to find out all of your options. Look for a dentist that's a member of the american academy of cosmetic dentistry, or aacd.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endodontics 45 years experience
Talent and experienc: All dentistry should be cosmetic. This is not a dental specialty, but rather the result that accompanies good dentistry. Talk to friends and other professionals that have received great smiles to get a referral. An opinion is only as good as the person making it. A talented, artistic and experienced dentist is your best option.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: There are several options available that range from braces, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening gum surgery, etc. It depends on what the esthetic problem is. Consult a dentist for a consultation.
Dr. Marielaina Perrone
Cosmetic Dentistry 27 years experience
Common cosmetic: Dentistry options include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, composite veneers, and teeeth whitening.
Dr. Uttma Dham
Dr. Uttma Dham commented
Dentistry 24 years experience
Now you can also do snap on smile appliance if you are looking for cheaper option.
Sep 8, 2013
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 31 years experience
Many Good Ones Today: Depending on your needs and wants, it might be as simple as whitening your teeth. If you have a few rough edges of gaps, "bonding" or polishing might be all you need. Porcelain veneers or crowns are appropriate for many people. Orthodontics is also used when needed. Changing the shape of your gums is another option. All of these, and combinations of them, can be useful, along with many others.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Best option: Eliminate infection. Straighten teeth to create best platform on which to restore teeth. Assure health of supporting tissues. Last step is to now do the best possible, longest lasting, reshaping, bonding, veneers, crowns, etc.
Apr 14, 2014
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 19 years experience
Veneers: Veneers are usually pretty conservative.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Options are...: Options in cosmetic dentistry include, but are not limited to whitening, orthodontics, porcelain veneers, minor enamelplasty, composite fillings, dental implants, gingivalplasty, gingival grafting, and so much more, including combinations of the above. Write out your esthetic goals and discuss your options with your dentist.
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Periodontics 57 years experience
Many options: getting a better smile may mean orthodontics to straighten teeth, gum treatment to even your gum line or cover receded roots or crown lengthening to have more natural teeth size Or getting rid of a gummy smile Or placing veneers over your teeth to improve shade and color or to make crowns when teeth are jagged in shape or too many fillings in them There are many ways to get a terrific smile
Dr. James Manning
Dentistry 44 years experience
Well stated.
May 1, 2015
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
Cosmetic dentistry: Absolutely! Cosmetic dentistry can range from whitening to veneers and will definitely improve one's smile. In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be all that is necessary. It is important to see someone that has extensive training. Be sure to ask to see their gallery of before and after photos
Dr. Matthew Church
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Beautiful New Smile: One of the fastest ways to get a better smile is to remove stains with professional teeth whitening. Both in-office and home treatments can achieve excellent results. When the problem is a crack, gap, or other flaw, the smile can be improved with porcelain veneers. These custom designed tooth covers can close a gap, resize a tooth, and much more.
Dr. Hunter Smart
Dentistry 9 years experience
There are many: There are many options in cosmetic dentistry to get a better smile. Be forewarned that most esthetic procedures are not covered under insurance and will be out of pocket expenses. There's anything from a simple bleaching to make your teeth whiter, to a full mouth reconstruction where nearly every tooth is treated. You should consult with a dentist to see what options are good for you.

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Dr. Dell Goodrick
A Verified Doctoranswered
33 years experience
Definitely!: There are many ways to improve your smile. Cosmetic dentistry can include whitening, straightening, bonding, and porcelain restorations to enhance one's smile (and self-confidence)! here's a great website to see what options you may have: www.Mynewsmile.Com.

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