What exactly are dental implants? Is something being layered on your real teeth?
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Dental implants and how they work
Please check our extensive information on how implants work in our sites: All about implants, videos, success stories, etc. I think you will find it helpful.
Dental Implants vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
You are probably looking more for a veneer or bonding to improve the appearance of your smile, rather than a dental implant.
Depends on the situation
Implants are for replacing missing teeth and can be done in a way that you cannot tell the tooth was ever missing. Seeing a highly qualified cosmetic dentist can give you the correct options to allow you to make a proper choice for yourself. Good luck.
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Cosmetic Dentistry options....
Fixing a minor gap between can be accomplished in multiple ways.
1. Orthodontics. This can bring your teeth together as well as straighten them out.
2. Dental Bonding. For small gaps, a dentist can use a tooth colored material that is bonded to your teeth. This will close the gap while maintaining form and function.
3. Porcelain Veneers. These are custom made thin shells of porcelain which will go over your teeth. A small amount of tooth structure will be removed to accomodate the veneers. Veneers can change, color, shape, length, and width of your teeth. These can also be made using dental composite.
I would recommend seeing a well trained cosmetic dentist for an evaluation as to what would be the best course of action for your smile.
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