Perfect Your Smile with Tooth-Colored Fillings
They say laughter is the best form of medicine. But what can you do if each time you let out one of those big belly laughs, all you can think about is the people staring at all that "silver" in your mouth?
For those of us concerned about the appearance of the teeth in our mouth, it can hold us back from social situations where we are likely to be front-and-center, and in a larger context, can prevent us from being ourselves. Fortunately, with new color-matching technology and advanced materials, you no longer have to suffer with mismatched teeth and a mouth that reminds you of the James Bond character JAWS. So how is it done?
White Is the Secret
It's done by using "white" or "tooth-colored" fillings instead of the traditional amalgam fillings used in the past. The dental community refers to these fillings as "tooth-colored" because of their unique ability to mirror the color, texture and luminescence of your own teeth. Aside from getting a great color match, these fillings have the added benefit of bonding more securely with your tooth than traditional fillings, and like a regular filling, can often be completed in a single visit.
How Does It Work?
The process for a tooth-colored filling is fairly simple, and first includes removing any decayed or weak areas of the tooth. When using composite resin, once I have completed the prior step, your tooth would then be prepared for bonding by etching it with a mild acid solution. After that, the composite filling would be layered into the areas of your tooth that need to be sealed. Finally, a special light is used to harden these layers and the tooth is shaped and polished to prevent staining and early wear.
Whether your wish to achieve a more natural look with tooth-colored fillings is cosmetic, or if the opportunity presents itself because older fillings have become loose, considering a more natural-looking approach to repairing your teeth has never been easier.
If you have silver fillings you would like to have removed, talk to us about it at your upcoming dental visit or give us a call and we can help give you a more natural look today!