A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained or chipped teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence.

Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Talk to your dentist about the options most suitable for you, what your expectations are and the dental fees involved. Some options are:

Tooth whitening (bleaching): brightens teeth that are discolored or stained. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office or the dentist may dispense a system for you to use at home.

Bonding: can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface.

Enamel shaping: involves modifying teeth to improve their appearance by removing or contouring enamel. The process, which is often combined with bonding, is usually quick and comfortable, and the results can be seen immediately.

Veneers: are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to close spaces between teeth and treat teeth that are chipped, worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped, or slightly crooked.

Braces: are not just for kids. Orthodontics may be needed if teeth are crooked, crowded or do not meet properly.

This information was taken from the ADA.