The pressure to have an attractive smile is greater than ever before. While we know to try not to judge a book by its cover, studies have shown that the appearance of someone’s teeth does affect how we feel about them. For example, the majority of people would actually turn down a second date with someone if they felt that their teeth weren’t attractive. Bright, white teeth with minimal signs of restoration are considered more desirable. While most types of dental restoration are anything but subtle or discreet, there are solutions that are much less obvious. One of these is white fillings, which are now much more popular and commonly-requested than their predecessor and cheaper alternative – fillings made from silver amalgam.
There are various different materials that can be used to create white fillings. However, they are normally made from a combination of glass particles, synthetic resin, and a setting ingredient. They aren’t a specific shade of white, but more tooth-colored, created to blend in with your natural teeth. White fillings are very safe to be used for dental restorations.
Just like amalgam fillings, white fillings are a simple and effective treatment for restoring teeth that are affected by a number of different problems. These include:
Many people wonder if white fillings are as strong and durable as those which are made from silver amalgam. While white fillings are generally thought of as less long-lasting than silver amalgam varieties, the materials used in modern white fillings mean that they can last for a long time provided that they are properly looked after.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest advantage of white fillings lies in the fact that they aren’t made from dark metal. By choosing a restoration that is as close as possible to the color of your natural tooth, you can experience a range of advantages, including:
Cosmetic white fillings are simple to prepare and can be applied in a single appointment. The procedure is minimally-invasive and can be performed using just a local anesthetic. There is also virtually no downtime, with patients being able to return to normal as soon as any anesthetic wears off.
For more information about white fillings, or to schedule a consultation to see if you are a suitable candidate for this cosmetically attractive dental restoration, please contact our office in Rockford, IL.