Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance of your smile. Our cosmetic dentist does more than just enhance the appearance of your teeth. They also work to prevent future dental issues by fixing any underlying complications.
Many cosmetic dental procedures are elective, which means that they aren’t strictly essential for your health. Some procedures, however, like dental bonding or veneers, also serve to protect your tooth’s structure.
Some of the most common procedures include:
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and least invasive cosmetic dentistry treatments. It’s one of the easiest ways to make your smile more attractive.
Whitening agents penetrate the enamel and dentin of the teeth. Once in the tooth, they break down stain molecules. Some whitening agents work right away, while others require a few applications. The most commonly used whitening agent is carbamide peroxide. This bleach breaks down into hydrogen peroxide and urea. This breakdown releases oxygen, which whitens the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit directly over your teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws like discoloration, cracks, and chips. This option can give you a flawless, symmetrical smile in as little as two dental visits.
Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that is often used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored. It is less expensive than other cosmetic dentistry treatments, so it is often the first option that dentists offer to their patients.
Dental bonding is a process by which a tooth-colored resin is applied to the surface of the tooth, shaped to fit, hardened, and polished. The material used for dental bonding is cured with a special light to harden it, which is then polished.
Dental bridges are an option for patients who are missing one or more teeth in a row. If a patient is missing a tooth, the dentist may suggest a dental bridge. With a bridge, a dental crown is placed on either side of the missing tooth, with the false tooth in the middle. A dental bridge is fixed in place and does not come out, so patients do not have to worry about the appliance falling out of their mouth or slipping while talking or eating.
Dental implants are a permanent restoration that can last a lifetime when well cared for. This treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the post to create a stable foundation for the restoration. Artificial teeth, which are custom-made to match the patient’s smile, are attached to the posts.
Dental implants are a good treatment option for patients missing one or more teeth. They can be used to replace individual teeth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth.
Tooth contouring and reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that removes small amounts of tooth enamel to improve the appearance of a tooth or set of teeth. In contouring, the teeth are smoothed down, while reshaping involves changing the length, width, or shape of the teeth.
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