If you’re feeling self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer.
Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular in the last several years. This is not only due to the many advances in cosmetic dental procedures and materials available but also because patients are becoming increasingly focused on improving their overall health. This includes a focus on dental prevention and having a healthier, whiter, more radiant smile.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to a full-mouth makeover. Ask our office how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth Whitening: Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, certain drinks, or smoking. Teeth that have darkened as a result of injury or certain medications can also be bleached, but the effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.
Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings: Also known as “bonding,” composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities and to replace old, defective fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also useful while filling in gaps and protecting sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful, individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly-shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require a minimal amount of tooth structure to be removed from the tooth's surface.
Porcelain Crowns (Caps): A crown is a tooth-colored, custom-made covering that encases the entire tooth surface and restores it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured, or broken fillings or are badly decayed.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution instead of removable dental appliances.
Orthodontics: Less visible and more effective brackets and wires are allowing straightening teeth through orthodontics to be much more appealing to adult patients. In addition, some cases may also allow teeth to be straightened using custom-made, clear, removable aligners that do not require braces.
Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry, cosmetic treatments can make a difference in making your smile shine!