Calgary Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry helps you to transform your smile into the one you have been dreaming of. A cosmetic dentist can improve the appearance of your teeth while still making sure that your teeth are healthy and fully functional. This can help to improve your confidence and self-esteem, which can lead to a better quality of life. There are many different procedures and services that help fix a wide array of cosmetic issues, such as stained teeth, cracks or cavities, rough spots or chips, uneven teeth, gaps between the teeth, and crooked or broken teeth.
Teeth whitening is done to bleach discoloration and stains from the teeth. Special (and safe) chemicals are used that penetrate the tooth to remove stains from the inside out. Commonly removed stains include tobacco, tea and coffee, and certain medications. A special gel is applied to the teeth and a specific light is used to enhance the effects of the chemical solution. There are also options that we can put together for you to use at home. These involve a custom-made mouthpiece that fits your teeth perfectly and a peroxide gel that is placed into the mouthpieces so that it is in contact with your teeth for the duration of the treatment. On average, teeth whitening procedures that are administered by a dentist take one to two hours to complete.
Veneers are a type of custom shell that is usually made of porcelain. These cover your teeth to improve the overall look of your smile. Veneers can help with a wide variety of issues, including:
- Spaces between teeth
- Permanently stained teeth that are not helped with whitening
- Teeth that are slightly crooked
- Teeth that are worn and chipped
- Teeth that are poorly shaped
Veneers are cemented into place, and the cement that is used is hardened with a special light. The veneers are made specifically for your teeth, ensuring a proper fit. Veneers may be preferred over bonding because they generally last longer and can withstand things like biting and chewing better than bonding.