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 are 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.
A dental crown is also known as a dental cap. These cover an existing tooth that is badly decayed, chipped, broken or poorly shaped look better and match your other teeth. These may also work to cover large spaces in between teeth and cover teeth that have had large fillings.
Bonding works to improve issues, such as excessive space between teeth, broken or chipped teeth, cracked teeth and stained teeth. If the root of a tooth is exposed or if you have a small cavity, bonding is an option to seal and protect the tooth. Composite resins are the most commonly used material for bonding. These usually last for a number of years, but they can eventually wear down, become stained or start chipping.
Reshaping and Contouring of Teeth
Your teeth can be contoured and reshaped to correct issues, such as chipping, a crooked tooth or a tooth that is irregularly shaped. In some cases, teeth that abnormally overlap can also benefit from this cosmetic dentistry procedure. This procedure is commonly combined with bonding to ensure that all of the issues are properly and completely addressed. This procedure works best for those who only need subtle changes and have teeth that are otherwise healthy and normal. Before this can be done, we will need to ensure that you have adequate bone to support the changes.
What to Consider When Choosing a Dentist
The right dentist is able to expertly provide cosmetic dentistry services that are safe and effective. We will help you to transform your smile into one that you always want to show off. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible, because we know that dental procedures can be intimidating.
Choose a dentist that keeps up-to-date on all of the latest technologies and services in cosmetic dentistry. This ensures that you always receive high-quality care.
Remember, when deciding on cosmetic dentistry service, make sure is it what is best and safe for you. This is done by looking at your total health picture to make sure there are no contraindications.
Contact us today to discuss these cosmetic options and what each involves. We want to help you improve your confidence and self-esteem by giving you a beautiful and bright smile.