Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dentistry aimed at enhancing your smile and overall oral health. A cosmetic dentist performs procedures that not only improve the look of your smile but can also improve the health of your teeth.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
There are many advantages to cosmetic dentistry. A beautiful smile can make you look younger and keep you healthier.
The other benefits are:
- Improved appearance
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved dental health
Cosmetic dentistry can fix the following conditions:
- Dark or stained teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Cracked or worn teeth
- Unattractive Fillings
- Large teeth gaps
- Broken teeth
What are the common procedures in cosmetic dentistry?
Many people choose cosmetic dentistry to correct teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained, or crooked. Others use it to improve the appearance of a missing tooth.
The major cosmetic procedures are as follows:
- Cosmetic dental bonding
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth reshaping
- Dental implants
- Gum contouring
Cosmetic dental bonding
Dental bonding is a quick, effective cosmetic dental procedure that can fix a variety of problems. If your teeth are chipped, discolored, or misshapen, bonded composite resin can be used to make your teeth look healthy and bright again. The composite resin used in dental bonding can usually be color-matched to the shade of your teeth, resulting in a natural-looking, beautiful new smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform your smile. Professional teeth whitening can get your teeth several shades whiter with results that last for years. Our practice offers both Zoom in-office whitening and take-home whitening trays. Both treatments yield excellent results. However, Zoom whitening can be completed in a single visit, while take-home trays must be worn daily over a couple of weeks.
Veneers are commonly used for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes, people have teeth that are too discolored, broken, or misaligned for braces to help. In these cases, dental veneers are an excellent option. They are thin shells of dental porcelain that are placed over the teeth. They effectively mask flaws from view, making teeth look perfectly white, healthy, and straight.
Tooth reshaping refers to the process of adjusting a tooth’s size, shape, and surface. This procedure can be used to improve the appearance of a tooth that is misshapen or worn down. It can also improve an overly pointy tooth or one that looks too short.
Dental implants are a unique restorative dentistry treatment. Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. This makes them a permanent restoration, unlike dentures, which can be removed for cleaning.
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that can address a number of cosmetic issues, including uneven gum lines, long teeth, short teeth, gapped teeth, and excessive gum tissue. The procedure, sometimes referred to as gingivectomy, is most commonly performed to reshape the gum line and expose more of the tooth.
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