Are you happy with your smile? If not, then it’s a perfect time to consider cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is all about maintaining and enhancing your overall facial appearance and self-confidence. Some cosmetic procedures also provide restorative benefits.
A cosmetic dentist incorporates multiple cosmetic procedures such as dental veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, and bridges. Since everyone’s needs are different, you will work with your cosmetic dentist to determine the right treatment option for you. For this reason, every patient’s treatment plan and the length of the treatment may vary from one another.
Given the many years of consuming certain food and beverages, your teeth can get stains. Smoking, poor dental habits, eating a lot of acidic food, and dental trauma are some other causes of teeth damage. Fortunately, you can brighten your smile through cosmetic dentistry.
Depending on the severity of the stains, the dentist begins by cleaning the teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup and then polishes the teeth. If the stains don’t improve, whitening bleaches are used to break down and remove the stains. Professional teeth whitening is quicker and more effective than home remedies or whitening toothpaste, mouthwashes, and strips.
Furthermore, professional whitening results last longer than alternative treatments. If teeth whitening doesn’t work, your dentist can perform alternative procedures such as veneers and crowns. Visit a cosmetic dentist today to find out which whitening treatment is right for you.
Damage to teeth is common, but it doesn’t have to ruin your smile forever. Whether your teeth are chipped, uneven, gapped, misshapen, broken, or fractured, cosmetic dentistry can make your teeth look uniform and natural again.
Cosmetic dentists fix dental imperfections with veneers, bonding, fillings, and inlays or onlays. Once the treatment is complete, no one apart from you and your dentist will know that your repaired tooth isn’t 100% natural.
Whether your teeth developed wrongor have shifted later on in life, crooked teeth can greatly affect your smile. Cosmetic dentists use orthodontist treatments such as braces, Invisalign, and veneers to move your teeth in the desired position.
The method used and the length of treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. For instance, veneers only work for minor misalignments. Invisalign aligners are ideal for minor to average teeth misalignments. Traditional braces are ideal for average to complex teeth misalignments.
Missing teeth can affect your smile, impair bite function, cause jawbone resorption, and cause facial sagging, among other side effects. A cosmetic dentist uses treatments such as bridges, implants, and dentures to replace missing teeth. You’ll work with the dentist to determine which treatment is suitable for your condition.
Cosmetic dentists commonly use these and other procedures to enhance your smile:
Veneers are customized shell-like coatings fixed onto the front of a tooth to hide or repair the damage. To place the veneer, minimal shaving of the tooth’s enamel is required to allow the veneer to fit perfectly, giving your tooth a natural appearance. Veneers are used to repair minor misaligned, chipped, stained, and gapped teeth.
Dental implants offer the closest resemblance to your natural tooth in terms of stability, strength, and appearance. An implant consists of screw-like posts that are fixed into the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth’s roots. Once the implant bonds with the underlying jawbone, it looks, functions, and behaves like your natural tooth.
A crown is a dental cap fitted over a damaged tooth to repair and hide the damage. Commonly, a crown is used to solve numerous dental issues such as a weakened, severely decayed, fractured, or broken tooth. Additionally, a crown is used to hold or secure a dental bridge, cover a tooth after a root canal, or cover an implant.
Bonding is used to repair minor tooth decay, chips, gaps, or stains. To fix the damage, the dentist applies tooth-colored composite material on the tooth’s surface. If the tooth is decayed or infected, the dentist begins by cleaning the tooth.
Are you considering cosmetic dental treatments, or would you like to learn more about cosmetic procedures? Contact Edgartown Dental Group today for more information.