Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental treatments that are aimed at improving the appearance of the teeth and smile more than the function. These treatments can include tooth whitening, cosmetic bonding and contouring, porcelain veneers, and more. Here are the most common cosmetic dental treatments.
Veneers are small, thin shells that are placed on the front of the teeth to alter their appearance. They are made of porcelain or resin composite materials. Veneers can be used to correct stained or chipped teeth, spaces between the teeth, and broken or misshapen teeth. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth or give an overall whiter appearance to the smile.
Porcelain veneers are strong and durable and do not stain easily. However, they do cost more than resin ones. Resin veneers are thinner and require less preparation of the tooth surface before placement. They also tend to cost less than their porcelain counterparts. Many cosmetic dentists offer both porcelain and resin veneers to help patients find the option that is right for them and their needs. Patients should ask their dentist about the differences between porcelain and resin veneers so that they can make the best choice for their smile goals. Both options can provide a great outcome for patients who want to reinvent their smiles.
No one wants discolored teeth! Fortunately, professional teeth whitening from your dentist is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. Start by scheduling an evaluation with your dentist to determine if tooth whitening is right for you. Once you’ve gone through treatment, you should continue to practice good oral hygiene at home to maintain the brightness of your smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures available. If your teeth have become stained over the years due to drinking coffee or wine, tobacco usage, or even aging, then teeth whitening may be right for you! During a professional teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will apply a prescription strength bleaching agent to your teeth and use a special light to activate the gel. When implemented correctly, professional teeth whitening can lighten the shade of your teeth by several shades in just one appointment! While over-the-counter whiteners exist, they are usually not as effective as professional treatments. This is because they can be abrasive to the soft tissues of the mouth and cause sensitivity issues. Additionally, they often take weeks to show results.
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth replacement that looks and feels natural. The implant itself is made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that won’t irritate the gums or cause allergies. Our dentist will surgically place the implant in your jawbone. Once you have healed from the procedure, your restoration can be placed on top. At that point, you have a beautiful new smile that can last a lifetime! By replacing lost teeth and resulting in a beautiful smile, this dental restoration offers both cosmetic and restorative benefits.
The entire process usually takes about six months. However, this is a general estimate, and patients may need to wait longer depending on their unique needs. Schedule a consultation at our dental office to learn more, or schedule your appointment online now.
Additionally, dental implants can replace a single missing tooth in the middle of the mouth. When several teeth need to be replaced, we can use All-on-4 implants to support a full denture on only four posts. This treatment can help patients who struggle with traditional dentures but do not want to undergo extensive oral surgery.
To learn more about our cosmetic dental procedures or to schedule your appointment for dental checkups, call Whitlow Dental Care at (559)441-7700.