You’ve likely come across some remarkable “before and after” images of smiles in magazine advertisements or on social media. These transitions are only possible because of modern cosmetic dentistry, or the medical improvement of the overall appearance of your teeth.
Cosmetic procedures are elective rather than essential, although the results of these repairs can result in multiple benefits for your oral health, too! No matter your wants, needs, or budget, there is a cosmetic procedure for you – and cosmetic dentistry professionals can make it happen. Read on to learn more about the different cosmetic dental procedures.
Cosmetic bonding is used to repair minor dental issues, so if you’re struggling with chips, cracks, or visible decay on your teeth, this may be the procedure for you.
To prepare your teeth for bonding, cosmetic dentistry professionals will etch all surfaces that require repair and apply a conditioning liquid to help the bonding agent adhere to your teeth. Next, the bonding agent will be applied in a shade that matches the surrounding teeth. Lastly, your dentist will mold the putty-like composite to perfection before using a UV light to harden the material and finishing off with a quick polish.
When you come in for bonding, you’ll likely be out of the office within an hour, and with results that can last up to 10 years!
Although there are five different types of dental veneers to choose from, two are most common: porcelain and composite. Both types are thin, custom-made shells that create a symmetrical look. During your appointment, cosmetic dentistry professionals will recontour your teeth to ensure a proper fit before the veneers are cemented in place.
Veneers can cover a number of conditions, including crooked teeth and gaps. While veneers are most often applied to front teeth, they can be used in any area of your mouth. Porcelain veneers are most popular because, with proper upkeep, they can last up to 15 years. Their composite counterparts are more affordable, but typically last between five and seven years.
Keep in mind that not every patient is a candidate for dental veneers. To ensure that veneers are your best option, reach out to cosmetic dentists.
Dental crowns are prosthetics placed on top of broken or worn-down teeth. Crowns can be made of porcelain, acrylic, or ceramic, holding cracked teeth together or even covering the top of an implant to replace a missing tooth.
The process of placing a crown generally requires two visits to cosmetic dentistry professionals. During your first appointment, our team will examine the affected tooth and take an impression. The lab will use this to make an exact match for the color, size, and shape of the area needing repair. Our team will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being made. On your second visit, we’ll remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place, as well as make any necessary adjustments to ensure your bite is comfortable.
If you have any missing teeth, dental implants are the option that’s closest to your real teeth. These permanent replacements do require surgery since a metal post is inserted in your jawbone at the site of your missing tooth. This serves as an artificial root, and a permanent crown is then placed on top.
Dental implants are easy to maintain, resulting in fewer trips to the dentist and confidence that your new teeth will remain secure in your mouth while laughing, eating, or talking. Due to the site of the surgery, having healthy gums is a critical part of this procedure. Our team can help you figure out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
This is one of the most popular and well-known cosmetic procedures because a myriad of causes can stain your teeth. While many at-home whitening options are available, whitening can also be performed quickly and more effectively in the dentist’s office.
Before the bleaching begins, our team will clean your mouth of all plaque and tartar. Then, we’ll apply a gel containing large amounts of peroxide to your teeth. This process takes only an hour, and is one of the most straightforward cosmetic dental options.
If you’re torn between in-office and at-home options, consult with cosmetic dentistry professionals to have your questions answered.