Cosmetic dentistry is the use of techniques and procedures to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Many cosmetic dentistry procedures address common aesthetic concerns, such as stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and misshapen teeth. However, cosmetic dentistry may also improve dental function, such as by improving bite alignment.
Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments include the following:
Teeth whitening is an affordable and non-invasive treatment that can improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, as it can help patients achieve whiter teeth within a short amount of time.
In-office whitening treatments can lighten your teeth by up to several shades in just one treatment. Your dentist will apply a whitening gel to your teeth, which helps to break up any stains. Your teeth can be up to 10 shades whiter after one 45-minute appointment.
Dental implants are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because they are the only restorative option that replaces the root of a missing tooth. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they act as an anchor for a crown restoration. Unlike dentures, implants won’t move or slip when eating or speaking.
Implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth with bridgework.
If you’ve thought about improving your smile, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. With veneers, you’ll just need to visit the dentist twice to have your smile transformed.
During the initial visit, your dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth to make room for the veneers. Then, you’ll come back for a second visit so your dentist can permanently bond the veneers to your teeth.
Dental Crowns (caps)
A crown fits over the entirety of a tooth. It can save a tooth that has broken or become extensively damaged. Crowns can also be used to cover teeth that are misshapen or discolored. A crown can be made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth used to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge is anchored to surrounding teeth for a secure fit and is designed to look like your natural teeth.
Dental bridges are a durable, long-lasting option for filling the gaps in your smile.
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