Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance of teeth and gums. It can be used to change the color, shape and size of your teeth. Cosmetic dentists also repair damaged teeth, fix gaps between teeth and straighten crooked or misaligned teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is not just about aesthetics; it’s also about improving oral health. This can be done through a variety of treatments. Not only do we want you to have a beautiful smile, we want you to have a healthy smile too!
There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry procedures available today that can help you achieve a beautiful smile. This guide will take you through six different types of cosmetic dentistry options so you can pick the best one for your smile!
1. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile With Teeth Whitening
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures is teeth whitening. Many people choose to have their teeth whitened because it’s a straightforward procedure that typically only requires one visit to the dentist. Teeth whitening is usually done using a concentrated whitening gel which is applied to the teeth by your dentist. If you want to maintain your beautiful white teeth, you’ll need to follow the post treatment recommendations of your dentist. There are also take-home whitening kits available to patients. However, these require more of a hands on approach and your dentist cannot guarantee results.
2. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help Improve Your Smile With With Veneers And Crowns
Another common type of cosmetic dentistry is porcelain veneers and crowns. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that get placed over your teeth to improve their shape or color, while crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been damaged by decay or injury.
Porcelain veneers are typically made from thin shells of ceramic material that a dentist bonds to the front surface of your teeth. They are used to cover up imperfections such as small chips or cracks in the enamel, gaps between teeth, and more severe tooth discoloration caused by years of chewing on foods that stain your teeth (i.e., coffee, tea, etc.). Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and can last for decades if taken care of properly.
3. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help Improve Your Smile With Gum Contouring
Gum contouring is another popular cosmetic dental procedure that can make your smile look younger, healthier and more attractive overall by removing excess gum tissue from around your gums’ edges (also known as gingival recession). This process saves you from having to undergo a gum graft, which is a more invasive (and painful) procedure. It’s also worth noting that gum contouring can help prevent tooth sensitivity and soreness by reducing the amount of exposed tooth root in your mouth.
4. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile With Bonding Treatments
Bonding is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures out there and it can be used to fix many different issues with your smile. If you have chips or cracks in your teeth and want them fixed quickly and easily, this is a good option for you! Bonding uses resin that’s matched to your natural tooth color to fill in the gap between two teeth or on top of an old filling if it’s lost its color. The resin bonds directly onto the surface of your tooth and usually lasts between five and ten years before needing any further work done.
5. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile By Fixing Gaps Between Teeth
If you have gaps between your teeth, it can be difficult for people to tell where one tooth ends and another begins. This can make it hard for you to bite down properly or even speak clearly. In addition, gaps can also lead to cracks in your teeth that may require fillings and other procedures in order to repair them. Cosmetic dentistry can help by filling in these gaps and making sure they look natural!
6. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile By Straightening Your Teeth
If you have crooked teeth that make it difficult for you to chew properly or even speak clearly, it may be time for Invisalign. With this procedure, your dentist will use customized, clear aligners to realign your teeth into a more natural position and create an overall better smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades. As more people are seeking out cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to know exactly what options are available to you. To find out more, contact the team at Ramon Bana DDS. They will be able to help you get the smile that you’ve always wanted.