Cosmetic dentistry includes the type of procedures that focus on how your teeth and gums look. It focuses on improving the dental aesthetics of your teeth. It improves their color, position, shape, size, and alignment for your smile’s overall appearance. If you want to know how cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence, read on!
Cosmetic dentistry is different from general dentistry in a couple of ways. While general dentistry preserves the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry refers to customized dental treatments that focus on how your teeth and gums look.
This type of dentistry focuses on improving the aesthetics of your smile — from the color, position, shape, and size of your teeth to the overall appearance of your smile. While cosmetic dentistry procedures are elective rather than essential, some of the procedures do have restorative benefits.
Cosmetic dentistry is a sector of dental healthcare that’s main goal is improving the appearance of your smile. Colgate lists the most common cosmetic dentistry services to be:
This cosmetic procedure is sometimes referred to as indirect feelings, which are made by a dental lab. This procedure is beneficial to patients that have a tooth with mild-to-moderate decay. Additionally, it can also be beneficial to those with insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. If there is no damage to the tooth cusps, the inlay goes directly onto the tooth surface. However, if a significant portion of the tooth has damage, your dentist may use an only to cover the entire surface of the tooth.
Once made of gold, inlays and onlays are now made of a composite of porcelain or ceramic material and go on with dental cement. They support teeth, restore their shape, and help prevent further decay or deterioration.
Composite bonding refers to the repair of decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth. This procedure uses material that matches the natural color of tooth enamel. Your dentist drills out the tooth decay and then applies the composite onto the tooth’s surface, and then ‘sculpts’ it into the right shape before curing it with a high-intensity light. This procedure effectively covers the tooth’s damage and gives the appearance of a healthy tooth. This is a cheaper cosmetic dentistry option available to those with tooth decay or chipped or cracked teeth.
Usually crafted with a medical-grade ceramic, dental veneers are custom-made caps that go over your natural teeth. They look realistic and can resolve a number of different cosmetic flaws. The dentist applies the veneer to the front of each tooth using a dental adhesive.
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening at the dentist office is a procedure that usually only needs one appointment. First, we will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, restoring your true natural appearance. From here, we will apply a bleaching agent to the teeth to achieve an even lighter shade than their original color. As we age, our teeth can become stained from food, drinks, medication, smoking, and more.
Dental implants are another cosmetic dentistry service that can replace lost or damaged teeth. The dentist will insert a small titanium screw into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth, which will serve as support for a crown. These implants look almost identical to the remaining natural teeth. Once the bone and supporting tissue fuse to the implant, they are permanently secured into place. Patients need to practice good dental hygiene during the placement period and after the procedure is completed to clean plaque and food debris from the area.
We should be showing off our smiles. We smile when we introduce ourselves, when our puppy does something cute, when we hug loved ones, and more each day when something makes us feel happy or loved. If you are not happy with the appearance of your smile, you might find that you do all you can to prevent showing your smile to the world. If you fight smiling, you can give off the impression that you’re not happy or in a bad mood. One of the biggest benefits of cosmetic dentistry is the confidence it provides to those who once hated their smiles.
Our smiles are typically one of the first things that people notice about us. If you’re not confident with it, one of the best things you can do for yourself is learn more about cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Varley is highly skilled and trained to provide you with the cosmetic services you need. Dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening can help you take your smile to a new level. To learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile, call us today at (303)-972-7907.