Cosmetic dentistry involves a series of treatments and procedures that allow your pearly whites to look their absolute best! From teeth whitening to dental implants, various techniques are used to solve common aesthetic dental problems in patients, such as discoloration, chips, cracks, breaks, crowding, gaps, and even misshapen teeth. Thanks to advances in dental technology, dentists are now armed with the best tools to help improve the appearance of your smile. Here are some of the most common treatments offered in cosmetic dentistry:
Whether it’s from pigmented food or age, tooth discoloration is common among many adults, and dentists offer teeth whitening treatments as a solution. Commonly offered as an in-house treatment or take-home whitening kit, teeth whitening involves wearing special trays over the teeth for a certain length of time. These trays hold a unique bleaching solution that essentially helps give your teeth a brighter, whiter appearance.
Dental crowns are like “caps” that are cemented and placed over teeth from the gum line up in order to restore their appearance to match the shade and shape of the patient’s natural teeth. They are often used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, trauma, or are fractured, cracked, or broken, and protects them from further damage. Crowns are also used to correct teeth that are misshapen or discolored.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are anchored into place with dental crowns, and essentially “bridge” the gap in which missing teeth used to be. There are several types of bridges, including permanent and removable bridges.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front side of your teeth (the part that shows when you smile). They are used to improve the appearance of damaged teeth by restoring their shape, shade, or size. Common dental problems veneers resolve include discoloration, chips/breaks, gaps, and even alignment problems.
If you’re interested in perfecting your pearly whites, book an appointment with our office today so we can discuss which of these cosmetic treatments may be right for you!