Cosmetic dentistry is a spectrum of services provided by your dentist with the goal of improving the look of your smile. Many cosmetic dentistry services overlap with restorative dental care. When you are ready to brighten your teeth, have an evenly shaped smile and feel more confident, one or more of these services may be the right choice for you.
Many people have yellowish stains on their teeth. These stains are often caused by drinking beverages that are dark, such as coffee and tea. Dark foods such as beets and tomatoes also contribute to teeth stains. As people grow older, the enamel slowly erodes, causing the yellow dentin to be more visible. Teeth whitening in the dentist’s office uses a safe carbamide peroxide bleaching agent to left stains from the enamel. The in-office teeth whitening takes about an hour, and it can be repeated to achieve the desired results.
Little chips or indentations may develop around the edges of your teeth. This can be noticeable on your front teeth when you smile. The dentist can shape the enamel to smooth out those little chips and dents in order to create a smooth, even surface. This enamel shaping procedure is painless and quick.
Veneers are custom-made for each patient. They are crafted in a dental lab from porcelain that is designed to match the shade of nearby teeth. If you are getting a full set of them to brighten your smile, they can be made in any shade that you prefer. The veneers are thin shells that are bonded over the enamel of your teeth. They fit over the tooth like an artificial fingernail fits over your natural nail.
Dental bonding uses a composite material to fill in small chips or cracks. This cosmetic procedure can also be used in order to fill in a small gap between two teeth that are visible when you smile. The bonding material is mixed for you during your visit to the dentist, and it is made to match the color of the rest of the tooth. The finished result is a perfect match to your tooth enamel.
Bridges and Crowns
Crowns are used for both functional and cosmetic purposes. Your dentist might recommend that you get one to protect your natural tooth if you have had a deep cavity or if a root canal has weakened the structure of your tooth. They can also be used to cover a tooth that is badly stained or chipped. A bridge is a fixed appliance that is designed to replace two or more missing teeth. The artificial teeth are attached to a plastic and metal framework. The dentist bonds the bridges to two of your teeth using crowns. A bridge is easier to keep in place than a removable denture. The artificial teeth attached to the bridge are custom-made for you in a dental lab. They are designed to look just like your remaining natural teeth.