Cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of treatments that significantly enhance the appearance of a smile. Your cosmetic dentistry consultation is a chance to discuss your smile goals with a dental professional, and it's also a chance for the dentist to examine your smile, teeth, and gums. The more information you can communicate about your smile and goals, the better.
Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of procedures, such as:
When teeth are stained or discolored, they stand out in your smile. A teeth whitening treatment removes this discoloration, brightening your smile. This treatment may be done at home or in the dentist's office.
At home, you will typically use a whitening gel, which is applied directly to the teeth. You will usually need to apply the gel daily for about two weeks for optimal results.
In-office whitening treatments generally use a stronger gel. Your dentist will apply the gel to your teeth and then activate it with a special light. This procedure takes about an hour. In-office whitening can brighten your smile to several shades in a single treatment.
Dental bonding is a restorative dental technique that applies a tooth-colored resin material to the surface of the tooth. The tooth-colored resin material adheres directly to the enamel, making the dental bonding procedure a minimally invasive, fast, and painless way to improve the appearance of a tooth.
Veneers go over the front of teeth to improve their shape and color. Veneers can be crafted from porcelain or composite resin. The porcelain is thin and durable and can be created to match surrounding teeth perfectly. Composite resin is thinner and is also suitable for many patients.
A dental crown is a permanent restoration that fits over a tooth like a cap. It covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, including the roots. A dental crown can be crafted from metal, porcelain, resin, or ceramic. Porcelain crowns are popular because they look natural.
A crown can repair a tooth that has been cracked, broken, or worn down. It can also restore a tooth that has severe decay. If a filling is too big and extends past the edge of the tooth, a crown can be placed over that tooth to protect it.
Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Because they are surgically placed into the jawbone, they function like real teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture.
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