Cosmetic Dentistry - An overview

Cosmetic Dentistry - An overview

Posted by John H. Ko, DDS on Mar 26 2021, 10:40 AM

Everyone loves getting a change in their appearance when it is for the better. Getting a radical, positive change in the way one looks can make them feel more confident than ever. This is what cosmetic dentistry does too. 

Cosmetic Dentistry, also known as aesthetic dentistry, is all about improving a patient's teeth and smile by fixing dental concerns like teeth discoloration, missing teeth, misaligned teeth, preventing bone loss, and improving chewing function. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on dental aesthetics that include the color, shape, position, alignment, and overall appearance of a smile, thus providing a complete solution to all dental issues affecting your appearance.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry is all about professional dental care treatments that restore or improve your teeth's health and aesthetics. It uses cutting-edge technology to enhance your smile by shaping and contouring the teeth. They also improve oral health and help damaged restore the teeth to their original form. Cosmetic dentistry is now in high demand as it helps transform anyone's smile into the way they desire. 

Different cosmetic dentistry procedures available at our dental office include the following: 

  • Teeth Whitening / Zoom whitening

One of the most common cosmetic procedures, the teeth whitening procedure, aims to remove the stains or discoloration from the teeth surface using a whitening gel with 25% Hydrogen Peroxide. The procedure can be done at a dental office by your dentist by applying the bleach to lighten the teeth. Teeth whitening will restore the aesthetic of your smile and give a big boost to your self-confidence.

  • Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding helps to restore damaged, discolored, or decayed teeth to restore their functionality and aesthetics. The dentist will apply a composite resin on a tooth's surface to improve its look and appearance.

  • Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded to the surface of the front of the teeth to hide their flaws. Veneers are mainly used to reshape and repair teeth that are affected by chips, discolorations, and fractures. Dental veneers are made of ceramic, composite, or porcelain; these materials will not stain easily, thus ensuring a dazzling smile for years to come. The dental bonding procedure involves the dentist applying a chemical on the teeth' outer layer to roughen the teeth's surface. This allows for the use of a superior bond when the shell is fixed onto the teeth. The veneer will be shaped further to give a comfortable fit and shine.

  • Inlays and Onlays

Inlays can be used to fill large cavities while onlays restore or cover one or more teeth cusps. Inlays and onlays are considered the best alternatives to dental fillings and crowns. 

  • Dental Implants 

One of the most common and preferred methods to replace missing teeth, dental implants, involve the dentist places a small titanium screw into the jaw in place of the missing tooth. The screw, once it fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration, serves as the root for the crown. Once the dental crown is placed on the screw, the implants fit in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth. The implants are secured into place once the jaw bones and supporting tissues fuse into the implants. 

  • Braces and Invisalign clear aligners

If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, braces and Invisalign clear aligners can be used to improve the appearance of your smile. These devices move teeth to the correct positions by putting pressure on the teeth over time. Metal braces have been in use for years to straighten crooked teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are the latest alternative to metal braces and are made of clear plastic, and are less visible.

  • Gum Contouring

Gum Contouring is used to change the shape of the gums and restore exposed teeth caused by the disappearing gum tissue. During the procedure, the dentist cut the excessive gum tissue away to result in a beautiful smile.

Want to transform yourself with cosmetic dentistry? Call us to schedule an appointment with us.

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