10 Jul The New Era of Cosmetic Dentistry
Patients who feel that their smiles are lackluster have a number of treatment options at their disposal for improving the smile’s aesthetics. The first step on your path to a more beautiful smile is to consult with a cosmetic dentist, who can recommend a number of innovative interventions that address flaws in your smile.
For many patients, a dingy or yellow appearance of the teeth is a concern. These patients can be helped tremendously by teeth whitening treatments that use bleaching gels to release stains and other discoloration from the enamel of the teeth. The treatments provided by a cosmetic dentist are far more consistent and effective than products that can be purchased over the counter. Teeth whitening can be the sole intervention used to improve the smile’s appearance, or it may be the capstone on a smile makeover that combines a number of treatments.
Other patients may need to repair teeth damaged by chips or cracks in order to restore their smiles. Your cosmetic dentist may rely on a few different methods in order to do this. For example, dental bonding can be a highly effective, budget-friendly approach to address minor defects in the teeth. The bonding material is applied to the tooth and cured using a special light. Porcelain veneers are a more involved intervention that can be used for more extensive needs. These are tooth-shaped shells that are bonded on top of the biological teeth to conceal chips, cracks or deep stains that don’t respond to whitening. Porcelain veneers can also make a slightly crooked stretch of teeth appear properly aligned or make an undersized tooth look like it has the correct proportions to fit in with the rest of the smile.
For patients with more severely misaligned teeth, Invisalign can straighten them without obscuring your smile in the process. This system uses clear plastic trays to apply the desired forces to the teeth in order to reposition them.
Patients who need to have a tooth restored following extensive decay can benefit from another cosmetic treatment, porcelain crowns. These are tooth-shaped caps that slide on top of your biological teeth.
Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a number of interventions to improve your smile’s appearance. Set up a consultation at our office to learn more about these treatments and how they can help you achieve your smile goals.
Call our caring team at the office or Dr. Lori Logan today!