Cosmetic Dentistry really is mainstream with most dentists providing patients with one or more procedures. Everything from minor changes to a full mouth reconstruction is available to fix teeth that are chipped, misshapen, missing, or discolored.
Thanks to modern dentistry procedures, you can improve your smile with materials that are more natural looking and durable than those that were used in the past.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there are several cosmetic dental procedures available, and while some may only require a single appointment, others may take up to six months or more to complete.
Used to brighten teeth that are stained or discolored, tooth whitening can be done chair side in your dentist’s office, or with a take home kit provided by your dentist. You can also find tooth-whitening products at your local pharmacy, but they will not be as strong as the whiteners available from your dentist will. Tooth whitening will not work on teeth that have been bonded or on dental veneers. Depending on the severity of your stains, you may need more than one appointment.
Dental bonding is used to repair cracks and chips and can be used to fill small cavities. Your dentist may recommend dental bonding if you have a space in between your teeth or if you want to get rid of your vampire teeth. Dental bonding can usually be completed in a single dental appointment.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom made to fit the front of your teeth in order to disguise discolorations or imperfections. In most cases, dental veneers are permanent, as part of your natural tooth needs to be removed to allow for the veneer. Dental veneers usually require more than one dental appointment.
Tooth reshaping involves modifying or removing the enamel on your teeth. Also called dental contouring, your dentist will improve the appearance of your teeth by reshaping and is often used in conjunction with dental bonding.
Crown lengthening is used to fix an uneven gum line or help repair a gummy smile. During the procedure, your dentist will remove the excess gum tissue in order to expose more of your tooth’s crown giving you the appearance of a longer tooth. Crown lengthening requires minor oral surgery, but can usually be done in one office visit.
A smile makeover requires a comprehensive dental assessment on the overall look of your teeth and gums, and your smile. Typically, a smile makeover requires more than one cosmetic dental procedure and may include tooth whitening, crown lengthening, dental veneers, dental crowns, and dental implants.
If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dentistry, schedule an appointment with your dentist today who will be able to determine what procedures are best for your needs.