Cosmetic Dentistry Can Boost Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry has grown in popularity. Although it’s generally elective, it can boost your confidence in your smile.

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Cosmetic dentists perform procedures like dental bonding, crowns and veneers to correct crooked, broken or chipped teeth. They may also provide procedures to reduce gum tissue – known as gum contouring.

Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a treatment option that uses tooth-colored composite resin to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth. The procedure can address a variety of minor appearance issues including chipped or broken teeth, gaps between teeth, and discolored or misshapen teeth. Cosmetic bonding is a popular choice among patients because it is quick, inexpensive, and surprisingly versatile.

The procedure for tooth bonding is usually completed in one visit. The dentist isolates the affected tooth or teeth and applies a conditioning liquid to prepare the surface for bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin is then placed on the affected teeth and sculpted into the desired shape. The material is then hardened with a special light. Any further shaping or polishing will finish the composite, making it indistinguishable from the rest of the natural tooth.

Dental bonding is less invasive than other cosmetic treatments like veneers. It is also far less expensive than other cosmetic treatments, which makes it an excellent option for those who want to correct a minor flaw in their smile without breaking the bank. In addition, bonding is a safe and minimally invasive procedure, as it requires no shave or drilling of healthy teeth. However, patients who undergo bonding should avoid biting into hard items and refrain from bruxism (teeth grinding) as these actions can cause the composite to wear down or crack.

Crowns

Cosmetic dentists often use crowns to correct crooked, chipped or discolored teeth. They also use them to replace missing teeth, either alone or in conjunction with dental bridges. Crowns are strong enough to hold dental implants and can also protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.

Cosmetic crowns can be fabricated from ceramics that mimic your natural tooth color and shade. The process is completed in a single appointment and the result is a permanent tooth that looks and feels like your natural one. They are a good choice for out-of-sight molars, such as the back teeth that are not usually visible.

We have a choice of porcelain types for our crowns, including the traditional feldspathic porcelain, which transmits light through the restoration as your natural enamel does. The other option is the incredibly durable zirconia porcelain. The porcelain is layered directly on the natural tooth surface or onto a pre-fabricated core.

In general, a crown will last longer than a filling or inlay/onlay and is more resilient to wear and tear. However, all crowns require some maintenance to keep them looking and functioning their best. For more information, call Samuel F. Jirik, DDS today to schedule a consultation with Little Rock’s top cosmetic dentist. Our team will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have!

Veneers

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of dental porcelain or composite resin material that fit over the front of your teeth to hide or “fix” imperfections. They can correct a wide variety of cosmetic problems, including discoloration, chipping, uneven or spaced teeth, and gaps in the teeth. Veneers are easy to take care of and last a long time with proper maintenance.

Your dentist will prepare your tooth surface to receive a veneer, which may include trimming the enamel. They will then make a model of the teeth to create a custom-made veneer. The veneer will then be bonded to the tooth with a special cement, which is then cured with a special type of light. After the bonding process, your dentist will remove any excess cement and double-check that the veneer is positioned correctly.

Recovery from veneers is generally very easy, though your teeth might feel a bit sensitive to hot and cold at first. These symptoms will fade with regular use and normal teeth brushing. To ensure your veneers are healthy and lasting, you should avoid using your teeth to open packages or chew hard foods, and be sure to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

If you are considering veneers, you should have an informed risk-versus-benefit discussion with your cosmetic dentist in NW Calgary. They will explain the benefits and drawbacks of the treatment, and can help you decide if you’d be more suited to alternative cosmetic treatments, such as bleaching or orthodontics.

Teeth Whitening

The most commonly used treatment in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening safely lightens the color of your natural tooth enamel for a brighter smile. This procedure can be performed in the dentist’s office using a bleaching gel or at home with custom-made trays and a whitening product. It is recommended that you choose a cosmetic dentist for your teeth whitening procedure, because they will be able to evaluate your smile and discuss what level of whiteness you are looking for.

The results of a teeth whitening treatment are not permanent, and will need to be repeated at regular intervals for your smile to stay bright and healthy. You can extend the life of your teeth whitening treatment by cutting down on foods and drinks that stain, as well as brushing and flossing regularly.

Teeth whitening is one of the least expensive treatments available in cosmetic dentistry, but it can dramatically improve your smile and boost your confidence. Cosmetic dentists are highly trained to assess your smile and goals before recommending an aesthetic treatment that will work for you.

Cosmetic dentists can also perform restorative procedures to repair cracked, chipped or decayed teeth as part of a cosmetic dental treatment plan. For example, a cosmetic dentist may recommend dental crowns to protect weakened or damaged teeth that cannot be repaired with dental bonding. They can also treat misaligned teeth with orthodontics, which helps to balance and symmetricalize your smile.