A person's smile has the ability to change their whole outlook on life.
A winning smile is often seen as a sign of confidence. If you have unsightly, crooked or discolored teeth, your confidence level may not be at its full potential.
This is where cosmetic dentistry can help.
The American Dental Association does not recognize Cosmetic Dentistry as a specialty. A family dentist with advanced cosmetic training and experience will be able to help you achieve an attractive smile; however, depending upon your condition you may require assistance from other dental professionals such as an orthodontist to straighten your teeth or adjust your bite, or a periodontist to re-shape your gum tissue or help you achieve good oral health before you start.
Cosmetic dentistry covers a diverse range of dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. Procedures may include tooth reshaping to improve the tooth appearance, tooth shape, tooth position, tooth color or tooth length. The process may be achieved by the use of one or more procedures including, but not limited to, tooth whitening (also known as tooth bleaching), replacing old metal crowns and silver fillings with tooth colored crowns and fillings, bonding to add tooth shape and color, veneers to add tooth width-length-color, crowns, fixed crown and bridge, dentures and dental implants. You may have already had cosmetic dentistry without realizing it. If you have had a crown or tooth-colored filling placed in your mouth, then you have had cosmetic dentistry.
One of the most positive aspects of cosmetic dentistry is the difference it can have on a person's attitude towards life.
An enhanced smile means the person will smile more, seem friendlier and ultimately be a happier person.
The psychological and emotional changes are said to be amazing. If you want a smile that people will remember then in just a few simple visits to your dentist you can have the smile of your dreams.
Bonding is a common cosmetic procedure due to its relatively low cost and ease of application. It is often used to reshape or change the color of a tooth and fill in slight spaces between teeth. The composite material used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match all surrounding teeth.
In order to make a filling appear almost invisible to the naked eye, composite fillings are often used.
These fillings are designed to match your natural tooth color and are bonded to your teeth, which makes them less likely to fall out.
These fillings are used to replace older fillings made of silver or gold. Tooth colored fillings have a more aesthetic appearance, can be completed in one visit, form a strong seal and are less likely to crack a tooth.
One of the most requested procedures asked of a dental office is tooth whitening. This is a procedure that will assist in removing stains and discoloration from teeth while lightening them.
Tooth whitening can only be completed once cavities are treated in order to prevent the whitening solution from reaching the inner tooth and causing sensitivity. Also keep in mind that tooth whitening is unable to lighten exposed tooth roots, and tooth replacements such as crowns and veneers.