What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Advances in dental technology have progressed over the years in a manner that makes dental restorations easy and natural-looking. Cosmetic dentistry can help patients feel more comfortable and confident with a number of options ranging from simple whitening treatments to dental implants and a full mouth reconstruction.
If you are hoping to change your smile, make an appointment for a consultation with your Dentist so you can discuss what you want to change and together you can develop a treatment plan. Your consultation will help your Dentist understand your lifestyle so they can determine what treatment will be best for you, including financially. Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in your future and with good home care and regular visits to your dentist, your new smile can last a lifetime!
What are some types of cosmetic dentistry treatments?
Your Dentist will likely have some great options they can provide but if they decide that you would be best served with a treatment that they cannot perform, like dental implants, they will refer you to a specialist. A few treatments your general dentist may provide:
- Whitening: Whitening alone is a great way to freshen your smile. Over the years, our teeth become dull and yellowed due to staining from the foods and beverages we consume. It is also often performed prior to other procedures, to make sure your smile is bright so your new restorations will be too.
- Composite Bonding: Bonding is regularly used to repair decay and small chips in the teeth but it can also be used to close small gaps between teeth and can even be used to fabricate composite veneers!
- Crowns: A porcelain crown is used when a tooth is fractured or does not have enough viable tooth structure to support dental bonding. They are also often placed on a tooth that has had root canal treatment. Crowns can be used on front and back teeth.
- Veneers: Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular restorative options in cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are like crowns but they cover only the front portion of the tooth and are significantly thinner. Veneers can drastically change your smile for the better!
What treatments might I be sent to a specialist for?
If you have severely crooked teeth, your Dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment. Some Dentists are preferred providers for clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign, but if they do not offer such treatment, they may refer you to an Orthodontist. Orthodontia not only improves the appearance of your smile but greatly improves the overall health of your mouth. Straight teeth are much easier to clean and less prone to decay.
Your Dentist can refer you to an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist if you need to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Most general Dentists do not place dental implants but they do restore them, with either an implant crown or other implant prosthesis, such as an implant-supported denture.
Not all Dentists are Cosmetic Dentists so make sure to do your research and select a certified Cosmetic Dentist to give you a new smile you love!