Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of different procedures used to preserve a person’s dental health, help natural teeth last a lifetime, and create a confident smile. Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible to correct many different issues. Whether a person feels his or her teeth should be whiter, or he or she wants an entirely new smile, cosmetic dentistry can have a major impact.

Cosmetic dentistry begins with a complete dental exam. A dentist must first ensure a person’s dental health is in good order and that no underlying health issues are causing a problem. Once a person is deemed healthy, efforts can begin to enhance his or her smile.

What are the most common cosmetic dental procedures?

Tooth bonding, before and after images

Cosmetic dental procedures correct a variety of problems. A person suffering from missing teeth, discoloration, chipping, or gaps can benefit from various cosmetic dentistry options. If you are unhappy with your smile, consider one of the following:

  • Bonding: fills gaps in teeth or alters tooth color. It is not permanent.
  • Contouring and reshaping: straightens chipped, cracked, crooked, or overlapping teeth
  • Whitening or bleaching: whitens teeth. It is not permanent and most people undergo routine whitening treatments. Whitening can be done at-home, but in-office whitening by a dentist is far more effective.
  • Veneers: applies a thin coating to the front of teeth to alter the color or shape. Veneers are a permanent way to correct crooked, chipped, uneven, or discolored teeth.

Determining which procedure is right for you can be a challenge. Schedule an appointment for an exam and share your concerns with your dentist. He or she will explain the various options available to correct a problem. Many cosmetic concerns also affect the health of your teeth, so you should never feel as if your concerns are not important or that pursuing a correction is not worth it.

If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry or you would like to schedule a consultation, give us a call.

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