Cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure that improves the appearance of the teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide variety of procedures. Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures include the following:
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. This procedure removes stains from coffee, wine, smoking, and other foods that can dull the smile. The procedure involves applying a solution containing hydrogen peroxide on the teeth surface by the dentist to remove the dental stains. The effects of teeth whitening can last for a few years and can be maintained by practicing good oral hygiene habits at home and scheduling regular professional cleanings. In addition to helping patients enjoy brighter smiles, teeth whitening can boost confidence, improve self-esteem, and give people a reason to smile more.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. They are often bonded to the front of the teeth to address any dental anomalies and alter their color, shape, size, or length. Porcelain is also highly resistant to staining.
Dental bonding involves using composite resin material (a durable plastic material) to fill small gaps or cracks in a tooth. While dental bonding doesn’t last as long as porcelain veneers, it’s more affordable.
A dental crown is a type of restoration that is placed over an existing tooth. Dental crowns are typically used when a tooth is cracked, chipped, or weakened. Dental crowns provide strength and structure to a tooth that has been compromised.
A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, porcelain, resin, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and ceramic. Porcelain is the most popular choice for a dental crown because it can mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth. A bridge consists of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with false teeth in between. Dental bridges completely restore a missing tooth, preventing surrounding teeth from shifting or moving out of place. Bridges can also improve speech and chewing.
A dental implant is a titanium tooth root that is placed into your jawbone. The implant will act as the tooth’s root, providing strength and stability. Dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile confidently.
When your teeth are crooked or overlapped, this can cause problems with your bite as well as make cleaning your smile difficult. Orthodontics treatment can help if your teeth need to be aligned or straightened. Teeth straightening can be performed with a variety of orthodontic appliances, including traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign® aligner trays. A dental specialist such as an orthodontist can typically provide this type of treatment.
We at Vose Family Dentistry provide the best cosmetic treatment for patients to improve the appearance of their smiles. Call us at (507) 387-2255 to schedule an appointment.