Most people think that cosmetic dentistry is just about hiding flaws on your teeth and aesthetics. Many cosmetic dentistry treatments offer functional and restorative benefits for your teeth. There are handful of safe cosmetic dentistry enhancement and restorative procedures to choose from to improve your smile and the health of your teeth. To determine the right treatment have consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Porcaro. An experienced cosmetic dentist is able to offer the best aesthetic results, and give you a full update on your dental health. Be sure to share your concerns so your dentist can share the cosmetic dentistry options best suited for you. Here are a few popular procedures to consider.
Teeth Whitening or Bleaching: Professional teeth whitening allows your smile to be brightened and whitened. Most professional grade procedure can be done at the dental office or at home, depending on your personal preferences. If you are thinking about whitening or bleaching your teeth at home you will achieve the best results if you’re up to date on your professional cleanings. For professional teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with your dentist for a full examination. At that time your dentist can create custom trays fitted specifically for your teeth. At-home bleaching requires a time commitment, and it can take a few weeks to achieve your desired shade.
A faster and more efficient option is laser whitening, which is only done in your dentist’s office. This procedure uses a strong bleaching gel or UV light, and gives you an instantly brighter and whiter smile.
Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry option that can completely transform a person’s smile. Veneers are wafer thin porcelain shells that are used to create a new front surface to a tooth. Veneers are stain resistant and they are custom-designed to match your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are an ideal option for fixing chipped, crooked, or malformed teeth. They are also commonly used to fix as gaps between teeth.
Dental Implants: An implant or implants serve as artificial tooth replacements to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A titanium screw implant is placed inside the bone, allowing it to integrate and serve as a root substitute. Dental implants are use to support crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. Unlike other substitutes, titanium dental implants are permanent and provide recipients with all the strength and durability of a natural tooth.
Filling Replacement: If you have a mouthful of silver fillings, you may want to have them replaced with new white or composite fillings. Due to the mercury content in traditional amalgam fillings many people choose to go “mercury free” and replace their fillings with a safer and more aesthetically pleasing option. Ask your dentist about composite resin tooth restorations, which do not contain any toxic element, and blend with the natural color of the tooth.
Besides these four options mentioned above, cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of procedures that can help you achieve your best smile. Whatever your concern or goal for your smile do yourself a favor and discover the different options cosmetic dentistry has to offer your smile.