It is rare for a person to come by a picture-perfect smile naturally, and for patients who are dissatisfied with the aesthetics of their smiles, cosmetic dentistry can come to the rescue.
A cosmetic dentist can use any number of interventions to enhance a patient’s pearly whites, depending on the specific need. The intervention may be a simple one, such as teeth whitening to give the shade of the teeth a boost. Alternatively, other patients may need a complete smile makeover, involving several treatments.
Cosmetic dentists undergo extensive training in the various treatments and techniques that they use regularly to improve patients’ smiles. The result is an almost artistic approach to enhancing the smile.
Here are a few treatments that your cosmetic dentist may recommend:
- Teeth whitening – Patients can end up with smiles up to 10 shades whiter through teeth whitening treatments. Teeth whitening alone can help improve a smile in advance of a big event, or teeth whitening may be the capstone treatment after other cosmetic dental work.
- Veneers – These slim pieces of porcelain are bonded onto your natural teeth to hide issues like chips, cracks and stains. Veneers can even be used to align a stretch of slightly crooked teeth.
- Dental bonding – If a full veneer is not warranted or necessary, dental bonding using composite materials can also be used to address minor damage to the teeth that compromise the smile’s aesthetics. The composite materials are bonded to the teeth to fill in gaps or chips.
- Dental implants – Empty spaces in the smile can seriously detract from your smile’s appearance, and dental implants offer a structurally complete tooth replacement that is virtually indistinguishable from its biological neighbors.
Each case is evaluated individually, and other treatments may also be indicated and recommended as appropriate.
With the many treatments available, a cosmetic dentist can help patients get the beautiful smile of their dreams. Schedule a consultation with one of our dental specialists to learn more about how you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry.