There are a large variety of dental procedures that can be included in the category of cosmetic dentistry. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that many of these treatments and therapies also provide functional and health benefits for your teeth and mouth. As such, by choosing a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you may also be supporting the long-term health and condition of your teeth.
Exactly which cosmetic dentistry procedures you will choose will depend on the aspects of your smile that you would like to change or improve. Some patients are content with focusing on the one area of their teeth that frustrates them the most, while others will combine treatments over a course of appointments in order to achieve a total smile transformation. The following represent some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures commonly requested by our patients.
There is one cosmetic dentistry procedure that is more popular than any other – teeth whitening. People who have very white, bright smiles are deemed to be more successful, more attractive and healthier than those who have darker, yellower or discolored teeth. Unfortunately, our teeth aren’t naturally white, and it is only through a tooth whitening process that patients can obtain such a smile. This involves sessions of placing bleach on to the teeth, which will cause their color to change. Exactly how many sessions you will need will depend on the color of your natural teeth and the shade you are hoping to achieve. However, one thing is for certain – professional whitening procedures better, longer-lasting and more consistent results than over-the-counter alternatives.
Some patients are sensitive to bleach and are unable to undergo a whitening procedure. Others may have staining so severe that even professional whitening isn’t as effective as they would like. In these instances, you may be recommended for porcelain veneers. These are thin, shell-like covers that are designed to sit on the outside of your teeth and color the discoloration, as well as any other imperfections. Each is custom-designed for a specific tooth meaning that it fits perfectly. They are applied by filing down a little of the natural enamel and securing the veneer over the top.
Bonding is another alternative to whitening and veneers. Not only does this tooth-colored resin improve the color of your smile
If you are missing a tooth, or if you already have a dental bridge but you are looking for a solution that is more discreet, longer-lasting and doesn’t put pressure on your natural teeth, you may want to think about dental implants. These standalone replacement teeth are anchored into your jaw bone using a titanium screw or post, which the bone then regrows around, securing it permanently in place. An artificial tooth in the form of a porcelain crown can then be attached to the post, completing your implant. With proper care, a dental implant could last longer than 20 years.
Most people have teeth that are at least a little out of alignment or have a bite that doesn’t come together perfectly. If these issues are having a negative effect on the appearance of your smile, you may wish to consider orthodontic solutions such as Invisalign or conventional braces. These are designed to address problems such as crooked, twisted, gapped or overlapping teeth, as well as issues with the way your teeth come together. Most patients are familiar with orthodontic braces, which compromise of metal being attached to your teeth and wires and brackets being used to pull and push them gently into their new position. Invisalign is an innovative alternative that uses a series of custom-designed plastic aligners placed over the teeth to guide them
If you are ready to embrace the smile that you have always dreamed of, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and reassuring cosmetic dentistry team who will be happy to answer any queries you have and schedule you a consultation to discuss which procedures will benefit you. Please contact our dental practice in Clearwater, FL today by calling 832-245-0027. Dr. Holloman is a highly-experienced cosmetic dentist and can help you with any and all your dental needs.