If you have ever felt uneasy about your smile, you now have many options to change it. With the advances in cosmetic procedures over the past few years, it has now become easier than ever to completely alter your teeth and get the smile you’ve always wanted.
I’ve been preforming cosmetic dentistry since 1983. So my staff and I have experienced our fair share of procedures. Regardless of what you think of your smile, we have, no doubt, seen it all.
Here are the top 10 procedures that we do in our office:
1. Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to give your teeth a whole new, fresh look. The difference in before and after shots is amazing. Fortunately, teeth whitening has become much more affordable than it used to be. And our office is running a special for a FREE teeth whitening when you come in for a new patient exam and x-rays. It’s a great way to get your teeth checked and get a brighter, whiter smile at the same time.
2. Composite White Fillings
Fillings may not be the most glamorous procedure, but they sure are the most common. How they work is relatively easy – resin fillings (the white ones) are bonded to repair the decayed tooth. We try to match these fillings as close to your tooth color as possible. This ensures they are not noticeable when you talk or laugh.
3. Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are custom made with a thin layer of porcelain covering the original tooth’s surface. The size and thickness of the veneer depends on the patients’ needs. Veneers can completely transform a smile and whiten teeth that are resistant to other procedures.
Invisalign is a clear molded tray custom fitted to help straighten your teeth. What makes Invisalign so unique is that the treatment time is usually much shorter than with traditional braces – about 1 year. Plus, as the name implies, they are nearly invisible, so most people will have no idea you are wearing braces.
A crown is a cap on a damaged tooth. Crowns can be used to align teeth, make them more shapely, and even prepare adjacent teeth for a bridge or implant. Porcelain crowns reach the top of the gum line and are more comfortable, durable and better looking than crowns in the past, which were fused to metal.
6. Dental Implants
A dental implant helps to restore teeth that are missing or damaged. It acts as a tooth root and anchors a replacement tooth or teeth, bridge or denture. Dental implants can be performed for one tooth or a whole set of teeth. Our cosmetic dentistry office can determine if dental implants are a good fit for you.
7. Tooth Contouring
Tooth contouring is preformed when teeth are misshapen or even slightly chipped. This procedure can take a tooth that is sharp and pointed and make it smooth to match the rest of your teeth.
8. Gum Surgery
Sometimes gums do not stay where they are supposed to. With age or even other procedures, your gum line can recede, affecting your smile, but also your overall dental health as well. Other times, gums can be overabundant, making your smile appear too “gummy”. The solution to these problems is a gum contouring surgery. This helps to shape the gums and bring them back to a healthy place in the mouth.
9. Bridge or Fixed Partial Denture
A bridge is a procedure that is preformed when you are missing one or more teeth. Bridges are usually anchored by adjacent crowns to fill in teeth that are missing. This can be a welcome relief to patients who have a removable denture because it means no more poor fitting dentures.
10. Dental Bonding
A dental bond is a white, tooth colored filling like material applied to the surface of the tooth. Dental bonding is very similar to veneers in that it is an answer to whiter, more shapely teeth. But they also differ greatly in that they do not last as long and they may not work for all patients.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of these 10 cosmetic dentistry procedures or other options you have for enhancing your smile, please give us a call today at 817-261-2747.