A beautiful smile fills a person with confidence and is one of the most compelling first impressions of your appearance. With our customized aesthetic treatments, a perfect smile can be your new reality.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental diseases and problems. Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, works to improve the overall appearance of your teeth and smile. Unlike traditional dental treatments which are necessary, cosmetic dentistry offers elective, aesthetic procedures.
Cosmetic dentistry may also provide restorative procedures. For example, today’s fillings are considered to be cosmetic because they match the color of your teeth, maintaining the natural appearance of your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
This is perhaps the most commonly sought after and performed cosmetic dentistry procedure. Over the years, teeth may become stained from certain foods, drinks such as coffee, tea or red wine, medications, smoking, or from poor oral hygiene. Bleaching teeth can rid you of stains and give you a whiter smile!
These restorations are tooth-shaped caps used to restore damaged teeth or improve their shape, size, strength, or appearance. Most crowns are durable, lasting up to 15 years, and can be made to match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Veneers are custom-made wafer-thin composite or porcelain shells, that are bonded to the surface of teeth. Dental veneers can resolve many cosmetic problems including stained, discolored, crooked, cracked, damaged, or broken teeth. They also work well to correct noticeable gaps between teeth, and to change the color, shape, size, or length of teeth. Veneers look incredibly natural and offer a conservative solution as compared to dental crowns.
Inlays and Onlays
Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are used to repair teeth with mild to moderate decay with not enough tooth structure left to support a filling, but not enough damage to warrant a dental crown. A dental laboratory makes them from porcelain or composite resin material. When there is no damage to the tooth cusps, an inlay is placed directly onto the tooth surface. When the cusp or a more significant portion of the tooth is damaged, an onlay is used to cover the entire tooth surface. Inlays and onlays provide support to strengthen teeth and restore their shape while avoiding any further deterioration. They offer a long-lasting yet aesthetically pleasing cosmetic solution.
This procedure is one of the least expensive and simplest cosmetic dental procedures that repair decayed, chipped, cracked, damaged or discolored teeth using a tooth-colored resin. Bonding can also correct worn down edges and close gaps between teeth. The composite is placed into a cleaned out cavity or the surface of the tooth, then is sculpted into the correct shape before curing it with a high-intensity light. Bonding efficiently covers the damage to the tooth and gives the appearance of a healthy tooth in its place. The result is a restoration that blends well with the remainder of the surrounding tooth structure and the rest of your teeth, delivering a natural, bright smile.
These clear, virtually invisible braces use a series of custom-made clear aligners to gently straighten teeth and improve the health and appearance of your smile. The aligners work by applying steady pressure over time to move teeth into alignment. Your aligners are designed to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. You’ll have every reason to flash your perfect smile!
These restorations are designed to replace missing teeth. First, a small titanium implant is placed into the jaw to act as the root for the replacement tooth. The abutment is screwed into the implant and is used to support the crown, which results in a tooth that functions and looks just like the original tooth. Some patients may opt to have attachments on their implants that support a denture. Dental implants often result in a more youthful appearance since missing teeth may cause the face to collapse, making one look older.
This involves a comprehensive assessment of your smile aesthetics to improve its overall appearance. A combination of cosmetic dental techniques such as dental veneers, dental implants, and teeth whitening may be required for several teeth in the upper and lower arches to achieve the look you desire.
What to Expect at Your Consultation
Your initial consultation is a time for you to discuss what you like and don’t like regarding your smile. You will also have the chance to set realistic goals and expectations for your treatment.
Your cosmetic consultation will include a comprehensive intraoral examination and inspection of any existing dental work, intraoral photographs and x-rays, and impressions of your upper and lower teeth. You will look through smile design books that show an assortment of before and after photos of different procedures, and review various tooth shapes, sizes, and colors to see what appeals to you. Using a computer monitor, you will look at your smile tooth by tooth, so that you can understand what changes can take place and how.
Are You Ready for Your Perfect Smile?
Contact us at Westcliff Family Dentistry to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry treatments and how they can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Schedule your appointment today. Perfect your smile with our cosmetic dentistry procedures!
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