A cosmetic dentist can truly transform your smile using a number of different interventions that are tailored to meet your unique needs. Whether you have a minor flaw or a major aesthetic issue, there is likely a cosmetic dental treatment that can correct the problem.
Here is an overview of a number of treatments commonly used to enhance the appearance of a patient’s smile.
Dental bonding – A small chip from a tooth can significantly detract from the smile, but dental bonding can conceal such a problem. This technique, in which composite resin materials are bonded to a tooth, also can be used to fill in a gap between teeth or to re-size a tooth slightly. The materials used in dental bonding blend in with natural enamel and can be adjusted to match the shade of the patient’s biological tooth.
Teeth whitening – A dingy, discolored smile is a drag, but teeth whitening treatments can give it a lift. Some systems provided by a cosmetic dentist can be used in the convenience of the patient’s home to achieve a consistently whiter, brighter smile within a few days. In-office treatments like ZOOM! use a special laser to activate the bleaching gels and get results in as little as an hour.
Porcelain veneers – Tooth-shaped shells that are made of porcelain are tremendously versatile and can be used to give a patient a smile with superstar quality. Whether your concern is a chipped or cracked tooth, deep stains that don’t respond to whitening, an undersized tooth or a slightly crooked smile, veneers may be able to help.
Porcelain crowns – Some teeth may be too damaged for restoration by a veneer, and in these cases porcelain crowns will be more appropriate. These tooth-shaped caps slide over the natural tooth to cover and restore the tooth to it’s proper size and shape.
This process of your dental transformation begins at your initial consultation. The cosmetic dentist will talk to you about your smile goals and collect the information needed to plan the treatment. At this initial consultation, the dentist may take photos, dental impressions or x-rays to help decide what treatments are most appropriate.
Patients shouldn’t feel like they have to settle for a disappointing smile. Consider your options for aesthetic dental transformations and see our experienced team at Family Smiles Dental Group for a consultation.