What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry refers to the art of improving your smile and preserving its natural structure and tissues. Cosmetic smile enhancement is a simple procedure that can be done in a few visits and can be customized to suit your needs and desires.
In the past decade, there has been a dramatic interest in Cosmetic Dentistry. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable treatments.
Cosmetic dental treatments can:
- Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth.
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
- Improve or correct bites.
- Lighten or brighten the color of teeth.
- Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
- Replace missing teeth.
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!
Different types of cosmetic dentistry
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to brighten your smile. You can bleach your teeth in the dentist’s office for the brightest, safest, and quickest results.
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells made of tooth-colored resin or porcelain that cover the teeth’s front surfaces. First, part of the natural tooth is removed in order to fit the new shaped cap of porcelain or resin. They are bonded to the natural tooth to change the color, shape, and length. Veneers are sometimes referred to as a “Hollywood smile”.
Dental bonding is where a tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth. The material is hardened using an ultraviolet light or laser to bond the tooth. The tooth is then shaped, polished, and trimmed by your dentist. Bonding can be used to repair chipped, cracked, misshapen, or decayed teeth. It is also an excellent cosmetic option or replacement for amalgam or silver fillings. Bonding can be done in 30-60 minutes and is a popular option.
A crown is also known as a dental cap. It covers the entire tooth that has been damaged or decayed above the gum line and restores its appearance, shape, size, strength, and strength. Crowns can prevent a tooth from falling out or keep a broken tooth held together. They can also be used cosmetically for covering misshaped or discolored teeth. Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. They can be made of gold, porcelain, composite materials, and are used to fill damaged or decayed teeth. Inlays and onlays can be molded in the office. However, inlays or onlays are made in a dental lab and are then bonded by your dentist. An “inlay” filling is one that is bonded in the middle of a tooth. An “onlay” filling covers one or more of the tooth’s surfaces or includes the biting surface. Onlays and inlays can preserve healthy teeth and offer an alternative to crowns.
Implants are titanium replacement teeth roots that are inserted into the bone socket for the missing tooth. The jawbone grows around the metal post and anchors it in place. This provides a foundation for a new tooth.
A bridge is composed of crowns on each side of the gap and false teeth between. A denture can be used to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be used to straighten misaligned or crooked teeth. They work by applying constant pressure over a time period to gradually move the teeth in a particular direction. Dentures and bridges are typically one of the more affordable options.
A new smile could change your life!
Choosing a cosmetic dentist in North Richland Hills is an important decision that deserves your time and consideration. With expert skills and leading technology, you can feel confident that our team will give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Call today to learn more and schedule an appointment.