Unfortunately, many of us are not born with picture perfect smiles. However, we can get them through the specialty of cosmetic dentistry, which primarily focuses on enhancing the smile’s appearance rather than treating the symptoms of oral diseases. Patients can turn to cosmetic dentistry interventions for a variety of flaws in the smile, and numerous treatments are available to correct those flaws.
Why should I consider cosmetic dentistry?
If you are dissatisfied with your smile’s appearance, cosmetic dentistry can help you. Problems such as chipped, cracked or stained teeth can be remedied through cosmetic dentistry, as can other aesthetic issues such as slightly crooked teeth. A cosmetic dentist will use a highly customized approach, incorporating interventions such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or tooth-colored fillings. Depending on your treatment goals, any of the interventions can be used as a stand-alone, or they can be combined for a complete smile makeover.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Your dentist may recommend any of the following treatments to help you achieve your smile goals:
- Teeth whitening: Bleaching agents are applied to the teeth to remove stains or eliminate a yellow tinge on the teeth. This treatment can leave your teeth up to 8-10 shades whiter and is an excellent choice for patients who want to have a major impact on the smile’s appearance with minimal effort.
- Porcelain veneers: Tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain can be bonded on top of your biological tooth to conceal defects such as chips, cracks, deep stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening or other problems such as mildly crooked teeth or undersized teeth. Porcelain shares many optical qualities with biological tooth enamel, so these devices have a remarkably lifelike appearance.
- Porcelain crowns: Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped caps that slide over biological teeth when damage is too extensive to be repaired through more conservative measures, such as fillings or veneers.
- Tooth-colored fillings: Old metal fillings can significantly detract from your smile’s appearance, so if you have any of these restorations, you may want to swap them out for tooth-colored fillings that are barely noticeable.
Learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry by calling the office of Dr. Amy Durisin and speaking to one of our knowledgeable staff members or scheduling a consultation. We can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!