Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures that improve the aesthetics of your smile. This includes teeth whitening, composite fillings, tooth-coloured veneers and bonding.
While a general dentist can perform these treatments, a cosmetic dentist is trained specifically in these treatments and has vast technical knowledge and a refined artistic touch. These treatments are not usually covered by insurance.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored materials that cover the front side of your teeth. They can correct the appearance of your teeth and make them look straighter and more even. They can be made of porcelain or resin composite and are customized to match the color of your natural teeth. They are a popular option for people with crooked teeth, gaps, chips, worn down, uneven, or spaced teeth. They can also correct teeth that are discolored or have become stained over time.
The recovery process from getting veneers is typically very quick. You may notice some soreness or discomfort, but it will be mild. Your dentist will check the fit and color of your veneers at a follow-up appointment, and you can request any changes that need to be made.
During this appointment, your dentist will again examine the fit and color of the veneers before permanently cementing them to your teeth. Your teeth will be cleaned and polished, and etched to roughen the surface for a strong bond. Then a special cement is applied to the veneer, and a light beam is used to activate chemicals in the cement, which cause it to harden quickly.
To maintain your dental veneers, brush them twice a day for two minutes each time and floss once a day to keep them healthy. You should also avoid chewing on hard objects like pens and ice or using your teeth to open packages. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, ask for a splint or mouth guard to protect the veneers.
Dental implants look, feel and function like real teeth, which means they restore your smile to its full potential. They also help preserve the jaw bone, which reduces bone resorption, and improve your ability to chew and speak normally. In addition, they can correct gaps in your mouth.
Implants are the ideal solution for missing or damaged teeth. Cosmetic dental implants are custom-made from porcelain or gold and bonded to the tooth. They are available in various sizes and shapes to suit your specific needs. The type of implant used will depend on your oral health, age, and bone availability. The standard platform size is 3.5 mm, and they can be placed in the front or back of your mouth.
After your surgical procedure, you may experience mild discomfort or swelling of the gums and face. Your dentist will recommend eating only soft foods, and prescribe pain medication for any soreness or bruising. You should avoid smoking as it can affect the healing process. Visiting your dentist regularly to check for signs of infection or improper growth will help keep your implants healthy.
Our team of cosmetic dentistry professionals is committed to providing you with a beautiful smile. Their years of education, training, and professional development have informed the care they provide. They are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and they take pride in custom-tailoring all treatments to meet patients’ individual needs.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored resins that can be used for restorative purposes such as replacing a damaged or decayed tooth, but also for cosmetic alterations like changing a tooth’s color or shape. They are durable and able to withstand moderate chewing forces. They require less drilling of the natural teeth than amalgam fillings, and are thus well-suited to smaller restorations.
In order to get a composite filling, your dentist will need to first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed and the space will be shaped before the composite is added. The composite will bond to the tooth and harden using a special light.
When a composite filling is new, patients may experience some temporary sensitivity due to the temperature differences between the tooth and resin. However, this should subside over time. Composite fillings can last 5-6 years with proper dental hygiene and oral care. If the composite does degrade due to wear or other factors, it can be repaired quickly and inexpensively.
The best way to avoid decay and maintain your smile’s integrity is to make sure you brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for regular checkups. During your dental checkup, the dentist will take x-rays to ensure the teeth and gums are healthy and free of abnormalities.
One of the least expensive cosmetic dental treatments, dental bonding can significantly improve a damaged tooth and enhance your smile. Using composite resin that can be color-matched to your teeth, your dentist will sculpt and shape the resin before curing it with a high-intensity light. It is a minimally-invasive treatment that is usually done in one office visit. It can also be used to fill cavities or to correct a chipped tooth.
While it can be an effective restorative dental procedure, most insurance companies only consider it a cosmetic treatment. However, you can always check with your provider to see if it covers the procedure. The cost of dental bonding varies depending on the size of the affected area, its location, and the complexity of the work.
Teeth bonding is a safe, low-risk dental treatment that is fully reversible. Unlike veneers, it only affects the surface of your tooth and doesn’t damage its structure. It is also less expensive than veneers and doesn’t require a recovery period.
The only downside of teeth bonding is that it is not as stain-resistant as natural teeth and requires regular maintenance. You will need to keep up with your teeth cleaning routine and avoid eating hard foods. It is also not as long-lasting as porcelain veneers. It will typically need to be replaced within a few years.