Many people are unsure about what cosmetic dentistry is, which makes it difficult to understand how it can help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. Few are lucky enough to be born with a perfectly straight set of chompers, but if you are among those who are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, cosmetic
dentistry can be the answer to your problems.
Here are 7 commonly asked questions about cosmetic dentistry:
1- What is cosmetic dentistry
The word “cosmetic” refers to positive changes to one’s appearance. In the dental world, this is specific to the improvement of several things, such as tooth color, size, shape, alignment, filling in parts of teeth that are missing due to decay or injury, or replacing teeth that are missing altogether.
2- Is there a difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist?
Yes. Although each dentist learns procedures that can improve a person’s appearance, a cosmetic dentist will further their studies to specialize in techniques that will enhance the appearance of a person’s teeth.
3- What is a smile analysis?
The first step to improving a patient’s smile is to analyze specific elements, such as teeth, gums, jawbone, and bite. X-rays will be done to get a more in-depth understanding of the way these elements fit together and what treatment will work best.
4- How are chipped or discolored teeth restored?
This is a fairly common procedure. Using the composite resin, we will bond the material to the tooth and repair the problem. Teeth that have turned black or are “dead” from injury or decay can also be repaired using a material that bonds to the tooth substance.
5- What is done to correct more severe problems?
This is where veneers and crowns come into play. A veneer is a thin porcelain material that is bonded to the tooth to change the appearance. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is used to replace the damaged tooth.
6- What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. A titanium screw is fused directly into the jawbone then a tooth “cap” is placed on top. This is a common procedure and because it becomes a permanent part of the jawbone it prevents the bone from deteriorating.
7- What is bleaching or tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening uses a simple process of oxygenating agents to lighten or brighten discolored teeth. The procedure is safe and does not damage the teeth. Tooth whitening can have a positive effect on the appearance of a patient’s smile.
Being confident about your smile can boost self-esteem and improve your overall wellbeing. Contact our office today and let us help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.