Do you wish your smile were whiter or more attractive? Perhaps the flaws in your teeth make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, no one has to suffer with the negative effects of a flawed smile. Cosmetic dental treatments can transform the appearance of teeth so that a person feels renewed confidence to smile and interact with others. Our dentist, Dr. Weber, has experience improving the appearance of teeth by prescribing professional whitening treatments, placing white restorations, and bonding porcelain veneers.
When it comes to lightening the color of your teeth, nothing can compare to a professional whitening treatment. Dr. Weber utilizes prescription-grade whitening solutions so that our patients enjoy noticeable results that won’t exacerbate tooth sensitivity or irritate soft oral tissue.
Under our team’s supervision, professional teeth whitening can lighten a smile about eight shades. Unlike store bought whitening products, prescription solutions are potent enough to penetrate tooth enamel to lift away stains that have developed deep in tooth structure. Years of drinking coffee and eating dark-colored foods can vanish with the help of a professional treatment.
In the past, restorations like fillings and crowns were made from obvious (and unsightly metals). Today, however, restorations can enhance a smile by repairing tooth structure discreetly. Our practice can also replace old metal dental work with tooth-colored materials. If teeth are mildly decayed, a tooth-colored filling made from composite resin is an inconspicuous way to protect vital tooth structure without detracting from the aesthetics of a smile. Porcelain is another common tooth-colored material used for dental crowns and inlays. White crowns have restorative and cosmetic benefits. A crown can hide worn down, jagged, chipped, and internally stained teeth from plain view.
If a person has various types of smile flaws, porcelain veneers might be a great option for a complete smile makeover. Veneers are razor-thin enhancements that are bonded over teeth to produce a uniform appearance. Porcelain veneers can conceal intrinsic and extrinsic tooth stains along with misshapen, jagged, and crooked teeth. Each veneer is fabricated from high quality porcelain to fit over a person’s specific tooth. When a series of veneers are bonded over teeth, it provides the appearance of a straight, proportionate smile.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Changes Lives
In the past, cosmetic dental treatments where primarily used by wealthy people and public figures. Advancements in dental technology, however, have reduced costs so that more people can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful looking smile. Dr. Weber has training and experience to transform even the most flawed teeth into stunning, red carpet-worthy smiles.
If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, call us today to reserve a smile makeover consultation.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQS
Cosmetic dentistry involves different types of procedures and techniques that are used to improve the appearance of teeth. People with stained teeth along with noticeable flaws like chips, cracks, jagged edges, and misaligned teeth can benefit from cosmetic dental procedures. Cosmetic procedures can involve placing white, natural looking restorations, prescribing professional teeth whitening, and bonding porcelain veneers. A cosmetic dental treatment can make a person look and feel younger in addition to boosting one’s self-confidence.
A dental crown is a cap-like restoration that is commonly used to treat diseased and damaged teeth. While a crown is considered a restoration, it can be used to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile.
Sometimes multiple crowns are used over noticeably flawed teeth to produce the appearance of a flawless, healthy-looking smile. When crowns are constructed from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, they will look very lifelike.
These restorations are custom made. Making a crown requires precision because it must fit over and between teeth. A crown must also be the right size and shape so that it doesn’t look disproportionate to other teeth and one’s mouth.
A veneer is made from porcelain and shaped like a tooth. Wafer thin, a veneer is used to enhance the appearance of teeth by concealing imperfections like chips and stains. Porcelain veneers can also hide misshapen and misaligned teeth.
If a patient’s smile is noticeably flawed in various ways, multiple veneers can be used to provide a total smile makeover. Sometimes, veneers are referred to as instant orthodontics because after they are bonded to teeth, they produce a smile that appears to have properly aligned teeth. This treatment is permanent so that a person’s new smile lasts for years to come.
Prescription whitening treatments do not produce long-term tooth sensitivity. Unfortunately, many over the counter whitening products can. This is because they can contain abrasives that irritate teeth by stripping tooth enamel of its mineral content or because their formulas are unstable and therefore exacerbates tooth sensitivity.
Fortunately, a professional whitening treatment does not involve using harsh abrasives to scrub away stains and the whitening solutions used are kept stable so that teeth can be lightened as safely as possible. While some post-treatment tooth sensitivity may occur, it is short-term and normally subsides in a couple of days.