Cosmetic dentistry has become more popular amongst patients. Dentists not only have modern methods to common procedures including fillings and teeth straightening, they also have the ability to completely re-design a patient's smile. With cosmetic dentistry procedures on the rise, are you aware of what options are available? Modern cosmetic dentistry leaves your teeth looking natural while fixing common imperfections.
Here are 6 popular cosmetic dentistry treatments:
1. White composite fillings
One of the most common and readily used cosmetic dentistry treatments are white composite fillings. In years past, silver fillings were used to fill cavities and decay. These were not only noticeable, they required more steps in order to place the filling, as the material could not adhere to the tooth. Now, with white composite fillings, the fillings match the color of the tooth making them less noticeable. They also are made out of material that bonds to the tooth, requiring less of the tooth to be modified for the filling.
2. Teeth whitening
Another popular cosmetic dentistry treatment is teeth whitening. Although there are drugstore options available, those are typically not as effective or as customizable as professional take-home teeth whitening. Teeth whitening from the dentist is customized for your smile. First you’ll be fitted for trays that fit your teeth. Then, you’ll be given a week’s worth of whitening gels to place in the trays and allow to sit on your teeth for about an hour each day. This treatment is pain-free and will make your teeth much whiter, which is why it is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today.
As an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign has become a popular option to straighten teeth. Invisalign uses a series of alignment trays over a fixed period of time to straighten out your teeth. They also have the ability to fix over and under bites. Many adults opt for this form of cosmetic dentistry to avoid needing metal braces which require a lot more dental visits, are more noticeable and can cause mouth irritation.
4. Cosmetic Gum Surgery
If your gums have begun to recede due to periodontal disease or you suffer from an excess of gum tissue, cosmetic gum surgery is a popular option. With receding gums, you can have gum tissue grafts placed to fill the space that currently exists. This will help reduce the appearance of elongated teeth. There are also gum removal procedures that can straighten the gum line and remove excess gum tissue around the tooth. Both of these cosmetic procedures can help create a straighter, more symmetrical smile.
Another popular treatment are crowns. Crowns protect teeth that have been damaged by being adhered to the tooth to keep it in place. As this procedure has become more sophisticated, the crowns have become more seamless with the gum line. As crowns become more cosmetically pleasing, they are not only used to fix damaged teeth, but are also used for cosmetic purposes to reshape a tooth to better fit the patient's smile. New technology is now available to make crowns in same day appointments rather than having to come back for multiple visits. We use this procedure to make precise and personal crowns for your smile.
6. Porcelain Veneers
A final cosmetic dentistry treatment that is common are porcelain veneers. Using thin porcelain veneers, you can completely recreate a smile. These veneers are placed over natural teeth and created specifically for each patient to produce a customized, fresh smile. Porcelain veneers can be used for many different teeth imperfections including discoloration, damaged tooth, abnormal tooth surfaces and tooth gaps. To place veneers on the tooth the dentist will remove a small layer of enamel on the tooth's surface, making room for the thin veneer layer. These layers are then bonded to the tooth making them permanent.
Modern dentistry allows for a ton of different cosmetic options when looking to perfect smiles. As these procedures become more common and readily available, they are becoming more attainable for patients. Now, you no longer have to live with teeth imperfections that cause insecurities, there are options to help redesign your smile.
Contact our office if you'd like to explore these cosmetic dentistry options further.